This class is offered Spring Semester 2007.
It is meant as a prelude to a field trip in August 2007 by EHaz to
the Cascades and British Columbia to see landslides, edifice
collapses, debris avalanches and debris flows.
The goal of the course is to gain an advanced
view of the state of the art for interdisciplinary research on
volcano instability and how to potentially forecast it. We
plan to invite speakers to give one or more contributed lectures
with readings in a manner similar to the Supereruptions class of
The EHaz universities (Michigan Tech, Buffalo, McGill, Simon Fraser, UNAM
and Colima) will be the main participants, but lectures will come
from many other sources. There will be guest lectures every week
delivered via PowerPoint files with narration or notes. A
prediscussion of the lecture with all students will occur online
from 4-5 pm on tuesdays.
The speaker will join the web discussions on
Thursday from 4 to 5:30 pm, to allow for questions and discussion.
Each student will receive the PowerPoint lectures before the
discussion, and review them at their own convenience. The
PowerPoint will be online for the discussion to allow referring to
The software used for teleconference discussions
is Marratech, and Michigan Tech
has arranged for a web home connection for our class. Marratech
can be accessed from any computer linked to the web and is
designed for discussions online.