Natural Hazards - Emergency Response in a Changing Climate

  • Thu 12 Jan 23

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Colchester Campus

    STEM 3.1

  • Event speaker

    Guy Cooper

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Life Sciences, School of

  • Contact details

    Dr Anna Sturrock

A look at how we plan and prepare in England for natural hazards like flooding to reduce the impact on communities and the environment.

In this talk, Guy Cooper will describe the floods we have experienced and their impacts on people, what we have learned and how those risks have changed over time, including how we forecast those risks.

Guy will then take a look at the future potential impacts of climate change such as sea level rise and the boom and bust of drought and flood in our modified landscape and how we need to adapt to these risks day to day and not just respond in big incidents.

Finally Guy will describe the measures we are taking collectively to restore the natural water cycle, hold the water in the landscape and smooth the peaks and troughs of drought and flood.


Guy Cooper grew up on the coast in Clacton in Essex and studied Environmental Biology at Essex University. He went on to study for a Masters in Science of the Environment at Lancaster University with a placement at Institute of Freshwater Ecology in Dorset.

As a child he was fascinated by the natural world and a devotee of Attenborough, taking the messages on habitat loss and climate change to heart he was determined to work in the Environmental Sector. He joined the Environment Agency in September 2000 as a biologist taking the freshwater invertebrate survey samples from our streams and rivers in East Anglia.

However, following significant flooding in Essex in October 2001 Guy became interested in natural hazards and the lost link between communities and their landscape. He moved into Flood Risk Management and quickly gravitated towards incident response and flood forecasting and warning particularly on our coast, having a pivotal role in the response to the tidal flood in December 2013.

Guy currently works in the Area Incident Team covering East Anglia and working to plan and prepare for the range of hazards that our communities face with partners in the emergency services and local government. Never far from the coast he is fascinated by our relationship with this transition zone between land and sea and the challenges we face today and into the future.

How to attend

This seminar is being held in person in STEM 3.1 (STEM Centre on Square 1, Colchester campus). You can also watch via Zoom (meeting ID: 916 2270 2239)

If you have any queries about this seminar please email Dr Anna Sturrock (anna.sturrock@essex.ac.uk).

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