Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk in the Pacific

18 November 2019, 12:00 - 14:00

Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

This session will include the following short papers:

Dr Brendan McCormick Kilbride (University of Cambridge/ The University of Manchester)
‘Assessing and Mitigating for Volcanic Risk in the Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea’

Dr Emma Liu (University of Cambridge/University College London)
‘Volcanic Hazards in Papua New Guinea: New Drone-based Strategies for Risk Reduction’

Dr Ilan Kelman (University College London)
‘Climate Change and Pacific Island Vulnerability’


Life in the Pacific Islands has always been punctuated by natural hazards. These include volcanic eruptions, drought and flood events, earthquakes and tsunamis, tropical cyclones and storms, landslides, and rising sea levels which all pose distinct existential risks to island communities. In the coming century, the frequency and intensity of many of these hazards will dramatically increase, putting the Pacific on the front line of disaster recovery. These communities will bear a unique burden of resulting humanitarian disasters due to their geographic remoteness, small-scale governance, and highly variable access to resources. Indigenous knowledge helps islanders navigate these effects, but there remains high risk of property damage and personal harm. This panel discussion will feature three short presentations from experts in the earth sciences, volcanology, and disaster risk reduction, where the speakers explore elements of disaster risk in the Pacific and present strategies to mitigate these risks.

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Open to all. No registration required.
An event organised by Risk and Renewal in the Pacific Network
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