Hurricanes/Typhoons

“The only difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs. Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon; we just use different names for these storms in different places. In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used. The same type of disturbance in the Northwest Pacific is called a “typhoon” and “cyclones” occur in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean.” (from NOAA-Oceanservice website).

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Science Topics and Resources for Hurricane/Typhoon Hazards:

Week 1: Basic science – follow the steps below to learn the basics. Week 1 assignments are given in the Case Study 1 page

1) Go to the Hurricanes: Science and Society website and read the following. Most of the subsections are quite brief – about 1 textbook page each:

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Week 2 – Monitoring and mitgation – follow the steps below to learn the basics. Week 2 assignments are given in the Case Study 1 page

1) Stick with the Hurricanes: Science and Society website and read the following (all sections within each). Most of the subsections are quite brief – about 1 textbook page each:

2) Play Stop Disasters Game:  You are in charge of keeping a city safe from Hurricanes/Typhoons!

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Week 3  and Case Study Report – Assignment is given on the Case Study 1 and 2 pages. For Case Study 2, you are required to provide one additional paragraph comparing and contrasting your two case studies disasters.

A good place to start for Week 3 is the same Hurricanes: Science and Society website. The site also contains information, like case study examples, that can serve as a resource.