Royal Meteorological Society talk: Lancaster’s critical infrastructure collapse following intense rainfall on 4/5 December 2015

Speaker: Dr Emma Ferranti, Research Fellow, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham.

Heavy rainfall on an already saturated catchment caused the River Lune to flood the city. Critical transport networks ground to a halt, and mains power was cut off for two days after a key substation flooded, thus leaving the majority of communication services out of action.

In her talk, Emma will describe the impact of the flooding and its implications for resilience in populous urban areas when faced with more frequent extreme weather events.

About the Royal Meteorological Society Yorkshire Centre.

The Yorkshire Centre is one of several local centres around the UK that organise regular meetings for those interested in all aspects of meteorology. Speakers present talks on a variety of topics and the meetings provide an opportunity to meet other members socially. 

Unless stated otherwise, all meetings are held in the Level 8 Seminar Room, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. The talks are free and open to members and non-members alike. 

The Yorkshire Local Centre Committee 2018-2019

Chair - Dorian Speakman
Secretary - John Goulding
Treasurer - Lindsay Bennett
Publicity team - Kamalika Sengupta, Beth Woodhams and Ben Pickering
Committee Officers - David Cherry, Clive Mills-Hicks, Victoria Smith and Jim McQuaid

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