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Professorial Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Richard Robertson
The UWI St. Augustine Campus invites you to attend the Professorial Inaugural Lecture by Professor Richard Robertson, Professor of Geology, on the topic Living safely with explosive mountains in the Eastern Caribbean. The lecture takes place on Thursday 11 November, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Abstract: Volcanoes do not respect borders and within the context of the Eastern Caribbean, an eruption on one island can easily result in significant impact on neighbouring islands. Building resilience to volcanic hazard cannot be limited to the specific islands on which volcanoes are situated but requires knowledge, understanding and preparation by all territories in the region. My research has focused on volcanic hazards in its broadest sense. This translates to both basic research on the nature and characteristics of past eruptions, as well as the application of experimental petrology and modelling of geophysical processes. In attempts to mitigate the impacts of volcanism, we need to not only improve our understanding of the geological processes driving volcanic eruptions but must also monitor ongoing activity and examine how people cope with their impacts. We must increase work at the community level to enhance communal understanding and response to volcanic hazards. But we have to do so within the context of the multi-hazard environment created by volcanoes especially in small volcanic islands. How can we improve our monitoring to enhance early warning? What can we learn from past eruptions to help guide our preparation for and reduce our uncertainty about future events? What types of eruptions have occurred in the past and which areas have been affected (and by what types of activity?). These are some of the questions which I intend to address in my lecture.

Nov 11, 2021 06:00 PM in La Paz

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