Natural hazards make the news in Europe and around the world
The complex interdisciplinarity of modern natural hazards
This month, media outlets around the world were once again gripped with dramatic images and stories of wildfires, flooding, landslides and other natural hazards. In Western Europe deadly flooding swept through parts of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, and EGU’s Division Presidents worked together to explain why interdisciplinary events can be so difficult to manage. As EGU President Helen Glaves said in the article “We are seeing an increasing frequency and intensity of these extreme events that is triggered by our rapidly changing climate. We as a society must ensure we are better prepared to respond to these crises, and take strong and positive actions to mitigate their impacts.”
We also were introduced to one of the next generation of Natural Hazard researchers as EGU Committee Programmes Co-ordinator Simon Clark spoke with Natural Hazards Division ECS Representative Valeria Cigala about her research and plans for working with Early Career Researchers in EGU. As Valeria says “[It’s important to] work hard towards solutions to build resilient societies that can cohabit well with the [hazardous] phenomena around us.” If you want to learn more about current research in Natural Hazards, there is still time to register for free for the 2021 AOGS/EGU Joint Conference on New Dimensions for Natural Hazards in Asia, being held online 20-22 September. Find out more here.
On a lighter note, the end of July also saw the delayed start of the Tokyo Olympics, and as guest blogger Aoife Glass explained, there is a lot more geology in the Olympics than you would think, especially with the introduction of new sports such as climbing and mountain biking! Find out more in her blog post here!