The course on Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Management analyses the processes within a landscape setting (and the drivers behind them) that lead to disasters. GIS and remote sensing are used in the analysis procedures. The course concentrates more specifically on the assessment of geological and hydrological hazards and on the determination of the vulnerability of elements-at-risk for multidisciplinary disaster risk management.
The Master of Science degree programme consists of four distinct blocks:
1. Principles of geo-information science and earth observation: Introduction and principles of remote sensing, GIS and databases
2. Application of geo-information science and earth observation in the field of interest: Task-supported learning in the technical or application domain
3. Research orientation: Research methods, advanced subjects of choice, engagement in a research team, and proposal writing
4. Individual research: Executing research and writing an MSc thesis
The course will deal with the following topics (among others):
- principles of GIS and remote sensing techniques
- image analysis for hazard monitoring, susceptibility and assessment
- spatial modelling of hazards
- dynamic modelling concepts and software tools
- mapping of elements at risk
- vulnerability assessment
- risk assessment and risk reduction planning
- research skills and methodology; thesis research
The MSc degree course is designed for academicians, while the Postgraduate diploma course is designed for practitioners who are active in environmental, engineering or planning organizations and who are dealing with hazard and disaster management.
Participants of the MSc degree course have a specific interest in an academic career, and in applied research concerning the tools and techniques taught in the course.
Participants of both courses have a specific interest in spatial information, and want to learn state-of-the-art GIS and earth observation techniques. They are mid-career professionals with a university background (BSc), or recent university graduates in a field relevant to earth sciences.
Academic level and background
Applicants for the Master of Science (MSc) degree programme should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.
As all courses are given in English, proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite. If you are a national of one of the countries in this list (PDF), you are exempted from an English language test. Please note: the requirements when applying for fellowships may vary according to the regulations of the fellowship provider.
English language tests: minimum requirements
Only internationally recognised test results are accepted.
TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT): 550
TOEFL Internet-based Test: 79-80
British Council / IELTS: 6.0
Although introductory lessons on computer skills are scheduled in the Master of Science (MSc) degree programme, applicants lacking computer experience are strongly advised to follow basic courses in their home countries.
Register online at: http://daf.itc.nl/default.aspx?ccode=C11-AES-MSc-03
01 Jul 2011
25 Feb 2011
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