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Course Development and Teaching at UNC-CH. Gavin Smith, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tom Shay , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Project Overview. Planning for Natural Hazards and Climate Change Adaptation (PLAN 590 ) – Gavin Smith, Instructor

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Course Development and Teaching at UNC-CH

  • Gavin Smith, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Tom Shay, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Project Overview

  • Planning for Natural Hazards and Climate Change Adaptation (PLAN 590) – Gavin Smith, Instructor

  • The Science of Coastal Hazards (ENST 490) - Tom Shay, Instructor

  • The Coastal Hazards Center, the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology propose to create a certificate program focused on the study of disaster management and climate change adaptation.


Planning for Natural Hazards and Climate Change Adaptation (PLAN 590)

  • Graduate-level introduction to hazards management planning, including climate change-induced hazards.

  • Specific areas of study include the practice of planning and its application to hazard mitigation and disaster recovery.

    • Plan quality evaluation (leveraging DHS-funded hazard mitigation and disaster recovery research and PQP tools); PQP applied to the evaluation of climate change plans

  • Emphasis is also placed on the connectivity between planning for natural hazards and disasters and climate change adaptation, emphasizing the principles of sustainability and disaster resilience.

  • Guest speakers


Science of Coastal Hazards

  • Special topics course in the Curriculum for Environment and Ecology

  • Undergraduates in Environmental Studies and Environmental Science

  • CoastalOceanography and coastalhazards

    • Tsunami and hurricane focused

  • 2013 Environmentalcapstoneproject (ENST/ENVR 698) Hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation


Indicate how the project benefits the Homeland Security Enterprise

  • Escalating disaster losses, including those tied to climate change

  • Curriculum emphasizes disaster resilience and adaptation

  • Growing understanding of the nexus between climate change and disasters

  • National Academy of Science Reports: Facing Hazards and Disasters: Understanding Human Dimensions (2006) and Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change (2010)

    • 1) foster collaborative multi-disciplinary research, 2) encourage expanded teaching efforts, 3) and more effectively translate research to practice.

  • Creating the next generation of hazards researchers and practitioners

  • Coalesce UNCCH faculty that are studying natural hazards and disasters

  • Strong market for graduates


Technical Approach and Progress to Date

  • 2 courses developed and taught in the Fall of 2012

  • Identified Sponsoring Departments for Certificate Program

    • Curriculum for Environment and Ecology

    • Department of City and Regional Planning

    • Support provided by CHC-R

  • 9 hours core courses/ 9 hours electives / Policy and science track

  • Met with Associate Dean for Academics

    • Graduate certificate

  • Draft certificate application 80% complete

  • Visiting lecturer Harvard University School of Design, Spring 2013


Looking Forward

  • Convene CEE, DCRP, CHC-R to discuss, modify and finalize certificate program draft

  • Proposed “Super Course” in Coastal Hazards and Vulnerability (ENST, MASC, GEOL, DCRP, CHC-R)

  • Develop disaster recovery course in partnership with National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (University of Hawaii and NOAA NCDC)

  • Submission of Certificate Program to UNCCH Review Committee for approval

  • Year 6 course development and teaching (Fall 2013)

  • Begin Certificate Program in Fall of 2013 or Spring 2014


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