This month’s issue of The Geographical Journal, published by the Society, includes a themed section on the UK’s winter floods of 2013-14.
The themed section reflects on the social, economic, political and physical geographies of the storm surges and floods that affected the nation during a winter of persistent storms and record levels of rainfall.
Contributions have come from historical and cultural geographers, as well as hydrological modellers and fluvial (river) geographers.
“The collection of papers pose questions not only about how flooding is understood (both scientifically and culturally) but also how flooding impacts on communities and landscapes,” said Klaus Dodds, Editor of The Geographical Journal.
"The overarching lesson learned from the events of winter 2013/14 is that left unchecked, flooding will become increasingly socially divisive and that Government needs to work with scientists, engineers and local stakeholders to plan and deliver long-term solutions to flooding problems that are otherwise likely to escalate unacceptably in a ‘business as usual’ future”, concludes flooding expert Colin Thorne in his paper ‘Geographies of UK in flooding in 2013/14’.
Last year Rwandans commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide. Fergus was in Kigali over this period and attended genocide memorial ceremonies, massacre sites and interviewed a number of survivors. He reflects on Genocide Memorial Week and where Rwanda now finds itself in the modern world.
18 March 2015
In this podcast, we visit the University of Birmingham to speak to Professor of Atmospheric Science, Rob MacKenzie and Professor of Life Sciences, Jeremy Pritchard.
Heather Bell is a Data and Geographical Information Systems Analyst at the Marine Management Organisation in Newcastle.
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