Natural Hazards

By Prof. Javed N. Malik   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 2489
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. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE : PG students of Science and Engineering, Advance UG students too can take this course.
PREREQUISITES :Basic knowledge of Earth Science or Natural Disasters is recommended.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

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. 

Books and references

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.

Instructor bio

Prof. Javed N. Malik

IIT Kanpur
- The instructor finished his Ph. D in 1998 from M. S. University Baroda, Vadodara. Gujarat (Geology), did Post-Doctrate (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-tsunami 

Current 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 studies 

Research 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.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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