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Time And Relative Dimensions in Science

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Past event - 2022
09 May Doors 6.30pm
Event 7.00-9.30pm
Sidney & Matilda, Rivelin Works, Sidney Street,
Sheffield S1 4RH
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How old is a grain of sand? When and where will the next extreme event happen? How can we make our cities more sustainable? If you’ve ever wondered how scientists go about answering these questions, and more, then join us for an evening of travel in time and space as we delve into the fascinating techniques being used to improve our understanding of the world around us, and our place in it.

How old is a grain of sand?

Prof Mark Bateman (Professor of Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction, Geography)
Sand grains get everywhere in our landscapes - beaches, deserts, rivers. They can tell us a lot about past sea level changes, droughts and floods but only if you know how to interrogate them right. The technique of Luminescence dating can show how old sand grains are and help us to understand when past climate and environmental changes took place. This demonstration will show the science behind luminescence dating with real life sand grains revealing their relative ages!

The Red Green and Blue of Urban Environmental Data Science

Dr Jacob Macdonald (Researcher, Urban Studies & Planning)
Data is everywhere and can increasingly give us insights into our complex urban systems and cities. Detailed spatial data on the neighbourhood environment and urban hazards paired with secondary data sources can help us understand how people value and interact with their locations. We can leverage this environmental-urban data science framework using pollution (the red), flooding (the blue), and our urban flora (the green) to build environ-equitable and resilient communities going forward – led by best practices and research-driven policies

How do computers forecast floods?

Dr Mohammad Kazem Sharifian (Researcher, Civil & Structural Engineering)
To simulate floods, we need to understand how flooding occurs in the real-world. An affordable way of doing this is to use computer simulations to create flood hazard maps, which tell us about the chance of flooding at any particular place. Creating these maps requires data on expected rainfall, river flows and terrain, and confidence in the forecasts largely depends on our confidence in the input data. As we collect higher quality data, then our forecasts will continue to improve.

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2022-05-11 War of the microscopic worlds: plants, insects, and air pollution Sidney & Matilda Rivelin Works, Sidney Street, Sheffield, S1 4RH, United Kingdom
2022-05-10 Sustainable solutions to pollution Sidney & Matilda Rivelin Works, Sidney Street, Sheffield, S1 4RH, United Kingdom
10 May
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Sustainable solutions to pollution

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