Teaching Resources for Stages 4 & 5 - Natural Disasters
General Bushfires

Floods

Drought

Cyclones, Hurricanes, Typhoons and Tornadoes

Earthquakes

Volcanoes

Tsunamis
Predicting Disasters Tackling Disasters

General

It's a Disaster - a Year 6 cross-curricular unit of work based on Natural Disasters, includes a WebQuest, an E-pal project, library research and a technology design project, from FuturePD, Western Australia, pdf file requiring Acrobat Reader 4
http://www.futurepd.org/curriculum_materials.htm

Natural Resources and Climate - from Natural Resources and Climate, NSW Department of Agriculture, topics inlcude Bushfire, Drought, Flood and Frost Damage
http://www.agric.nsw.gov.au/reader/16

Community Risk in Mackay: A multi-hazard risk assessment - from Geoscience Australia
http://www.agso.gov.au/map/mackay/

Community Risk in Cairns - from Geoscience Australia
http://www.agso.gov.au/map/cairns/

Exploring Earth Hazards - from United States Geological Survey Learning Web
http://interactive2.usgs.gov/learningweb/explorer/topic_hazards.htm

The Disaster Center
http://www.disastercenter.com/

FEMA for Kids - from Federal Emergency Management Agency
http://www.fema.gov/kids/

Federal Emergency Management Agency Virtual Library and Reading Room - This is the Preparedness, Training and Exercises Room
http://www.fema.gov/library/

Nine days that shook the world: Fires, quakes, megafloods, tsunamis, meteors, mass extinctions - from New Scientist
http://www.newscientist.com/hottopics/disaster/

Earthforce - from The Franklin Institute Online, eathquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, floods and avalanches
http://sln.fi.edu/earth/

Natural Hazards and Public Safety - includes "Coastal Erosion and Storm Events" and "Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Landslides".
http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/hazards/

Savage Earth - from PBS Online
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/savageearth/

The Tsunami Page - Tsunami, Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Volcanic Eruptions and other Natural Hazards
http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/1029/


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Bushfires

The Science of Bushfires - a WebQuest developed by UniServe Science
http://science.uniserve.edu.au/school/sciweek/2002/firescience.html

The role of the NPWS in managing fire - from NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws.nsf/Content/The+role+of+the+NPWS+in+managing+fire

Firenet Virtual Library - Charles Sturt University
http://lorenz.mur.csu.edu.au/fire/library.html

Fire Regimes and their Impacts in the Mulga (Acacia aneura) Landscapes of Central Australia - from Department of the Environment and Heritage
http://www.deh.gov.au/soe/techpapers/fire/part3/fire3-2a.html

How Fires Affect Biodiversity - by Dr A Malcolm Gill, Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research.
http://www.anbg.gov.au/fire_ecology/fire-and-biodiversity.html

The Contribution of Fire in Dramatising the Australian Landscape - from the Australian National University.
http://online.anu.edu.au/Forestry/fire/ecol/firecol.htm

Firebreak
http://www.esb.act.gov.au/firebreak/firebreak.html

Bushfire Safety
http://www.castlemaine.net.au/~jwebster/

FireNet - The International Fire Information Network
http://www.csu.edu.au/firenet/firenet.html

Bushfire Factsheets - from Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) - fact sheets on Fire and Wildlife and Fire Ecology and Post fire Ecology
http://www.nccnsw.org.au/bushfire/projects/masterindex.html

A CASE STUDY OF ASH WEDNESDAY, Feb 16, 1983 - from ANU
http://online.anu.edu.au/Forestry/fire/IUFRO/CONFLAG/ASHWED83/AWweath.HTM

The Ash Wednesday fires, February 16, 1983 - from ANU
http://online.anu.edu.au/Forestry/fire/IUFRO/CONFLAG/ASHWED83/AW83.HTM

ASH WEDNESDAY - includes Weather conditions leading up to the Ash Wednesday fires and How did the Ash Wednesday bushfires start?
http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/info_ash.htm

The January 1994 fires in Sydney, NSW - from ANU
http://online.anu.edu.au/Forestry/fire/IUFRO/CONFLAG/NSW94/NSW94.HTM

The Como/Jannali Jan 1994 fire - from ANU
http://online.anu.edu.au/Forestry/fire/IUFRO/CONFLAG/NSW94/como_jan.HTM

LANE COVE FIRE - from ANU
http://online.anu.edu.au/Forestry/fire/IUFRO/CONFLAG/NSW94/lane_cov.HTM

The Tasmanian (Hobart) fires, February 7, 1967 - from ANU
http://online.anu.edu.au/Forestry/fire/IUFRO/CONFLAG/HOBART67/HBT67.HTM

THE TASMANIAN BUSHFIRES OF 7TH FEBRUARY 1967 - from ANU
http://online.anu.edu.au/Forestry/fire/IUFRO/CONFLAG/HOBART67/AlanMc67.HTM


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Floods

Flood Stories From Around The World - a multicultural look at floods, their results and their causes, from Talk Origins
http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/flood-myths.html

Flash Flood! - with links to Flood Types, Flood Preparation, Safety Rules and Flood Watch, from Weather Eye
http://weathereye.kgan.com/cadet/flood/about.html

Flood! - Famous rivers in flood and resources, from PBS Online
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/flood/textindex.html


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Drought

Living With Drought - from the Bureau of Meteorology
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/drought/livedrought.shtml

National Drought Mitigation Center - includes drought watch, drought science, climatology, impacts, mitigation and links
http://www.drought.unl.edu/index.htm


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Cyclones, Hurricanes, Typhoons and Tornadoes

Community Risk in Cairns - from Geoscience Australia
http://www.agso.gov.au/map/cairns/

Community risk in Cairns: a multi-hazard risk assessment - this activity has been produced by the Australian Geological Survey Organisation and can be used on-line or the CD-ROM can be purchased, details on the web page.
http://www.agso.gov.au/pdf/UC0001.pdf

Cyclone Tracy Website - includes Cyclone Tracy, Cyclones Meteorological Information and Oral Histories.
http://www.ntlib.nt.gov.au/tracy/basic/Cyc_Tracy.html

JCU MetSat GMS Weather Pictures - provided by James Cook University.
http://www.ece.jcu.edu.au/research/JCUMetSat/

Severe Thunderstorms in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory - from the Bureau of Meteorology.
http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/nsw/sevwx/

Australian Weather and Storm Chasing - from OzThunder
http://ozthunder.com/

Tropical Storms, Worldwide - contains general information on current storms.
http://www.solar.ifa.hawaii.edu/Tropical/

Ask Jack FAQ index - Frequently asked questions about the weather and climate including hurricanes and tornadoes
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/askjack/wfaq0.htm

Hurricane Central
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/hurricane/about.htm

Hurricane Field Trip
http://www.field-trips.org/sci/hurricane/index.htm

Tornado Field Trip
http://www.field-trips.org/sci/tornado/index.htm

FAQ: Hurricanes, Typhoons and Tropical Cyclones (Part 1 of 2) - What is a Cyclone, How do Tropical Cyclones form? How are Australian tropical cyclones ranked? etc.
http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/meteorology/storms-faq/part1/faq.html

Hurricanes online meteorology guide
http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/hurr/home.rxml

Hurricane Research Division of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/


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Earthquakes

Geohazards - from Geosciences Australia
http://www.ga.gov.au/urban/factsheets/geo_index.jsp

Earthquake Information - including "Hazards and Preparedness".
http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/


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Volcanoes

Oz Volcanoes - a WebQuest developed by UniServe Science to study recent volcanism in Australia
http://science.uniserve.edu.au/school/quests/ozvolcanoes.html

Volcanoes! - lesson plan with resources from United States Geological Survey Learning Web
http://interactive2.usgs.gov/learningweb/teachers/volcanoes.htm

Understanding Volcanoes and Volcanic Hazards - a pdf file of a presentation given by Seiemic Research Unit, University of West Indies, contains excellent images of volcanoes, lahars, and other volcanic hazards
http://www.uwiseismic.com/SRU_Site01/Documents/Workshop/Volcanoes%20and%20their%20hazards.pdf

Impact of a Volcanic Eruption on Agriculture and Forestry in New Zealand - from Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
http://www.maf.govt.nz/mafnet/rural-nz/emergency-management/volcanoes/volcano-erruption-impact/httoc.htm

Forecasting Volcanic Eruptions - from StudyWorks! Online
http://www.studyworksonline.com/cda/content/article/0,,NAV2-77_SAR1058,00.shtml

Expert predicted volcano eruption - from BBC News
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/1777671.stm

Volcanoes: Can We Predict Volcanic Eruptions? - from The Annenberg/CPB Project Exhibits Collection
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/volcanoes/entry.html

Images of Volcanoes in the Australian Region - volcanoes in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific
http://volcano.und.nodak.edu/vwdocs/volc_images/australia/australia.html

Volcano Field Trip
http://www.field-trips.org/sci/volcano/index.htm

Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Lahar Threat Response - background to the lahar threat - from Department of Conservation, NZ, download in pdf
http://www.doc.govt.nz/Whats-New/Issues/Mt-Ruapehu-Crater-Lake/pdfs/lahar1.pdf

Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Lahar Threat Response - the above fact sheet and other background and related information available online and to download in pdf
http://www.doc.govt.nz/Whats-New/Issues/Mt-Ruapehu-Crater-Lake/index.asp

Mt Ruapehu Eruption Resources - from @URL, contains QuickTime Virtual Reality Movie and articles
http://url.co.nz/resources/ruapehu.php

Ruapehu Lahar Residual Risk Assessment - a report (85 page) produced for the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, New Zealand, download in pdf
http://www.mcdem.govt.nz/memwebsite.nsf/Files/RuapehuReportMainText/$file/RuapehuReportMainText.pdf

Volcanic Lahar Zones - from Environment Waikato
http://www.ew.govt.nz/ourenvironment/hazards/naturalhazards/volcano/zones1.htm


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Tsunamis

Pacific Tsunami Museum
http://www.tsunami.org/

Tsunami
http://www.geophys.washington.edu/tsunami/

Tsunami hazard mitigation and information
http://www.disastercenter.com/tsunami.htm

Welcome to Tsunami Central
http://www.usc.edu/dept/tsunamis/

Ultimate list of Tsunami Resources

http://www.realinsurance.com.au/Article-Library/Ultimate-List-of-Tsunami-Resources.aspx

 


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Predicting Disasters


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Tackling Disasters

- CSIRO

Smarter Ways to Tackle Disasters - from CSIRO
http://www.csiro.au/news/mediarel/mr1998/mr98297.html

Hurricane Awareness - from the National Hurricane Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/hurricane/index.shtml




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