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Natural Hazards

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Course Description
Number of Units: 3
Lecture Hours: 3 hours/week
Course Teachers: Prof. CHEN Yongqin, David  (
  Prof. Ng Sai Leung  (
Language of instruction: Cantonese
Course Outline
This course examines the physical and human dimensions of natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, floods and landslides, soil erosion and desertification. The focus will be on the causes of major natural hazards, their geographical distribution, risk and disaster to human society, and human response to prepare, prevent and mitigate negative impacts. Study of the interaction between society and natural hazards will help students better understand the man-environment relationship. An issue-based approach will be adopted to address a wide variety of geological, meteorological, hydrological, ecological, and technological hazards. While the coverage will be broad and global, case studies of threats, occurrence and consequences of natural hazards in Hong Kong and Mainland China will be emphasized. Students are expected to develop a general understanding of the causes and consequences of extreme natural events and thus to appreciate the impacts on the lives and properties of people around the world. The course will discuss natural hazards from dual perspectives of physical and human geography. Therefore, students will not only gain basic knowledge of geophysical concepts and rules of natural hazards, but also learn how environmental risk arises from the complex interaction between the physical environment and human society. As concerned world citizens, students will need to be equipped with these capabilities and knowledge in order to better understand the challenges and potential calamities posed by natural hazards.  
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Course Highlights
1. Definition, classification, and global distribution of natural hazards
2. Vulnerability of society: prevention, mitigation and preparedness
3. Geological hazards - earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, avalanches and landslides


Meteorological hazards - typhoons, tornadoes, and rain storms


Hydrological hazards - floods, droughts and famines


Ecological hazards - soil erosion, desertification
7. Major catastrophic natural hazards in history and human responses in the Greater China
8. Natural hazards of significant local and regional relevance for Hong Kong
9. Planning and emergency action in developing and developed countries
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