12.103 Science and Policy of Natural Hazards

As taught in: Spring 2010

Major natural hazards.

Natural hazards, showing earthquake, hurricane, volcano eruption and tornado. (Image courtesy of USGS and NOAA.)




Prof. Kerry Emanuel

Prof. Stephane Rondenay

Jane Connor

Course Description

This course examines the science of natural catastrophes such as earthquakes and hurricanes and explores the relationships between the science of and policy toward such hazards. It presents the causes and effects of these phenomena, discusses their predictability, and examines how this knowledge influences policy making. This course includes intensive practice in the writing and presentation of scientific research and summaries for policy makers.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .avi and .mov.