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Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Vulnerability Module
Module Tutor: Dr Joanna Faure Walker
Module code: GEOLGR02, 15 credits
This module is intended to meet the growing and recognized need for those in the field of risk and disaster reduction to follow a multi-hazard approach. Therefore, those in this field need to have an understanding of the hazards and vulnerability from a wide range of both natural and anthropogenic hazards. This module also intends to meet the need to understand a hazard in context with its vulnerability in order to help bridge the gap between studying the causes of a hazard and its implications for individuals and society, policy makers, and industry.
This module will provide a basic scientific knowledge for a number of individual natural and anthropogenic hazards and their vulnerability, likely to include the following: Extra terrestrial Impactors, Solar Flares, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Landslides, Meteorological events such as hurricanes, tornadoes and windstorms, Flood, Arctic Risks, Wild fire, Water (availability and contamination), Coastal erosion, Pandemics, Terrorism, Crowding and crowd control, Industrial accidents and hazardous materials.
The student will learn to compare and contrast the different severity imposed by such natural and anthropogenic hazards, with specific reference to their frequency, geographical extent, economic vulnerability, human vulnerability, our ability to forecast or predict them and the scientific limits on these.
Key words: Hazard, Vulnerability, Natural hazard, Anthropogenic Hazard, Geological hazard, Meteorological hazard, Pandemic, Terrorism, Risk, Disaster, Natural disaster, multi-hazard.