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The Royal Scottish Society of Arts
Showcasing Scotland's Science, Technology and Innovation

7th Meeting of the 195th Session (2015-2016)

Dr Charlotte Vye-Brown

Dr Charlotte Vye-Brown

Volcanic Hazards

Dr Charlotte Vye-Brown
Senior Volcanologist
British Geological Survey

In the Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
On Monday 25th April 2016, at 7pm

Of all the natural hazards, volcanic hazards are unique in the sense that there are many hazards associated with and produced by any single volcano that can have impacts hundreds or even thousands of kilometres away. Globally, an estimated 800 million people live within 100 km of a volcano that has the potential to erupt. There remain significant challenges to understand volcanic risk and assist with disaster mitigation. These challenges are pronounced in Africa due to significant knowledge gaps, lack of real-time monitoring, uncertainty, limited early warning capacity and pressure on resources. This talk will focus on recent research to build resilience and reduce risk in Ethiopia by understanding the periodicity and character of past eruptions, identifying potential impacts, and evaluating future threat.

Charlotte Vye-Brown is a senior volcanologist at the British Geological Survey. She applies a multidisciplinary approach using field studies, geochemistry and remote sensing to understand volcanic history. Her research interests include volcanic geology, formation of continental flood basalts, lava flow emplacement, rift volcanism and communication of science to support planning and response to volcanic activity.

Location of meeting

Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are served from about 6:40pm onwards before the meetings.

Members of the Public are welcome to attend

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