MSc in Environmental Hazards and Risks Management
The Mediterranean environment combines high population densities, rapid land cover change, and extreme climatic events in an IPCC global climate change hotspot. The region is subject to devastating floods and forest fires in addition to a wide range of ecological hazards. Proximity to the Alps and sea contributes to further expose the population to geohazards, such as mass movements, earthquakes and coastal flooding/tsunamis. Few areas in the world concentrate as many environmental hazards and risks as in southeast France, so it is an ideal context to learn about risk management.
In the Nice Côte d’Azur area, a multitude of field sites can be investigated to discover monitoring and mitigation strategies that are applicable throughout the world. In addition, there is a wide range of digital data available: high resolution aerial and satellite imagery, Digital Elevation Models, raster and vector GIS databases describing land cover, building units, vegetation, stream networks… The context is therefore also propitious to modeling hazards and risks both spatially and temporally using GIS and remote sensing.
Globally, rapid urban expansion is exposing more people to a range of ecological and natural hazards and risks. Earthquakes, flooding, and other extreme events are affecting more people every year. Terrestrial and ecological habitats are under pressure from pollution and invasive species, and extreme events threaten natural and urban environments throughout the world. Land cover changes, particularly urban growth, can reinforce the negative impacts of climate change and contribute to transform natural and human environments at unprecedented rates.
Adapted strategies can mitigate some of the impacts of global change. Urban and suburban planning integrate civil engineering and nature-based solutions and appropriate zoning, and the rapid treatment of high resolution spatial data combined with risk modeling can improve warning systems and save lives. Beyond these strategies, free and open access services have been developed by Europe to support operational actors in risk management (International Charter Space & Major disasters, Copernicus program…) and these will be explored in the MSc.
All students with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Sciences are eligible to apply. These include degrees in Geography, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science and other sciences for students with a strong academic record.
Applicants from non-anglophone institutions must provide proof of English proficiency.
Selection will be made on the basis of a CV, academic transcripts, 2 reference letters, and an online interview.
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- Theoretical courses
- Risk management overview
- Principles of ecology
- Environmental chemistry
- Urban systems / planning
- Methodological courses
- Geographic Information Systems
- Remote sensing
- Statistics and data analysis
- Elements of mathematical modeling
- Computer science basics
- Risk modules
- Agricultural risks
- Land Use / Cover change
- Mass movements
- Special topics:
- Environmental law
- Urban systems
- Climate change
- Industrial risks
- 3-month internship
- Risk modules
- Forest fires
- Marine ecology
- Special topics:
- Project management
- Project proposal writing
- 6-month internship
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
Tuition fees are 4000€; however, the tuition fee may vary according to your residence status, namely if you are a resident of an EU country or of a country outside the EU.
The goal of this MSc is to acquire skills in risk management, data analysis, and GIS/remote sensing to better predict and mitigate environmental hazards and risks. The MSc is project-oriented and will make extensive use of case studies typical of the Mediterranean zone.
At the completion of the degree, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of risk management components:
- Scenario modeling
- Warning systems
- Higher education / research
- Environmental management agencies
- Urban planning and management agencies
- Environmental/urban consulting
- National and international level agencies
- Industry and insurance companies
About this institute
Université Côte d'Azur
Université Côte d’Azur (UCA ) is a recently created cluster of higher education establishments on the French Riviera that brings together the major players in higher education and research on the Côte d’Azur. Université Côte d’Azur aims to develop a...
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