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Earth and Environmental Sciences Seminar

Monday, March 27, 2017 -
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

"How the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Went from Being a Tidal Wave to a Tsunami: Implications for Science Literacy" by Scott Clark, geology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Clark will discuss how preliminary reports of the 2004 tsunami referred to it as a tidal wave, but within four days, 80% of news reports used the word "tsunami." Since that time, more than 97% of news stories have avoided the term "tidal wave" when describing subsequent events. Clark will explore the reasons that led the media to move away from the use of the term tidal wave and will comment on the potential implications of these findings for communication efforts on other earth science topics such as climate change.

Location: 
Room 125, Latham Hall
Contact Information
Name: 
Siobahn Morgan
Phone: 
(319) 273-2389
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