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Natural disasters strike quickly, catastrophically, and often without warning. How, then, can we expect the unexpected? Our speakers aim to answer precisely that question for earthquakes, flooding, and volcanic eruptions. They will take you on a journey through the scientific tools we can use to both predict natural disasters, and protect ourselves from them before and after they occur.
Global Earthquake Risk Today
James Jackson (Professor, Department of Earth Sciences)
Earthquakes in developed countries today are largely stories about financial cost and infrastructure. In developing countries, they are often about appalling losses of life. The reasons for this contrast are geological, as well as economic and social, requiring scientists, decision-makers and civic leaders to work together to enhance public safety.
Can we use nature to protect ourselves from nature? My journey of exploring solutions to sea level rise, hurricanes, and coastal erosion
Whether a gradual loss of land due to rising sea levels or extreme flooding and erosion at very short notice, people and other living organisms at the coast are under threat. In this talk, I will give you an insight into how my research and that of my colleagues uses the science of shifting landforms (‘Geomorphology’) and connected disciplines in exploring creative and sustainable solutions to these 21st century coastal challenges.
Volcano research takes a flying leap using drones
Emma Liu (Leverhulme Research Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences)
How are volcanologists using drones to study volcanoes? We can monitor volcanic activity in many different ways, but the dangers of working in these environments mean we still lack vital measurements at many hazardous volcanoes around the world. Drones are revolutionising our ability to observe eruptions up close, track lava flows, and measure volcanic gases… all from a safe distance.