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Drought & other natural hazards: SFU experts available

October 14, 2022

With drought conditions continuing to persist across B.C., experts from Simon Fraser University are available to provide insight on the impacts of the unseasonably warm weather, climate change and planning for a future where extreme weather events are happening more frequently. 

The impacts of climate change can also intensify natural disasters, such as earthquakes, when they occur. Ahead of The Great British Columbia ShakeOut, the annual earthquake preparedness day and province-wide drill, SFU experts are available to comment on various natural hazards, their research and how to be ready in case of an emergency situation.


ZAFAR ADEEL, professor of professional practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering & executive director, Pacific Water Research Centre
Expertise: Drought, water security, climate change adaptation, safe drinking water, integrated water resources management

KEN LERTZMAN, professor emeritus, resource and environmental management & coordinator, Forest Ecology and Management (FEAM) Lab
Expertise: Drought/climate impacts on forests, fires and ecosystems


JOHN CLAGUE, professor emeritus, Earth Sciences, CRC Chair in Natural Hazard Science
Expertise: Geology, climate change, natural hazards, floods, landslides, severe storms, earthquakes, tsunamis

SERGIO SEPULVEDA, FRBC (Forest Renewal BC) Chair in Resource Geoscience & Geotechnics, associate professor, Earth Sciences
Expertise: The effects of earthquakes in the ground including landslides & soil liquefaction. The importance of public awareness & earthquake resistant building practices to reduce casualties & property damage.

BRENT WARD, professor, Earth Sciences, co-director, Centre for Natural Hazards Research
Expertise: Natural hazards, landslides, floods, earthquakes; making communities more resilient to climate change

GLYN WILLIAMS-JONES, professor & chair, Earth Sciences, co-director, Centre for Natural Hazards Research
Expertise: Natural hazards research in B.C. including landslides, volcanoes and earthquakes


MELISSA SHAW, SFU  Communications & Marketing 
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