IAS BMVP Elias Lewi Public Lecture: Natural hazards and their impacts on development in Ethiopia

14 November 2017, 5.15 PM - 14 November 2017, 6.15 PM

Professor Elias Lewi, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Peel Lecture Theatre, School of Geographical Sciences, University Road, Bristol BS8 1SS

Dr Elias Lewi is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Geophysics, Space Science and Astronomy at Addis Ababa University. Dr Lewi's visit is being co-hosted by the Cabot Institute.

Ethiopia straddles the East African Rift. This zone of intense active volcanism and seismicity represents a significant hazard to the local population, but one that is very poorly characterised. For example, a recent world bank assessment of global volcanic hazard showed that 49 Ethiopian volcanoes were categorised as having the highest level of uncertainty in terms of their hazard level. Earthquake hazard is known to be high within the rift valley itself, but a recent deformation study showed that strain is also accumulating on the high plateau, suggesting there could be significant underestimated hazard away from the rift, including for major cities. Landslides represent a further risk to life, livelihood and infrastructure, particularly in the Ethiopian highlands. Furthermore, the security of water supply is also a major concern in Ethiopia, with increasing the use of groundwater resources. High-resolution, 3D maps of surface motions and strains are a first-order data set that can be used to investigate these societal challenges.

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All welcome. A drinks reception follows the lecture. 

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During his stay in Bristol, Dr Lewi will be hosted by Dr Juliet Biggs (Earth Sciences)