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Natural Hazard Modelling and Risk Assessment

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English (100%)
9 weeks
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Type of institution
Research University

Program description

The combined focus of the two course components provides a unique opportunity to integrate natural hazard modelling into a process of multi-hazard risk assessment.

An important element of disaster risk management is the assessment of risk: the overlap in space and time of natural hazards and the vulnerability of communities at risk. The first part of this course concentrates on the spatio-temporal modelling of natural hazards that are related to hydrological processes (drought, landslides, runoff/erosion, flash floods, river floods). Step-by-step modelling provides insight into hazard processes and allows scenario predictions.

The second part focuses on multi-hazard risk assessment. Spatial information is used to assess vulnerability and elements at risk, and combine this into risk. The RiskCity case study of a city exposed to multiple hazards is used to demonstrate the different procedures for risk assessment.

Towards the end of the course, small teams of participants carry out a hazard modelling or risk assessment project assignment. It is possible to combine this course with the certificate course Remote Sensing and GIS for Natural Hazard Assessment.

Using GIS and spatial modeling of natural hazards (flooding, landslides, land degradation, earth quakes) and application of multihazard data for risk assessment, using case studies from developing countries.

Instruction modes
Lectures, computer exercises, case studies, mu.lti-disciplinary and individual projects, literature study, professional skills, excursion in the Netherlands focusing on coastal and flood hazards.

Principles of hazard assessment, spatial modeling of natural hazard processes, frequency-magnitude; elements at risk, participatory GIS, vulnerability assessment, multi-hazard risk asessment.

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 earth sciences, environmental sciences, engineering, planning or other relevant field.

Professional experience

Work experience is recommended, but not mandatory, i.e. in environmental planning or mapping organizations, NGO's, DRM organizations, consulting companies, universities.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.0, TOEFL computer based: 213, TOEFL internet based: 80, TOEFL paper based: 550, CAE: C1, CPE: C2


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