Minor Overview

About this 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, energy requirements and land-use pressures. In particular, Western Australia is vulnerable to a number of coastal and nearshore hazards, increasingly related to climate changes, 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 and understanding the role of the energy transition in a changing world.

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.

MJD-IEMDM Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences;

MJD-MARDM Marine Science;

MJD-MARCP Marine and Coastal Processes;

MJD-GGRPY Geographical Sciences;

MJD-GSSCI Geographical and Spatial Science


Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
Take all units (12 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 EART1105 Dynamic Planet None
S2 GEOG1104 Disasters! None
Take the following unit:

Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 ENVT2220 The Climate System None
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S2 CHPR2022 Solutions for Sustainable Future Energy
Successful completion of
24 points of Level 1 units
Enrolment in
ENSC3022 Global Energy Production: Challenges and Opportunities
S2 EART2204 Coastal Processes
6 Points Unit(s) EART1105 Dynamic Planet (ID 1247)
or Unit(s) GEOG1103 Urbanisation and Sustainability (ID 5929)
Unit(s) GEOG3307 Coastal Environments