Introduction to environmental hazards and disasters. Emphasis on causes of extreme natural events, their geographic distribution, and human responses/adjustments. Cross-listed as GEOG 223. Prerequisite: C or better in GEOG 101 or ENVS 115.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
C or better in GEOG 101 or ENVS 115.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
By Abbott, P. L. (McGraw-Hill) Recommended
Geohazards: Natural and Human
By Coch, Nicholas (Prentice Hall) Recommended
The Environment as Hazard
By Burton, Ian, et al (The Guilford Press) Recommended
An Analysis of Natural and Human-Induced Hazards
By Ebert, C. Disasters (Kendall/Hunt) Recommended
To summarize the physical processes that result in extreme natural events.
To detail the characteristics of extreme events and the various impacts they can have on human systems.
To explain the range of human responses and adjustments to extreme events.
Describe earth and atmospheric hazards that appear suddenly.
Identify mitigation for the effects of environmental hazards.
Describe potential ways to prevent future environmental hazards.
Plate tectonics and physical hazards
Earthquakes and earthquake waves
Earthquake prediction and tectonic environments
Volcanoes: materials, hazards, and eruptive mechanisms
Volcanoes: types, behavior, and risks
Sinkholes, land subsidence, and swelling soils
Climate and weather-related hazards
Streams and flood processes
Floods and human interactions
Waves, beaches, and coastal erosion
Hurricanes and nor’easters
Thunder storms and tornadoes
Impact of asteroids and comets
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.