Coastal perspectives

Coastal perspectives
Publication Date: January, 2004
Type of Resource: Video/animation

This online resource is a video that shows before and after images of the damage caused by hurricanes.

The footage shows historical storm and damage footage as well as interviews with USGS scientists regarding the impact of Hurricanes Hugo, Iniki and Andrew on the coastal regions of the United States and Puerto Rico. 

Additional Information

This resource works in conjunction with the resource 'Science Web – Weather Extremes' and addresses several aspects of the Science as a Human Endeavour strand in relation to the impacts of hurricanes (cyclones) on coastal areas.

This video is readily available for download from the US Geological Survey Education website (Home page:  through the Open Video Project. It has a US perspective and can be downloaded either in one complete session or as 12 segments.

Note: The video is in a wmv file format and therefore requires a suitable plug-in to run on non-Windows computers.

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 6 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth’s surface > ACSSU096
  • Year 6 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Use and influence of science > Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and... > ACSHE220
  • Year Foundation > Science Inquiry Skills