Natural Hazards _ Part_1


Prof. Javed N. Malik

IIT Kanpur

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The course introduces students to natural disasters and their phenomenon, ground deformations, land-level changes, event recurrence intervals, associated environmental and depositional changes, sedimentation patterns, and all the related hazards. Some of the well-known natural disasters are earthquakes, landslides, floods, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, storms, and cyclones etc. which cause different types of natural hazards in the associated environment and landscape. This course will emphasize their mechanism, origin, and impacts in the associated regions such as mainland, hilly terrain, floodplain/alluvial plain, and coastal regions etc., and also focus on the approaches for mitigating and minimizing hazards along with related hazard assessment.


PG students of Science and Engineering, Advance UG students too can take this course.


Basic knowledge of Earth Science or Natural Disasters is recommended.


– The instructor finished his Ph. D in 1998 from M. S. University Baroda, Vadodara. Gujarat (Geology), did Post-Doctrate (Japan Society for Promotion of Science) from (1999-2001) Hiroshima University, JAPAN.
– Joined IIT Kanpur in 2001.
Area of Specialization: Active Tectonics, Paleoseismology and Paleo-tsunami
Current Areas of Research:
• Active fault mapping and Paleoseismological studies along NW Himalaya and Kachchh
• Paleo-Tsunami studies in Andaman & Nicobar Islands
• Collaboration with Japan, US and France – related to earthquake and tsunami studies
Research Projects:
• Active tectonic investigation along northwestern Himalayan foothill zone, sponsored by DST
• Active fault mapping and paleoseismic investigations in Kachchh region. Gujarat, by OYO International Japan.
• Active Tectonic investigations around South-Middle Andaman and Car Nicobar Islands, A&N Islands, sponsored by INCOIS, Hyderabad, MoES.

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1. Join the course
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COURSE ENROLMENT FEE: The Fee for Enrolment is Rs. 2000 + GST

2. Watch Videos+Submit Assignments
After enrolling, learners can watch lectures and learn and follow it up with attempting/answering the assignments given.

3. Get qualified to register for exams
A learner can earn a certificate in the self paced course only by appearing for the online remote proctored exam and to register for this, the learner should get minimum required marks in the assignments as given below:

Assignment score = Score more than 50% in at least 6/8 assignments.
Exam score = 50% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
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4. Register for exams
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EXAM FEE: The remote proctoring exam is optional for a fee of Rs.1500 + GST. An additional fee of Rs.1500 will apply for a non-standard time slot.

5. Results and Certification
After the exam, based on the certification criteria of the course, results will be declared and learners will be notified of the same. A link to download the e-certificate will be shared with learners who pass the certification exam.


Course Details

Week 1  :  Natural Hazards and Disasters ,Natural Hazards and Disasters ,Human Impact on Natural Disaster, Predicting Catastrophe Mitigating Hazards
Week 2  :  Mitigating Hazards, Plate Tectonics and related Hazards, Plate Tectonics and related Hazards, Plate Tectonics and related Hazards, Earthquakes and their causes
Week 3  :  Earthquakes and their causes, Earthquakes and their causes, Ground Motion and Failures, Ground Motion and Failures Ground Motion and Failures
Week 4  :  Tsunami: Gaint Tsunamis, Tsunami: Gaint Tsunamis ,Tsunami: Generation and Movement, Tsunami: Generation and Movement, Tsunami: Generation and Movement
Week 5  :  Tsunami Hazard Assessment, Tsunami Hazard Assessment, Volcanic Hazard: Eruption-Type of Volcanoes and Tectonic environment, Volcanic Hazard: Eruption-Type of Volcanoes and Tectonic environment, Volcanic Hazard: Eruption-Type of Volcanoes and Tectonic environment
Week 6  :  Landslide and their causes, Type of downslope movement, associated hazard, Landslide and their causes, Type of downslope movement, associated hazard, Landslide and their causes, Type of downslope movement, associated hazard, Land Subsidence and associated hazard, Land Subsidence and associated hazard
Week 7 : Floods and Human Interaction, Flood Frequency and Recurrence Interval, Flood Frequency and Recurrence Interval, Human intervention and mitigation, Human intervention and mitigation
Week 8  :  Storms: Tropical Cyclone, Storms: Tropical Cyclone, Hurricane, Tornado, Storm damage and safety, Wildfires: Fire Process and Secondary effects, Wildfires: Fire Process and Secondary effects. 

Books and References

Monroe, J. S., Wicander, R., and Hazlett, R. (2007). Physical Geology: Exploring the Earth. Sixth Edition. Page 690.• Strahler, A. Introduction to Physical Geoloyg. Pub. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. page 632.• Hyndman, D., and Hyndman, D. (2011). Natural Hazards and Disasters. Third Edition. Pages 571.• Keller, E. D. (2012). Introduction to Environmental Geology. Printice Hall. Page 801.


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