Minor in Earth Sciences - Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Natural Disasters ERTH 1060   Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Natural Disasters
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Earthquakes, meteorite impacts, rapid climate change, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, landslides, solar flares, and floods are natural disasters that affect our economy, public policy, and safety. Where, why and how frequently do natural disasters occur? Are predictions possible? Are media portrayals of risk and damage realistic? This course, aimed at the nonspecialist, investigates these intriguing questions. Excerpts of “disaster films”, in conjunction with lectures and discussions are used to identify the causes, consequences and sometimes erroneous perceptions of natural hazards. Examples from Atlantic Canada and contemporary disasters are used to assess local risk and real-time events worldwide.
FORMAT: Lecture
CROSS-LISTING: GEOG 1060.03