Riscos e Vulnerabilidade da Sociedade Actual aos Desastres Naturais e Tecnológicos (not translated)


The aims of this curricular unit are:
a) Recognize the importance of interdisciplinary analysis of the level of risk and vulnerability in the occurrence of natural and technological disasters,
b) Understand the different scales and magnitudes at which these phenomena occur,
c) Evaluate the effects of the occurrence of these phenomena at the environmental, social and economic level;
d) Analyse the type and frequency of these natural and technological disasters in Portugal.
e) Evaluate policies and measures for adaptation and mitigation to natural hazards and technological

The competencies to be acquired include methodological knowledge of diagnostic techniques and instruments for monitoring and preventing such phenomena

General characterization





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Mauch, C; Pfister, C. Natural Disasters, Cultural Responses: Case Studies toward a Global, Lexington Books, 2009, 382p.
Dechano, L. M; Lidstone, J; Stoltman, J.P., International Perspectives on Natural Disasters, Londres, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004, 478p.
Rebelo, F. Riscos Naturais e Acção Antrópica, Coimbra, Imprensa da Universidade, 2001, 274p.
Shyamal K. Majumdar, Natural and technological disasters: causes, effects, and preventive measures, Pennsylvania Academy of Science, 1992, 561p.
Wisner, B. At Risk: Natural Hazards, People´s Vulnerability and Disasters, Routledge, London, 2004, 395p.

Teaching method

Expositive and participative classes

Evaluation method

Read a serie of of scientific papers
A scientific paper, resulting from autonomous work (80% evaluation)
Oral presentation about a topic related with the program (20% evaluation)

Subject matter

1. Introduction - Concepts and definitions
2. Types of extreme events of natural or anthropogenic genesis.
3. Occurence, frequency and magnitude at different scales
4. Social and economic Impacts
5. Principle of precaution and measures and preventive actions
6. Global, national and local policies
7.Cenários for adaptation and mitigation.


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