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All Original Content. Support your statements with examples. Use a minimum of six reliable references, two of which should be peer-reviewed articles.Write an 8-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. No References Older than Five years old & Due by Friday, September 6, 20113.

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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:

First, identify a minimum of three different natural phenomena that are typically responsible for natural disasters. Analyze the potential impact of these disasters.

Second, analyze how 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 aspects:        Geography         What parts of the world are potentially affected by these phenomena? Specifically identify the countries.        Resources         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 the phenomena?        Politics         What political ramifications would this disaster-preparedness technology cause between more-developed countries and less-developed countries?         What kinds of issues could this technology cause between less-developed countries?        Economics         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?         Disaster Preparedness          What types of systems are in place in terms of disaster preparedness related to these monitored phenomena?

Last, summarize your 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.

All Original Content. Support your statements with examples. Use a minimum of six reliable references, two of which should be peer-reviewed articles.Write an 8-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. No References Older than Five years old & Due by Friday, September 6, 20113.

– The below sites were recommended sites that are and will be considered Reliable for this paper and, at least, THREE REFERENCES MUST BE FROM ONE OF THEM:

– Scientific American website ( http://www.scientificamerican.com/ ) will have a number of good articles linked. But, sometimes charge a fee, unless you dig further.

– The Science Daily website ( http://www.sciencedaily.com/ ) is a great place to go for reliable information.

– Discover magazine ( http://discovermagazine.com/ ).

–          Popular Science ( http://www.popsci.com/ ) and Popular Mechanics
( http://www.popularmechanics.com/ )can also be very good sources.

–          Various “dot gov” sites are considered reliable (some more so than others).

–          NIH or the CDC are great places to go for information regarding medical issues.

–          For peer reviewed and pre-print material; Google Scholar ( http://scholar.google.com/)

–          http://sciencenetlinks.com/   American Association for the Advancement of Science

–          http://www.si.edu/ Smithsonian

–            http://www.amnh.org/ American Museum of Natural History

In addition, NY Times Articles will be mostly acceptable.

For your consideration & Thank you.

 

Grading Criteria and Rubric

Assignment 1 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Identify a minimum of three different naturally occurring phenomena that are typically responsible for natural disasters and analyze the potential impact of the disaster.

104

Analyze 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.

104

Summarize and discuss future projections on humanity regarding the use of technology. Include research on political and economic issues.

28

Writing Components:
Organization (16)
Usage and Mechanics (16)
APA Elements (24)
Style (8)

64

Total:

300

 

Lastly, please reference the below Rubric for this paper, it will help guide you:

NOTE: If a component is absent, student receives a zero for that component.

 

  Unsatisfactory

 

Emerging

Proficient

Exemplary

Assignment Components Identify a minimum of three different naturally occurring phenomena that are typically responsible for natural disasters and analyze the potential impact of the disaster.

  (CO 1, 2, 5) Only one phenomenon responsible for natural disasters is provided. Explanation fails to analyze the underlying scientific principles and/or fails to make clear connections between the phenomena and its associated disaster potential on the human population. Fails to, address geographical, social, and economic issues.

Document contains a lot of information that is not accurate and/or is not supported by reputable references.  

Only two phenomena responsible for natural disasters are provided. Explanation partially analyzes the underlying scientific principles for each, and/or fails to make clear connections between the phenomena and its associated disaster potential on the human population. Only partially addresses geographical, social, and economic issues. Documentation contains some information that is not accurate or is not supported by reputable references.

Identification of at least three phenomena responsible for natural disasters is present. Student made clear connections between each phenomena and its associated disaster potential on the human population, addressing geographical, social, and economic issues. Information in the document is based upon accurate science and technology concepts and principles and is supported by reputable references.

Identification of three or more phenomena responsible for natural disasters is present and the explanation of the underlying scientific principles for each is clear.  Student made appropriate connections between the phenomena and its associated disaster while addressing geographical, social, and economic issues. Potential for predicting and lessening the impact of natural disasters via monitoring efforts is explored for each phenomenon. Information in the document is based upon accurate science and technological concepts and principles and supported by reputable references. Analyze ways different organizations monitor phenomena by critiquing available web resources.
Analysis should include topics such as: geography, resources, political/economic issues, and disaster preparedness.

(CO 3, 4, 5)

Analysis only addresses how a single phenomenon responsible for natural disasters is monitored.  Student fails to address availability, timeliness, and usefulness of information presented in monitoring web resources critique, and/or fails to address: geography, regional resources, disaster preparedness, political/economic, and technology infrastructure issues. Document contains a lot of information that is not accurate and/or is not supported by reputable references. 

Analysis addresses how two different phenomena responsible for natural disasters are monitored.  Student somewhat addresses availability, timeliness, and usefulness of information presented in monitoring web resources critique, or fails to address geography, regional resources, disaster preparedness, political/economic, and technology infrastructure issues. Document contains some information that is not accurate or is not supported by reputable references.  Analysis addresses how three different phenomena responsible for natural disasters are monitored.  Availability, timeliness, and usefulness of information presented on monitoring web resources are critiqued and are clear and correct.

Affects on geography, regional resources, disaster preparedness, political/economic issues, and technology infrastructure are addressed. Information in the document is based upon accurate science and technology concepts and principles and supported by reputable references.

 

 

 

 

  Analysis addresses how three or more different phenomena responsible for natural disasters are monitored. Availability, timeliness, and usefulness of information presented on monitoring web resources are critiqued. Student’s analysis includes the pros and cons of the current method used to monitor the phenomenon, contrasting them with historical methods.

Affects on geography, regional resources, disaster preparedness, political/economic issues, and technology infrastructure are addressed. Student contrasts availability of monitoring resources between more and less developed countries.  Information in the document is based upon accurate science and technology concepts and principles and supported by reputable references. It is clear, correct, and a wide variety of details are present. Summarize and discuss future projections on humanity regarding the use of technology. Include research on political and economic issues.

 

(CO 4, 5)

Summary fails to synthesize the information presented and extrapolate to potential future scenarios. It is unclear and inaccurate.

Summary somewhat synthesizes the information presented, or to extrapolate to potential future scenarios. It is somewhat clear and accurate.

Summary synthesizes the information and applies it to potential future scenarios appropriately.

Summary synthesizes the information and applies it to potential future scenarios.   Student’s future analysis incorporates historical patterns or emerging technologies. It is clear, correct, and a variety of details are present.

Writing Components Organization

Introduction

Thesis

Transitions

Conclusion Introduction is limited or missing entirely.

 

The paper lacks a thesis statement.

 

Transitions are infrequent, illogical, or missing entirely.

 

Conclusion is limited or missing entirely. 

 

  Introduction is present but incomplete or underdeveloped.

 

The paper is loosely organized around a thesis that may have to be inferred.

 

Transitions are sporadic.

 

Conclusion is present, but incomplete or underdeveloped.

  Introduction has a clear opening, provides background information, and states the topic.

 

The paper is organized around an arguable, clearly stated thesis statement.

 

Transitions are appropriate and help the flow of ideas.

 

Conclusion summarizes  main argument and has a clear ending.

  Introduction catches the reader’s attention, provides compelling and appropriate background info, and clearly states the topic.

 

The paper is well organized around an arguable, focused thesis.

 

Thoughtful transitions clearly show how ideas relate.

 

Conclusion leaves the reader with a sense of closure and provides concluding insights. Usage and Mechanics

Grammar

Spelling

Sentence structure

 

  Writing contains numerous errors in spelling, grammar, and/or sentence structure that severely interferes with readability and comprehension.

  Errors in spelling and grammar exist that somewhat interfere with readability and/or comprehension.

 

 

 

Writing follows conventions of spelling and grammar throughout. Errors are infrequent and do not interfere with readability or comprehension. The paper is basically error free in terms of mechanics. Grammar and mechanics help establish a clear idea and aid the reader in following the writer’s logic.

 

  APA Elements

Attribution

Paraphrasing

Quotations

No attempt at APA format.

APA format is attempted to paraphrase, quote, and cite, but errors are significant. Using APA format, accurately paraphrased, quoted, and cited in many spots throughout when appropriate or called for. Errors present are somewhat minor.

 

Using APA format, accurately paraphrased, quoted, and cited throughout the presentation when appropriate or called for. Only a few minor errors present. Style

Audience

Word Choice Writing often slips into first and/or second person.

 

Word choice is consistently inaccurate, unclear, or inappropriate for the audience. Writing sometimes slips into first and/or second person.

 

Word choice is sometimes inaccurate, unclear, or inappropriate for the audience. Writing remains in third person throughout.

 

Word choice is accurate, clear, and appropriate for the audience. Writing remains professional in third person throughout. 

 

Word choice is precise, appropriate for the audience, and memorable.