UCL Earth Sciences


GEOL0063 Meteorological Hazards

Hurricanes and tempests; Storms; Tornadoes; Floods; Space weather; Climate change

This MSc provides an introduction to geohazards, research methods and field techniques, together with advanced courses in seismology, volcanology, hydrogeological hazards and meteorology.

Coordinator: Dr Stephen Edwards

Module Details
TitleMeteorological Hazards
UG CodeGEOL0063
CoordinatorDr Stephen Edwards
Other ContributorsProf Mark Saunders, Dr Adam Lea, and guest tutors
Written Exam70%
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement 
Total Number of Hours of Student Work200 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars56 hours
Hours of Study144 hours
Hours of Tutorials0
Days of Fieldwork0
  • Introduction to atmospheric and hydrological processes
  • Methods of observing extreme weather, and sources of extreme weather data
  • Climate variability and climate oscillations
  • Large scale windstorms: hurricanes, typhoons, winter extra-tropical cyclones
  • Floods and other hydrological hazards: river floods, coastal floods, drought, wildfires
  • Temperature and temperature extremes: heatwaves, cold waves, frost and ice storms
  • Thunderstorm-related hazards: tornadoes, hail, lightning
  • Space weather: solar effects on the Earth environment and their socio-economic impacts
  • Modelling windstorm and flood losses
  • Windstorm and flood damage in the UK
  • Flood monitoring and mitigation
  • Flood and windstorm engineering
  • Insurance aspects of flooding and climate change
  • Weather derivatives 


Provide an introduction to meteorological hazards, their impacts and consequences, and the processes and mechanisms that underpin them.


Understanding the processes and mechanisms that cause and contribute towards meteorological hazards in the context of potential impacts on people, infrastructure and wealth concentrations.