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Online Training: Geological Hazards: Their Occurrence, Monitoring and Mitigation - Glacial Hazards

08 July 2024
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Contributes to CPD, Course, Online Training
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Geological Society Events, Online Training, Geohazards
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A geological hazard (geohazard) is the consequence of an adverse combination of geological processes and ground conditions, sometimes precipitated by anthropogenic activity. The term implies that the event is unexpected and likely to cause significant loss or harm. To understand geohazards and mitigate their effects, expertise is required in the key areas of engineering geology, hydrogeology, geotechnical engineering, risk management, communication and planning, supported by appropriate specialist knowledge of subjects such as seismology and volcanology. There is a temptation for geoscientists involved in geohazards to get too focused on the ‘science’ and lose sight of the purpose of the work, which is to facilitate the effective management and mitigation of the consequences of geohazards within society.

The study and assessment of geohazards into the wider social context, helping the engineering geologist to better communicate the issues concerning geohazards in the UK to the client and the wider public.

Module Overview

Glacial Hazards

The geology of the Quaternary Period is often underappreciated in construction, yet its legacy is highly significant for ground engineering. All ground projects will encounter relict Quaternary terrains, deposits and landforms and their correct identification and interpretation is key to the success of any such engineering projects. The development of Quaternary ground models will help to communicate and understand the vertical and lateral variability of these environments, defining geological hazards that may be present and understanding the risks that they potentially pose. This webinar will illustrate the relic glaciogenic hazards potentially encountered in these terrains and the diagnostic characteristics that the geoscientist should be aware of during the site investigation process in order to manage the uncertainty presented by these highly variable ground conditions. The tools and building blocks necessary for the development of Conceptual Ground Models will be addressed.


Dr. David Giles

Dr David Giles is Technical Director & Digital Imagery Consultant at CGL (Card Geotechnics Limited) with over 35 years’ experience in academia and the Engineering Geology and Geotechnics industry. His experience includes 28 years lecturing and researching in Engineering Geology in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Portsmouth. Dr Giles is an active member of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society of London, a past Chair and an active member of Geological Society Working Parties including UK Geological Hazards, which he chairs and the Engineering Geology and Geomorphology of Glaciated and Periglaciated Terrains. 

Time and date

This module will take place virtually via Zoom on Monday 8 July at 16:00 BST and will run until approximately 17:30 BST, depending on audience participation.


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