Cafe Scientifique embrace video conferencing technology

Join the talk via your Web browser from 7pm on Monday to hear Jenny Brown (National Oceanography Centre) talk about “New technologies to measure coastal hazards”

zoom meeting on laptop and tablet

Grab a drink and maybe some nibbles to join us for our first virtual IOW Cafe Scientifique presentation, between 7pm and 8.15 pm on Monday 18th May.

Click the zoom link at 7pm and join by browser. You don’t need an account.

New technologies to measure coastal hazards
Jenny Brown (National Oceanography Centre) will be presenting on “New technologies to measure coastal hazards”.

Defending the coast from flooding is a challenging job, especially with the uncertainty of climate change and rising sea level. To improve how our coastal defence schemes are designed, we need to be able to observe the sea as it crashes against sea walls.

A new prototype instrument to measure the volume and speed of waves as they spray, shoot and slop over a sea wall has been engineered at the National Oceanography Centre in collaboration with HR Wallingford.

The specialist information from this system and computer modelling has allowed Jenny and her team to understand hazardous wave events at a local study site near Liverpool to improve flood forecasting.

To find out more, take a look at the 4 min research clip or watch the short clips collected during field deployments in winter 2018/201.

How the talk will work
The format for the evening will be as follows:

  • Five minutes to run through online controls
  • 15 minutes presentation
  • Ten minutes discussion
  • 15 minutes presentation
  • 15-30 minutes discussion.

To ensure everyone can connect, please follow the instructions below to help those with limited home bandwidth:

  • When joining, mute microphone and turn off camera.
  • Jenny will screen sharing her presentation.
  • If you have a question or comment, use the chat facility (look for the speech bubble icon) or unmute your microphone so she can see who’s waiting in the discussion sessions.
  • Please remember to mute microphones again once you have spoken.

Join the talk
See you 7pm on the 18th May. Click the zoom link at 7pm and join by browser.

Image: Gabriel Benois under CC BY 2.0

Thursday, 14th May, 2020 10:54am



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Steve Goodman

Two coastal hazards featured in this weeks news; microplastics in spray and the expectation of a sea level rise of at least a metre by the end of the century.