EARTHSCI 105G Natural Hazards in New Zealand

EARTHSCI 105G | ARTS, B&E, EDUSW, LC | Semester One 2017 | City Campus | 15 points


An introduction to geologic, atmospheric and geomorphological hazards, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, droughts, storm surge, tsunami and landslides. Physical and socioeconomic impacts are considered along with methods available for hazard mitigation in the New Zealand context.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course you will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

  • An awareness of the physical and social dimensions of natural hazards affecting New Zealand.
  • An understanding of geological, coastal, hydrologic and climate processes that cause hazards in NZ.
  • Knowledge of methods available for hazard mitigation in the New Zealand context.
  • An appreciation of the hazard risk for New Zealand in an international context.

Topics covered

  • Volcanic hazards
  • Geothermal hazards
  • Seismic processes
  • Earthquake hazards
  • Landslide hazards
  • Floods
  • Large scale storms
  • Localised storms and tornadoes
  • Drought
  • People’s behaviour in facing natural hazards
  • Preventing natural hazards
  • Mitigating people’s vulnerability


Coursework (40%)
Examination (60%)

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