Natural & Biological Hazards

The focus is on identifying, monitoring, modelling, assessing and mitigating hazards to both life and health of humans, animals and plants.

Partners have strong collaboration with each other and with industry including insurance and petrochemical. PhD research projects in this pathway will benefit from internationally renowned researchers in the following areas of:

(i) Natural Hazards: Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, meterological (including floods, storms, heat waves and droughts, space weather and submarine and terrestrial landslides and;

(ii) Biological Hazards: wildlife diseases (infectious and non-infectious, plant diseases, parasites and disease vectors, eutrophication, invasive species, medical and industrial waste containing microorganism, virus or biological toxins, and genetic epidemiology.

Exemplar Projects:

1st Supervisor Inst.: Project Title: 2nd Supervisor: Inst.:
Johnson, Edward UCL Transient loading of structures under impact of finite-amplitude waves Eames, Ian UCL
Downes, Hilary BBK Evolution of explosive magmatic systems on oceanic islands: example of Brava (Cape Verdes) Day, Simon UCL
Kosmidis, Ioannis UCL Statistical assessment and prediction of damage from post-earthquake damage surveys Rossetto, Tiziana UCL
Forsyth, Colin UCL The transfer of solar wind energy into the Earth’s Upper Atmosphere via high-frequency electromagnetic waves Rae, Jonathan UCL
Watkinson, Ian RHUL Palaeo-earthquakes, tectonics and seismic hazard of the Philippine Fault
Manning, Christina RHUL Ca isotopes as a potential tracer for CO2 in magmatic systems Pogge Von Strandmann, Phillip UCL

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