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Course Unit Code541-0120/03
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated2 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory type B
Level of Course Unit *Second Cycle
Year of Study *First Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredSummer Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites Course succeeds to compulsory courses of previous semester
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
MAR31prof. Ing. Marian Marschalko, Ph.D.
NIE096Ing. Dominik Niemiec, Ph.D.
Geohazards are defined as processes, which potentionally or feasibly cause damages or threats. There are processes originating in relation to geological, meteorological or environmental processes in lithosphere, hydrosphere or atmosphere. Teh subject gives the students practically applicable information about individual processes threatening socio-economic development of specific area. The understanding of relation among initial factors and following negative processes affecting the area is basic in the systems analysis of those threats. Passing this subject gives the student special skills to predict and solve threats in specific area and time. It can eliminate in practice effects of geohazards.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
The introduction of all processes, which potentionally or feasibly lead to situation causes damages or threat in a specific region and time. Those processes are known under a comprehensive term geohazards.
Course Contents
1. Weathering
2. Erosion
3. Changes in hydrological conditions in the area
4. Avalanches
5. Floods
6. Changes in hydrogeological conditions (balancing of groundwater table, direction of groundwater flow)
7. Suffosion
8. Collapse of loesses and volume changes in clays (swelling, shrinkage)
9. Boiling of sand
10. Karst phenomena
11. Influence of water on landslides
12. Tsunamis
13. Tree felling and deforestation, soil erosion
14. Accidents – dam failure, infiltration of toxic liquids
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
USGS, Science for a changing world, U.S. Department of the Interior. From:
PRICE, D. G.: Engineering geology: principles and practice. Berlin: Springer, 2009. ISBN 978-3-540-29249-4.
ONDRÁŠIK, R., VLČKO, J., FENDEKOVÁ, M.: Geologické hazardy a ich prevencia. 2. dopl. vyd. ed. Bratislava: Vydavateľstvo Univerzity Komenského, 2011, 288 s. ISBN 978-80-223-2956-9.
Portál ČGS: Portál geohazardů, ČGS, 2007. Dostupné z:
KUKAL, Z., POŠMOURNÝ, K.: Přírodní katastrofy a rizika: příspěvek geologie k ochraně lidí a krajiny před přírodními katastrofami. Planeta (Ministerstvo životního prostředí), Praha: Ministerstvo životního prostředí, 2005.
KIMOTO, S., MURAKAMIi, A.: (Editors): Predication and Simulation Methods for Geohazard Mitigation: including CD-ROM. CRC. 1 edition. 2009, 626 pp.
Recommended Reading:
RAHN, P., H.: Engineering Geology: An Environmental Approach, Prentice Hall PTR; 2nd edition. 1996, 657 pp.
PETRO, Ľ.: Inžinierskogeologický a geotechnický terminologický slovník. Bratislava: Štátny geologický ústav Dionýza Štúra, 2008, 456 s. ISBN 978-80-88974-99-4.
KUKAL, Z.: Rychlost geologických procesů. Academia. 1983, 280 s.
LUTGENS, F., K., TARBUCK, E., J., TASA, D.: Essentials of Geology (10th Edition). Prentice Hall; 10 edition. 2008, 528 pp.
NEUENDORF, K., MEHL Jr., J., P., JACKSON, J., A.: (Editors) Glossary of Geology, 5th Edition, American Geological Institute. 2000, 800 pp.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Tutorials
Assesment methods and criteria
Task TitleTask TypeMaximum Number of Points
(Act. for Subtasks)
Minimum Number of Points for Task Passing
Graded creditGraded credit100 51