In Module 6, you explored, via online resources, case studies of world-wide communities that have been subject to extreme coastal hazards in recent years. You investigated questions about how people in such communities respond to natural disasters such as typhoons, hurricanes, and tsunamis. By considering the real-life dilemmas of people in these communities, you have considered important questions about what the future of these communities should look like and what actions should be taken today to shape a future of more resilient coastal communities. These questions are ongoing and represent some of the biggest challenges facing human society today, namely: how do we plan and prepare for a world with higher sea levels and more frequent storms, when a large portion of our population, and therefore, economic engines, are located in coastal zones?
Reminder - Complete all of the Module 6 tasks!
You have reached the end of Module 6! Double-check the Module 6 Roadmap to make sure you have completed all of the activities listed there before you begin Module 7.
References and Recommended Reading
- Campbell, Thomas; Benedet, Lindino; and Thomson, Gordon. 2005. Journal of Coastal Research. Special Issue NO. 44. Saving America’s Wetland: Strategies for Restoration of Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands and Barrier Islands (Spring 2005). pp186-202
- PBS NOVA documentary: Killer Typhoon, WGBH, 2014.
- Riggs, Stan; Ames, Dorothea V.; Culver, Stephen J.; Mallinson, David J. The Battle for North Carolina’s Coast: Evolutionary History, Present Crisis, & Vision for the Future. 2013. UNC Press.
- World Bank Climate Change Knowledge Portal.