sp10_1b_106_Policy

sp10_1b_106_Policy - The Science and Politics of Natural...

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The Science and Politics of Natural Disasters Isla Vista Beach Cliff Erosion, 2005 (Arthur Gibbs Sylvester, UCSB) Disaster Event that causes great loss of life &/or property (&/or environment) Catastrophe • When damages to people, property, or society (or environment) are sufficient that recovery or rehabilitation is long, involved process Hazard • Potential danger that poses a threat to people or property
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Policy Avoiding Catastrophes Understand the science behind hazards Forecast future hazards & monitor for warning signs Prepare structural solutions and education the public on what to do Have a warning system to alert people of coming hazard Have a plan for what to do before, during and after the disaster occurs Science First - A Few Words on Policy How comfortable are you with taking a risk? What is your “acceptable risk”? How do you determine “acceptable risk” for a society?
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Some factors that influence Acceptable Risk Likelihood of the event occurring (probability) Scale of the event (magnitude)
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This note was uploaded on 01/11/2012 for the course GEO 106 taught by Professor Robviens during the Spring '10 term at Bellevue College.

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