GEOG 1700: Natural Disasters

In this course, students will be introduced to natural disasters; the processes and energy sources that produce them, along with the spatial distribution and pattern of natural phenomena, while developing an understanding of the impact these phenomena have on human activity.

  • Determine the roles of natural disaster mitigation at a federal and local governmental level, community level, and individual level.
  • Analyze and understand natural processes that create disaster events such as: earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, tsunamis, severe weather, disease, and climate change.
  • Understand how natural hazards become disasters and ultimately catastrophes.
  • Know how many natural processes are cylindrical, meaning that they have a frequency of recurrence, which also influences their magnitude.
  • Analyze the role humans play in creating natural disasters (i.e. population growth, poverty, environmental degradation, climate change, and politics).
  • Understand the technology used to measure and analyze natural processes such as satellite imagery, aerial photography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and ground data.