2 Hazards: Contents Types of hazards Key Terms Risks and Vulnerability Natural Hazard or Disaster?Is the world becoming more hazardous?Human factorsFalling DeathsIncreasing Numbers of people affectedEl Nino & La NinaDistributions: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Slides, Drought, StormsHazard Hotspots: California, Philippines - Compared
3 What is a hazard?Every year many events around the world happen that may be described as natural hazardsFor a natural event or phenomena to become a hazard it has to involve peopleIt is the way that social systems and environments link together that determines whether an event becomes a hazardWhat is a natural event in an uninhabited location can be a severe hazard in another place where people are involvedDefinition?A natural hazard is a natural event or process which affects people eg causing loss of life or injury, economic damage, disruption to peoples’ lives or environmental degradation.
4 Hazards: Two Types of hazards Hydro-meteorologicalGeophysicalCaused by running water and its processes (hydro) and those associated with weather patterns (meteorological)Includes floods, debris and mudflowsTropical cyclone/hurricane, storm surges, thunder and hail storms, tornadoes, blizzards and other sever stormDroughts , bush fires temperature extremes, sand and dust stormsRead p 6-8 PearsonCaused by earth processes.They can be caused by either internal earth processes of tectonic activity eg volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamisOr by external processes of geomorphological origin involving mass movement eg landslides, rockfalls, rockslidesRead P 9-11 Pearson
5 Both geophysical and hydro-meteorological? These two types of hazard sometimes overlapEg a snow avalanche may be hydro-meteorological(snow-ice) in origin, but geophysical as an event (mass movement)Eg a landslideCAN GLOBAL WARMING BE SEEN AS A NATURAL HAZARD?
6 a)Which of these ten are hazards then a)Which of these ten are hazards then? b)Are they hydrological, meteorological, geomorphological or tectonic?1. A cyclone affecting Hong Kong2. A hurricane passing over a remote unpopulated island3. A flood in a rural area which floods the roads, but does not affect any houses4. A volcano erupting in isolation in the middles of the Pacific ocean5. An avalanche in a ski resort6. An avalanche high on the mountain slopes remote from any settlement7. A tsunami wave 50cm high off the coast of Japan8. An earthquake in Kashmir, Northern Pakistan9. A drought in Australia’s outback10. A landslide in a favela in Rio
7 Na-tech or quasi-natural hazards- where natural hazards trigger a technological hazard eg flooding causes a dam to burstTechno hazards – technological hazards such as Chernobyl power plant explodingChronic hazards – such as global warming and el-nino/la nina may increase the threat of other environmental hazards eg sea level rise increases the risk of coastal floodsSuper hazards – catastrophic Earth changes from super volcanoes, tsunamis and asteroid strikesContext hazards – widespread (global) threat due to environmental factors such as climate change or a super volcano.
9 Hazards: Key TermsDisasters: are the ‘realisation’ of the hazard to cause social impacts such as loss of livelihoods, lives and economic impact such as damage to goods and property.It especially occurs in areas where environments and people are vulnerable.Vulnerability: is a high risk combined with an inability of individuals and communities to cope.
10 How a hazard becomes a disaster – Dregg’s model
12 Dregg’s model shows how some kind of overlap is needed for a hazard to become a disaster. A disaster is a matter of scale – it is simply bigger than a natural hazard.In 1990 Swiss Re insurance defined a disaster as an event that where at least 20 people died, or insured damage of over 16 million US dollars was caused.But values and currencies change all the time!It depends on how vulnerable the people are that are exposed to it.More of the world’s population are living in areas where they are exposed to hazards eg Bangladesh ( to floods and cyclones), favelas in Brazil (to landslides)The greater the scale of the natural hazard and the more exposed the people are, the greater the disaster is likely to be.
16 Hazards: Vulnerability Shaped by underlying state of human development, includes inequalities in income, opportunity and political power.Poverty stricken people often depend upon the land for food, live in poor eco-systems and have poor health.The result of this is that high risk is combined with inability to cope with the adverse impact of natural hazards and climate change.
17 Hazards: Natural Hazard or Disaster? A natural disaster is the effect of a natural hazard (e.g., flood, tornado, hur ricane, volcanic eruption, earthquake, or landslide). It leads to financial, environmental or human losses. The resulting loss depends on the vulnerability of the affected population to resist the hazard, also called their resilienceThe actual or potential interaction between extreme natural events and human activities that may result in damage, disruption, death or injury
18 RiskRisk is the exposure of people to a hazardous event and the process of establishing the probability that a hazard event of a particular magnitude will occur within a given period.The types of risk in order of reduced severity are:Hazards to people – death, severe injury, disease, stressHazards to goods – economic losses, infrastructure damage, property damageHazards to environment – pollution, loss of flora and fauna, loss of amenityExposure to a hazard is not always avoidable. People may place themselves at risk! See p. 5 Philip Allan
19 Risk: why do people remain exposed to hazards? UNPREDICTABILITY:Not always predictable when or where an event will take place. Also difficult to know the likely magnitude of the event.Human activity and physical changes also mean that for example sea level is rising giving a greater chance of lowlands flooding. Moreover deforestation of drainage basins increase the frequency and magnitude of flooding.LACK OF ALTERNATIVES:Difficult to uproot and move to another location giving up homes, land and employment. Often the world’s most vulnerable are the poor who are forced to live on unsafe floodplains or steep hillsides.CHANGING LEVELS OF RISK:Deforestation can make an area once safe from flooding more susceptible. As can the effects of global warming eg sea level riseRUSSIAN ROULETTE:Optimism, turning a ‘blind eye’, ‘acts of god’, part of the living process. People are comforted by the statistics which show that the risk of death is lower than that from influenza or car accidents. They also believe that if a high magnitude event occurs then it may be safe for a few years, this is not always true.COST V. BENEFIT:Many hazardous areas offer advantages that in people’s minds outweigh the risk. Flood plains for example have very fertile soils and rich volcanic soils are also attractive.
22 Hazards: Measuring Risk (p 7 Philip Allan and p 12 Pearson) Frequency or magnitude of hazard (H) x vulnerability (V) Risk (R)= Capacity to cope or adapt (C)
23 The risks are getting worse in some countries because: 1. the frequency is increasing with climate change.2. Vulnerability is increasing as a result of unsustainable development leading to poor land use and environmental degradation.3. The capacity to cope is decreasing owing to poverty and urbanisation.Risks are lower in more developed countries because they have resources and technology to provide protection.
26 A year of wild weather:2011 or 2010 1. Redo the hazards diary case study, updating it for either 2011 or You should try to extend the columns to include geophysical hazards, and if you want the higher grades, Na-tech, techno and chronic hazards as well.2. Overall – what’s the worst hazard and why?3. Crucially, make sure you include the basic impacts and death tolls if appropriate to help back- up your point for the previous question. You can then refer to these in preparation for the June exams.
27 Use the case study example (p11 Philip Allan) as a guide for what you need to do here. MunichRe Reports will help you, as will bits of other research on the BBC News website (e.g. type in volcano / earthquake etc), or GoogleNews.