Lucy Buck

Lucy Buck

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Lucy Buck
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2017 (Cohort 4)

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PhD Project
PhD Title
Using GPR to investigate and characterise the risk of inundation events in Mauritius
Research Theme
Earth, Atmosphere and Ocean Processes
Primary Supervisor

Charlie Bristow

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Secondary Supervisor

Ilan Kelman

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Mauritius is a small island in the Indian Ocean, at risk from many inundation events such as tsunamis, storm surges and flash flooding. This project will aim to use ground penetrating radar to image the stratigraphy of sediment in beaches, other coastal areas and ideally some inland areas. From here it should be possible to identify past inundation events and attempt to distinguish between tsunamis, coastal flooding and storm surges caused by cyclones.

This information can then be used to develop a picture of the future risk to the island, in particular locate the highest risk areas. It can also help to understand how small islands populations respond and recover from disasters and the potentially unique challenge experienced by Small Island communities by such events.

This information can also be used to further knowledge of disasters in the Indian Ocean. Consequently adding to scientific knowledge and helping to build a complete image of the area. It will also add to the body of research that demonstrates the importance and value of interdisciplinary and integrated disaster risk reduction and to communicate the value of this unique methodological approach.

Mauritius is an understudied island. The Indian Ocean is known to experience many disasters, notably cyclones and tsunamis, the full history of these events is unknown. The effect of these events on Mauritius and other small islands is also unknown.

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