Live Research Projects

2016 Summary

  • 9 projects (7 lead by GeoSciences)
  • Income: £1.4M@80%FEC
  • Funders: NERC, ESRC, EPSRC
  • Programs: 3 x GCRF Building Resilience; 2 x Newton; 1 x Increasing Resileince to Natural Hazards in China; 1 x NERC Urgency

Research for Emergency Aftershock Research (REAR)

PI Naylor GCRF Building Resilence (NERC, ESRC, AHRC, £160k, 2016-17)

This project will build the foundations for the provision of near real-time operational forecasts of aftershock location and magnitude probabilities, based on dense networks of traditional seismometers and explore the global use of mobile phones both as high density seismometer networks and as tools for community engagement and empowerment during emergency response. The project will catalyze work with emergency providers and threatened community groups and citizens to explore and exploit the social and cultural promoters and barriers to effective intervention.

Dynamic Flood Topographies in the Terai, Nepal: Community Perceptions and Resilience (DISTAL)

PI Sinclair GCRF Building Resilence (NERC, ESRC, AHRC, £156k, 2016-17)

This proposal integrates social anthropologists, architects, human geographers, geomorphologists and engineers to form an interdisciplinary network aimed at building resilience to floods emanating from mountain fronts.

Communication with Hazard Maps in Central America: A multidisciplinary science-media-community network (HazMap_CA)

PI Calder GCRF Building Resilence (NERC, ESRC, AHRC, £110k, 2016-17)

This project brings together and form, for the first time, a network of researchers and practitioners to understand how hazard maps can be used more effectively to communicate hazard information with decision makers, emergency managers, NGOs, and the public before, during and after times of crisis in Central America.

Predicting Geomorphically-Induced Flood Risk for the Nepalese Terai Communities

PI Attal GCRF (EPSRC, 2016-17)

This project will generate the first field-calibrated, geomorphic flood risk model for varying upstream scenarios, and predict changing flood risk for the Karnali River. Results will be used to prioritise future investment in flood resilience through collaboration with the NGO Practical Action in Nepal. For example, building of raised platforms for communities has been shown to be an effective way of protecting life and goods during floods in the Karnali area but current building is restricted to areas where flood risk is considered high without taking geomorphological change into account. 

Realtime Aftershock Forecasting in Turkey RAFT

PI McCloskey Newton (NERC, £200k, 2016-18)

Will climate change in the Arctic increase the landslide-tsunami risk to the UK?

PI McCloskey (NERC, £80, 2016-17)

Probability and Uncertainty in Risk Estimation and Communication (PUREC)

PI Main (Increasing Resileince to Natural Hazards in China, NERC, Newton, £500k, 2016-19)

This project will promote long-term sustainable growth in earthquake prone regions of China by improving both the assessment of earthquake hazard and consequent event risk and the communication, understanding, and use of the resulting probabilistic forecasts for disaster risk reduction by policymakers and local publics. It addresses several specific capacity gaps identified in successive Chinese national disaster risk reduction strategies.


BGS Lead, PI Segou (NERC, Cabinet Office, £140k, 2016-17)



BGS Lead, PI Segou (NERC Urgency, £52k, 2016-17) 

Rift Volanism: Past Present and Futurec (RiftVolc)

PI Whaler (NERC, £2,726,866, 2014-19)

RiftVolc focuses on the volcanoes of the Main Ethiopian Rift in central Ethiopia. The aim is to understand their past behaviour, look for subtle signs of present-day activity and assess the threat posed to the infrastructure and people on and around them. RiftVolc will involve scientists from many disciplines working together to produce an integrated view of the past, present and future of the volcanoes in this region and compare it to other parts of East Africa and volcanoes elsewhere.