Provisional schedule for Natural Hazards and Catastrophes Spring 2013
Pat Pringle, instructor; The following is the rough order of topics we’ll cover. Dates may be shifted as we progress.
Dates: Saturday, May 25th: Mount St. Helens field trip (--all day: 8:30 AM to ~ 6:00
June 7, Thursday, Last day to turn in field report for Mount St. Helens
NOTE: I don't have my v. 9 with me, so I can't be sure the chapter numbers are all the same. Go by the topics for now...
Week 1: Chapter 1: Human disasters, world population, carrying capacity, and the scientifc method.
Week 5: – Test 2 on volcanoes; Read Chap. 3; Earthquakes:
causes of earthquakes, frequency and wavelength, magnitude &
intensity, epicenter, stress & strain, elastic rebound theory,
faults; Earthquake Size. Hazards and effects: liquefaction, strong
ground motion, etc.
Weeks 5-6 and part of 7, earthquakes: Chapter 3: Earthquake Geology and seismology, chapter 4: Plate tectonics and earthquakes, chapter 5
regional aspects of hazards in the US and Canada. Abbot spends a lot of
time on CA hazards; I cover those but also spend more time on the
Pacific NW, Cascadia. I cover the tsunami aspects too, but take only
selected parts of his chapter given that we are on quarters. You can’t
do it all. This topic
will take at least two weeks, and I may try to squeeze in chapter 15
Mass movements (landslides etc) in at the end [see end of Week 7
below]. Misc. topics include: Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest:
Cascadia subduction zone quakes, deep earthquakes from the subducting
7: – Read
Chap. ?. Mass wasting: landslides, slope
stability, angle of repose, & landslide triggers; classification of
landslide movement,; creep, slumps, slides, flows, landslide hazards
and hazard assessment. Misc: types of mass movement: debris
flows, slumps, rockslides, debris avalanches. Man, gravity is pulling
it all down, fast or slow, earth, debris, or rock, in a variety of
Week 8: – Read selected parts of Chaps. 10-14 Climate, climate change, and weather-related processes and hazards; floods and flooding;
Week 9: – Coastal geologic processes and hazards; hurricanes and extreme weather phenomena, climate change and climate history;
Week 10: – Chaps 16-18: Wildfire; meteor and comet impacts; humankind and natural hazards.
11: – Day of Class: Wrap up and review for final.
LAST CLASS DAY, June
10th; then finals
Updated on April 1, 2013