SYDNEY SCIENCE FORUM


Planet Terror: Is Earth Becoming More Dangerous?



Date: Wed 19 March 2014
Time: 5.45PM - 6.45PM
Venue: Eastern Avenue Auditorium
Cost: FREE


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Presented by Associate Professor Dale Dominey-Howes
School of Geosciences, the University of Sydney

It seems that natural hazards are becoming more frequent and severe, but is this true? And what can we do about preparing for and responding to natural disasters? Associate Professor Dominey-Howes uncovers the nature, causes, impacts and effects of some of the most significant natural hazards.

Everybody is at risk from natural hazards – either physically and/or economically. However, some individuals, communities and societies are more at risk than others and sustain greater losses following natural disasters.

Explore current research by the University of Sydney's Hazards Research Group on some of the major types of natural hazard like earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, tropical cyclones and epidemics, as well as ‘megahazards’ like asteroid impacts with the Earth! Understanding where, when, how and why natural hazards and disasters occur is important because this information provides the building blocks for developing monitoring, detection and early warning systems – all part of the ‘tool box of safety’ used by our governments and emergency services to protect our communities. When things go well, losses from hazard events are small. When things go wrong, major disasters occur.

Join us after this talk for hands-on activities and demonstrations.

Venue map: Eastern Avenue Auditorium


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