This course was held during 30 May to 18 June 2011 at the EERC in Selfoss, Iceland. The course was attended by people from Canada, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and the United States. The participants, who were of diverse backgrounds such as engineering, sociology, geology, environmental management, environmental sciences, geophysics, etc., consisted mostly of masters and doctoral students that all came together and studied natural disaster management with us here in Iceland.
The course was held in the wake of large scale earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, glacial bursts, flooding and glacier retreat in South Iceland, providing a perfect full-scale laboratory for studies of natural hazards and how they threaten communities. Part of the course was to evaluate actual risks and learn from community members how to face such risks and how to deal with the consequences.
The course goal was for students to gain an overview of natural hazards, community impact and disaster management and skills to conduct basic risk assessments and provide input into disaster response action planning.
The key objectives for the students were to have an understanding of: