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Science of the Physical Universe 12. Natural Disasters

Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods, claim thousands of lives and cause tens of billions of dollars in damage each year. Moreover, changes in Earth’s climate are raising sea level, changing precipitation patterns, and likely causing an increase in the occurrence of damaging storms, putting more of our global population at risk. In this course we develop an understanding of these natural hazards from an earth science perspective, and examine several case studies to assess their catastrophic impacts. Given our scientific understanding of these phenomena, we examine ways to assess and forecast future natural disasters, and to mitigate the adverse impacts to our societies. Sections will emphasize the use of GIS technology to measure the impacts of natural hazards.

Professor: 

Brendan Meade

Season: 

Spring

Days: 

T
Th

Time: 

10:00-11:30

Course ID: 

112430

Subject Area: 

Core
General Education

Research Areas: 

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