Spatial information for assessing natural hazards and disaster risk
The number of people threatened by earthquakes, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, erosion and other natural hazards has dramatically increased over the last decades. Climate change and variability, urbanization and environmental degradation further increase our exposure and vulnerability to natural hazards. We firmly believe that spatial information plays an important role in many phases of the disaster management cycle.
Natural hazard assessment and monitoring, hazard process modeling, geo-technical engineering, elements at risk mapping, vulnerability and risk assessment, risk reduction planning, disaster preparedness, damage assessment and post-disaster rehabilitation are typical themes in the natural hazards and disaster risk management course domain at ITC.
Our courses in disaster management
Our courses in the disaster management domain facilitate a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving for development purposes. Considerable emphasis is placed on remote sensing and GIS.View all courses
MSc degree in disaster management
The 18-month MSc degree course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Management (118 ECTS) integrates knowledge of, and skills in GIS and remote sensing technology with current themes in the field of natural hazards and disaster risk management. The course is designed for young and mid-career professionals and academicians who are active in earth and environmental science, engineering, or planning, and who are dealing with natural hazards, risk mitigation or civil protection.Find an MSc course
Postgraduate diploma in disaster management
The 9-month Postgradudate diploma course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Management (62 ECTS) is relevant for young and mid-career professionals who are interested in the content matter of geo-information technology, natural hazards and disaster risk management, but to a lesser extent in the research part of an MSc degree.Find a PG course
Short certificate courses in disaster management
Do you have a specific requirement for up-to-date education in the application of geo-information science and earth observation for natural hazards an disaster risk management ? ITC offers a number of short (distance) courses leading to a certificate. They vary in duration from three weeks to three months.Find a short course
ITC is the faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation at the University of Twente. We are located in Enschede, a modern and lively town located at the eastern border of the Netherlands. Its excellent connection to Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Paris and London make Enschede a good place to study for international students.
Why study at ITC?
ITC is recognized worldwide for achievements in teaching in the field of geo-information science and earth observation. The combination of geo-information science and remote sensing in seven domains is unique in the world. Furthermore, at ITC you will:
- Gain valuable international experience
- Study in the cultural heartlands of Europe
- Leave with a thriving network of international contacts
ITC's contribution to the UNU mission
As an associated institution of the United Nations University (UNU), ITC contributes to the UNU mission, which is "to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States".
UNU-ITC Joint Programme on Capacity Building in Disaster Management
The cooperation between ITC and the United Nations University is directed at developing and carrying out a joint programme on capacity building in disaster management, and at disseminating knowledge on this topic and directly related issues. The programme activities are accommodated in:
To support capacity building efforts, the School for Disaster Geo-information Management offers degree, diploma and certificate courses. These courses are offered in the Netherlands, online and abroad by ITC itself or by ITC in collaboration with reputable qualified educational organisations (joint courses).