EARTH 147 - Natural Hazards
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
Students who have credit for GEOSCI 107 or 108 or EARTH 107 or 108 (or any combination thereof) may elect EARTH 147 for only 2 credits. Those who have credit for both GEOSCI 107 and 108 or EARTH 107 and 108 (or any combination thereof) may elect EARTH 147 for only 1 credit.
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, and landslides, can result in immense costs in both human lives and economic damage. These societal impacts make it imperative to mitigate against the effects of natural hazards. Beyond simply preparing to respond when disaster strikes, successful mitigation relies on an understanding of the science of natural hazards, allowing for estimates of risk and forecasts of these inevitable hazards. However, there is considerable uncertainty in both the assessments of risk and forecasts of natural hazards, and that uncertainty can add confusion when using that scientific information to inform policy or communicating it to the public. Additionally, there may be an increasing impact of human activity on the occurrence and severity of many natural hazards, for instance wildfires, floods, hurricanes, or tornadoes. This seminar will explore the science behind natural disasters and the connection between science and the public realm, including the meaning of scientific knowledge when uncertainty exists, and how a changing world may affect natural hazards.

EARTH 147 - Natural Hazards
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: First Year Seminar. ONLY first year undergraduates may register.
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