Assignment 1: LASA 2:
Monitoring Our Home Planet
The Internet is a powerful tool that provides the ability to monitor
natural phenomena and disasters that happen all over planet Earth.
In this assignment, you will research resources available on the
Internet for monitoring natural phenomena including earthquakes, volcanoes,
tsunamis, global climate, and weather.
Based on your research, do the following:
minimum of three different natural phenomena that are typically responsible for
natural disasters. Analyze the potential impact of these disasters.
these phenomenon are monitored, or not, via the Internet. Critique available
Web sites, which publicly display up-to-date monitored information related to
each of the natural phenomena you have identified. Focus on the following
§ What parts of the world are potentially affected by
these phenomena? Specifically identify the countries.
§ What kinds of resources are allocated toward
monitoring these phenomena and why?
§ What types of Web resources monitor the phenomena
and provide up-to-date information about them?
§ What kinds of technology are involved in monitoring
§ What political ramifications would this
disaster-preparedness technology cause between more-developed countries and
§ What kinds of issues could this technology cause
between less-developed countries?
§ How would this technology directly impact the
economies of those countries that have the technology versus those countries
that do not?
§ Do you predict any indirect impacts? What current
evidence supports your position?
§ What types of systems are in place in terms of
disaster preparedness related to these monitored phenomena?
findings. Evaluate how this technology will impact the future of humanity, both
positively and negatively. Be sure to consider the political and economic
issues discussed in your future predictions.
Support your statements with examples. Use a minimum of six reliable
references, two of which should be peer-reviewed articles.
Write a 7–8-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation
of sources. Use the following file naming convention:
By Monday, December 15, 2014, deliver your assignment to the M5:
Assignment 1 Dropbox.
Criteria and Rubric
1 Grading Criteria
a minimum of three different naturally occurring phenomena that are typically
responsible for natural disasters and analyze the potential impact of the
ways different Web sites monitor phenomena by critiquing available Web
resources. Analysis should include topics such as geography, resources,
political/economic issues, and disaster preparedness.
and discuss future projections on humanity regarding the use of technology.
Include research on political and economic issues.
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