Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and extreme weather events are wellknown triggers for natural hazards in many parts of the world. But we are also increasingly affected by the effects of climate change, urbanization, environmental degradation and unsustainable land use practices.
Our exposure and vulnerability to landslides, floods, erosion and other natural hazards and the corresponding disaster risk are continuously changing. They also influence the way we try to minimize the possible impact of natural hazards and to reduce risk. For example, what is a good combination of societal adaptation and (geotechnical) mitigation measures?
The modelling and assessment of natural hazards and disaster risk, and the use of spatial information in risk reduction and disaster preparedness planning, post-disaster damage assessment and remediation are among the themes emphasized in this course.
In our courses in the disaster management domain we deal with natural hazards and disaster risk from an earth science perspective. We firmly believe that spatial information plays an important role in many phases of the disaster management cycle. Therefore, we place considerable emphasis on remote sensing and GIS in all our courses.
An MSc research project in the disaster management domain is typically connected to one of the research areas of ITC’s department of Earth Systems Analysis:
- natural hazards modelling and assessment
- multi-hazard risk assessment
- geotechnical engineering
- post-disaster response and management
Study at ITC, what's it like?
An MSc degree in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Natural Hazards, Risk and Engineering provides a good basis for international employment. Our graduates have found positions in research institutes and universities, in national and international agencies dealing with disaster risk mitigation and civil protection, and in the private sector (engineering, consultancy, insurance).
Name: Efthymia Pavlidou (Greece)
Position: PhD Candidate at Faculty ITC - Department of Earth Systems Analysis
Student at ITC: Applied Earth Sciences 2011-2013
I chose ITC because it’s one of the best institutes for studying remote sensing worldwide. I focus on earthquakes. Ultimately, I hope that we can use the method I am developing to predict earthquakes.
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