DEVELOPMENT OF A SURVEY TO CHARACTERIZE REGIONAL DIFFERENCES IN PERCEPTIONS OF VOLCANIC AND SEISMIC HAZARDS
To determine the existence and nature of potential place-based differences in novice perceptions about the hazards associated with volcanic and seismic activity, a cognitive survey is developed and administered to college students in introductory-level courses in Nebraska and Hawai`i. In this presentation, the method of survey development and preliminary findings are discussed. The findings of this project will provide a basis for recommendations on how to approach teaching and communicating to the public about volcanic and seismic hazards in areas that are more or less geologically active in these ways. Thus, the significance of this project lies in its potential to offer regionally relevant and culturally sensitive recommendations that will improve public understanding of volcanic and seismic hazards and better prepare the public to respond to these hazards before, during, and in the aftermath of these events.