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Natural Hazards - ENVS637

Everybody is at risk from natural hazards, either physically or economically, and as the global population grows, so too does the social and economic impact of natural disasters. Individual disasters in Australia have caused damage greater than $1.5 billion and globally, individual disasters have caused damage greater than $300 billion. These disasters are a significant drain on our economy and cause enormous human suffering. However, some locations, individuals, communities and societies are more at risk than others and experience greater losses following natural hazards. This unit examines the risk posed by natural perils through an understanding of the causes and impacts of the most significant natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, tropical cyclones and tsunami, as well as 'megahazards' such as asteroid impacts with Earth. Specialists in natural hazards may pursue careers in the emergency services, disaster management, the insurance industry and hazards research.

Credit Points: 4
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

S2 External - Session 2, External (On-campus sessions: None)

Staff Contact(s): Professor Damian Gore, Dr Christina Magill

Admission to MEnv or GradDipEnv or GradCertEnv or MSusDev or GradDipSusDev or GradCertSusDev or MSc Prerequisite Information


Unit Designation(s):
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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