NIT Extreme Events and Management
November 21 - November 23
ABOUT THE COURSE
“The more governments, UN agencies, organizations, businesses and civil society understand risk and vulnerability the better equipped they will be to mitigate disasters when they strike and save more lives“ -Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General. Extreme events are events that have extreme values of certain important meteorological variables. Damage is often caused by extreme values of certain meteorological variables such as large amounts of precipitation (e.g., floods), high wind speeds (e.g., cyclones), high temperatures (e.g., heat waves), sudden and voilent shaking (Earthquakes) etc. A disaster is a sudden, calamitous event that seriously disrupts the functioning of a community or society and causes human, material ,and economic or environmental losses that exceed the community’s or society’s ability to cope using its own resources. Though often caused by nature, disasters can have human origins. The National Disaster Management Plan of India incorporates substantively the approach enunciated in the Sendai Framework and aims to make India disaster resilient, achieve substantial disaster risk reduction, and significantly decrease the losses of life, livelihoods, and assets – economic, physical, social, cultural, and environmental–by maximizing the ability to cope with disasters at all levels of administration as well as among communities. This course aims at addressing the concerns of NDMA and training the stake holders.
It focuses on 1) Geophysically trigged disasters like earthquake, Tsunami, Landslide; 2)Extreme events like Heat Wave, Cyclone, Urban Floods, etc. and 3)building fire; Each unit will focus on understanding the fundamentals of extreme events / disaster, related risk and possible mitigation and adaptation methods with respect to human settlements.