Natural Hazards: a GIS Approach (GEOS2111)
UNIT OF STUDY
The unit provides an essential framework for understanding the environmental response to short- and long-term geologic, oceanic and atmospheric processes. This Unit of Study introduces students to a variety of natural phenomena that affect society with impact levels ranging from nuisance to disastrous. The discussion of each hazard focuses on: (1) the process mechanics, (2) hazards and risk, and (3) methods for mitigation. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used by scientists, planners, policy-makers and the insurance industry alike to address many issues relating to natural hazards. This Unit of Study will introduce students to the major concepts relating to GIS and provide practical experience in the application of GIS techniques to hazard mapping, risk assessment and mitigation.
Further unit of study information
Two hours of lectures, two hours of practicals per week
One 2 hour exam, three reports (100%)
Faculty/department permission required?
Unit of study rules
Prerequisites and assumed knowledge
24 credit points of Junior Science units of study, including 6 credit points of first year Geosciences units
GEOG2411 or GEOS2911
Study this unit outside a degree
If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.
If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.