Dr. Roger Bilham Research Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Research in
Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder, will give two lectures on September 27th and September 29th.
Global earthquake fatalities: resilience vs. reality
Himalayan megaquakes and megafloods: where and when?
FOR THESE TALKS: Resilience from all forms of disaster requires intelligence and honesty to pervade throughout society. We are aware what the problems are, and aspirations to fix them are increasingly attracting political attention. The trillion dollar global building industry, however, is populated by citizens some of whom are endowed with neither intelligence nor honesty, a fatal combination at many tectonic
plate boundaries. The past millennium of earthquake disasters points to a grim and disastrous future, unless construction codes are taken seriously in nations where corruption has replaced governance.
Roger Bilham has a background in physics, geology, geodesy, instrumentation, archival research, digging trenches and mixing cement, encountered in various Universities beginning with C (Cardiff, Cambridge, Columbia and Colorado). His has worked on earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, landslides and corruption in
the building industry.
In the early days of GPS he founded UNAVCO and has pplied GPS to a dozen plate boundaries in various unsavory war zones. He has appeared in a handful of
movies on mountain building and earthquakes and has written some 250 research articles.