Publication Date

Spring 5-6-2021


School of Health Sciences


Biology: Biomedical Sciences


extreme weather, civilization


Chemistry | Environmental Chemistry | Environmental Public Health


Extreme weather has impacted humanity since creation and is an important topic that deserves examination. In this thesis, the main event that is presented and analyzed is the extreme haze that clouded much of China’s skies in 2013. Further, the impacts this major event had on people, including changes in population movement, death/injury rate, and changes in atmospheric chemistry due to the high concentration of particulates are discussed. Subsequent examples that will be explored include Hurricane Katrina and the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The main contention of this thesis is that the effects extreme weather has on human civilization are broader and more varied than it seems after first consideration and should be evaluated on a deeper level.