This week’s Environmental Dynamics seminar is on Friday from 17:15-18:15 in the Pyramid Room (K4U.04). Dr Mike Clare from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will be talking about marine geohazards including landslides, avalanches and tsunamis. The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception in the department.
The Department of Geography at King’s College London is pleased to announce its Human Geography Seminar Series for Spring 2017. Join us each Wednesday from 4:30pm in the Pyramid Room (4th Floor, King’s Building, King’s College London Strand Campus) to hear and discuss new research insights around human-environment interactions. All seminars are free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required.
The Department of Geography at King’s College London is pleased to announce its Human Geography Seminar Series for Spring 2017. The Series brings together the interests and expertise of the Contested Development, Risk and Society, and Urban Futures Research Domains and the King’s Climate and King’s Water Activity Hubs to explore new frontiers in research and policy on human-environment interactions.
King’s Water Member Nick Drake will give his Inaugural Lecture next Tuesday 31 January. Please join us to hear about ‘Saharan climate change and its role in human dispersal out of Africa’. The lecture will be followed by a canape and wine reception.
Professor Nick Drake has research interests in remote sensing, GIS, geomorphology, geoarchaeology and environmental change. He specialises in applying expertise in these areas to semi-arid and arid environments. His research interests in remote sensing involve both theoretical and practical aspects while research in GIS includes mapping desert paleohydrology. His interests in environmental change and geoarchaeology assimilates much of the above mentioned expertise by employing remote sensing and GIS to locate geomorphological sites of likely geoarchaeological interest and investigating them using field and laboratory methods in order to determine their paleaeo-environmental and archaeological significance. This research is currently concentrating on past human occupation and climate change in the Sahara and Arabia.
Evidence suggests that sub-Saharan Africa is at the centre of human evolution and understanding routes of dispersal ‘out of Africa’ is thus important. The Sahara Desert is considered by many to be an obstacle to these dispersals. At this lecture, archaeological evidence is presented that shows it was not an effective barrier and indicates how both animals and humans populated it during past humid phases. Dispersal was possible because during humid periods the region contained a series of linked lakes and rivers comprising a large interlinked waterway, channelling water, animals and humans into and across the Sahara, thus facilitating these dispersals. This system was last active between 5000 and 11000 years ago, but dating of lake sediments shows that the “green Sahara” also existed during the last interglacial (∼125 ka) and provided green corridors that could have formed dispersal routes at a likely time for the migration of humans out of Africa.
Join us from 18:30 on Tuesday 31 January in the Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre of the Strand Campus of King’s College London. The Reception will be hosted at Chapters Restaurant from 19:40-20:30. Both events are free, but please register online if you would like to attend.
The King’s Water Activity Hub is proud to announce our 2016-2017 Annual Lecture, featuring Professor Margreet Zwarteveen from one of our partner institutions, UNESCO-IHE. The Annual Lecture will be held Wednesday 1 February 2017 from 4:30-6pm in the Pyramid Room (K4U.04) of the Strand Building, King’s College London. A drinks reception will follow.
The Department of Geography at King’s College London is pleased to announce its Physical Geography Seminar Series for Spring 2017.
In particular, those interested in water issues may want to join the Department for the following seminars:
- “Unlocking the Archive”: Antarctic Peninsula Glacial change with Dr Lucy Clarke on Friday 27 January
- Hazards Under the Sea – Deep Waters Don’t Run Still… with Dr Michael Clare on Friday 3 February
- Sustainable intensification of agriculture for human prosperity and global sustainability with Dr Nate Matthews on Friday 17 February
- Mind the gap: Bridging the divides between research, policy and practice in 21st Century freshwater conservation with Dr David Tickner on Friday 10 March
All seminars are held in the Pyramid Room (K4U.04, located near the Geography Office on the 4th Floor of the King’s Building in the Strand Campus) from 5:15-6:15pm and will be followed by a drinks reception. Seminars are free, open to the public, and do not require advance booking. Please join us!