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Weather Hazards

 
Geography Starter

Starter

 
Revise the definition of a hazard. How many different weather hazards (extreme natural events) can you list? What makes a population more vulnerable to weather hazards?
 
Geography Activities

Activities

 

Web Search Skills

 

Phrase search (" ")

By putting double quotes around a set of words, you are telling the search engine to consider the exact words in that exact order without any change.
Example
  • How many results do you get when you search for hurricane katrina?
  • How do you get when you search for "hurricane katrina"?
  • Has there ever been a hurricane/cyclone/typhoon with your name?

 

 

Terms you want to exclude (-)

Attaching a minus sign immediately before a word indicates that you do not want pages that contain this word to appear in your results.
Example
  • How many results do you get when you search for hurricane katrina?
  • How do you get when you search for hurricane -katrina?

 

 

define:

To see a list of different definitions from various online sources, you can type "define:" followed by a word or phrase
Example
  • define: drought
  • define: typhoon

 

 

Fill in the blanks (*)

If you include * within a query, it tells the search engine to try to treat the star as a placeholder for any unknown term(s) and then find the best matches.
Example
  • hurricane katrina caused * fatalities
  • The * heatwave in France killed * people
 

Web Search Task

Your Home Nation
Australia
United States of America
United Kingdom
China
Morocco
Haiti
Niger
 
Choose one of the countries above. Produce a list of the top 5 weather hazard events that have affected that country in the last decade.
 
Geography Review

Review

Natural Disasters Risk Index 2010
 
The resource above ranks the world's countries in terms of their risk from natural hazards. Which areas do think have an increased risk index due to weather hazards?
 

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