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Modelling Multi-Hazard and Risk

Online course Modelling Multi-Hazards & Risk

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Learn how to conduct a quantitative multi-hazard risk assessment, how risk components can be obtained, and how risk information can be used in risk reduction planning.

Are you working in disaster risk management and do you want to further strengthen your expertise and knowledge about the assessment of dynamic risk by multiple hazards? In this online course, we will focus on approaches to evaluate how multi-hazard risk might change over time.

Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment involves the quantitative spatial modelling of potential losses due to multiple and interacting natural hazards. This includes attention for multiple event probabilities, multiple types of elements-at-risks, and multiple potential loss components.  

The assessment of changing risk is relevant because of its relation with ongoing changes in climate, land use, population, or socio-economic conditions. But the analysis of changes in risk is also relevant in a short time frame, for example as a basis for Early Warning and Impact-Based Forecasting (IBF), and also to analyse the consequences of hazard interactions after major hazard events.

For whom?

This online course enables you to study part-time (taught two days a week for a period of 10 weeks) and at your own place. It is targeted at professional workers and researchers who focus on hazard modelling, risk reduction planning, or other aspects of disaster risk management. Familiarity with GIS and spatial analysis is required.

This course is also taught as an elective course for ITC’s Master's students. As an online course participant, you will have an opportunity to work on group assignments with other students. This provides an interesting opportunity to exchange ideas with students from different parts of the world.

Contents

The course will focus on quantitative multi-hazard modelling, and how this is used in analysing multi-hazard risk. This also includes attention to the obtaining of relevant geospatial information about natural hazards, elements-at-risk and vulnerability - i.e. the risk components - and how risk information can be used in risk reduction planning. The course is subdivided into the following two course components.

Modelling Multi-Hazards

Analyzing Multi-Hazard Risk

You will also learn how the methods can be integrated within a Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS) context for analysing risk dynamics.

What will be achieved? 

During this course you will learn to:

Why choose this course? 

The online training in this course includes activities such as: recorded lectures, self-study of the learning material, practical sessions with instructor support, a simulated stakeholder workshop, and two project assignments. The lecture videos, together with written course material, introduce the theoretical background of the different topics. You will apply the knowledge gained in a series of practicals. In the project assignments, you are given a (multi-hazard, changing risk) problem to be analysed using the obtained knowledge and modelling skills.

Combining courses

Apart from the focus on hazard and risk modelling, you may also be interested in other aspects of disaster risk management. Or maybe you have just started developing an interest in disaster risk reduction and the use of geospatial data. In that case, we suggest you also have a look at this other online course, that we offer in spring: Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment.

About your diploma

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate which will include the name of the course.

Admission requirements

Academic level and background
Participants to this online course should have a BSc-level degree or equivalent from a recognized university, in a discipline related to the course, and preferably combined with relevant working experience.

To successfully participate in the course, working experience in using GIS and geospatial data is required.

English language 
The language of instruction of this course is English

Prior to course registration you have to check with the course coordinator whether your command of English is adequate to successfully participate in this course.

During the registration, you would still be required to provide proof of meeting the English language requirements (example: a message/email/letter confirmation from the course coordinator).

Computer skills
To follow online education you must have basic computer experience, regular access to internet, and e-mail. For some courses, additional computer skills are required (see description of specific course).

Technical requirements online education and assessment

For online education, we formulated guidelines to guarantee optimal performance. For online oral exams and proctoring during online assessments, the webcam and headset requirements need to be met.

More information

Do you have questions about the online course Modelling Multi-Hazards and Risk? You can contact Professor Cees van Westen, course coordinator.

Key information

Certification
certificate
CROHO code
75014
Duration
10 weeks
Language
100% English-taught
Application deadline
EU/EEA
15 August 2022
non EU/EEA
15 August 2022
Dutch
15 August 2022
Starting date
5 September 2022
End date
11 November 2022
Location
Enschede, Netherlands
Tuition fees
Full period 2022 / 2023
part-time, institutional
€ 904
part-time, ODA-rate
€ 678