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Podcasts

What is a Tipping Point?

IHRR Online

Reports Tipping Points Annual Report The first annual report from IHRR’s Tipping Points project is available. It gives an overview of the project’s progress so far along with its aims and goals for the future. In its first year the project has shown that there is clearly much more to ‘tipping point’ than simply being a popular ‘buzz word’ and that it may actually describe something quite profound about the physical and social world we live in. http://bit.ly/pfTmnM

Building Rural Resilience in Seismically Active Areas A research brief was published by IHRR on the NERC and ESRC-funded project ‘Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards’. This project focuses on how to increase the resilience of rural communities in Nepal to earthquakes and their secondary hazards, such as landslides. There is a clear role to play for both the physical and social sciences in engaging with communities vulnerable to earthquakes, especially communities in developing countries such as Nepal. http://bit.ly/iK0VHX

A flood scientist, mathematician, geographer, political scientist, English Studies professor, and others, talk about what tipping point means for them in their respective fields and beyond. So if you’re interested in exploring the ‘meaning’ of tipping point, give it a listen. http://bit.ly/leTvOe

Brownfield Regeneration In this podcast from ROBUST (Regeneration of Brownfield Land Using Sustainable Technologies) project, Dr Karen Johnson explains different aspects of the project including how to remediate brownfield land using recycled minerals known as manganese oxides left from the water treatment industry and other sources. http://bit.ly/ozPc8F

Insurers using computer modelling to identify ‘risky clients’ This podcast from a graduate of the MA in Risk, Health and Public Policy at Durham University explains how some insurance companies are using computer modelling and data mining of people’s lifestyle choices found on the internet to evaluate health-related risks. http://bit.ly/pM038

Video

Tabletop strike-slip earthquake experiment Dr Alex Densmore demonstrates the strikeslip behaviour of an earthquake using basic materials you can find at home. This video is appropriate for teaching younger and older people (or anyone else in between) about how earthquakes occur. http://vimeo.com/32287249

Uncovering the climate of the past in Greenland Scientists from the Tipping Points project travel to Greenland to collect artifacts (insects and pollen grains) that will help them uncover the mystery of a rapid cooling event that took place in the North Atlantic around 5000 years ago. http://vimeo.com/36511751

Building Resilience to Landslides in Mountain Communities Screencast seminar from Prof Dave Petley on how mountain communities in Nepal, Japan and other countries throughout the world build resilience to landslides. http://vimeo.com/31140142

Hazard Risk Resilience (high-res)  

This is the high-res version of the first issue of IHRR's new magazine. It introduces research projects from the Institute of Hazard, Risk a...

Hazard Risk Resilience (high-res)  

This is the high-res version of the first issue of IHRR's new magazine. It introduces research projects from the Institute of Hazard, Risk a...