280.647 Project Natural Hazard Risk Management and Spatial Planning
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019W, PR, 6.0h, 12.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 6.0
  • Credits: 12.0
  • Type: PR Project

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

 "Integral Natural Hazard Management", master students will be able to figure out the connections between handling of natural hazards and spatial planning control options in theory and practice (in Salzburg), to analyse conflicts in planning instruments and natural hazards in their various dimensions and to develop interdisciplinary solutions in natural hazard management.

Subject of course

This year's master project follows in terms of content and space the previous held P3s (project 3), which the team of supervisors offered several times in recent years on the subject of natural hazard management.

In the first - theoretical - part, the technical background of integral natural hazard management will be dealt with at the beginning of the winter semester 2019. The current literature, the legal and technical basics as well as the current status of the discussions on natural hazard management and in particular the role of spatial planning measures will be worked on. The students work in small groups on selected (and self-selected) topics.

In the second practical part, the actual planning challenges and the practical feasibility of proposed spatial planning solutions are examined on the basis of a selected region (Salzburg). An excursion to the planning area will take place in autumn 2019, including meetings with regional and local decision-makers. In a final report, the theoretical considerations will be combined with practical experience and corresponding conclusions and proposed solutions will be derived.

Teaching methods

The master project deals with the topic "Integral Natural Hazard Management", with a focus on the planning of settlement development in areas that are endangered by natural hazards. The considerable natural disasters in recent years, high utilization pressure, especially from housing, tourism, but also from business settlements and infrastructure facilities, and changing framework conditions (keyword: climate change) pose specific challenges for spatial planning. This year's project is dedicated in particular to the following aspects

- Dealing with various natural hazards (especially floods, gravitational natural hazards)
- Informing about natural hazards (data and map bases and their significance)
- Restrictions on use in hazardous areas
- Preventive measures against natural hazards (planning and construction).

In cooperation with experts from the “Wasserbauverwaltung” a concrete planning region in the federal state of Salzburg is to be used as an example: To point out the tasks, limits and possibilities of spatial planning in integral natural hazard management; to deepen the instruments, procedures, institutions and their interaction in integral natural hazard management; to deepen legal and technical knowledge in several subjects; to communicate the interactions with other technical subjects and planning measures, in particular with hazard zone planning; to point out small regional settlement and development possibilities and perspectives in endangered communities.

In connection with natural hazard management, it is possible for students to address their own topics.

Mode of examination




Course dates

Thu14:00 - 16:3003.10.2019Seminarraum 268/1 Vorbesprechung, Organisatorisches
Thu14:00 - 16:3010.10.2019Seminarraum 268/3 Fachlicher Input I
Thu14:00 - 16:3017.10.2019Seminarraum 268/3 Fachlicher Input II
Thu14:00 - 16:3024.10.2019Seminarraum 268/3 Fachlicher Input III
Thu14:00 - 16:3007.11.2019Seminarraum 268/3 Themenauswahl, Exkursionsvorbesprechung
Thu14:00 - 16:3012.12.2019Seminarraum 268/3 Zwischenpräsentation
Thu14:00 - 16:3023.01.2020Seminarraum 268/3 Endpräsentation
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Proof of achievement is provided by participation in the LVA events (esp. The excursion) and a final report of the individual small groups.

The individual reports are finally combined into a general report.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
04.09.2019 12:00 04.10.2019 12:00 04.10.2019 12:00

Registration modalities

To participate in the Master's project personal interest as well as prior knowledge of the project-specific topics are required, and therefore must be presented conclusively in a letter of motivation. Previous knowledge: Students who have completed a specific LVA are preferred to focus on specific topics: Students who have dealt with special aspects in the field of natural hazard management are preferred. The letter of motivation must be sent to Arthur Kanonier (arthur.kanonier@tuwien.ac.at) and Hans-Peter Walchhofer (hpw@ifoer.tuwien.ac.at) by the end of September 2019 the latest. If the number of students who have submitted a positive letter of motivation exceeds the maximum number of participants of 18, the registration date will be decisive, whereby students registered earlier will be preferred. 


The student has to be enrolled for at least one of the studies listed below


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning 3. Semester


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