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MULTI-HAZARD IMPACT AND RISK ASSESSMENT

CODE 108570
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 2.5 cfu during the 2nd year of 10553 ENGINEERING FOR NATURAL RISK MANAGEMENT(LM-26) - SAVONA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ICAR/02
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • SAVONA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The aim of this module is to provide fundamentals of multi-hazard and multi-risk modelling.

     

    At the end of the course the student will be able to apply multi-hazard and multi-risk concepts and definitions and describe the available approaches for qualitative and quantitative multi-hazard risk modelling. Furthermore, the student will be able to select the best approaches to manage multi-hazard risk and implement multi-hazard disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies.

     

    The knowledge of risk assessment and management approaches that consider multiple hazards and their potential interactions will help the student to better understand and capture the real risk that many areas of the world are prone to, allowing to implement more successful DRR measures.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

    • Apply the specific terminology used in the field of multi-hazard and multi-risk
    • Report the most relevant outcomes from the available scientific literature
    • Describe the different interaction mechanisms between hazards and the available modelling approaches providing examples
    • Describe the main approaches for multi-hazard exposure, vulnerability, damage, and risk assessment
    • Describe how to implement multi-hazard approaches in the different phases of the disaster risk management cycle (preparedness, emergency, recovery)
    • Suggest some multi-hazard disaster risk reduction measures able to successfully reduce the impacts of disasters across different hazards 

    TEACHING METHODS

    • Frontal and participatory teaching
    • Individual and group activities
    • Seminars of experts in specific topics

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The course will focus on qualitative and quantitative multi-hazard modelling, and how this is used in analysing and managing multi-hazard risk, considering the losses due to multiple and/or interacting natural hazards. Multi-hazard and multi-risk concepts, definitions, and approaches will be introduced and discussed using available literature and experts’ seminars as support.

    First part – Multi-hazard interactions

    In the first part of the course, the different interaction mechanisms between hazards - including triggering, influence, and coincidence - will be analysed, exploring available modelling approaches, and introducing the concept of multiple event probabilities. 

    Second part – Multi-hazard impact and risk assessment

    In the second part, multi-vulnerability, multi-hazard exposure, and multi-hazard damage assessment will be investigated, considering also changes in multi-hazard risk due to climate change, land-use change, and population changes. 

    Third part – Multi-hazard Disaster Risk Management

    In the final part, multi-hazard approaches in the different phases of the disaster risk management cycle (preparedness, emergency, recovery) will be explored and multi-hazard disaster risk reduction measures able to successfully reduce the impacts of disasters across different hazards will be investigated, including the analysis of potential asynergies among hazards.

    All the theoretical outcomes of the course will be applied in a real-world case study chosen by the students. This activity will be run in small groups at the end of each theoretical module and the results will be shared among the other students. Participation in these activities is a pre-requirement for the final exam.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    • Digital course material: slides of the lectures and seminars (Required)
    • Scientific articles and technical reports for group research projects (Required)

     

    All the required material will be provided on AulaWeb and on the Teams channel of the course.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    SILVIA DE ANGELI (President)

    STEFANIA DEGLI ABBATI (President)

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The exam is structured in two steps:

    1. (During the course) Oral group presentation of the assigned research paper. The assignment is a presentation to the class, supported by slides where the students provide a detailed description of the paper. After the presentation, the other students must ask at least one question to the presenter and provide a peer evaluation. This part will account for 40% of the final grade.

    2. (At the end of the course) Written exam with close-ended and open-ended questions covering the topics of the whole program (lectures and seminars). This part will account for 60% of the final grade.

    Students with learning disorders ("disturbi specifici di apprendimento", DSA) will be allowed to use specific modalities and supports that will be determined on a case-by-case basis in agreement with the delegate of the Engineering courses in the Committee for the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    For the oral group presentation of the research paper, the assessment will concern:

    - capacity to synthesize the main topics of the scientific paper

    - capacity to express the contents with clarity and precision of terminology

    - capacity to link the paper content to the topics discussed in the program

     

    For the written exam, the assessment will concern:

    - capacity to express the program contents with clarity and precision of terminology

    - capacity to link the theoretical topics discussed in the program with examples and real cases 

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    29/05/2023 10:00 SAVONA Scritto
    15/06/2023 10:00 SAVONA Scritto
    03/07/2023 10:00 SAVONA Scritto
    24/07/2023 10:00 SAVONA Scritto
    11/09/2023 10:00 SAVONA Scritto