Lecture on disaster management held at AMU

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Department of geology lecture AMUALIGARH, April 02- The Department of Geology, Aligarh Muslim University organized a lecture on Disaster Management. Professor Rafi Ahmad, an eminent geologist and environmentalist from the University of West Indies, delivered the lecture.

Professor Ahmad highlighted the role of plate tectonics in natural disasters like water and debris of floods, landslides, earthquakes, volcanic activity and cyclones. Speaking about the increasing frequency of natural disasters, he said that it was directly related to anthropogenic interventions. He underlined the need for society to become adapt to nature rather than trying to transmute natural systems according to its whims.  For this, he said, a better understanding of earth systems by common people was need of the hour.

Prof. Ahmad is the recipient of 2003 United Nations’ Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards developing a global culture of prevention. He has also received the De La Beche Award for Outstanding Contribution on a Sustained Basis to National and Regional Development in the Geoscientific Field and the International Landslide Research Group (ILRG) Award for years of leadership in landslide hazard reduction in the Caribbean. He was honoured with National Best Practice Award 1999 for “Environmental Management” by the Ministry of Environment and Housing, Government of Jamaica.

Prof. LAK Rao, Chairman, Department of Geology said that Geology was an important aspect in understanding the dynamics of natural disasters and an appreciation of earth system sciences was fundamental to the prevention of natural disasters and management of their aftereffects.

Earlier, introducing the speaker, Prof. S Farooq said that Prof. Rafi Ahmad was a specialist in the fields of hazards related to slope stability, hydrogeologic hazards, urban and environmental geology, tectonic geomorphology, geological and geotechnical site investigation, earth science based environmental impact assessment and public Education on physical environment or climate change.

The lecture was attended by more than a hundred enthusiastic listeners from different faculties, including the postgraduate and research students of the Geology Department.


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