Why Environmental Studies?
As we enter a rather uncertain 21st century, development is proceeding at a rate that is at once lifting communities out of abject poverty, while at the same time making them ever more vulnerable to the unpredictable forces of the earth system. People seeking economic opportunity are moving from the countryside to rapidly growing coastal cities that are exposed to multiple hazards. Environmental studies gives us the tools to analyse the drivers behind these migrations as well as the geo-physical vulnerabilities and resiliencies encountered along the way, providing critical information to reduce the losses from disasters.
Geophysical disasters, including earthquakes, tsunami and tropical cyclones
Economic development, land-use change and vulnerability
The geophysical record of human history