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RISC-KIT in Stormy Geomorphology 2015 event

RISC-KIT supported and was represented at the event “Stormy Geomorphology 2015: Geomorphic contributions in an age of extremes”, organised by the British Society for Geomorphology, in May 11th 2015, in London, UK


Extreme storms and floods are increasing in frequency and intensity across much of the globe. These events have caused considerable geomorphic change and have raised awareness about the role geomorphology can play in managing the landscape and human impacts of these extreme effects. Policy makers and practitioners are actively discussing geomorphology-based solutions to reduce the risks of future extreme events causing the similar levels of damage and disruption. These events, the prolonged human impacts they have caused, and the geomorphic responses to them create the ideal opportunity to demonstrate the significant contributions geomorphology makes to anticipating, contextualising, measuring and managing the landscape to be more resilient to future extremes.


The British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) has set up a Fixed Term Working Group to bring together world-leading experts in this field, both through this International Discussion Meeting and with a Special Issue of Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, to showcase the fundamental role geomorphology plays in an age of extremes. The Working Group aims to raise the discipline’s profile within and beyond geomorphology, in academic and applied settings. The event “Stormy Geomorphology 2015: Geomorphic contributions in an age of extremes”, organised at the Education Centre, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London, UK in May 11th 2015 had this aim.


Over 80 delegates participated to the event, deriving from academia, UK central governmental organisations, local government and consulting engineering companies. Speakers were drawn from the USA, Australia, continental Europe and the UK.


RISC-KIT project was one of the event supporters, represented by the University of Cambridge, Cambridge Coastal Research Unit (UCAM-CCRU) team. Tom Spencer was one of the co-organisers of the event and Iris Moller chaired a session on 'Geomorphic solutions to buffer the effects of extremes'. Additionally Anna McIvor and Tom Spencer presented a poster on energy dissipation by mangroves and Iris Moller presented a poster on the RISC-KIT North Norfolk case study site.


Download the full programme booklet here [.pdf].