Join this course and learn about the nature of
these phenomena, also, learn about the vulnerability of our region to these
disasters and mitigation measures useful in case of future disasters.
These natural disasters occur at local, regional
and global scales. The occurrence of natural disasters has been a normal
event throughout the history of Earth. Major natural disasters have played
an important role in shaping the face of the Earth, and it is likely that
they will continue to do so.
Students in this class will learn about the most
frequent natural disasters that have occurred on Earth including the mass
extinction of dinosaurs. The course starts with an introduction to geological
processes, continues with geological cycles and moves into the analysis
of the most frequently occurring natural disasters. This course emphasizes
the geological aspects behind the origin of the natural disasters and their
geologic record through the history of Earth. The influence of man on the
rate and frequency at which these natural disasters occur is also discussed.
Special attention will be given to evaluate the damage caused by these
natural disasters as well as the vulnerability of human activities to them.