As the autumn term is upon us there are a variety of new research seminars coming up in IHRR.  More will be added in due course, but this is the list thus far:

Building resilience to landslides in mountain communities
10 October, 12:30-14:00

To kick off the start of this academic year’s seminar series Executive Director of IHRR, Prof Dave Petley, will give a fascinating seminar on research in mountain communities that are vulnerable to landslides. He argues that an alternative approach is needed to build resilience to landslides in less developed countries that reside in mountainous regions of the world, especially in Asia and Central America.  For those interested in this topic see also Building Rural Resilience in Seismically Active Areas.

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Innovation and Tipping Points in Transdisciplinary Research

17 October, 12.30-14.00

Transdisciplinary research has many advantages in theory and in practice.  Since it is not limited to one academic discipline it provides an entirely new and innovative perspective on different problems in the physical and social sciences as well as the humanities.  In this seminar, Dr Nick Winder from Newcastle University provides a ‘naturalist’s field-guide’ to transdisciplinary innovation.

Delivering urban landslide risk reduction in developing countries
31 October, 12.30-14.00

Landslide risk is increasing especially in urban areas in tropical developing countries.  Even small landslides can result in significant loss of life and property, whilst multiple landslide events can affect economic development at a national level.  Over the last two decades international development agencies have formulated disaster risk reduction policies, recognising that prevention is preferable to remediation and recovery.  Yet the majority of such funding is still spent after the event.  Dr Liz Holcombe, from the University of Bristol, will report on one approach which has successfully delivered landslide hazard reduction measures in unplanned urban communities of the Caribbean through MoSSaiC (Management of Slope Stability in Communities).

Solar forcing of climate change: past, present and future
7 November, 12.30-14.00

Archives of climate history lie in peat deposits, lake sediments and marine deposits.  These can be recovered through carbon dating, from Berryllium-10 in tree rings and Greenland ice cores.  Dr van Geel, from the University of Amsterdam will present what these records tell us about the past and future climate.  He will focus on human responses to the hazardous climate shift from the dry and warm Sub-Boreal to the cool, moist Sub-Atlantic around 850 BC.

Development of computationally efficient flood inundation models for use with new high-resolution terrain data
14 November, 12.30-14.00

High resolution remote sensing of terrain can improve flood inundation models that are used in forecasting future flood risk and flood mapping.  Airborne data of the landscape can reach down to 1m resolution allowing it to capture small-scale terrain features that make a significant difference to flooding patterns, but presents a challenge to analysing flood risk at the scale of an entire city.  Prof Paul Bates from the University of Bristol will present a flood inundation model that allows flood risk analysis to be done at the scale of a whole city using high-resolution terrain data.

Science Communication: Strategies from NASA’s Earth Science Missions and Research
30 November, 12.30.14.00

How can researchers communicate across disciplines in order to improve on collaboration in programmes of research and engage with a broad community of scientists?  Dr Molly E Brown from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will present the technical and practical challenges of programs that seek to engage scientists and technical experts in institutions ranging from government, non-profits, and corporations in the efforts to use NASA satellite remote sensing data.

For those able to travel to IHRR at Durham University directions are available here.   To keep up to date on all current and future IHRR seminars subscribe to the IHRR Events Feed.  Some of the above seminars will also be recorded and made available as podcasts or vodcasts.