GEO4181 – Introduction to Natural Hazards
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
This course introduces natural hazards, both globally and related to Scandinavian conditions. The course introduces basic concepts of describing, analysing and mitigating natural hazards and associated risk. There will be a focus on a range of different methods to address and better understand hazards, including computer laboratory experiments and numerical modelling of relevant processes.
After the course, the students are expected to have the competence and/or abilities to:
- recognize and differentiate different types of natural hazards and their major driving factors,
- evaluate the principles of different methods to address natural hazards, such as statistical or modelling tools,
- work in groups and build up experiments to understand natural hazard processes,
- evaluate multi-hazards and address implications related to these events.
Admission to the course
The course admits a maximum of 15 students. If the number of applicants exceeds the course capacity, applicants will be ranked in the following order:
- Students in the master’s programme in Geosciences, programme option Environmental geology and geohazards
- Students in the master’s programme in Geosciences, other programme options
- Master’s level exchange students and other master’s level students at the MN Faculty
- New single course students on master’s level
Admission will be decided by drawing lots for applicants who are ranked equally.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
- MAT1100 – Calculus
- or MAT1001 – Mathematics 1 (discontinued)
- or GEO1040 – Introduction to programming with applications in geosciences (discontinued)
- or GEO-KJM1040 – Introduction to programming with applications in geosciences and in chemistry (discontinued)
- or INF1100 – Introduction to programming with scientific applications (continued)
Recommended previous knowledge
It is recommended to have a bachelor degree in geosciences, physics or related topics.
The course includes lectures and computer laboratory work, approx. 4 hours per week. There will be 2-6 days mandatory hours in experimental and numerical computer Laboratory.
Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Study administration, email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
All mandatory activities must be approved in order for the student to take the final exam.
Final exam consists of a written (3 hours)/oral (depending on no. of students) examination (c. 60%), a scientific report from computer laboratory work (c. 20%), and oral presentation of a case study (c. 20%).
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.