ILAS Seminar-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS70 10002 SE50 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type seminar
Target Year Mainly 1st year students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Thu.5
Instructor name VILAYVONG, Khonesavanh (Graduate School of Agriculture Program-Specific Assistant Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This course introduces students to the processes and mechanism of natural phenomena associated with environmental hazard and disaster. Being able to identify governing factors for the phenomena can help students finding key and innovative solutions in preventing and reducing natural disaster risks. The course covers basic scientific theories and application that can enhance students' ability in modeling and analysis of the governing factors as well as the assessment and monitoring of geo-disasters. Students can conduct mini-research on using computer tools in analyzing scientific data to characterize and prevent the disasters.
Course Goals 1. To introduce knowledge, concept and mechanism about geo-disasters
2. To encourage technical discussion and presentation on monitoring and managing geo-disaster risks
3. To facilitate students in finding innovation and solution for geo-disasters prevention and risk reduction
4. To provide basic computer skill and tool for analyzing scientific data through python programming language
Schedule and Contents 1. Introduction to geo-disasters in the environment
2. Climate processes, phenomena and modelling for assessing geo-hazards
3. Understanding climate patterns with statistics
4. Python programming for climate modelling (1)
5. Python programming for climate modelling (2)
6. Python programming for modelling climate in Kyoto and Japan
7. Basic concepts of geo-hazard assessment and management
- Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, Recovery,
- Adaptation, Resilience, Vulnerability, Exposure, and Risk
8. Student presentation
9. Understanding mechanism of geo-hazard in the environment (1)
- Landslide, rockfall, debris flow, soil erosion
10. Understanding mechanism of geo-hazard in the environment (2)
- Ground subsidence, liquefaction, tsunami, volcano
11. Site visit for geo-hazard assessment around Kyoto University
12. Analyzing and managing recent geohazards in Japan - Case study
13. Geo-hazard monitoring and management tools
- Information, Technology, and Communication (ICT)
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Internet of Things (IOT)
- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
14. Student presentation
15. Examination
16. Feedback
Evaluation Methods and Policy - Class performance (25%)
- Assignment report (25%)
- Oral presentation (25%)
- Examination (25%)
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students are expected to be independent in finding online resources to attain relevant issues of discussion during seminar to enhance student interaction and understanding during classes. There will be penalty for failure to attend the course (up to three classes) on routine schedule.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Additional study materials and handouts will be distributed.