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ESCI 1080 - Natural Disasters

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3Lab None
Course Description: This course will investigate the physical processes, origins, as well as the human and economic impacts caused by natural disasters. Students will examine earthquakes, volcanism, severe weather, climate change, wildfires, and floods among other natural catastrophic phenomenon. They will have the opportunity to access information from government agencies and universities involved in the study of these phenomena.
MnTC Goals
3 Natural Science, 10 People/Environment

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Climate change
  2. Earthquake geology and seismology
  3. Extinctions
  4. Extraterrestrial hazards
  5. Fires
  6. Floods
  7. Introduction energy sources of disasters
  8. Mass movements
  9. North American earthquakes
  10. Plate tectonics and earthquake regions
  11. Population growth
  12. Severe weather continued
  13. Severe weather
  14. Volcanoes

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. relate causes and effects of processes that produce natural disasters
  2. describe the current state of analysis techniques and prediction capabilities relating to catastrophic events
  3. investigate the natural, human, and economic impacts of natural disasters through case studies
  4. access information on natural disasters via the Internet


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