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Natural Hazards - ENVS237

Everyone 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 more than $4 billion in normalised damage, and globally individual disasters have caused more than $300 billion damage. Natural disasters cause enormous human suffering and, since 1900, have resulted in more than 8 million deaths. However, some locations, individuals, communities and societies are more vulnerable than others and experience greater losses following natural hazards. This unit examines the risk posed by natural hazards through an understanding of the causes and impacts of the most significant perils such as earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, tropical cyclones and tsunami, as well as 'megahazards' including asteroid impacts. Specialists in natural hazards may pursue careers in the emergency services, disaster management, the insurance industry and hazards research.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

S2 External - Session 2, External (with on campus sessions)

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

18cp at 100 level or above Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): ENVE237, GEOS237
Unit Designation(s):


Unit Type: Planet unit
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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