Natural hazards and risk
Rapidly developing environmental crises can play havoc with our world: unusual wind patterns cause tragic floods and landslides, and even the smallest volcanic eruption can result in human tragedy, with devastating consequences for the economy and environment.
The University of Bristol is at the forefront of research into volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides and floods, using the most advanced tools for assessing and communicating environmental risk. In 2016 this research community won the Queen's Anniversary Prize in recognition for its world-leading volcanology research.
Our experts advise government about hazards such as volcanic ash, and work with agencies such as the World Bank to reduce disaster risk.
Taking a multidisciplinary approach means integrating our understanding of natural hazards with the human context in which they occur, improving global responses to natural disasters.
Natural hazards case studies
- Modelling urban flood risk in developing countries
- Community based monitoring of volcanic ash hazard
- Understanding man-made earthquakes in the UK
- Monitoring forgotten volcanoes from space
- VUELCO project
- Volcanological input reduces uncertainty surrounding volcanic ash forecasts
- Seismic loss estimation of buildings
- Improving estimates of amount of ash in volcanic clouds
- Management of slope stability in communities
- Urban landslide mitigation
- Cascading uncertainties in flood modelling
- Predictive model serves as blueprint for the flood risk management industry
Queen's Anniversary Lecture
The Bristol Environmental Risk Research Centre (BRISK) aims to coordinate, promote and advance interdisciplinary research across the natural, engineering and social sciences in environmental hazard risk assessment and uncertainty science.