Hazard Planning and Risk Management


  1. Submit objectives of your project – Sunday Oct 8, 2017 (on or before 12:00 AM)
  2. ESRI Online course:  Getting Started with GIS (do this course and submit pdf certificate) Monday Oct 16, 2017 (Before class)
  3. Sept 12, 2017: Read thoroughly ‘course outline’ and lecture # 4 (Disaster Risk Management) before tomorrow’s class
  4. Recently many disasters are occurring worldwide (earthquake of Mexico City, hurricanes at several coastal areas). Please remember that not participating in the news sharing activity will cost losing your marks.

File Trips (tentative dates)

  1. TBD: Seismic Monitoring Network of Pakistan Meteorological department Karachi and SUPARCO satellite ground station at Karachi

Course Outline


All assignments are due on the same day of the following week, unless mentioned otherwise.

  1. Assignment 1: Given in Lecture 1


  1. Introduction to Hazard Planing and Risk Management 
  2. Hazard and Vulnerability
  3. Hazard and Capacity
  4. Disaster Risk Management (Please read this lecture before class)
  5. RS and GIS for Disaster Management
  6. Introduction to GIS
  7. GIS Lab1
  8. GIS Lab2
  9. DM Cycle: Mitigation, Preparedness and Response
  10. Recovery and Rehabilitation
  11. Rapid Flood Mapping (watch flip class video that will be provided to you)
  12. Risk Assessment
  13. Flood Frequency Analysis and Population Forecasting

Books and Literature

  1. Introduction to International Disaster Management By Damon P. Coppola, Third Edition 2015 – access through; http://www.digitallibrary.edu.pk/), Chapter_1Chapter2
  2. Environmental Hazards: Assessing Risk and Reducing Disaster By Keith Smith, David N. Petley -5th EditionEdition 6 (partial)
  3. Introduction to Emergency Management By George D. Haddow, Bullock and Coppola – 4th Edition
  4. GIS Tutorial1 Basic Workbook
  5. Geographic Information System (GIS) Tutorial
  6. Successful Response Starts with a Map: Improving Geospatial Support for Disaster Management – Committee on Planning for Catastrophe: A Blueprint for Improving Geospatial Data, Tools, and Infrastructure, National Research Council
  7. UN-ISDR Terminologies on Disaster Risk Reduction
  8. Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction
  9. Disaster Risk Reduction Plan – District Dadu
  10. National Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Policy 2013
  11. Dr. Cees Westen (ITC) Guide Book 01
  12. Dr. Cees Westen (ITC) Guide Book 03
  13. FEMA emergency management training module Module 3Module 4, & Module 5

Project related submissions

  1. Important dates (these submissions will be graded):
Item Due data
Title, Research Objectives Monday, Oct 09, 2017
Methodological Flow Diagram Monday, Oct 23, 2017
Abstract and keywords Monday, Oct 30, 2017
Introduction Monday, Nov 6, 2017
Review of Literature (references with endnote/Mendeley) Monday, Nov 13, 2017
Materials and Methods (with finalized Flow Diagram) Monday, Nov 20, 2017
Results and Discussions Monday, Nov 27, 2017
Conclusions Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017
Draft Paper/Poster Monday, Dec 04, 2017