The news sources listed in question 3 will be helpful when you need to follow a natural disaster that occurs
during the course. Note that some of these services allow you to set yourself up to receive an email informing you each day of any event that has occurred based on a key word. For example, I have set up a "News Alert" at google.com to send me information on any natural disasters that occur, using key words such as "natural disaster", "landslide", "earthquake", "flood", "tornado", "eruption", "tsunami", etc. Yahoo has a similar service. A service such as this is useful for keeping track of information for your disaster summary.
For now, remind yourself of the information you will need and the format for reporting disasters for the Disaster Summary, by going to the Disaster Summary Information page - http://www.tulane.edu/~sanelson/Natural_Disasters/disastersummaryF2016.htm. Then, as practice for the final disaster summary, find infomation on the 2 major disasters that occurred in the 1 month period prior to the start of the course and report it in the same format you would for the final summary. Note that your summaries will likely be less than a page long for each disaster and you should use the same format outlined in link above. Note also, that since both of these disasters occurred before the course started, neither should occur in your final disaster summary. (4 points)
- Use the search engine of your choice (I recommend http://www.google.com)
to locate pages concerning the following topics. Answer
the questions for each topic.
- Find a NOAA news story published in 1999 about last century's
(1900 - 1999) top weather,
water, and climate events. Give a list of what NOAA
considers the worst events in both the U.S. and the
World. Note that you may need to find more than one web page to get both the U.S. and World articles. (2 points)
- Every so often, the Sun produces massive solar flares that could have an effect on Earth. We are not going to cover this type of an event in this course, nevertheless it is something to be aware of. Answer the following questions concerning such events.
- What would the effect on humans be if a massive solar flare were to hit Earth? (1 point)
- Has such an event happened within human history and what effects did it have on humans? Explain (1 point)
- What could we as humans do to avoid the effects of such an event? (1 point)
- Have there been any close calls for such in an event within the past 5 years? Explain (1point)
Extra Credit Question - What kind of event caused the damage seen in the photograph at the top of the EENS-3050 web page? (2 points)