Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Bangkok, Thailand; Kanchanaburi, Thailand; Phuket, Thailand; Sukhothai, Thailand
- Program Terms: Summer-Embedded
- Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
With the 2nd largest economy in southeast Asia (behind Indonesia), Thailand plays a
leading role in driving development and forging regional policy. Its capital, Bangkok, is
a global megacity with an estimated 10 million inhabitants in the metropolitan region
and a current growth rate of over 2%/year. This generally positive economic outlook
may obscure a more fraught future. Thailand has major vulnerabilities related to natural
hazards. Although it is generally a tectonically quiescent region, the 2004 Indian Ocean
tsunami (with almost 10,000 confirmed dead or missing in Thailand) demonstrated a
substantial (and under-appreciated) risk associated with its location surrounded by
major plate boundary fault zones. It has also experienced moderate (but damaging)
earthquakes within its borders; has evolving problems of groundwater degradation by
saline incursion from both natural (sea level rise) and man-made (agricultural) causes;
suffers from severe flooding in Bangkok and other major cities, and is seeing
detrimental effects from climate change and sea level rise in coastal regions. In this
course students will develop a background in the underlying causes and impacts of
these natural hazards, with a focus on implications for the Thai society and its future.
During Maymester, the class will travel to Thailand and see first-hand the intersection
between natural hazards and societal well-being. Specific topics for this field excursion
may include analysis of the tsunami hazard along the Andaman Sea coast, earthquake
potential in northwestern Thailand and Bangkok, the causes and consequences of brine
degradation of the groundwater resource, the causes and impacts of significant
flooding, and effects of climate change on coastal regions. All of these vulnerabilities
will be placed in the context of a rapidly growing, mixed industrial/agricultural
economy, in a largely Buddhist country and society.
During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of overnight accommodations at a hotel/hostel and dormitory/student residences.
The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department. The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must submit an application based on essay expressing interest; interviews at discretion of Prof. Furlong.
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|Summer-Embedded||2020||08/21/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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