Graduate Programs
Natural Disaster (ND)
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Introduction on the field

In order to build resilient to natural disaster, it is likely that the need for experts on natural disaster management would always be increasing.  Over the past three decades, the frequency of natural disasters has increased globally but the sharpest increase has been in Asian and Pacific region. It is partly because of better reporting, but also because of increasing exposure and vulnerability. According to Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2013 by UN-ESCAP about 2.2 billion people in the Asia and Pacific region were affected by disasters and almost 750,000 were killed in the past decade (2002-2011). The number of deaths in the region during the period is almost four times the number of deaths for the previous decade (1992-2001). In the region, the highest percentage of deaths was observed in South-East Asia, at 47 per cent.

According to the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT), the most frequent natural hazards in the region are hydro-meteorological and they affect the largest number of people. Since 2000, more than 1.2 billion people have been exposed to 1,215 hydro-meteorological hazards alone, compared with the 355 million people exposed to 394 climatological, biological and geophysical disaster events during the same period. A study by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007 concluded that, while typhoons and other climate-related disasters are not increasing in number, more of them are stronger, making the region more susceptible to greater potential losses. Furthermore, people and assets are increasingly concentrated in hazardous areas, with many cities located on earthquake fault lines and river deltas.

The AUN/SEED-Net graduate program on natural disaster field covers eight divisions, namely earthquake, tsunami, volcanic, geo-hazard, fluvial and coastal disaster, water-related disaster, disaster risk management, disaster prevention and mitigation. Universitas Gadjah Mada of Indonesia hosts the natural disaster field, while Chulalongkorn University of Thailand and Bandung Institute of Technology of Indonesia co-host the field. Three leading Japanese univesities, namely Kyoto Uiversity, Kyushu University, and Tokyo Institute of Technology play an important role as the Japanese Field Coordinating Universities for the natural disaster field. The master program offers a four-semester study, consisting of course work of three semesters and a thesis work in the fourth semester. The doctoral program offers a three-year research work. Graduates from the natural disaster engineering are needed in many sectors as consultants, researchers, academics, and regulators.

Prospective students are requested to visit the website of the host universities or supporting universities to get further details of the division programs offered at each university. Refer to the link list on the left side of this page.

Division CU ITB UGM
Earthquake Hazard o o o o o o
Tsunami Hazard x x o o o o
Volcanic hazard x x o o o x
Geo-hazard o o o o o o
Fluvial and coastal disaster o o o o x x
Water related disaster o o o o o o
Disaster Risk management x x o o x x
Disaster prevention and mitigation x x o o o o