31 March 2011
Given that natural hazards are at the forefront of the news at the moment, I thought it would be good to highlight three important forthcoming conferences at which we will learn a great deal more about recent and potential events:
1. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011
Next week is the annual EGU meeting in Vienna. This will be the largest natural hazards meeting of the year, at which there will be 60 natural hazards related sessions in which almost 1700 papers will be presented. This will include special sessions on the New Zealand and Japan earthquakes. There are 12 landslide related sessions. As an aside this will mark the end of my term as scientific secretary and as Vice-President of the Natural Hazards Division. Unfortunately, due to other commitments I will only be in Vienna on Tuesday and Wednesday this year.
2. Conference on remote sensing, natural hazards and environmental change, Singapore
On 28th and 29th July 2011 the National University of Singapore will host a meeting with the above theme. The conference description states that it is designed to “initiate informal discussion and paper presentation in two areas that are significant for the Asia-Pacific Region and especially Southeast Asia. First of these involves *natural hazards *with emphasis on volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and large floods. The second concerns *environmental changes *including climate change,modification of hydrological and geological processes and urbanization. The application of remote sensing in both observing such phenomena and ameliorating their non-beneficial effects will be emphasized.”
Given its theme and location, this is likely to be really good. Details are available here, with an abstract deadline of 15th April 2011.
3. AGU Fall meeting, 2011
Looking further ahead, the AGU Fall meeting will take place on 5th-9th December in San Francisco. Whilst that might seem a long way in the future, the deadline for session proposals is 20th April. This is likely to be the meeting at which we start to see detailed analyses of the recent events being presented. No doubt there will be a very strong natural hazards programme again this year, so mark it into your diary now!