Natural Hazards and Catastrophes (NHC)

The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science conducts world-class research on the earth systems responsible for these disasters, including the atmosphere, the ocean and solid earth. To meet society’s need for a skilled workforce, the Natural Hazards and Catastrophes program offers an educational opportunity for students seeking to fill positions offered by the private and civil sectors to assess risks and exposures associated with natural hazards. The goal is to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand earth system natural hazards (atmospheric, oceanic, geological and hydrological) and the data analytics tools required to assess the associated risks (e.g. statistics, data management, programming, GIS, and remote sensing). 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
RSM 612 or MES 608 Statistics for Environmental Management
or Biometrics in Marine Science
MES 620 Environmental Law ( or ELECTIVE) 3
MES 633 Decision Analysis: Natural Hazards and Catastrophes 3
MGS 635 Geological Hazards 3
 Credit Hours12
OCE 637 Natural Hazards: Atmosphere and Ocean 3
MGS 634 Hydrological Hazards 3
MES 660
MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory ( Can be taken in Fall or Spring)
RSM 613 Statistical Modeling of Extreme and Rare Events (or ELECTIVE) 3
 Credit Hours12
OCE 805 MPS Internship 6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30

Elective Options

Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

OCE 676Wave Propagation in the Ocean Environment3
ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere3
OCE 661Tropical Atmosphere and Ocean3
ATM 731Air-Sea Interaction3
MES 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MES 618Coastal Zone Management3
MES 620Environmental Law3
MES 610Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement3
MGS 614Geophysics3
EPH 612Global Health3
EPH 600Introduction to Public Health3
ATM 651Introduction to Atmospheric Science3
MES 630Port Operations and Policy3
OCE 642Physics of Remote Sensing I - Passive Systems3
OCE 643Physics of Remote Sensing II - Active Systems3
MGS 679Plate Tectonics3
MSC 321Scientific Programming in the Atmospheric Sciences3
CAE 660Sustainable Construction3
EPH 640Urban Environment and Public Health3
CAE 630Water Resources Engineering II3
OCE 721Waves and Tides I3
OCE 624Applied Data Analysis3