ENVU6EH: Environmental Hazards

CO-ORDINATOR: Dr Eileen Tisdall

Pre-requisite: ENVU5A5 or ABR001

Module Description

The module presents an overview of some of the most serious environmental hazards, together with an assessment of the environmental and sociological factors which turn such hazards into risks. Factors which have the potential to change the magnitude and frequency of hazards, such as the role of climate and land-use change are considered, as well as an assessment of the usefulness of a number of strategies for mitigating the effects of environmental hazards.

Module Objectives

  • Explain the difference between environmental hazard, risk and disaster
  • Identify the physical and biological processes which give rise to hazards in the environment
  • Discuss the physical and sociological factors which influence the global distribution of environmental hazards and associated disasters
  • Evaluate management strategies which are used to deal with environmental risks and disasters.
  • Answer unseen questions based on the module content in a time limited context.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Apply techniques for environmental hazard assessment
  • Observe and record field evidence
  • Integrate the various scientific and social factors contributing to hazard assessment and management
  • Formulate a consultation document for the adoption of management strategies, based on case studies.


Scheduled Teaching: 31 hours
Independent Study: 169 hours
Placements: 0 hours


Coursework: 50%
Examination: 50%
Practical: 0%

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