There's No Such Thing as a 'Natural’ Disaster: How We Made Floods the Most Damaging Hazard in the World

  • Charlotte Milne, Resources, Environment and Sustainability
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Monday, December 4, 8-9pm
    in the series
    Green College Resident Members' Series
  • The most damaging natural hazard in the world is flooding, costing countries billions of dollars and displacing millions of people every year. With climate change increasing both the frequency and severity of flood events, it becomes essential to consider how we can better manage flood risk to save lives and money, while also preserving nature and avoiding the continuation of colonial approaches to resource management. In this presentation, Charlotte will discuss the fallacy of ‘Natural Disasters’ and the steps that have been taken to turn flooding from an essential process to a devastating threat. The discussion will then turn to the latest approaches to flood risk management and Charlotte’s own research, looking into how flood mapping practice in Canada can be improved and weaving the latest mapping approaches with Indigenous knowledge systems to help reduce flood risk for all.

    Charlotte Milne is a UBC PhD student in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, supervised by Professor Stephanie Chang. A physical geographer and earth scientist by training, Charlotte specialized in fluvial geomorphology (the study of rivers and their behavior), before shifting into the field of disaster science during her three years as a professional researcher. Charlotte now investigates riverine flood risk management and how we can improve flood mapping practice and management, in particular how mapping and modelling methods can be indigenized to help reduce the risk of Canada’s First Nations communities, who are disproportionately exposed to flooding.

    Each week, the Green College Resident Members’ Series features a different presenter (or presenters) from among the Resident Members of Green College. Graduate students, Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars offer talks and events on their areas of research or study and, as appropriate, bring in their research colleagues from outside the College. 

    Series Conveners: Michael Carelse, Library and Information Studies; Michelle Kamigaki-Baron, Linguistics; and Ricky, Physics and Astronomy

  • Unless otherwise noted, all of our lectures are free to attend and do not require registration.

December 4th, 2023 from  8:00 PM to  9:00 PM
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