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How Predictable Are Natural Disasters?
Taught by: Art Lerner-Lam

Description
E-Seminar Description
Earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural hazards have significant potential to affect human lives and society. In this e-seminar, Dr. Art Lerner-Lam (pictured left) will focus on types of natural hazards and their impact on human societies, as well as the impact of human society on the Earth. The first section of the e-seminar considers the definitions of natural hazards and natural disasters, characterizes types of natural hazards, and examines the direct and indirect impacts of natural disasters on human society. In the second section, Dr. Lerner-Lam examines the differences between hazard, a process with potential human impacts, and risk, the product of hazard and accumulated human assets. The final section focuses on the science of predicting hazards and risks. The e-seminar also asks the question of whether natural hazards can be predicted and examines the two types of study, empirical and model-based, by which such predictions are made.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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Outline | Instructor's Background | Technical Requirements

Outline
1.   Natural Hazards and Society
2.   What is the Difference Between Hazard and Risk?
3.   Are Hazards and Risks Predictable?

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Art Lerner-Lam is Associate Director for Geology and Geophysics, a Senior Research Scientist, and Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Science at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Palisades, New York.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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