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The science of natural disasters: "When Nature Strikes"

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 9:48am

An original video series released yesterday explores the science of natural disasters to reveal the human and economic toll caused by catastrophic events. The series, “When Nature Strikes: Science of Natural Hazards” is produced by NBC Learn, the educational arm of the NBCUniversal News Group, in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Geosciences and The Weather Channel.

The ten-part video series draws on fundamental scientific research conducted to improve predictability and risk assessment that could reduce the impact of extreme events on society and the economy. Narrated by Dr. Marshall Shepherd, Professor and Director, Atmospherics Sciences Program at the University of Georgia and host of “Weather Geeks” on The Weather Channel, the video series will air on The Weather Channel, NBC stations, and can also be viewed online at, and

Viewers will learn about a variety of natural disasters, as well as the tools and resources that can reduce the loss of life, damage to infrastructure, and the environment from these videos:

  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • Hurricanes
  • Flash Floods
  • Landslides
  • Tornadoes
  • Space Weather
  • Wildfires
  • Tsunamis
  • On the Front Lines

Fantastic new video series and an ever expanding platform for Dr. Shepherd's expertise. This, rather than MOOCs, is where public scholarship can have the greatest impact. Dynamic collaboration between the broadcast network and NSF that highlights UGA in a very unique way. Kudos all around. 

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