The nature of environmental hazards related to earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, mass movements, hydrology and severe storms; the physical basis for such hazards; and the investigation of an interactive case study of the impacts of extreme hazard events.
This is a paper that will be both interesting and relevant to a wide variety of students: interesting because it will expose students to all aspects of natural hazards (i.e. physical basis, recognition, quantification, management and mitigation); relevant because students will acquire skills and insights that will make them more employable. Teachers will bring a wide range of experience from the Departments of Geology and Geography and from academia and industry.
|Paper title||Natural Hazards of New Zealand and Beyond.|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,038.45|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,492.80|
- (GEOL 251 and GEOL 252) or GEOG 280 or GEOG 290
- Schedule C
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- Teaching staff
- Co-ordinator: Professor
Associate Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett
Professor Sean Fitzsimons
Professor James White
- Paper Structure
- A laboratory programme will run concurrently with the formal lectures. Labs will be
arranged to enable practical investigations of various hazards and provide students
with a more hands-on understanding of the subject matter presented in the lectures.
The lecture topics are as follows.
Part 1: Nature of natural hazards
- Paper introduction and scope
- Hazards and social science
- Social construction of hazards
- Conceptual frameworks for understanding and mitigating hazards
- Extreme event statistics
- Risk, risk acceptance and risk avoidance
- Engineered approaches to hazard mitigation
- Societal responses to hazard mitigation
- Earthquake hazards
- Volcanic hazards
- Mass movement hazards
- Hydrological hazards: floods
- Hydrological hazards: droughts
- Severe Storms
- Environmental change
- Antecedent conditions
- Anatomy of the event
- Emergency management
- Mitigation, avoidance and social adaptation
Assessment for GEOL 265/365 is split between internal (60%) and external (40%) assessment. GEOL 365 includes an extra assignment to the number required for GEOL 265. Students in GEOL 365 will be expected to demonstrate greater background knowledge and abilities than students in GEOL 265.
- Teaching Arrangements
- Fieldwork: Local one-day weekend field trips will be undertaken to observe natural hazards. Dunedin is close to a number of significant natural hazards, so students will get to see these without having to go on multi-day excursions.
- Smith, Keith. Environmental hazards: assessing risk and reducing disaster. Routledge, 2013. (6th edition; also available online through University Library)
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong Learning, Scholarship,
Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental Literacy, Research, Self-motivation,
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- Knowledge of the social construction of hazards, conceptual frameworks for understanding and mitigating hazards, social and engineered approaches to hazard mitigation, and the time-dependent adaptation of humans to the threat of future hazard events
- Understanding of cause, recognition and quantification of the natural hazards of earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, mass movements, hydrology, severe storms, and the environment
- Knowledge in the recognition, quantification and mitigation of a natural hazard by way of case studies
- GEOL 265 is for students in their second year of a geology, geography or other degree.
GEOL 365 is for students in their third year of a geology, geography or other degree.