COASTAL AND MARINE HAZARD AND RESILIENCE
Written and oral examination.
For attending students the final evaluation will be based on:
1) attendance and participation in the course,
2) articles presentations
3)oral group presentation and ppt,
4) writing assignment
5) oral presentation of one's contribution to teamwork
For not attending students:
Oral discussion with open questions about the textbook and articles listed in the program
The course explores the complexity of the relationship between culture, risk and disaster. The aim is to increase understanding of how best to deal with the risks associated with coastal and marine environments, and to examine human resilience 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 world views related to hazards. The cultural dimension of disaster risk reduction (DRR). Cultural and political aspects of disasters, catastrophes and natural hazards (tsunamis, floods, climate change): adaptation, mitigation and resilience. Governance, stakeholders, 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 hazards (tsunami, storm surges, inundations, sea level rise) and disasters. The cultural dimension of disaster provides an understanding of human and social vulnerability to hazards, local knowledge and resilience and social response at the local level.
In the course, case studies will be presented, focusing on the resilience-based responses to hazards and risk of multiple sets of actors (women, children, older people, local communities, international agencies, political institutions) and human activities in different contexts.
Textbook and teaching resource
Krüger F., Bankoff G., Cannon T., Orlowski B., and Schipper E.L.F. (Eds.) (2015), Cultures and Disasters: Understanding Cultural Framings in Disaster Risk Reduction, Abingdon and New York, Routledge.
And the four articles:
1) Alexander D.E. (2013)"Resilience and disaster risk reduction: an etymological journey", Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 2707–2716,
2) Weichselgartner J., Kelman I. (2015), "Geographies of resilience: Challenges and opportunities of a descriptive concept", Progress in Human Geography, Vol. 39(3) 249–267
3) Kelman I., Gaillard J.C., Mercer J. (2015), "Climate Change’s Role in Disaster Risk Reduction’s Future: Beyond Vulnerability and Resilience", Int. J. Disaster Risk Sci, 6:21–27
4) Adger W.N., Hughes T. P., Folke C., Carpenter S.R., Rockström J. (2005), "Social-Ecological Resilience to Coastal Disasters", Science 309, 1036–1039
Students will be engaged in frontal lectures, case studies, discussions of scientific papers, analysis of national and international reports, oral presentations and reading of environmental assessments.