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GEOPHYS 20N: How to Predict a Super Eruption

The physics and chemistry of volcanic processes and modern methods of volcano monitoring. Volcanoes as manifestations of the Earth's internal energy and hazards to society. How earth scientists better forecast eruptive activity by monitoring seismic activity, bulging of the ground surface, and the discharge of volcanic gases, and by studying deposits from past eruptions. Focus is on the interface between scientists and policy makers and the challenges of decision making with incomplete information. Field trip to Mt. St. Helens, site of the 1980 eruption.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-SMA, GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-AQR
Instructors: Segall, P. (PI)

GEOPHYS 30N: Designing Science Fiction Planets (EPS 30N)

(Formerly GEOLSCI 30N) Science fiction writers craft entire worlds and physical laws with their minds. While planetary formation in the real world is a little different, we can use fantastical places and environments from film, television, and literature as conversation starters to discuss real discoveries that have been made about how planets form and evolve over time. The class will focus on the following overarching questions: (1) What conditions are required for habitable planets to form? (2) What types of planets may actually exist, including desert worlds, lava planets, ice planets, and ocean worlds? (3) What kids of life could inhabit such diverse worlds? (3) What types of catastrophic events such as supernovas, asteroid impacts, climate changes can nurture or destroy planetary habitability? Change of Department Name: Earth and Planetary Science (Formerly Geologic Sciences).
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-SMA
Instructors: Tikoo, S. (PI)

GEOPHYS 54N: The Space Mission to Europa

Jupiter's icy moon Europa is a leading candidate in the search for life in our solar system outside of Earth. NASA's upcoming Europa Clipper mission would investigate the habitability of the moon using a suite of nine geophysical instruments. In this course, we will use the mission as a central text around which to explore the intersection of science, engineering, management, economics, culture, and politics involved in any modern big science enterprise.
Last offered: Autumn 2020 | UG Reqs: WAY-SMA

GEOPHYS 60N: Man versus Nature: Coping with Disasters Using Space Technology (EE 60N)

Preference to freshman. Natural hazards, earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, hurricanes, and fires, and how they affect people and society; great disasters such as asteroid impacts that periodically obliterate many species of life. Scientific issues, political and social consequences, costs of disaster mitigation, and how scientific knowledge affects policy. How spaceborne imaging technology makes it possible to respond quickly and mitigate consequences; how it is applied to natural disasters; and remote sensing data manipulation and analysis. GER:DB-EngrAppSci
Terms: Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-SMA, GER:DB-EngrAppSci
Instructors: Zebker, H. (PI)

GEOPHYS 90: Earthquakes and Volcanoes (EARTHSYS 113)

Is the "Big One" overdue in California? What kind of damage would that cause? What can we do to reduce the impact of such hazards in urban environments? Does "fracking" cause earthquakes and are we at risk? Is the United States vulnerable to a giant tsunami? The geologic record contains evidence of volcanic super eruptions throughout Earth's history. What causes these gigantic explosive eruptions, and can they be predicted in the future? This course will address these and related issues. For non-majors and potential Earth scientists. No prerequisites. More information at: https://stanford.box.com/s/zr8ar28efmuo5wtlj6gj2jbxle76r4lu
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-EngrAppSci, WAY-AQR, WAY-SMA
Instructors: Beroza, G. (PI)

GEOPHYS 100: Directed Reading

Terms: Aut | Units: 1-2

GEOPHYS 104: The Water Course (EARTHSYS 104, EARTHSYS 204, GEOPHYS 204)

The Central Valley of California provides a third of the produce grown in the U.S., but recent droughts and increasing demand have raised concerns about both food and water security. The pathway that water takes from rainfall to the irrigation of fields or household taps ('the water course') determines the quantity and quality of the available water. Working with various data sources (measurements made on the ground, in wells, and from satellites) allows us to model the water budget in the valley and explore the recent impacts on freshwater supplies.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-AQR, WAY-SMA

GEOPHYS 106: Sustainable and Equitable Water Management (EARTHSYS 106B, EARTHSYS 206B, GEOPHYS 206)

California has committed itself to sustainable groundwater management, with passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in 2014, and safe drinking water access for all, with California's Human Right to Water Act in 2012. Yet, groundwater overdraft continues while over 1 million residents lack access to safe drinking water. Working with a water agency in the San Joaquin Valley, we will explore feedback loops between the two Acts and develop a plan for water management that meet the co-equal objectives of sustainable and equitable resource governance. We will work with "big" and "small" data, exploring the possibilities but also the limitations of using publicly available data for assessment and monitoring. The course will include guest speakers and interaction with public agencies and other key stakeholders.This is a Cardinal Course certified by the Haas Center.
Last offered: Winter 2021

GEOPHYS 108: Tectonics Field Trip (EPS 189, EPS 289, GEOPHYS 214)

(Formerly GEOLSCI 189 and 289) What does an earthquake fault look like near Earth's surface? How about the inside of, or beneath, a volcano? Why does California experience earthquakes and volcanic eruptions? Learn about thermo-physico-chemical evolution (mass transport, heat transport) in Earth's crust through a required long-weekend field trip (some camping, all equipment provided) in Dead Week (in 2022: evening Thurs 5/26 - evening Mon 5/30) likely to northern California/southern Oregon, including Crater Lake, Lassen and Lava Tubes National Parks/Monument). May be repeated for credit (future destinations likely include Sierra Nevada, Owens Valley, Mono Lake, Yosemite, San Andreas fault, Mendocino Triple Junction, and western Basin and Range province. Lectures provide context for planned trip. Minimum pre-req: EPS 1 (co-registration acceptable) or EPS 110 or equivalent (Previously GEOLSCI1 and GEOPHYS110). No Class on Monday, March 28th. First meeting Friday, April 1, 2022. Change of Department Name: Earth and Planetary Science (Formerly Geologic Sciences).
Terms: Spr | Units: 1-3
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