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16 May 2019 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Natural disasters and coastal vulnerability: change is the only constant.

Solent University - Spark building

Join us to explore the ever changing world of global climate and natural disasters

Join us to explore the ever changing world of global climate and natural disasters.

Heraclitus said “Change is the only constant in life” and weather, climate, society and their mutual interaction are not an exception to this famous quote.

The global climate is known to go through natural cycles. But are we switching the course of inevitable change onto a faster track? Are the increased frequencies and intensities of the natural disasters a wake-up call for us? Are we altering the pages of the history for future generations? And how far away is that future?

Join Dr. Komali Kantamaneni, research fellow at Solent University, as she addresses some of these questions.

Some schools of thought question the significance of the impact of human activities on natural cycles with the size and scope of the climate. Others believe the role humanity chooses to play is critical to preserving the environment. Komali will rethink the complex human-environment relationship in the light of her research assessing the physical and economic vulnerability of coastal areas to the complex natural hazards associated with climate change.

Biography

Dr Komali Kantamaneni is a Research Fellow at Solent University. She completed her PhD at the University of Wales Trinity St David, entitled Assessing coastal vulnerability: development of a combined physical and economic index. Her research produced, for the first time, a combined vulnerability assessment based on physical science parameters and economic drivers.

Komali holds an MBA in Business Studies from Cardiff Metropolitan University, and MSc in Environmental Sciences and a BSc in Biology from Acharya Nagarjuna University, India. Her varied academic background gives her a range of perspectives, and she engages with interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary projects such as coastal and water infrastructures, natural disasters, risk assessment and management.

Komali’s recent research has focused on developing a new map-based planning tool for coastal management, developed using Southampton as a case study, and now being applied across a GCRF funded project focused on coastal vulnerability in South Asia.

Timings of the evening:

5/5.15pm: Doors open for registration, networking and refreshments.

5.45pm: Welcome and opening by a representative from Solent University.

6pm: Dr. Komali Kantamaneni lecture.

7pm: Q&A's.

7.15pm: Networking and refreshments.

8pm: Close.

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