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Natural Hazards Part 1


The course introduces students to natural disasters and their phenomenon, ground deformations, land-level changes, event recurrence intervals, associated environmental and depositional changes, sedimentation patterns, and all the related hazards. Some of the well-known natural disasters are earthquakes, landslides, floods, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, storms, and cyclones etc. which cause different types of natural hazards in the associated environment and landscape. This course will emphasize their mechanism, origin, and impacts in the associated regions such as mainland, hilly terrain, floodplain/alluvial plain, and coastal regions etc., and also focus on the approaches for mitigating and minimizing hazards along with related hazard assessment.

PG students of Science and Engineering, Advance UG students too can take this course.

CORE/ELECTIVE: Elective course


PREREQUISITES: Basic knowledge of Earth Science or Natural Disasters is recommended.


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The instructor earned his Ph. D in 1998 from M. S. University Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat (Geology), did Post-Doctorate (Japan Society for Promotion of Science) from (1999-2001) Hiroshima University, JAPAN.Joined IIT Kanpur in 2001.Area of Specialization: Active Tectonics, Paleoseismology and Paleo-tsunamiCurrent Areas of Research: Active fault mapping and Paleoseismological studies along NW Himalaya and Kachchh Paleo-Tsunami studies in Andaman & Nicobar Islands Collaboration with Japan, US and France – related to earthquake and tsunami studiesResearch Projects: Active tectonic investigation along northwestern Himalayan foothill zone, sponsored by DST Active fault mapping and paleoseismic investigations in Kachchh region. Gujarat, by OYO International Japan.Active Tectonic investigations around South-Middle Andaman and Car Nicobar Islands, A&N Islands, sponsored by INCOIS, Hyderabad, MoES.


Week 1  :  Natural Hazards and Disasters ,Natural Hazards and Disasters ,Human Impact on Natural Disaster, Predicting Catastrophe Mitigating Hazards
Week 2  :  Mitigating Hazards,Plate Tectonics and related Hazards,Plate Tectonics and related Hazards,Plate Tectonics and related Hazards,Earthquakes and their causes
Week 3  :  Earthquakes and their causes,Earthquakes and their causes,Ground Motion and Failures,Ground Motion and Failures Ground Motion and Failures
Week 4  :  Tsunami: Gaint Tsunamis,Tsunami: Gaint Tsunamis ,Tsunami: Generation and Movement,Tsunami: Generation and Movement,Tsunami: Generation and Movement
Week 5  :  Tsunami Hazard Assessment,Tsunami Hazard Assessment,Volcanic Hazard: Eruption-Type of Volcanoes and Tectonic environment,Volcanic Hazard: Eruption-Type of Volcanoes and Tectonic environment,Volcanic Hazard: Eruption-Type of Volcanoes and Tectonic environment
Week 6  :  Landslide and their causes, Type of downslope movement, associated hazard,Landslide and their causes, Type of downslope movement, associated hazard,Landslide and their causes, Type of downslope movement, associated hazard,Land Subsidence and associated hazard,Land Subsidence and associated hazard
Week 7 : Floods and Human Interaction,Flood Frequency and Recurrence Interval,Flood Frequency and Recurrence Interval,Human intervention and mitigation,Human intervention and mitigation
Week 8  :  Storms: Tropical Cyclone,Storms: Tropical Cyclone,Hurricane, Tornado, Storm damage and safety,Wildfires: Fire Process and Secondary effects,Wildfires: Fire Process and Secondary effects. 


Monroe, J. S., Wicander, R., and Hazlett, R. (2007). Physical Geology: Exploring the Earth. Sixth Edition. Page 690.• Strahler, A. Introduction to Physical Geoloyg. Pub. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. page 632.• Hyndman, D., and Hyndman, D. (2011). Natural Hazards and Disasters. Third Edition. Pages 571.• Keller, E. D. (2012). Introduction to Environmental Geology. Printice Hall. Page 801.
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: March 31 2019(Sunday).  Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 6 out of 8 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.