17. What will the format of your event be?:
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
The event will have a lecture style format with plenty of opportunity to discuss the issues raised with the scientists involved. The main focus will be the work of the Landslides Response Team of the British Geological Survey, as well as the work of scientists from major UK universities and companies involved in engineering works to minimise the incidence and impact of landslides. There will be four speakers each presenting for approximately 20 to 25 minutes. In addition, demonstration of the terrestrial laser scanning equipment used to survey landslides will be a prominent feature of the event. The event will also feature the premiere of a specially commissioned video featuring the BGS Landslide Response Team surveying the recent landslide at Tynemouth Priory. We will also look at the possibility of organising a field trip, probably in conjunction with the Yorkshire Geological Society, to complement the event, probably on a section of coastal cliffs in the NE.
Venue and location to be allocated by the Festival team
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Lecture style auditorium for at least 100 people with overhead projectors for presentations and space for demonstration of survey equipment.
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
The incidence of landslides at the end of 2012 was four times that typically experienced in the past. This appears to be due to the fact that 2012 was the second wettest year for the UK and the wettest year for England since records began in 1910. Landslides occur after periods of higher than average rainfall due to factors such as ground saturation, reduction in soil and rock strength and material being washed away. The event will cover the national role of the British Geological Survey (BGS), the work of its Landslide Response Team, case histories of landslides and the engineering solutions that can be used in an attempt to prevent them.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
Landslides occur across the UK. Recent examples in North East England, include several in the Jurassic sedimentary rocks that form the cliffs below St Marys church in Whitby (November and December 2012), North Yorkshire. Other notable local examples include the landslide on the main road into Rothbury (Boxing Day, 2012), Northumberland and on the coastal cliffs near Tynemouth Priory, Tyne and Wear (New Years Eve, 2012).
22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
1. Landslides have a major impact on society causing destruction of property and infrastructure, potentially impact on the lives of thousands of people, and cost the UK millions in either mitigation measures or the aftermath. For example, the landslide prone A83 in Scotland is thought to cost the local economy £50,000 for every day it is closed due to landslides along the Rest and Be Thankful Pass, and the likely cost of effective solutions range in costs up to £500 million. The BGS work as part of the Natural Hazards Partnership to ensure that the best available geoscientific information is more readily accessible to all agencies, including those that respond to these natural disasters. 2. The increased rainfall experienced in the UK in 2012 has significantly increased the incidence of landslides, with up to four times as many occurring in the end of 2012 as usually expected. The BGS Landslide Response Team actively survey and monitor reports of landslides as they occur and rely on the input of citizen scientists from the across the UK. 3. The BGS database of landslides occurring in Great Britain relies on the reports gathered in the media, social media and from the public, without whom many landslides would go unrecorded. Therefore, raising the public awareness of the BGS landslide research will, in the long term, help to improve the mitigation measures and in turn minimise the incidence and impact of landslides. 4. Understanding how landslides occur is critical if mitigation measures are to be both successful and cost effective. The BGS are addressing this need through monitoring and modelling, particularly at landslide observatories such as those at Hollin Hill and Aldbrough in Yorkshire. This strategically important work of the BGS is becoming increasingly more valued as landslides are apparently becoming more prevalent.
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24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
We will discuss this proposal with the British Science Association geology section recorder, Dr Richard Waller.
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British Geological Survey
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Monday 9 September 2013
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Wednesday 11 September 2013
Thursday 12 September 2013