Since 1990 over 1 million people have died in natural disasters and over $1 trillion of economic losses have been reported. NERC has a central role to play in the science of forecasting and mitigating natural hazards in the geophysical environment, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, flooding, storms, tsunamis, coastal erosion and landslides. Scientific advances will lead to tangible economic and humanitarian benefits.
Professor John Rees has been head of Corporate Policy & Science Co-ordination at the British Geological Survey since 2004. He has spent many years addressing the science associated with coastal flooding, landslides and erosion. He has been involved in a vast array of initiatives, such as the RCUK Basic Technology programme, and in international programmes addressing regional vulnerability and sustainability in Indonesia and countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
There are no consultations in progress at the moment.
NERC's governing Council has approved action plans for each theme.