OCEN4002 Ocean Hazards

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
Ocean hazards can have devastating impacts on coasts and their communities leading to lasting and damaging effects on the coastal landscape—causing long-term coastal erosion—and on marine ecosystems. They can also result in massive costs to human health, cultures and the livelihoods of coastal communities. These hazards include natural physical phenomena such as storm systems (tropical and extra-tropical cyclones, tsunamis, mean sea level rise, rip currents); natural biological phenomena such as red tides (harmful algal blooms); and anthropogenic influences such as ocean debris (e.g. plastics), coastal discharges and oil spills. This unit covers the processes that lead to these hazards including their prediction, and explores different mitigation and planning options.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a basic knowledge of a range of ocean hazards their origin and mitigation options; (2) display a sophisticated understanding of the influence of ocean on law and policy, marine management and coastal planning; (3) critically analyse and make recommendations for further research needed to address ocean hazard management; (4) demonstrate an enquiring, critical and creative approach to understanding and managing ocean hazards; and (5) demonstrate an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of ocean hazards and its interconnectedness with the biological and social sciences.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class assessments; (2) project; and (3) presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi
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