Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering (Master's Course) Division of Advanced Science and Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering Program
Lecture Code WSM20401 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Management of Natural Disasters
Subject Name
マネジメント オブ ナチュラル ディザスターズ
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Management of Natural Disasters
ハタ トシロウ,モジリ アミン,リヤ キャサリン ジョージ,モハマド バセル アル サワフ,カジ ナセル,ヌゥェン ヒウ メイ,ヒビノ タダシ,ウチダ タツヒコ,フセ マサアキ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  Second Semester,  4Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (4T) Mon7-8,Thur7-8
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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LCD projector, Writing on whiteboard 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 5 : Graduate Basic
Course Area(Area) 25 : Science and Technology
Course Area(Discipline) 13 : Civil Engineering
Eligible Students Graduate Students in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Keywords Hazard, Disaster, Earthquake, Tsunami, Landslide, Debris flow, Ground subsidence, Flood, Typhoon, Climate change, Disaster migitigation schemes, Structural measures, Non-structural mesures 
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within Educational
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Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Class Objectives
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This lecture aims at providing students with the generation mechanisms of wide range of natural disasters, the examples of disasters in Japan and in the world, together with effective mitigation schemes consisting of structural and  non-structural measures.  
Class Schedule lesson1 Introduction: Natural processes, Risk assessment, Linkage between natural hazards, History of disasters in Japan,  Disaster management acts and planning in Japan, Hazard prediction and warning
lesson2 Earthquakes (1): Seismic hazard analysis, Magnitude of earthquakes, Peak Ground Acceleration, Fragility curves
lesson3 Earthquakes (2): Seismic coefficient, Seismic design, liquefaction
lesson4 Tsunamis (1): Overview of Tsunami: (Generation, propagation and run-up, Tsunami forces on structures, Historical tsunamis), How to survive a tsunami: (Knowledge for tsunami survival, Prevention and mitigation of tsunami disasters, Japan 2011 tsunami)
lesson5 Tsunamis (2): Monster wave,Death wave,Killer wave,Deadly wall of water  
lesson6 Landslides and Debris flows (1): Mechanism of landslide in rainfall, Slope stabilit analysis, field investigation, field test and laboratory test
lesson7 Landslides and Debris flows (2): Mitigation of landslide and deris flow, Hazard map, Case studies of landslide disasters in Hiroshima and other cities  
lesson8 Ground Subsidence (1): Mechanism of ground subsidence, Theory of consolidation, measurement of ground subsidence
lesson9 Ground Subsidence (2): Control of ground water,Case studies of ground subsidence and the measures
lesson10 Flooding (1): Mechanism of river flooding, Vulnerability to floods, Flood discharge estimation, Flood control
lesson11 Flooding (2): Inundation in urban and rural areas, Inundation simulation,  hazard map, landuse regulation and insurance
lesson12 Typhoons (1): Physical processes of storm surge, high wind and heavy rain, History of typhoon disasters, Case study of Typhoon No. 18 (2004), Damages, Lessons learned
lesson13 Typhoons (2): Hurricane Katrina (2005), Typhoon No.12 (2011) and Typhoon Haiyan (2013), Forecasts and warning, Adustment to typhoons, Projected super typhoon in 2070s
lesson14 Climate Change (1): Heavy Rainfall in Kumamoto (2012), Land slides in Hiroshima (2014), Hazard map, Evacuation plannnig and the difficulties
lesson15 Climate Change (2): Climate change and the impacts on the disasters, Adaptation to climate change, Climate change and disasters assessment

Short reports, each describing the disaster and discussing the effective measures and lessons learned from the disaster 
Keller, E.A. and Devecchio, D.E: Natural Hazards, Prentice Hall, 2010.
Towhata,I.: Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Springer, 2010.
Lopez,G. I.(ed.): Tsunami-Analysis of a Hazard, InTech, 2012
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/syr/en/contents.html.
PC or AV used in
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Learning techniques to be incorporated  
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Preparation and
Surveying of the same type of disasters in your country is recommended since it may help the discussion be more constructive.  
Requirements Basic knowledge on some of natural disasters may help deepen the understanding of the disaster and its effective measures. 
Grading Method The score of this course is graded by reports , and discussion during the each lecture. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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