2019 Coastal Disaster Mitigation for Engineers and Planners

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Graduate major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society
Takagi Hiroshi 
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Course description and aims

The world's population is expected to increase to over 9 billion by 2050. More than 60% of the total population of the world lives in coastal areas. Coastal disaster or environmental risks are expected to increase with this population growth and the economic development particularly in developing countries. Coastal disasters due to events such as tsunamis, storm surges, and high waves lead to considerable loss of human lives and properties. The threats from these disasters will be exacerbated because of the impacts of climate change. This course presents a coherent overview of coastal disaster science, risk management and engineering. The final 2 classes will be devoted to presentations and discussions by students to let them further consider complex physical and social mechanisms which could lead to catastrophic disasters.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand basic science and engineering for natural disasters
2) Understand complex backgrounds of disasters or environmental issues exacerbated by urban or economic development
3) Develop a global awareness of sustainable development


Coastal disaster, disaster mitigation, international development, coast, ocean

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Ocean & Coastal sciences 1 Theories of ocean tide and wind waves
Class 2 Ocean & Coastal sciences 2 Theories of ocean tide and wind waves
Class 3 Natural disaster science Theories of tropical cyclone, earthquake, and climate change
Class 4 Coastal disasters 1 Storm surge, tsunami, high wave, erosion, coastal protection
Class 5 Coastal disasters 2 Storm surge, tsunami, high wave, erosion, coastal protection
Class 6 Coastal disasters 3 Storm surge, tsunami, high wave, erosion, coastal protection
Class 7 Economic and tourism development and disaster risks Disaster in the context of economic development, population, and environmental issues


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

1. Esteban M., Takagi H., Shibayama T. Handbook of Coastal Disaster Mitigation for Engineers and Planners, Elsevier, ISBN : 9780128010600
2. Thao N.D., Takagi H., Esteban M. Coastal Disasters and Climate Change in Vietnam, Engineering and Planning Perspectives, Elsevier, ISBN : 9780128000076

Assessment criteria and methods

report / exercise problems 100%

Related courses

  • TSE.A316 : Introduction to Natural Disaster Science and Engineering
  • TSE.A205 : Fluid Engineering

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Not required

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