Course: Outline of Natural Risks and Hazards

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Course title Outline of Natural Risks and Hazards
Course code KGG/PPR
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Smolová Irena, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Course is aimed at issue of natural hazards and risks. The basic terms risk and hazard including historical aspects are defined. Course is divided into part concerned with extraterrestrial influences and endogenous natural hazards, particularly volcanic activity an earthquakes, and part concerned with exogenous risks including hydrological (floods, tsunami), climatic a meteorological (torrential precipitation, tropical cyclones, heavy winds) and geomorphologic risk phenomena (landslides, erosion). Attention is paid to causes, methods of assessment, consequences of risk phenomena and to historically most important events.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming)
  • Attendace - 20 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 30 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 50 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 20 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Comprehension of causes and methods of assessment of selected risk phenomena and survey of examples of the most important events.
Describe main natural hazards.
Knowledge within the scope of compulsory subjects that precede this subject in the study plan.

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Oral exam, Written exam

Knowledge within range of lectures and literature (basic terms, comprehension of causes and methods of assessment of selected risk phenomena and examples of the most important events).
Recommended literature
  • USGS Earthquake Hazard Program.
  • Jakeš, P., Kozák, J. (2005). Vlny hrůzy : zemětřesení, sopky a tsunami. Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny.
  • Keller, E. A. (2008). Natural Hazards. Prentice Hall.
  • Kukal, Z., & Pošmourný, K. (2005). Přírodní katastrofy a rizika : příspěvek geologie k ochraně lidí a krajiny před přírodními katastrofami. Praha: Ministerstvo životního prostředí.
  • Murch, W. B., Shinner, B. J. (1999). Geology Today : Understanding Our Planet. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Procházková, D. (2002). Seismické inženýrství na prahu třetího tisíciletí. Praha: SPN.
  • Strahler, A., Strahler, A. (2006). Introducing Physical Geography. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Summerfield, M. A. (1991). Global Geomorphology : An Introduction to the Study of Landforms. New York: Longman Scientific and Technical.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science International Development Studies (1) Social sciences 3 Winter