Natural Hazard And Catastrophes Degree Track

Natural Hazard And Catastrophes Natural Hazard And Catastrophes
Master of Professional Science

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).


Dr. Tamay Ozgokmen

Natural Hazard and Catastrophes Track

tozgokmen@rsmas.miami.edu

(305) 421-4053
Tamay Ozgokmen is a Professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He is interested in oceanographic studies that combine social impact with a grand scientific challenge. In particular, he strives to better understanding oil spills and turbulence.

Plan Of Study Grid

Fall Credit Hours
RSM 612
or MES 608
Statistics for Environmental Management
or Biometrics in Marine Science
3
MES 620 Environmental Law (or ELECTIVE) 3
MGS 635 Geological Hazards 3
MES 633 Decision Analysis: Natural Hazards & Catastrophes 3
Credit Hours 12
Spring Credit Hours
OCE 637 Natural Hazards: Atmosphere and Ocean 3
MGS 634 Hydrological Hazards 3
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
RSM 613 Statistical Modeling of Extreme & Rare Events (or ELECTIVE) 3
Credit Hours 12
Summer Credit Hours
OCE 805 MPS Internship 6
Credit Hours 6
Total Credit Hours 30

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

Code Title Credit Hours
OCE 676 Wave Propagation in the Ocean Environment 3
ATM 765 General Circulation of the Atmosphere 3
OCE 661 Tropical Atmosphere and Ocean 3
ATM 731 Air-Sea Interaction 3
MES 720 Coastal Law and Policy 3
MES 618 Coastal Zone Management 3
MES 620 Environmental Law 3
MES 610 Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement 3
MGS 614 Geophysics 3
EPH 612 Global Health 3
EPH 600 Introduction to Public Health 3
ATM 651 Introduction to Atmospheric Science 3
MES 630 Port Operations and Policy 3
OCE 642 Physics of Remote Sensing I - Passive Systems 3
OCE 643 Physics of Remote Sensing II - Active Systems 3
MGS 679 Plate Tectonics 3
RSM 645 Scientific Communication 3
MSC 321 Scientific Programming in the Atmospheric Sciences 3
CAE 660 Sustainable Construction 3
EPH 640 Urban Environment and Public Health 3
CAE 630 Water Resources Engineering II 3
OCE 721 Waves and Tides I 3

 

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