This course is discontinued

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Course content

The prevention of landslides or mitigation of the potential consequences. Other geohazards are also considered, e.g. floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic activity, land subsidence and coastal erosion. Hazard and risk zoning and management of mitigation programs. Emphasis is placed on developing countries where the occurrence of natural disasters is an obstacle to progress and the raising of living standard.

Learning outcome

You learn how to evaluate and apply different mitigation approaches and methods.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

GEO4170 – Landslides and debris flow (continued) or equivalent, knowledge of geomechanics (geotechnics)

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with GEO4180 – Geohazard and Mitigation (discontinued)


Lectures and case studies.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:


Case study project reports (30%), project report (40%) and oral presentation (30%).

Language of examination

In this course any written exam questions or assignment questions may be available in English only.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






This course will not be given in the autumn of 2013


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