EOSC 114 · The Catastrophic Earth: Natural Disasters
Introduction to causes and physical characteristics of disasters such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, storm surge, thunderstorms, tornadoes, landslides, wind waves, meteor impacts, mass extinctions. [3-0-0]
Corequisite: EOSC 111 is recommended.
Distance education offered
A. For earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, storms, waves, and meteor impacts, you will:
- Learn how they work.
- Locate the dangerous places where they've often occurred.
- Learn ways to observe and monitor them.
- Find out why it's hard to forecast them.
- Learn what you and your community can do to prepare for them.
B. We will strive to:
- Empower you to be a survivor.
- Enable you to approach new challenges insightfully.
- Sharpen your observations of nature.
- Stimulate your excitement in our planet.
On-campus Lecture Sections
- Fall term: sections 101, 102 - Instructors: Gilley, Porritt, Stull, Ver, Maldonado, Weis
- Spring term: sections 201, 202 - Instructors: Porritt, Stull, Bostock, Maldonado, Ver
- Summer term: section 971 - Instructors: TBA
Distance Education Sections
- Fall term: sections 99A, 99B - Instructor: Ver
- Spring term: sections 99C, 99D - Instructor: Ver
- Summer term: section 98A - Instructor: Ver
If the lecture section you want is full, consider registering for the Distance Education section (99A/B in Fall, or 99C/D in Spring) instead. It's the same course covering the same content for the same credits, but you do it online from home. Over 90% of the Distance Ed students are regular on-campus UBC students.
The Earth Course Assistance Centre is a help service for all students in 1st year EOSC courses.
EOSC114 was part of EOS-SEI, the EOS Science Education Initiative during 2007-2009.
- Abbott and Samson. 2012. "Natural Disasters". Custom Edition for UBC. McGraw-Hill Custom Publishing. ISBN on package: 978-125925870X; ISBN on textbook: 978-125903339-1.
A student personal response system ("i-clicker" brand) is also required. This is the clicker that has been adopted UBC-wide (required for on-campus lecture sections only). The clicker can be purchased at the University Bookstore or at Discount Textbooks. We will not be using the iClicker-GO system for smartphones
- The textbook is less expensive if you buy it at Discount Textbooks, located on University Blvd 2 blocks off campus above the Staples in the University Village shopping mall. We have placed our full order for these textbooks at the Discount Textbook store. Discount Textbooks contact info: #217-2150 Western Parkway, Vancouver, BC V6T 1K6 Canada. email: Phone: 604-221-1822, fax: 604-221-1822
On-campus Lecture Sections: See the course web page for all course content info
|1-2||Fragile System?: The earth, ocean, atmosphere system. Natural disasters are rare events. Energy available for change. Risk analysis. Population issues.|
|2-3||The Shaking Earth (Earthquakes): Plate tectonics, faults, earthquakes, volcanoes, eruptions, lava, ash, pyroclastic flows. Relationship of disasters to the broader fields of seismology, geology, geophysics.|
|4-5||The Explosive Earth (Volcanoes): Eruptions, lava, ash, pyroclastic flows. Relationship of these Earth disasters to the broader fields of volcanology and geology.|
|6-7||The Unstable Ground (Landslides): Debris flows, mud flows, erosion, floods. Relationship to hydrology, geological engineering.|
|8-9||The Turbulent Atmosphere (Storms): Hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning. Relationship to meteorology.|
|10-11||The Violent Ocean (Waves): Tsunami, storm surge, wind waves, rogue waves. Relationship to oceanography.|
|12-13||Impacts from Space & Mass Extinction Events: (Meteor impacts): Mass extinctions. Relationship to paleontology.|
|13||Review: Physical processes common to geophysical disasters.|
Although we don't require that you take a lab, your own program might require that you take a "lab-based" science course. If you need such a lab-based course, you may register for both the 3-credit EOSC 114 (the regular on-campus lecture course or the distance ed sections) and the 1-credit laboratory course EOSC 111 concurrently. Even if your own program doesn't require that your science course be lab-based, many students find that taking the lab helps them to understand the lecture material better.