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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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