Marine Hazards: Waiting for the Flood

6pm, 21st January

Part of the Sea Changes Lecture Series: A series of lectures examining the relationship between Marine Science, Technology and Engineering

Organised by IMarEST in association with UCL Engineering

Tsunami and earthquake damage in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, 2011. Image taken by jetalone on Flickr

Tsunami and earthquake damage in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, 2011. Image taken by jetalone on Flickr

Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and the recent major Indonesian and Japanese tsunami have shown we can expect no mercy from marine flooding. This talk by Professor David Pugh, Visiting Professor and Fellow of Liverpool University and the UK National Oceanography Centre looks at the science of sea level extremes, and asks whether we can, or should, defend against the next big flood. The following panel discussion will bring together social scientists, civil and mechanical engineers to explore the arguments, economic and social, for action.

Tsunami warning systems are coordinated by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). David Pugh was President of the IOC at the time of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in the Indian Ocean. His scientific interests include sea levels, climate change and marine economics. He is a Visiting Professor and Fellow of Liverpool University and the UK National Oceanography Centre.

Please express your views in the audience to add to the debate, and join the informal discussion afterwards with a glass of wine and canapés.

Panel participants: 

Chair: Dr Alistair Greig, UCL Mechanical Engineering

Panel: From UCL EPICENTRE (UCL Earthquake and People Interaction Centre): Dr Tiziana Rossetto, UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering; and Dr Helene Joffe, UCL Psychology, join Professor David Pugh.

Time: Monday 21 January 2013, 18:00 for 18:15

Location: Chadwick B06 Lecture Theatre, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT( UCL maps and directions here )

Admission is FREE, but please email technical@imarest.org if you plan on attending. 

This event is recognised as contributing to Continuing Professional Development. Certificates will be available at the event.

UCL Engineering - Change the World IMarEST, the Institution of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology

/ Photo from jetalone on Flickr, licensed via Creative Commons