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This exercise is designed to explore the nature of floods and flood prediction. Prediction of flooding relies heavily upon statistical techniques based on historical records of stream behavior. This series of exercises first reviews basic concepts in flood prediction such as calculating the Recurrence Interval (RI), which is the average interval in years between occurrences of two discharges of equal ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14)
Resource type: Problem set
Subject: Hydrology, Natural hazards
 
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Landslides and mass movements involve the downslope movement of rock and/or soil and other surficial materials under the influence of gravity. This exercise has three sections, each involving a particular instance or principle of rapid slope failure. Each section is self-contained and includes questions or exercises. The first two are case studies, and the third is a theoretical exercise that is entitled ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14)
Resource type: Lab activity, Illustration - scientific
Subject: Geology, Natural hazards
 
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This is the home page of the Northern California Earthquake Data Center (NCEDC) which is a joint project of the University of California Berkeley Seismological Laboratory and the U. S. Geological Survey at Menlo Park. The NCEDC is an archive for seismological and geodetic data for Northern and Central California. Accessible through this page are news items, recent earthquake information, links to ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: In-situ dataset, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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The maps and lists on this page show events which have been located by the USGS and contributing agencies within the last 30 days. They should not be considered to be complete lists of all events in the US and adjacent areas and especially should not be considered to be complete lists of all events M4.5+ in the world. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Informal
Resource type: Map, Visualization - scientific, In-situ dataset
Subject: Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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This is the homepage of avalanche.org, a network designed for the professional avalanche community, that also features a wealth of information for anyone interested in avalanches and wintertime mountain weather. Materials include accident reports and statistics, a guide to avalanche observation and terminology, and links to online tutorials and training information for professionals. There are also ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, Informal
Resource type: Non-profit portal, In-situ dataset
Subject: Cryology, Natural hazards
 
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This is the homepage of the Earthquake Hazards Program (EHP) of the United States Geological Survey (USGS). This page points to information on earthquakes in Northern California, the United States, and the world. Topics include reports on recent large earthquakes, real-time earthquake maps, real-time shaking maps, real-time seismograms, earthquake network reports and updates, recent and significant ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, Informal
Resource type: Map, Visualization - scientific, Report, Government portal
Subject: Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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The University of California at Berkeley Seismological Laboratory home page provides access to the many programs, products and activities of the Laboratory. Earthquake monitoring activities include maps of recent events, weekly seismicity maps and current seismograms. Users may attempt to make their own seismogram, report an earthquake or watch movies of earthquake events. Descriptions of the seismic ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, Informal
Resource type: Educational portal
Subject: Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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The Drought Monitor provides a weekly overview of where in the United States drought is emerging, lingering, subsiding or forecasted. Responding to the need for accurate, centralized drought information, a resource that summarizes information from numerous drought indices and indicators has been created on a single, easy-to-read color map known as the Drought Monitor. The map combines key indices ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, Informal
Resource type: Visualization - scientific, Modeled dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Natural hazards
 
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This report presents a summary of damage caused by hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, lightning, hail, thunderstorms, and windstorms in the United States and its territories. Information was collected from as far back as 1900 (for hurricanes) and as recently as 1999 (for most categories). For each weather category, there is statistical information on monetary damages (in millions of dollars), sorted by ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Report, In-situ dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Natural hazards
 
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Natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes affect both coastal and inland areas. Long-term data from these events, including photographs, can be used to establish the past record of natural hazard event occurrences. These data are also important for planning, response, and mitigation of future events. The National Geophysical Data Center plays a major role in post-event data collection. ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Government portal, Clearinghouse, In-situ dataset
Subject: Environmental science, Natural hazards
 
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