Geological Society London May Public Lecture - Matinee - Postponed until 20...

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Please note this event has been postponed to 2021. More information can be found here

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When mountains and lakes move: causes and consequences

John Reynolds, Reynolds International Ltd

In young, dynamic, mountain regions, such as those in the Himalayan Region and the Andes, communities have to deal with geological processes that occur almost on a weekly and certainly a seasonal basis. On top of this are the less frequent but often far more catastrophic disasters associated with earthquakes and devastating floods from outbursts from glacial lakes and from intense rainstorms. Couple all this with the impact of a changing climate and we have a recipe for environments with very active geological and slope processes that can destroy the very fabric of the local society.

This talk describes how earthquakes, landslides, mountain collapses, glacial lake and landslide dam outburst floods, cloudbursts, and intense monsoon rains all contribute, often in concert, and impact communities and infrastructure development in the Himalayas. This includes forensic analysis of recent disasters in order to help communities and governments better prepare and increase their resilience to both geological processes and climate change.

Prof. John M. Reynolds holds a BSc in Geological Geophysics (Reading University) and a PhD in Glacio-geophysics (CNAA, Reading University and British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge). He has held posts at the British Antarctic Survey (Cambridge), Plymouth Polytechnic (now Plymouth University), and has run his own geophysical and geohazard consultancy company in Mold, NE Wales, U.K., since 1994. He has been involved in many commercial and research projects relating to glacial and geological hazards for civil defence, climate change, and hydropower projects since the mid-1980s in Bhutan, Chile, India, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, and Tajikistan. Over the last six years he has been developing methods for Integrated Geohazard Assessments and Disaster Risk Management especially for the hydropower sector particularly in association with The World Bank and the insurance sector. He is currently Managing Director of his specialist geophysical and geohazard consultancy company Reynolds International Ltd, UK.

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Matinee lecture

14.30 Tea and coffee served in the lower library

15.00 Lecture

15.45 Questions and answers

16.00 Lecture ends and guests depart

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