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.
Two hour lecture; two hour practical/tute/lab
One 2 hour exam, three reports (100%)
No prescribed textbook
Staff will organize a non-compulsory half-day weekend field excursion to explore local Sydney hazards for interested students.
6 credit points of Junior Geosciences unitsProhibitions