Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 581
- Jul 27, 2020 6:00 pm
- 52:49 mins
Volcano Prediction Guest: Janine Kavanagh, Senior Lecturer in Geology and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the University of Liverpool Volcanic eruptions are the stuff of ancient legend, cataclysmic historical events, and Hollywood apocalypse movies. Sounds perfect for 2020, right? We chat with a volcanologist and geoscientist to understand the science behind predicting volcanic eruptions. Predicting the Unpredictable Guest: David Alexander, Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London and Vice President of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. In 2011 a group of Italian scientists were put on trial for bungling a warning to the public about a pending deadly earthquake. Much of the world was appalled at the notion that scientists were being prosecuted for failing to predict an earthquake. Except they weren't. The case was much more complicated, and the role of scientists much more problematic. The lessons for experts managing public risk and public health challenges are here for the taking.