Specific aims of the module:
The module introduces students to the basic theory for the creation and/or existence of different kinds of natural hazards. It facilitates an understanding of the primary and secondary effects (both negative and positive) of different natural hazards on the natural environment and society, using specific examples from localities around the world. To discuss the politics and science surrounding hazard predictions and probabilistic forecasting. It considers anthropogenic effects on mitigating or worsening the effects of the hazard.
At the completion of the module students should be able to understand fundamental causes and effects of several different kinds of natural hazards to access pertinent information on different aspects of natural hazards using books, journal articles and the internet, and to explore in depth over the module of the term, a specific aspect or aspects of natural hazards, as outlined in the seen examination question(s).
Both the causes and results of natural hazards provide a dramatic intersection between physical and social geography. Many disasters that occur are a complex mix of natural events and human processes, including political, social and economic. This course provides an overview of natural hazards, including earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, mass wasting, floods, climate (severe storms, strong winds, droughts), and wildfire, and the complex relationship that exists between each natural hazard and society. This course is aimed at both physical and human geography students.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Bruce D. Malamud
16hrs lectures; 3hrs (smaller group) seminars, 6hrs DVD’s etc., first term
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