GE488 Geofare


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Level Bachelor entry level

Academic overlap with other subjects


Block 2


90 ECTS in environmental sciences or geoscience at the time of application

Learning outcome

Knowledge: Students will have/be able to:

- Knowledge about the processes that create tsunamis, earthquakes, flooding, landslides and avalanches, and how they propagate.
- Knowledge about how geohazards can affect infrastructure and people.
- Knowledge of different types of landslides and avalanches, the slide processes and trigger mechanisms.
- Insight into how climate change can affect the frequency and extent of flooding, landslides and avalanches.

Skills: Students will have/be able to:

- Understand  the content of reports and articles dealing with geohazards.
- Conduct basic assessments of the potential danger and extent of landslides and avalanches, based on the analysis of maps, databases and available reports.

General competence: Students will have/be able to:

- Communicate with geologists and the general public about geohazards
- Identify and specify potential geohazards that should be assessed by geologists before land is used for infrastructure projects or housing


The course provides the students with insight into different kinds of geohazards, including landslides, avalanches, floods, tsunamis, and earthquakes. The main focus is on landslides and avalanches, and the students will gain a broad understanding of rock-falls and avalanches, debris flows, quick clay slides and snow avalanches. Examples of these phenomena are investigated further during practical exercises. An important part of the training aims to enable the students to identify the potential danger of geohazards in a given area and to evaluate the need and type of mitigation measures.

Teaching and learning methods

Lessons, assignments, project work and excursions


Two days in the field at different locations in Sogn/Nordfjord, where students investigate rockfalls, rock avalanches, debris flows, snow avalanches, flood damage, unstable slopes and tsunami risk.

Course work requirements

- Approved reports from the following assignments: Tsunamis, Earthquakes, Slides and Floods.

- Approved excursion and associated field reports.

- Oral presentation of project work.

The project consists of collecting information about one assigned recent geohazard event. Students work together in groups. The following should be presented: Pre-event configuration including geographic and geological framework of the area, risk evaluation and mitigation methods, chronology of the event, impacts and consequences of the event.

Final assessment

Individual 4 hrs written exam
Grading A-F

Department Faculty of Engineering and Science


Reading List

Hyndman & Hyndman: Natural hazards and disasters, 4th edition (2014).
Scientific articles dealing with geohazards.

The reading list will be updated annually.

Reading List Last Updated By
Thomas Scheiber

Date of last update of reading list

Approved by
Tarald Seldal, institute leader

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Last revision by
Thomas Scheiber

Date of last revision