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4th October 2013, 14:00 to 15:00, Seminar Room 010, Dept of Geography, Dr Md. Nadiruzzaman, United Nations University (MRF-UNU) Project
Population movements following an environmental stress can be a huge development challenge if we do not know where people are going and at what number. Without knowledge of the locations of affected people, relief assistance is compromised. No rapid and accurate method exists to track population movements after disasters. This research learns lessons from Haiti and plans to use CDR (call data record) from the Grameen Phone, the largest cellphone operator in Bangladesh, to estimate the magnitude and trends of population movements following the Cyclone Mohasen, which swept across Bangladesh on the 20th May 2013.
Geographic positions of SIM cards were determined by the location of the mobile phone tower through which each SIM card connects when calling. We will follow daily positions of SIM cards for Barisal and Chittagang Division from 01 April to 30 June of 2013. To exclude inactivated SIM cards, we will include SIM cards that made at least one call during the time of our study. Results from the Haiti study suggest that estimates of population movements during disasters and outbreaks can be delivered rapidly and with potentially high validity in areas with high mobile phone use. This research would offer new ways to understand population movements and climate change threshold.
Institute of Hazard Risk and Resilience Seminar Series 2013 (Michaelmas Term)
All seminars are held in Seminar Room 010 in the Department of Geography at Durham University from 13.00-14.00. For those outside of Durham interested in attending IHRR’s seminars please email email@example.com or ring (0)191 3342257.
Friday 4 October 2013 14.00-15.00
Mobile Data, Environmental Extremes and Population Movement (abstract), Dr Md. Nadiruzzaman, United Nations University
Monday 7 October 2013
The L’Aquila trial and its impact on the society, Dr Giulio Selvaggi, former Director of the National Earthquake Center at Italy’s National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (Venue TBA)
Monday 14 October 2013
Metaphor: A tool to enhance Emergency Responder Interoperability?, Dr Tony McAleavy, Coventry University
Monday 21 October 2013
Midges not mercury: Reconstructing past Arctic temperatures, Dr Eleanor Maddison, Durham University
Monday 28 October 2013
IHRR’s Tipping Points project will be at the 2013 British Science Festival in Newcastle with the event Tipping Points in Nature and Society on Wednesday, 11 September. You can now book this event on the British Science Festival’s website. We have put together a fascinating group of presentations for the festival and plan to have some exciting discussions about critical thresholds that affect nature and society. How does a bank network collapse? How can we better understand present and future climate change? How do terms like ‘tipping point’ spread? Do they have meaning or are they simply meaningless buzz words? These plus a series of other related questions will be explored at Tipping Points in Nature and Society.
Critical Transitions in Climate
What can studying the climate of the distant past tell us about our present climate? Rapid changes in climate have occurred in the past, long before direct measurements were made, but are these ‘tipping points’ in the climate system? Does irreversible change happen? Climate scientists Professor Antony Long, Dr Eleanor Maddison and Dr Sarah Woodroffe will help shed some light on the mystery of abrupt environmental change by introducing how studying past climate change can help us understand what changes may be in store for our planet in the future. Read the rest of this entry »
This two-day workshop at Durham University 18-19 June 2013 is organised by the Cost Action IS1101 Climate Change and Migration project led by Dr Andrew Baldwin. The workshop will feature the following seminars and features Key Note presentations from David Theo Goldberg and Uma Kothari:
David Theo Goldberg (University of California, Irvine)
Parting Waters: Seas of Movement
Uma Kothari (University of Manchester)
Colonial Representations and Island Imaginaries: Racialised Narratives of Climate Change and Migration
Julian Reid (University of Lapland)
The Biopolitics of Climate-Induced Migration
Arun Saldanha (Lancaster University)
Climate Change as Biopolitical Assemblage: How Global Capitalism Produces Racial Difference
Arne Harms (FU Berlin)
Shipwrecked Islands and Spectators: Thinking through Climate Change with Blumenberg Read the rest of this entry »
Event sponsored by the Institute for Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR), Durham University. Organised by the Citizens’ Panel attached to the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action (CSJCA), Durham University.
This event follows on from a very successful Institute of Advanced Study-sponsored series of activities in 2012: ‘New storylines for living with environmental change: citizens’ perspectives’. During this series, a Citizens’ Panel was formed with the overall aim of developing an approach to public engagement with science – exploring the social and ethical implications of different emerging and potentially contested technological responses to ‘living with environmental change’. Our first event of 2013 was held on 7th March, and was entitled ‘Responsible Science and Public Engagement: A Scientific Dilemmas Café.’