EASC 211:Natural Hazards and Disasters


The course is divided into two parts. Part I involves natural disasters and their environmental impact and covers earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, mass wasting, slope stability, floods, river management and human impact, subsidence, the greenhouse effect and ozone depletion. Part II provides an introduction to natural hazards. The lectures cover the following topics: hazards concept and context; spatial variability and human persistence; hazard forecasting and risk assessment; the perception of hazards and extreme events; experiencing hazards; adjustment to hazards; the human impact; and hazards: present and future prospect; disaster management in Ghana.