ENVI 103 Fall 2014 Global Warming and Natural Disasters

Cross Listed as GEOS103
The destruction caused by recent storms such as Irene and Sandy, devastation of prolonged drought in the African Sahel, catastrophic flooding and mudslides in SE Asia and sea level encroachment on the Alaska coast are visible examples of natural disasters that may be modulated by climate change. Global climate change, together with environmental degradation and the explosive growth of urban areas, has the potential to increase the severity and impact of natural disasters. In this course we globally examine geological and climatological processes that "set up" natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, landslides, droughts, extreme temperatures, and coastal surges, as well as the processes that condition availability of water resources. We study in detail the causes and anticipated consequences of human alteration of global climate and its impact on the spectrum of natural hazards and resources. During laboratory sessions we use local field sites and computer models to analyze recent disasters/hazards, trends in weather and climate and options for mitigating future impacts.
Class Format: lectures, 3 hours per week; laboratory, 2 hours per week
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation based on written reports from laboratories, class participation, two hour exams and a final exam
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: first- and second-year students
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives,ENVS Group EB-B Electives,ENVS Group EG-A Electives,GEOS Environmental Geosciences Courses,SCST Related Courses
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1235
ENVI 103 - 01 (F) LEC Glbl Warming & Natrl Disasters Division 3: Science and Mathematics David P. Dethier
MWF 09:00 AM-09:50 AM Clark Hall 204 1235
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