In this weekly broadcast, Dr. Jones shares how the world works, why you might feel the way you do about a particular disaster, and how you can manage the chaos around you that is real life. The topics range from earthquakes to other disasters that affect people, as well as the history of science and big disasters, and how through understanding why, we are more able to manage it and be more successful at “getting through it.”
Episode 72 - Fire + Rain = Debris Flows
Post-fire debris flows are lesser known, but are just as dangerous as other more commonly known disasters. In this episode, Dr Jones defines what debris flows are and talks about her experience studying their impacts in Southern California.
Episode 71 - The Real Cost of Oil
What does oil cost? This includes costs that are not only monetary, but also concern health and quality of life. With a recent oil spill impacting beaches across southern California, this episode looks at what the cost and impact oil has on the planet.
Episode 70 - Prediction: The Future Holds 3 Times as Many Disasters
A study found that younger people will be facing more disasters than the generations preceding them. To understand this study, Dr. Jones defines risk as the consequence of the disaster to human beings and our constructs. It is calculated by multiplying hazard by exposure by fragility. This equation shows us that to decrease our risk, we have to decrease our fragility by building our society to handle what is coming.
Episode 69 - Breaking the Disaster Cycle
What is the disaster cycle and how do we get out of it? This episode breaks it down and gives insights on how each of us should approach a disaster so we can work to minimize its impact on us.
Episode 68 - All Models Are Wrong
Unlike earthquakes, volcanoes have some key precursors to let you know what is imminent. Unfortunately, assumptions based on simple models reported by the media and lack of reporting on the change in the science can lead to misconceptions of what is possible in an eruption event. As Dr. Jones reminds us in this episode: the scientific process is more than one, peer-reviewed paper.
Episode 66 - Trust the Science?
Science is a process, not a result, to discern reality. And while there are accepted theories that few people argue, there are new models and datasets that may challenge what we know based on this process. In this episode, Dr. Jones explains the process and how she approaches new scientific information.
It’s All About Communication
Science is processes and any scientist learns to think process as part of their training. This is why frequently information about a subject can change with time.
Unfortunately in the US, many people think science is an answer instead of a process, and are unsatisfied when scientists don’t seem to be able to automatically come up with a single answer.
Also Dr. Jones’s expertise on disaster reporting and planning gives her insights on why people are not always getting the information than the public health experts want the public to know.
It all about communication. And by the way, If you are around other people wear a mask!