Natural Hazards and the Built Environment
Course Description
The main course objective is to provide students with a basic knowledge of effects of natural hazards on buildings and other structures, and mitigation measures available to reduce their destructive impacts.  The specific student outcome objectives are:
  • To have a basic understanding of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural hazards, including their causes, probabilities of occurrence, and geographic distribution.
  • To have a basic understanding of the interaction of these hazards with the built environment, including damage mechanisms.
  • To have a basic understanding of structural (i.e., specific building design features) and nonstructural (e.g., codes, zoning, floodplain management, insurance) mitigation options.
  • To be able make an estimate of likely damage to a building, given information on building construction and the specific hazard.
  • To be able to identify appropriate hazard mitigation possibilities for both individual buildings and communities, given information on the building/community and the specific hazard.
Information for Instructors
Course Content and Objectives