In this module, we discuss how people can better understand and adapt to the environments they live in.
We look at some of Earth’s natural landforms, processes and systems and how they affect where we live and interact with the natural World.
Populations living on and around plate tectonic boundaries are under constant threat of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Communities in alpine regions are affected by snow avalanches.
Low-lying oceanic island nations are increasingly aware of the tsunami threat.
We discuss how people can better understand and adapt to the environments they live in e.g., developing Early Warning Systems (EWS) for tsunami events and using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for volcanic hazard assessment.
Examples of desktop-based case studies that we discuss are: