Faulty Communications: Why Earthquake Science is Failing At-Risk Communities
Professor Iain Stewart
The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, International School Aberdeen
"Seismic fault lines present a fatal attraction for human settlement. For millennia we have been lured to grow our villages, then towns and now cities along their traces. The result is that across the globe, countless major population centres now lie within striking distance of historically destructive earthquake sources. The challenge in these swollen urban targets is how to translate our scientific understanding of the earthquake hazard into effective preparedness and improved safety on the ground. With examples from Turkey, Japan and Italy, the talk explores the fault lines between reason and faith in communicating to at-risk communities the myth of solid ground.
Professor Iain Stewart MBE is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS) and President of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. He is professor of Geoscience Communication at Plymouth University and a member of the Scientific Board of UNESCO International Geoscience Programme. Well known to the public as a presenter of BBC Science programmes, including the BAFTA nominated Earth: The Power of the Planet.