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Disaster Risk Management and Environmental Assessment for Spatial Planning

Degree type
certificate
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
6 weeks
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
NVAO
Type of institution
Research University
City
Enschede

Program description

The course provides a unique opportunity to integrate a multidisciplinary assessment of risk into strategic planning processes.

Owing to increased vulnerability and extreme events (including both natural and human-induced hazards), we are faced with the rapidly growing impact of disasters worldwide. There is an urgent need to include the concept of disaster risk management in planning, sustainable development and environmental assessment.

Strategic environmental assessment is a process for evaluating the environmental consequences of proposed policy, plan or programme initiatives to ensure they are included and addressed at the earliest possible stage of decision making. The course provides a unique opportunity to integrate a multidisciplinary assessment of risk into strategic planning processes.

It brings together a set of powerful tools and techniques to provide timely and objective information on our living environment. This course is designed for all those who are involved in development planning (including environmental and risk assessment) at all levels of society and who need to acquire procedural knowledge and skills in risk assessment.

Subjects
The course consists of two main components. The course approach involves task-based learning that blends theory and practice.

Objectives
The course provides you with new knowledge and skills applicable to multi-hazard risk assessment and environmental assessment within a clear context of spatial planning routines. In this course you will learn to integrate hazard and disaster risk challenges and considerations into strategic spatial planning processes. The course provides you with new knowledge and skills applicable to multi-hazard risk assessment and environmental assessment within a clear context of spatial planning routines. You will work with a set of modern techniques and tools (satellite image interpretation, dynamic modelling and scenario development within a GIS environment, amongst others) to provide geo-information as a basis for policymaking and spatial planning for sustainable development.

Curriculum
The course consists of two main components. The course approach involves task-based learning that blends theory and practice.

Component 1: Geo-information for multi-hazard risk management • Risk management framework: hazards, hazard assessment, elements-at-risk mapping, vulnerability assessment, risk assessment, risk mitigation • Role of geo-information in disaster risk management (with examples from recent disasters) • Users and providers of risk information; spatial data infrastructure for risk management • Methods for vulnerability and risk assessment (incl. HAZUS, CAPRA and other international methods for loss estimation)

Component 2: Environmental assessment using spatial decision support tools • EIA and SEA: concepts, principles, process and interaction with the planning process; • Stakeholder involvement: Participatory GIS and community based modelling; • Alternatives: development and analysis of alternatives and scenarios. • Environmental assessment methods and techniques: application of GIS, indicators and metrics • Spatial Decision Support tools in EA: spatial multi-criteria evaluation for site selection and vulnerability analysis • Integration of hazard and risk in EA: vulnerability and risk assessment, mitigation & adaptation, risk zoning

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

BSc degree from a recognized university in environmental sciences, engineering, earth sciences, planning, or other relevant discipline.

Professional experience

Several years of work experience is recommended, but not mandatory.

Language test

IELTS overall band 6.0
TOEFL computer based 213
TOEFL internet based 80
TOEFL paper based 550
Cambridge Advanced English C1
Cambridge Professional English C2

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