“Katrina & New Orleans: Hurricanes, Geology, Land Use and Disaster—Where Do We Go from Here?” with Klaus Jacob (Oct 2005)

by | Jul 27, 2023 | Natural Hazards

Originally presented 15 Oct 2005

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita may serve as a wake-up call for potential change coming throughout this century. No longer can we view hazardous weather as something that only affects “them” wherever “they” are, as the aftermath of these storms continue to have national impacts. We have never before seen an American city so damaged, awakened to the devastation affecting smaller communities over such a wide region, or seen fellow citizens scattered from their communities so widely and without any definite plans for continuing their lives.
So among questions we need to examine are: What should we teach about the causes of these newsworthy events? How do we proceed with national and state policy responses for recovery? What must be the interconnected roles of emergency planners, scientists, engineers, first-responders, and government administrators? Ultimately as educators, it comes down to: How can we prepare our students to handle future situations that may effect them?
This Earth2Class Workshop will focus on many of these concerns, joined by Dr. Klaus Jacob, who has extensive experience in assessing disaster risk management and helping to plan emergency responses to natural hazards.

E2C Presentations related to this Workshop

“Natural Hazards and Risks: How Should We Investigate Them? How Should We Teach about Them?”

“Hurricanes, Geology, Meteorology, Land Use, and Disasters”

For recent stories about the Katrina/Rita recovery efforts: http://www.usatoday.com/news/hurricane.htm

Cutting-Edge Research

Dr. Klaus Jacob, among many other accomplishments, is a Special Research Scientist at LDEO. A geophysicist by training, he also serves as adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he teaches and does research on disaster risk management.

His Washington Post op-ed piece, Time for a Tough Question: Why Rebuild?, appeared on 6 Sep.

The Center for Hazards and Risk Research is a component of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. The goal of the Earth Institute is to mobilize the sciences and public policy to build a prosperous and sustainable future. In addition to  understanding hazards and risks, Earth Institute cross-cutting themes include:

urbanizationglobal healthpoverty
climate & societyfood, ecology, & nutrition

Another CEI component is the Center for International Earth System Information Network. One CIESEN project related to today’s topic is “Metropolitan East Coast Assessment: Climate Change and a Global City.”

Classroom Resources

“Long Island Express”

Classroom activity created by E2C Workshop participants Lisbeth Uribe (The School at Columbia); Veronica Thompson (Bayard Rustin HS for the Humanities, NY); Enid Ringer (Bayard Rustin HS for the Humanities, NY); Meryl Ginsburg (Pascack Valley HS); and Deena Bollinger (South Orangetown Middle School)

“Could a Tsunami Occur in New York City? How to Predict and Prepare for These Natural Disasters”
Lesson plans developed by Maura Crowe

Other Educational Resources for teaching about HURRICANES

National Weather Service “Weather Education” links  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/edures.htm

Weather Safety: Hurricanes http://www.weather.gov/om/hurricane/index.shtml
Official glossary http://www.weather.gov/glossary/index.php?letter=h

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Lab

Hurricane Research Divisions http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/abouthrd.html

Project Atmosphere Canada http://www.msc.ec.gc.ca/education/teachers_guides/toc_e.html
Hurricanes http://www.msc.ec.gc.ca/education/teachers_guides/documents/01_hazardous_wx_hurricanes.pdf

“Investigating the Climate System: Weather”

“What Could a Hurricane Do to My Home?”

Hurricane season preparedness: How to minimize prep costs

Other Resources for This Topic

Suggestions for Additional Information

LDEO Resources: 
LDEO Center for Hazards and Risk Research http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/chrr/index.html
“Mapping the Risks of Hurricane Disasters”http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/news/2005/09_24_05.htm

US Geological Survey
Hurricane Katrina Response http://www.usgs.gov/katrina/
Hurricane Rita Response http://www.usgs.gov/rita/

Environmental Impacts of Hurricane Katrina http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/hurricane_katrina/

Hurricane Katrina satellite imagery  http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/index.cgi?page=products&category=Year%202005%20Storm%20Events&event=Hurricane%20Katrina

Hurricane Hunter Views of
Katrina http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2005/s2496.htm

National Hurricane Center/Tropical Prediction Center


2005 Tropical Cyclone

Achive http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2005/index.shtml


Preparedness http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/intro.shtml

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories


Katrina  http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/Storm_pages/katrina2005/index.html


Rita  http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/Storm_pages/rita2005/index.html


FEMA Home http://fema.gov
FEMA for Kids http://www.fema.gov/kids/
2005 Hurricane Recovery Informationhttp://www.fema.gov/press/2005/hurricane_season.shtm
Tropical Storm Watch http://www.fema.gov/storm/trop.shtm


Research into hurricane formation: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/features.cfm?feature=942

American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/

National Geographic

National Geographic
“Gone with the Water”
“Hurricane Hunter Gets an Insider’s View of Katrina”
“Major Hurricanes Predicted to Increase in Years Ahead”

Google Earth

Hurricane Katrina images http://earth.google.com/hurricane.html