NNMK16002U Natural Hazards
In an increasingly economically integrated, urbanized and populated world, society’s vulnerability to natural hazards has never been greater. This course provides an introduction to the different types of natural hazard, their location, scale and frequency and the science of the processes at work during, for example, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, storms, meteor impacts and space weather events. Case studies will be used to illustrate methods of natural hazard risk assessment, warning and mitigation.
At the end of this class the student should have a basic understanding of
The different types of natural hazard, their scale and frequency
The location of high-risk, natural hazard, zones
Climatic and other effects of large volcanic eruptions
Mass-extinction events in the geological record
Age dating methods for determining event frequency beyond the historical record
Methods of natural hazard risk assessment, warning and mitigation
Carry out a simple risk assessment study of a natural hazard.
Knowledge of basic statistical tools for risk analysis, Experience in using various natural hazard software packages; e.g. as used in the prediction of ash dispersal and deposition during explosive volcanic eruptions.
A basic understanding of the different types of natural hazards and their relative societal risks.
Design scientific projects to assess a natural hazards. Read and critically assess scientific papers and reports on natural hazards.
There is an expected fee of 100 kr. per ekskursion day which must be paid before each field trip.
- Field Work
- Project work
- Theory exercises
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 30 min.Continuous assessmentThe oral exam is with 48 hours preparation time. 48 hours before the exam, each student will receive a randomly assigned question (based on course content) on which he/she will have to give an oral presentation of 15 minutes. For the remaining 15 minutes the student will be asked questions that are based on the presentation and the rest of the Natural Hazards course.
Reports and other forms of continuous assessment will form 50% of the one final mark. The remaining 50% is given for the oral exam.
- All aids allowed
PowerPoint or similar
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Only the oral examination may be re-taken during the re-examination period. It will be in the same format as the original oral exam. Corrected coursework assignments (continuous assessment) can be re-submitted during the teaching period, and will be re-graded, with the final grade representing an average of the two scores. A however, resubmission of the course work is not a requirement, just an option.
Criteria for exam assesment
Active participation in the course and handed in project work and assignments.
Satisfactory completion of project work is a pre-requisite to attend the final exam.