GEOS 1500 - SECTION #43365

EARTH HAZARDS AND DISASTERS

LECTURE: M, W 9:00-9:50 AM,  ROOD 1104

Prof. Robb Gillespie

 

Discussion Sections:

Section      44007     44008       45632 43630 43629
Instructor  Seth Workman  Andrew Macleod  Seth Workman Andrew Macleod, Seth workman Andrew Macleod
Days:    Tuesday   Tuesday      Tuesday Thursday Thursday
Time: 10:00 11:20 a.m.  11:00 a.m. 12:20 pm  1:00 2:20 p.m. 11:00 - 12:20 pm 11:00 - 12:20 pm
Room:   1008 classroom     1214 classroom  1214 classroom 1214 classroom 1214 classroom
Building:   Wood Hall   Wood Hall  Wood Hall Wood Hall Wood Hall

                                                                     

                                                   
Fall 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Exam 3 grades and exempt list for final posted.

 

Exam Grades

 

First Exam

 

Second Exam

 

Third Exam

Exempt from Final

Final

 

COURSE SYLLABUS

DISCUSSION SECTION SYLLABUS


CURRENT EVENT HOMEWORK

MOVIE CRITIQUE HOMEWORK

 

EARTHQUAKE CONSTRUCTION

 

RESTLESS MOUNTAIN HANDOUT

 

COURSE SCHEDULE

 

Class Links

Activity: Nature of Science

The (2007) class has agreed upon the following statements that we believe describe the nature of science:

1. There is a generally accepted process to doing science, but not a single scientific method.

2. Although science is based on evidence (and theories and laws), it cannot be used to answer every question.

3. Imagination and creativity play a significant role in the work of a scientist.

4. Scientific laws and theories are open to debate and can be changed.

5. Cultural, historical, and social bias can play a significant role in scientific activities.

6. Scientific knowledge is a product of both observation and inference.

 

Activity: Impact Scenarios

Use the Earth Impacts Effect Program to investigate what would happen if a comet or asteroid struck the earth.

 

Activity: Restless Mountain: Handout -- Grading Criteria

Long Valley Observatory, USGS: http://lvo.wr.usgs.gov/

 

Activity: La Conchita Landslide in the news:

March 2006 to October 2008, News articles on the court cases regarding the 2005 La Conchita, CA, Landslide: http://la-conchita-news.newslib.com/

 

Supplemental Information

Three major government agencies monitor natural hazards in the US:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
United States Geological Survey (USGS)

International hazard monitoring and mitigation information and links:
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)

Links to recent disasters:

ReliefWeb  http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/dbc.nsf/doc100?OpenForm Click on the 'Latest Natural Disasters' for a year-to-date list of events this group has responded to.

Lusi, Indonesia, mud volcano 'caused by drilling' (2006-2008, ongoing): http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7699672.stm

Oct 7, 2008 - For the first time, scientists predict an asteroid's impact.

NASA Near Earth Object Program - News item with images: http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news159.html

ABC News story: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=5972440&page=1 

 

Links to earth hazards by topic:

General US and International Hazard Information and Programs:
http://www.usgs.gov/hazards/ USGS Natural Hazards Gateway: general information about natural hazards (earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunami, volcanoes, and wildfires), specific to the US and world-wide.

http://www.noaawatch.gov/ NOAA All-Hazards Monitoring webpage: links to information and recent activity for a variety of hazards in the US and world (earthquake, volcano, space weather, weather, tsunami, drought, flooding, etc.).

http://www.unisdr.org/ UNISDR: information about world-wide natural hazard occurrence, monitoring, and mitigation.

http://www.unesco.org/science/disaster/index_disaster.shtml UNESCO natural hazard reduction programs and information about global hazards and disasters.

http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/  MODIS satellite monitoring.

http://www.scier.eu/Default.asp?Static=69 SCIER: The EU's monitoring network.

More links at: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/resources/web/space.html

Impacts and Space Weather:
http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/neo/pha.html NASA Near Earth Object Program: comprehensive information about the search program for near-earth objects, including lists of NEO's and possibility of impacts

http://impact.arc.nasa.gov/ NASA Asteroid and Comet Impact Hazards website with information and links to near-earth orbiting bodies. Current Events: http://impact.arc.nasa.gov/news_archive.cfm?year=now

http://www.noaawatch.gov/themes/space.php NOAA space weather site with links to monitoring and forecasting of space phenomena that affect earth.

Volcanoes:
http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/ USGS Volcano Hazards Program: comprehensive information about volcanic hazards, monitoring, and mitigation. Links to active US and world-wide volcanic activity.

http://www.volcano.si.edu/ Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program: database of world-wide volcanoes currently active, dormant, or active in the last 12,000 years.

http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/visualization/collections/sedmod.html Volcanic Ash modeling & monitoring.

Earthquakes:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ USGS Earthquake Hazard Program: comprehensive information about earthquake hazards, monitoring, and mitigation. Links to recent US and world-wide earthquakes.

http://www.nehrp.gov/ National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: focus on monitoring and mitigation of earthquake hazards.

A news story of  a recently discovered fault (separate from New Madrid) near a gas pipeline that could trigger a magnitude 7 earthquake: 

 

Tsunami:
http://nthmp.tsunami.gov/ NOAA National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program: comprehensive information about tsunami hazards, monitoring, and mitigation in the US.

http://www.tsunami.noaa.gov/ NOAA's tsunami information page.

http://www.usgs.gov/hazards/tsunamis/ USGS links to tsunami hazard information.

http://www.tsunamiwave.info/ UNESCO International Tsunami Information Centre: world-wide tsunami monitoring and mitigation information. Links to tsunami warning centers (Pacific, Indian, Hawai'i, Caribbean).

Landslides:
http://landslides.usgs.gov/ USGS National Landslide Hazard Program: comprehensive information about landslide hazards in the US, and links to world-wide landslide hazards.

http://www.landslidecentre.org/response.htm International Landslide Centre has information about large landslide events

Floods:
http://www.noaawatch.gov/floods.php NOAA flood monitoring and warning programs for the US

http://www.usgs.gov/hazards/floods/ USGS links to flood hazard information.

http://www.internationalfloodnetwork.org/index.html International Flood Network gives information about world-wide recent flood events.

 

CITATION STYLES

 

 


http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/workshop/citmla.htm  MLA style citations.  On-line newspapers and web pages are toward the bottom of the page.  Note that the first date is the copyright/print date; the second date refers to the date the web page was viewed/accessed.
 

http://www.lib.monash.edu.au/tutorials/citing/harvard.html Harvard style citations -- this style is more often used in science papers.  Note the links at the bottom of the page for specific examples of websites and newspaper articles.  

 

 

 

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