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2012-2013 Official General Catalog 
2012-2013 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

PHS 123 - Natural Disasters

Tsunamis!  Tornadoes!  Earthquakes!  Floods!  How likely are you to have to deal with a natural disaster?  What is the likelihood that Binghamton will have another flood like the one in June 2006?  This course examines the science behind natural disasters and how this results in loss of life and property.  Course will use case studies of natural disasters to analyze the forces of nature and their impact.

Credits: 4
3 Class Hours; 3 Laboratory Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1.  State the statistics regarding different types of natural disasters and the highest cause for loss of life and property.
2.  Identify the different types of earthquakes and what impacts different soils have on earthquake damage.
3.  Identify the different types of volcanoes and which type has a higher probability for loss of life or property; also be able to identify where volcanoes occur.
4.  State the causes for mass movements.
5.  Identify regions prone to tsunamis, state the measures used to predict or warn the public about approaching tsunamis.
6.  Describe the different types of severe weather and how each is formed.
7.  Describe why Binghamton, NY is prone to flooding and what a 100-year flood means.
8.  Identify the relationship between wind and pressure as it relates to the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane force winds.  Identify the major causes for loss of life during a hurricane.
9.  State evidence that supports global climate change and state the causes of global climate change.