Natural Hazard and Catastrophes

Master Of Professional Science

Natural Hazard and Catastrophes Degree Track

Society is experiencing higher frequencies of natural catastrophes, including those due to hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, storm surge, volcanic eruptions, landslides, hail, wildfires and earthquakes. As many of these disasters are sensitive to a rapidly changing climate, their impacts are outpacing society’s ability to achieve resilience within the engineering, architecture, public health, business and governance sectors. The World Bank estimates the costs of these catastrophes at $184 billion per year, with the 2011 Fukushima tsunami and nuclear disaster alone costing $200 billon.

The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science conducts world-class research on the earth systems responsible for these disasters, including the atmosphere, the ocean and solid earth. To meet society’s need for a skilled workforce, this program offers an educational opportunity for students seeking to fill positions offered by the private and civil sectors to assess risks and exposures associated with natural hazards. The goal is to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand earth system natural hazards (atmospheric, oceanic, geological and hydrological) and the data analytics tools required to assess the associated risks (e.g. statistics, data management, programming, GIS, and remote sensing). The strategic selection of electives exposes students to legal and regulatory knowledge, communication and media training, and the development of project management skills, all designed to prepare them to address these challenges as future global leaders. This degree will prepare its graduates for employment in several sectors, including insurance and re-insurance industry, architecture, emergency management, engineering, public health and science.

Natural Hazards and Catastrophes (NHC)

The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science conducts world-class research on the earth systems responsible for these disasters, including the atmosphere, the ocean and solid earth. To meet society’s need for a skilled workforce, the Natural Hazards and Catastrophes program offers an educational opportunity for students seeking to fill positions offered by the private and civil sectors to assess risks and exposures associated with natural hazards. The goal is to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand earth system natural hazards (atmospheric, oceanic, geological and hydrological) and the data analytics tools required to assess the associated risks (e.g. statistics, data management, programming, GIS, and remote sensing).

Plan of Study Grid

Total Credit Hours30
FallCredit Hours
RSM 612
or MES 608
Statistics for Environmental Management
or Biometrics in Marine Science
3
MES 620Environmental Law (or ELECTIVE) 3
MES 679Special Topics (Decision Analysis: Natural Hazards and Catastrophes) 3
MGS 686Special Topics (Natural Hazards: Solid Earth and Oceans) 3
Credit Hours12
SpringCredit Hours
OCE 637Natural Hazards: Atmosphere and Ocean 3
MGS 634Hydrological Hazards3
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory (Can be taken in Fall or Spring)
3
OCE 624Applied Data Analysis 3
Credit Hours12
SummerCredit Hours
OCE 805MPS Internship6
Credit Hours6
Elective Options

Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

Additional Elective Options

CodeTitleCredit Hours
OCE 676Wave Propagation in the Ocean Environment3
ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere3
OCE 661Tropical Atmosphere and Ocean3
ATM 731Air-Sea Interaction3
MES 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MES 618Coastal Zone Management3
MES 620Environmental Law3
MES 610Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement3
MGS 614Geophysics3
EPH 612Global Health3
EPH 600Introduction to Public Health3
ATM 651Introduction to Atmospheric Science3
MES 630Port Operations and Policy3
OCE 642Physics of Remote Sensing I - Passive Systems3
OCE 643Physics of Remote Sensing II - Active Systems3
MGS 679Plate Tectonics3
RSM 645Scientific Communication3
MSC 321Scientific Programming in the Atmospheric Sciences3
CAE 660Sustainable Construction3
EPH 640Urban Environment and Public Health3
CAE 630Water Resources Engineering II3
OCE 721Waves and Tides I3
For more details, visit the UM Bulletin