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Natural Hazards: a GIS Approach - GEOS2111

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.

Classes
Two hour lecture; two hour practical/tute/lab

Assessment
One 2 hour exam, three reports (100%)

Textbooks
No prescribed textbook

Additional information
Staff will organize a non-compulsory half-day weekend field excursion to explore local Sydney hazards for interested students.

Pre-requisites

6 credit points of Junior Geosciences units

Prohibitions

GEOS2911

Details

Faculty: Science

Semester 1

25 Feb 2019

Department/School: Geosciences Academic Operations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2019
Unit of study level: Intermediate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: A/Prof Dale Dominey-Howes
HECS Band: 2
Courses that offer this unit

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