Study the fury of natural hazards. Consider how far and wide their effects span, along with strategies to minimise our vulnerability to their wrath. Learn about environmental planning and sustainable development.
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- 30 Aug 2021
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At the completion of this subject students will:
- examine the global distribution of natural hazard events in the context of level of risk and vulnerability of the natural and built environment
- systems discuss the relevance of the principles of environmental planning and sustainable development to risk management in vulnerable communities
- evaluate the impact of climate change on the intensity and frequency of severe natural hazards events
- analyse adaptation strategies for minimising risk and vulnerability to natural hazard events
- develop skills in the interpretation and analysis of data.
- Introduction: The New Catastrophism
- Hazards: Tectonic
- Hazards: Hydrological and Atmospheric
- Hazards: Tech and Bio
- Himalayas and climatic hazards
- Paradigms & Approaches: Vulnerability, Risk & Adaptation
- Approaches: Political Ecology
- Case Study: Reflections on 2015 Nepal earthquake
- Case Study: Climate Change Adaptation Bangladesh
- Case Study: Fire in the Australian Landscape
No eligibility requirements
No special requirements
Examination of climatic, geomorphic, geologic and biologic natural hazards in the context of sustainable development. The level of risk, and vulnerability and adaptation to select hazards are examined at the global, regional and local scale. The spatial distribution, severity of hazard impacts and strategies to minimize vulnerability are examined in the context of climate change, sustainable development, public policy and the vulnerability of communities in both less developed countries and more developed countries.
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- Laboratory (50%)
- Report (50%)
Current study term: 29 Aug 21 to 28 Nov 21
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