Tulane University, Dept. Earth & Environmental Sciences

Natural Disasters

EENS 3050  & EENS 6050

Fall 2014

Prof. Stephen A. Nelson
snelson@tulane.edu

Course Description

An examination of the causes, effects, and options available to mitigate natural disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, landslides, subsidence, flooding, severe weather, and meteorite impacts.

 
Follow the links below to material related to this course. New links will be added and updated throughout the semester, so check back with this page often.

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Course Announcements

Syllabus 3050

Syllabus 6050

Disaster Summary Information


Lecture Notes

Homework Exercises

 


 

 

Web Links

 

  

Announcements - Look here  for announcements concerning this course

August 26, 2014

 

After exams, I post here in the announcement section some of the issues I found while grading the exams.  These comments may be helpful and you can find these old announcements from previous semesters by clicking HERE.

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Lecture Notes

Note:  Two versions of each set of lecture notes are shown in the table below.  The first is in html format, optimized for viewing on the Web.  You can print this version directly from your Web browser, but there is no guarantee that the pages will break where they are supposed to, since each person's browser can be set up differently (margins, fonts, font sizes, etc.).  

The PDF (Portable Document Format) versions of the lecture notes are optimized for printing.  All page breaks should occur correctly.  If your web browser has the proper plug-in installed, clicking on the PDF will bring the file into your web browser from which you can then print the notes.  If the plug-ins are not installed, your web browser will either attempt to download the PDF files or offer to send you to the Adobe web site to download the plug-ins for your browser.  If you choose to download the PDF format lecture notes you will still need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the files.  This and further information about the browser plug-ins can be obtained by clicking on the icon below.

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Special Note to Firefox and Safari users -  Firefox and Safari web browsers use a different method to display the Windows Symbol font which I used for creating Greek Characters like - D S a b etc. If these characters do not show up as Greek characters, your browser has this problem.   The alternative is to use Internet Explorer to view the html files or to use the PDF files where all fonts are rendered correctly.

Note: Only Files with the Red Asterisk * have been updated for the Fall 2014 Term.

 Natural Disasters & Assessing Hazards and Risk*

PDF File*

Earth Structure, Materials, Systems, and Cycles*

PDF File*

Earthquakes: Causes and Measurements*

PDF File*

Earthquake Hazards & Risks*

PDF File*

Earthquake Prediction, Control, & Mitigation*

PDF File*

Earthquake Case Histories*

PDF File*

Tsunami*

PDF File*

 

Volcanoes, Magma, and Volcanic Eruptions*

PDF File*

Volcanic Landforms, Volcanoes & Plate Tectonics

PDF File

Volcanic Hazards, & Predicting Eruption

PDF File

Volcanic Case Histories

PDF File

The Ocean-Atmosphere System

PDF File

 

Tornadoes & Other Severe Weather

PDF File

Tropical Cyclones

PDF File

River Systems & Causes of Flooding

PDF File

River Flooding

PDF File

Flooding Hazards, Prediction & Human Intervention

PDF File

Mass Movements

PDF File

Slope Stability, Triggering Events, Prediction, & Mitigation

PDF File

Subsidence

PDF File

Coastal Zones

PDF File

 

Meteorites, Impacts, and Mass Extinction

PDF File

 

 

References to works cited in Lecture Notes

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Homework Exercises

Note: Both HTML and PDF files are available from the list below.

Note: Only files with an asterisk (*) have been updated for the Fall 2014 Term.

I. Disaster Info on the Internet*

Assigned - Aug. 26

Due Sept. 4

PDF File*

II. Seismological Exercises*

Assigned Sept. 4

Due Sept. 16

PDF File*

III. Volcanological Exercises

Assigned Sept. 23

Due Oct. 7

PDF File

IV.  Flooding Exercises

Assigned Oct. 16

Due Oct. 28

PDF File

V. Mass Movement Exercises

Assigned Oct. 30

Due Nov. 11

PDF File

VI. Weather Exercises

Assigned Nov. 13

Due Nov. 25

PDF File

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Links to Natural Disaster Information on the Internet
Note: This list is not exhaustive, but it contains some important links that will also contain other links to natural disaster information.

Plate Tectonics

 

Natural Disasters in General

Earthquakes

Volcanic Eruptions

Tsunami

Landslides

Floods

Weather Related Disasters

 Meteorite Impacts

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