Natural Disasters

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Course Description

No region on Earth is immune from natural disasters. As we gain scientific understanding into the causes and nature of such phenomena, we become better able to mitigate the effects of disasters. Yet as the world's population continues to grow, an increasingly large number of people are at risk.

This science course examines different types of natural disasters and our ability, or inability, to control and predict such events. You will gain an appreciation of natural disasters beyond the newspaper headlines, and will better understand how the effects of disasters can be reduced.

There is an urgent need for people from all walks of life to better understand the scientific principles behind the occurrence of natural disasters:

  • City planners need to know where, and where not, to site buildings.
  • Politicians need to make scientifically informed decisions.
  • Emergency management officials need to understand the nature of a pote...

No region on Earth is immune from natural disasters. As we gain scientific understanding into the causes and nature of such phenomena, we become better able to mitigate the effects of disasters. Yet as the world's population continues to grow, an increasingly large number of people are at risk.

This science course examines different types of natural disasters and our ability, or inability, to control and predict such events. You will gain an appreciation of natural disasters beyond the newspaper headlines, and will better understand how the effects of disasters can be reduced.

There is an urgent need for people from all walks of life to better understand the scientific principles behind the occurrence of natural disasters:

  • City planners need to know where, and where not, to site buildings.
  • Politicians need to make scientifically informed decisions.
  • Emergency management officials need to understand the nature of a potential disaster and ways to mitigate such an event.
  • Journalists need to report scientifically accurate information.

Learner Testimonial:

Professors Stix and Gyakum have created and presented an engaging course, and have helped in my quest for a better understanding of the world around me.” – Previous Student

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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 2 months ago
In general courses by Canadian Universities are always a little more difficult and challenging. I have taken 8 courses with edX since last year and the most challenging courses were by Canadian Universities and the course i took with Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. I enjoyed this course a lot and learned a lot. I think the Professors are also great.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 2 months ago
I've learned a lot about many common events across the world and feel that I have a deeper understanding or at least awareness or various natural phenomena. Many of these I have never experienced myself so it's a very convenient way to learn about them and keep in mind when moving or traveling around the world. Recommend it to anyone interested in learning about nature in general.
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5 years, 2 months ago
An excellent course with two Professors as co-presenters. Each lecture could be downloaded or transcripts were available as well. Along side each video, was a highlighted transcript for those who had difficulty in hearing the presenters or understanding their accents. The quizzes were all related to the videos, required some thought and all were very enjoyable. There are experiments to complete which are easy to do at relatively little cost except time. Any problems that arose were dealt with quickly by TA's, who were also present in the discussions to help students. Highly recommend this course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 2 months ago
This was a fantastic course and covered the topic of natural disasters in an accessible manner, exactly as advertised! The professors are clearly very enthusiastic about teaching the topic and did a great time at explaining the fundamental science behind various disasters. Interestingly, the course does not cover drought or fire, which is an odd omission considering climate predictions in North America, but otherwise excellent!
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5 years, 2 months ago
I had high expectations prior to taking this course and I am delighted to add here that the content, the delivery and the faculty was amazing! I would be taking this course once again as and when they schedule a repeat/updated session. Once again, my profound gratitude to John Gyakum, John Stix for truly enlightening me on the academic front! Onwards, Nitin
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4 years, 1 month ago
I believe this course could have represented the very best of what MOOC's can be except for their grading system. The course itself is full of interesting useful information highly relevant to people all over the world and is taught in a style that I believe is accessible to non-academics. I strongly urge anyone considering this course to take it if it stays on as a self-paced course. I believe the course team have done a fantastic job in producing interesting and relevant lectures, so far, but badly fell short in the area of grading where they have adopted a ridiculous practice of random student grading which results in a random mark based on the whims of the random student who gets to grade your hard work. I would have given the course a 5 star but because of the very bad grading system they have adopted I could only give them a three at most. It is too bad that the course team at McGill took what could have been a fabu... I believe this course could have represented the very best of what MOOC's can be except for their grading system. The course itself is full of interesting useful information highly relevant to people all over the world and is taught in a style that I believe is accessible to non-academics. I strongly urge anyone considering this course to take it if it stays on as a self-paced course. I believe the course team have done a fantastic job in producing interesting and relevant lectures, so far, but badly fell short in the area of grading where they have adopted a ridiculous practice of random student grading which results in a random mark based on the whims of the random student who gets to grade your hard work. I would have given the course a 5 star but because of the very bad grading system they have adopted I could only give them a three at most. It is too bad that the course team at McGill took what could have been a fabulous course and messed it up with this absurd grading system.
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5 years, 5 months ago
I think this course would be a very nice one judging from the introductory videos. So far the concepts on volcanoes in the first week of the course are clearly introduced. Prof Stix explains clearly the mechanisms of volcanic activities and also the technical terms used. This is very nice especially for students with little background on earth sciences.
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2/10 starsDropped
5 years, 6 months ago
our country is frequently visited by typhoons in which recently is typhoon yolanda. I want t take ts course to better myself understand how the effects of disaster can be reduced.
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