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Natural Hazard Working Group

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2006 11:29
Published on Wednesday, 15 June 2005 00:00
Past President of the RAS Professor David Williams is one of the authors of the Report to the UK Government by the Natural Hazard Working Group June 2005.

The Group’s key recommendation is the establishment of an International
Science Panel for Natural Hazard Assessment. The Natural Hazards to be encompassed are those high magnitude global geophysical hazards that have the capability of affecting the entire planet, either physically and directly or via ‘knock-on’ effects on the global economy or social fabric. These include earthquakes, volcanoes, storm surges, tsunamis and collisions with near earth objects (comets and asteroids). The Group also noted the impact of higher frequency extreme meteorological events such as tropical cyclones and other windstorms, floods, heatwaves, drought and space weather (which often have greater cumulative impact than high magnitude low frequency events), and discrete abrupt climate change events linked to global warming such as Gulf Stream shutdown (or slowdown) and melting of the Greenland and West Antarctic Ice Sheets.  The full report is available here