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Speaker Susan Kieffer; Center for Advanced Study and Walgreen Professor Emerita of Geology and Physics, University of Illinois and Author, Dynamics of Disaster (2013)
Date Sep 17, 2014
Time 7:30 pm  
Location Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum; 600 S. Gregory Street; Urbana IL
Cost Free and Open to the Public
Sponsor Center for Advanced Study
Contact Liesel Wildhagen
Phone 217-333-6729
Event type Lecture
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Originating Calendar Center for Advanced Study

Natural Hazards and Human Behavior: The Dangerous Dynamics of Megadisasters

Normally the earth slowly releases energy stored from its formation and from on-going radioactive decay, but sometimes the releases are very rapid. Such releases create disasters catastrophic to humans-landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts and floods. In this talk, she will describe some recent events and their causes and a possible way forward for coexisting with these natural processes.

Reviews of Dynamics of Disaster

* This [impressive] book ought to be placed in the hands of politicians, engineers, insurance assessors and, frankly, anyone who sees sense in understanding the processes and systems that guide our planet," -- Jonathan Wright, Geographical, December, 2013

*A study on natural disasters [that] puts fizz into the physics" - Roger Bilham, Nature, October 23, 2013

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