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Arthur Holmes Meeting 2015 - Tsunami Hazards and Risks: Using the Geological Record

25 September 2015
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Conference, Field trip
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Geological Society Events
The Geological Society, Burlington House
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With Earth’s growing population clustered increasingly on coastlines, tsunami hazards are of concern worldwide. Within the framework of the bilateral agreement between the Geological Societies of London and Japan, a linked pair of one-day symposia is bringing together geoscientists and risk assessors to assess tsunami hazard in an integrated manner, with a view to facilitating more quantitative and evidence-based evaluation of their scale, nature, location and timescales. 

The first symposium was hosted by the Geological Society of Japan and took place in Kagoshima in September 2014, with the main focus being on the geological evidence of tsunamis around the Pacific Rim. This second symposium, in London in September 2015, will focus on the Atlantic margin and Europe, and on tsunami modelling, hazard and risk assessment.

Following the symposium there will be a reception at the Embassy of Japan, on Piccadilly.

Thematic sessions

  • Tsunamis in Europe and the Atlantic Margins
  • Tsunami Impacts
  • Risk and Hazard Modelling

Confirmed Speakers

  • David Tappin, British Geological Survey, UK
  • Kazu Goto, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Ken Ikehara, AIST/Geological Society of Japan, Japan
  • John Dewey, University College Oxford, UK
  • Sue Dawson, University of Dundee, UK
  • Katsu Goda, University of Bristol, UK
  • Simon Day, University College, London, UK
  • Finn Løvholt, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Norway
  • Stéphan Grilli, University of Rhode Island, USA
  • Vasily Titov, NOAA, USA
  • William Power, GNS Science, New Zealand
  • Costas Synolakis, University of Southern California, USA
  • Conrad Lindholm, NORSAR, Norway
  • Gordon Woo, Risk Management Solutions, UK


Registration for this event is now CLOSED. 


A Draft Programme is now available to download.  Please note: This may be updated prior to the meeting, as and when amendments are made.

Field trip to the Shetland Islands, Scotland

There will be a pre-meeting, two-day field visit to the Shetland Islands, Scotland. This will take place on 22 - 24 September 2015.

The field trip will focus on investigating sedimentary tsunami deposits associated with the prehistoric Storegga slide.  It will also look at late Holocene tsunami evidence and extreme storm inundation deposits.

There is a draft itinerary available for reference, this will be updated regularly.

Drinks Reception

After the conference at Burlington House, there will be a Drinks Reception in the ballroom of the Japanese Embassy (map).

Please note: Security checks and Photo ID will be required to gain entry to the Japanese Embassy.

Travel Grant

The deadline to submit Travel Grant applications has now closed and winners of grants have been informed.

We would to thank all applicants for their submissions, the standard was extremely high and preference was given to early career professionals.

Visa Information

There is no need to obtain a visa to attend this conference if you are a Japanese citizen.  For information regarding this, visit the British Embassy website.


  • Neil Chapman (MCM International, Switzerland and University of Sheffield, UK)
  • Ellie Scourse (MCM International and University of Bristol, UK)
  • David Tappin (British Geological Survey, UK)
  • Simon Wallis (Nagoya University, Japan)

Meeting Partners


Registration rates

£ 80.00
£ 130.00
£ 80.00
£ 80.00
£ 25.00
£ 50.00

Geolsoc Contact

Conference Office

The Geological Society
Burlington House

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