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2019-2020 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ERS 319 - Geohazards and Humans

Geohazards and Humans will introduce the scientific principles necessary to understand the underlying causes of the most devastating natural disasters on Earth.  Students will learn how to apply modern geological concepts and theories to identify drivers of major geological hazards and reduce their impacts.  It is designed for students who major in the geosciences but will also benefit students majoring in environmental science, engineering, public policy and business.  A primary goal is to translate a working knowledge of the science of natural hazards into strong critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to prepare students to work with geohazards in their future careers. To meet this goal, the course objectives are to demonstrate the use of geological methods and techniques to study geological hazards, and introduce tools that help to mitigate the impact of these events on humans.  Students will learn about established and emerging approaches for reducing the impact of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, extra-terrestrial impacts, shifts in climate and anthropogenic pollutants on humans and the global economy.

General Education Requirements: Science Applications and Population and Environment 

Prerequisites: Any 100-level Earth Science course or by permission

Course Typically Offered: Spring

Credits: 3