GEOG3530 - Natural hazards assessment and modeling


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The main objectives of the course are to: 1) provide an overview of different processes in natural hazards research in the context of ongoing climate change and local environmental conditions; 2) provide insights and practice for the quantification, conceptual assessment, and risk evaluation of different types of natural hazards; 3) learn to assess a specific hazards-related research question via literature analysis and collaborative work in a group.

Individual exercises on four areas of natural hazards will be conducted and their results discussed: 1) River floods; 2) Slope processes such as rock fall; 3) Coastal hazards including sea-level rise; 4) Cryospheric hazards, including snow avalanches and glacier-related hazards.

The importance of hazard cascades and simultaneously occurring hazards will also be discussed and explored.

Learning outcome

A student who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • has a broad overview of current research and methods in inland flooding, slope processes, coastal hazards, cryospheric hazards, and hazard cascades
  • knows about methods used for quantification and modelling of different types of natural hazards, and the limitations of such methods
  • has a broad overview of relevant hazards and their history in Norway and globally
  • understands how both antecedent conditions and ongoing climate change contribute to present-day natural hazards (i.e. the past is the key to the present)
  • has broad knowledge of theoretical and methodological approaches to the assessment of different types of natural hazards
  • has a deep understanding of a selected topic in natural hazards research from a physical geographical perspective


  • can locate and synthesize relevant peer-reviewed scientific literature for the purpose of answering a specific research question on natural hazards
  • has hands-on experience in modelling, either conceptually, numerically or physically, different types of natural hazards, and estimating the risk potential of a given settlement that is exposed to these hazards
  • can present a selected research topic orally to fellow students
  • can critically evaluate the scientific presentation of a topic given by fellow students

General competence

  • can critically assess natural hazards situations based on data and literature provided
  • can synthesize literature to answer a problem statement on natural hazards
  • has thorough knowledge and mastery of physical geographical vocabulary in natural hazards research and can apply this knowledge in written and oral contexts.
  • can communicate clearly and concisely in written and oral forms
  • can write an academic text on current issues in natural hazards research regarding the scientific problems, analyses, and conclusions.
  • can provide constructive written and oral feedback on scientific content and presentation skills.

Learning methods and activities

Introduction lecture and seminars up to 10 hours.

The compulsory assignments and the exam must be completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the lecturer responsible for the course.

Teaching will only be given if a sufficient number of students register for the course and if the Department has sufficient teaching resources. See for the most up to date information on the courses not being offered.

Compulsory assignments

  • Attend the first class and minimum 3 of the 4 seminars
  • Preparation of an approved reading list on selected research topic
  • Presentation of research on selected topic

Further on evaluation

The examination is an assignment (worth 100% of the final grade). The assignment comprises a report including results, discussion and answers to questions for all exercises in the course. The same form of examination is given when re-sitting for the exam or improving the grade. The exam is offered both in the autumn and spring semester.

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor's degree, preferably within the discipline of geography. Other relevant qualification can be accepted upon approval by the Department of Geography.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geography
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geography


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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