Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Learn to predict and monitor multi-hazard risk and help reduce our vulnerability to disasters

Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and extreme weather are triggers for disasters in many parts of the world. The effects of climate change and of cities that keep on growing bigger and bigger are also increasingly harmful. Our exposure and vulnerability to landslides, flooding, erosion and other hazards are continuously changing. Would you like to know why and when natural hazards turn into disasters? Want to play a role in minimizing their impact and reducing disaster risk? Then ITC’s specialization in Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction is just right for you.

The courses that we offer reflect our firm belief that geo-information plays an important role in multi-hazard risk assessment and disaster risk reduction. You will gain insight in methods to evaluate how hazards and risk may change in the future, due to global changes. You will also learn how geo-information is used for the evaluation of both ecosystem-based and engineering measures for disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness planning, and post-disaster damage assessment. For your MSc research you’ll have the option to join forces with ITC’s research group 4D-Earth.

Specialization Courses 

See the full programme structure for a complete overview of courses in the Master's Geo-information Science and Earth Observation. 

  • Hazard and Risk Studio (7 credits)
  • Introduction to Hazard and Risk (7 credits)
  • Natural Hazard Modelling (7 credits)
  • Physically-based Hazard Modelling (7 credits)


ITC has entered into partnerships with reputable qualified educational institutes for the purpose of providing joint courses in several countries. Under this arrangement, (part of) the programme, leading to a diploma in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation from the University of Twente, can be conducted at the partner institute.