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Headlines about flooding seem to hit the front pages every year, often making us forget the true value of water in the modern world. Join us for an evening where we explore the uncertainty of flooding, finding out if climate model simulations can shed light on how often we should expect extreme rainfall, and discuss the availability and usage of water around the world. This event takes place in the workshop room at the phoenix, and is accessible for those with impaired mobility.
The Art of Flood Risk
Clare Bryden (Artist)
The view from above has become normalised. Google Maps and OS Maps, city centre plans and ‘you are here’ stickers on the boards at local nature reserves, give the impression of omniscience and omnipotence. The very notion of ‘flood risk’ calls both our knowledge and power into question in the face of uncertainty and the force of nature.
Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink
Dragan Savic (Professor of Water Systems)
In this talk, Dragan will explain the basics about the current availability and usage of water around the world, and then looking into the value of water to modern society.
The risk of unprecedented UK rainfall
Vikki Thompson (Climate Scientist, Met Office Hadley Centre)
During the winter of 2013/2014 the UK was bombarded with an exceptional series of storms causing the Somerset levels to remain underwater for several months. December 2015 saw north east England experience its wettest month on record with widespread flooding affecting Cumbria and the surrounding area. What is the chance of record breaking rainfall events? How often should we expect them? Using top of the range climate model simulations my research aims to find out.