Earth's Environmental Challenges minor

Natural hazards pose a distinct threat to society. Understanding the reasons why these hazards exist and the potential for impacts and disasters that often result is key to limiting damage and disruption. Many natural hazards are increasingly impactful due in part to climatic and other environmental changes, but also resulting from changing population and land-use pressures. In particular, Western Australia is vulnerable to a number of coastal and nearshore hazards that can directly impact population sites, tourism, and economic activities and infrastructure. This minor explores the scientific basis of hazards including earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, sea-level rise, flooding and storms, why they happen, their causes and their potential for societal and economic impact. Knowledge-led solutions are critical for hazard mitigation in a changing world.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of the Earth System, its global scale processes and climate system, in the past, present and the future, as the context for natural hazards; (2) demonstrate knowledge of the factors that drive changes in the Earth system, feedbacks and human impacts; (3) identify the primary processes that drive changes in coastal zones and their impacts on coasts; and (4) analyse scientific datasets to investigate societal and environmental impacts of natural hazards and evaluate mitigation strategies.

Unit sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 EART1105 Dynamic Planet
Incompatibility:
CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics
S2 GEOG1104 Disasters!
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S2 EART2204 Coastal Processes
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
or
GEOG1103 Geographies of a Global City
Incompatibility:
EART3337 Coastal Environments; GEOG3307 Coastal Environments
S1 ENVT2220 The Climate System
Prerequisites:
none;
for pre-2012 courses: none