COASTAL AND MARINE HAZARD AND RESILIENCE
Written and oral examination.
The final evaluation will be based on:
1) attendance and participation in the course,
2) oral group presentation and ppt,
3) writing assignment
The aim of the curse is to increase understanding about how to best deal hazards associated with coastal and marine environments and to provide knowledge on the complexity of the human response to risk, exploring the cultural dimension of disaster.
Definitions and uses of the terms hazard, risk, and disaster. Vulnerability and resilience. Hazards, Risks, and disasters in marine and coastal areas. Culture, knowledge, and worldviews related to hazard. The cultural dimension of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRD). Tsunami Dynamics and sea level rise: adaptation, mitigation, and resilience. Governance, communication, and participation.
The course examines the development of the meaning, uses and applications of the terms hazard, risk and resilience in marine and coastal areas and explores the cultural dimension of disaster.
The significance of “culture” must be understood and incorporated into any attempt to deal with natural disaster, shifting from the emphasis on the physical nature of hazards (tsunami, storm surges, inundations, sea level rise) to exploring the root causes of human and social vulnerability to hazards and the resilience and social response of people in front of disasters.
In the course, the case study of the Maldives will be presented, focusing on the resilience-based responses to hazards and risk of a multiple set of actors (women, children, elderly people, local communities, international agencies, political institutions) and human activities (tourism, agriculture, infrastructures).
Textbook and teaching resource
A selection of essays from:
Fred Krüger, Greg Bankoff, Terry Cannon, Benedikt Orlowski, and E. Lisa F. Schipper (Eds.) Cultures and Disasters: Understanding Cultural Framings in Disaster Risk Reduction. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2015.
A list of additional articles and documents will be distributed during the course
Students will be engaged in lessons, discussions of scientific papers, and analysis of national and international reports, oral presentations and reading of environmental assessments, field work.