Geological Natural Hazards
This module examines the major geological natural hazards (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, ground stability and landslide hazards, tsunamis, bolide impacts) in terms of driving geological processes and human impacts. The theoretical background behind each hazard is addressed, placing processes in a wider geological context, examining the key physical principles driving each process, and considering frequency and magnitude relationships. Concepts of risk and vulnerability are introduced via a range of case studies, examining factors that have led to natural disasters. Methods of hazard assessment and monitoring are investigated, with case-study examples, to consider the forecasting and mitigation of geological natural hazards.
Lectures, practical exercises, group work (poster and presentation), individual research
- Group poster (20%)
- Group presentation (20%)
- 2 hour exam (60%) - Exam includes short-answer questions across all course material, and long-answer essay questions.