Short Course Description
This course focuses on geosciences contributions for maintaining safer urban environments, where most of the world's population resides. The course takes a somewhat different approach than most geosciences courses (and disciplines) that tend to study natural systems and avoid urban environments. The complex urban environment requires an interdisciplinary approach in which geosciences knowledge is studied jointly with other disciplines, including engineering, urban planning, and public health. The course addresses three main urban geosciences topics: buildings and infrastructure stability, urban water, and urban atmosphere. The study of each main topic includes presentation and characterization of the topic, problematics associated with the topic, suggested solutions, and presentation of case studies. As a graduate level course, students are expected to read related papers, participate in class discussions, and present the case studies.