Course description

Natural disasters such as earthquakes hurricanes and floods claim thousands of lives and cause tens of billions of dollars in damage each year. In this course we develop an understanding of these natural hazards from an earth science perspective and explore how the dynamic processes operating on and within the earth can impact humans. Given our scientific understanding of these phenomena emphasis is placed on ways to assess and forecast future natural disasters and to mitigate the adverse impacts on our societies. A collaborative environment is encouraged and students have the opportunity to work in groups on fun activities and to examine several case studies of various natural disasters to assess their catastrophic impact.


  • Preceptor in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

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