Executive Master Program (MSc) in Disaster and Crisis Management
Introduction to Natural Disasters
considerations:Natural Disasters such as floods, landslides,
subsidence, earthquakes and related phenomena, volcanic activities,
coastal hazards, desertification, and send dunes migration.
1. To understand the processes of natural disasters in general.
2. To understand earthquakes, floods, desertification, landslides, desertification, earthquakes, subsidence, and costal hazards, and in particular, sand migration.
3. Review of natural disaster cases in Saudi Arabia.
General References for the Course: (Books/Journals...etc.)
Students in this course can read from:
1. Environmental Geology, 4th Edition, by Keller, Edward A., 1985. Charles E. Merril Publishing Co.
2. Environmental Geology: Geology and the Human Environment, by
Bennett, M.R., & Doyle, P., 1997.New York: John Wiley & Sons.
3. Geohazards: Natural and Human, by Coch, N.K., 1995. Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Prentice Hall.
4. Natural Hazards: Explanation and Integration, by Tobin, G.A. and Montz, B.E., 1997. Guilford Publishing: New York.
List of URLs for this Course
- Volcanoes http://www.usgs.gov/themes/volcano.html
- Earthquakes http://www.usgs.gov
- Floods http://www.usgs.gov/thems/flood.html
- Landslides http://www.usgs.gov/thems/landslide.html
The student will learn the following:
1. Students are able to understand the general knowledge about natural disasters.
2. Students are able to understand the prediction process of earthquake and volcanic hazards.
3. Students are able to predict the flooding and coastal hazards..
4. Students are able to understand the effects of sand dune movements.
5. Students are able to understand the land failure hazards including: Earth
fissuring, land subsidence, rock and soil slope failure, sabkha and
Scheme of assessment:
Periodical examination: 15%
Essay (1500-2000 words): 20%
Midterm exam: 25%
Final exam: 40%
Timetable for course lectures: