Educator guide for TIL about hurricanes
TIL about hurricanes (Episode 4)
High School and Higher Education
The following questions can be used to encourage your students to reflect on, extend, and apply what they’ve learned from the podcast episode. Re-use and remix them as writing prompts, discussion guides, or ideas for project-based learning in your classroom.
Research a recent tropical cyclone, such as Hurricane Sandy, Harvey, or Florence. What was the economic cost of the damage? What was the impact on the local community? Who in the community was most affected? What adaptation efforts has the community made to cope with future tropical cyclones? What challenges have they faced in implementing adaptation strategies?
How do tropical cyclones impact your region environmentally, socially, and/or economically? Who is most directly affected by storm surge in your region? Who is most affected by inland flooding? How will cultural heritage (such as historic sites, monuments, etc.) in your community be impacted by the increasing intensity of hurricanes?
Who makes decisions about hurricane mitigation in your region? What are their priorities? What questions do you have for them?
How are other communities, such as those featured in the “more info” section of the hurricane episode shownotes, adapting to hurricanes? What new insights can you gain from their work? Which of their ideas or strategies might be applicable in your own community?
Who would be the best person to consult in your local community about hurricanes and their impact? In other words, who are your local experts? How would you reach out to them? What would you ask them?
Who do you think would benefit from listening to this podcast about hurricanes and climate change? How would you share it with them? Are there any aspects of the episode you anticipate might generate particularly rich discussions? What are they? How would you facilitate this discussion?
The following infographic was used to develop many of the critical thinking questions in this guide. You may also find it helpful:
Watanabe-Crockett, L. (2016, December 12). The critical thinking skills cheatsheet [Infographic] [Web log post]. Retrieved May 1, 2019, from https://www.wabisabilearning.com/blog/critical-thinking-skills-cheatsheet-infographic
Need additional open educational resources related to the topics of hurricanes and climate change? You may find these free teaching materials from MIT OpenCourseWare (ocw.mit.edu) helpful.
This course, taught by Professor Kerry Emanuel, describes the large-scale circulation systems of the tropical atmosphere and analyses the dynamics of such systems. Educators have access to PDF versions of the lecture notes, term paper topics, recommended study materials, access to the software used in the course, and links to related resources, such as hurricane potential intensity maps and tropical cyclone forecasts.
This course, taught by Professor Kerry Emanuel, introduces students to dynamics of large-scale circulations in oceans and atmospheres. Basic concepts include mass and momentum conservation, hydrostatic and geostrophic balance, and pressure and other vertical coordinates. Educators have access to the course syllabus, PDF versions of the first twenty lectures, and links to tropopause temperature maps, isentropic PV and tropopause maps, a tutorial on tropopause PV maps and a visualization of the global dynamic tropopause.
This course, taught by Professors Kerry Emanuel, Sara Saeger, Daniel Cziczo, and David McGee, provides students with a scientific foundation of anthropogenic climate change and an introduction to climate models. Educators have access to lecture notes, problem sets, a project assignment (with 10 topic suggestions), and free access to the MIT Single-Column Model software.