The link between resilience to climate change and earthquake preparedness, London

30 November, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

The link between resilience to climate change and earthquake preparedness, London

About this event

Average global temperatures have already risen by at least 1C, a change which is causing increasingly frequent and severe climate and weather impacts. Even with the most ambitious climate deal, historic and 'locked-in' carbon emissions will see average temperatures rise further, exacerbating the effects on the climate and increasing the losses to our asset base.

Is the threat of climate change exacerbating earthquake events? How will the seismic isolators behave in increasing water table? Are we expecting more slope failures? It will be demonstrated in this lecture that assets in earth quake prone regions must consider the increased severity and frequency of climate hazards, integrate resilience measures for climate change and seismic resilience and consider climate change associated influence on seismic resilience. An example case study of San Francisco will be presented in the lecture. The research work indicates that long term asset management strategies must be developed in seismic regions.

Non-Members of the society are welcome to attend.

Seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Tea and biscuits will be served from 5.30pm - 6pm.

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Dr Barnali Ghosh

Barnali is a Senior Principal Engineer at Mott MacDonald (London). She is a chartered civil engineer with specialization in earthquake geotechnical engineering. She has acted as a seismic reviewer for numerous high profile projects all around the world. Her practical experience comes from working in the industry for 15 years in various capacities. Her research interests range from developing innovative methods to deal with dynamic soil structure interaction and developing resilience in assets affected by earthquake hazard. She has acted as a reviewer for numerous projects all around the world.

She spent approximately one week collecting damage data resulting following the Mw 7.8, Gorkha, Nepal earthquake. As part of this mission she reviewed the damage due to landslides and rockfalls in the remote mountainous communities and damages due to liquefaction and lateral spreading. She contributes to National seismic codes and is a committee member of the Society of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (SECED) in UK. She was an honorary lecturer of University College London.

Dr David Viner

Dr David Viner works as principal advisor for climate change at Mott MacDonald. He is an internationally recognized climate change expert working in a cross-divisional capacity. He has over 20 years' experience working globally and contributing to some of the major international climate change projects and assessments undertaken to date. David has extensive expertise in many sectors (e.g., water resources, agriculture, environmental systems, marine, tourism, finance, insurance, lakes etc.) with a demonstrable publication record. David has provided strategic advice and leadership to governmental, commercial and not-for-profit organisations. He has also worked globally in 53 Countries.

David worked for 17 years at the University of East Anglia's (UEA) Climatic Research Unit, where he developed a worldwide reputation working across all areas of climate change. David contributed to the reports of the IPCC, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is also an Honorary Lifetime Friend of the Countryside for his work on climate change and the European countryside. He has published over 100 papers and research reports and has undertaken numerous public lectures around the world.