Extreme Weather Events in the Sneeuberg Mountains, Karoo – second seminar at Northampton University

Sabbatical leave: just what do you do?  Why are you giving the same research seminar twice?

Last weekend we were in Stockholm meeting up with Madeleine Castenvik-Holt and over drinks we found ourselves explaining what leave is for.  Providing, we hope, answers to these two questions and then going on to enjoy a lovely meal at the Pelikan Bar together with her husband Magnus.

The Linköping seminars helped us to see more clearly what our research was showing and, consequently, I spent two more days accessing, analysing and integrating additional information.  As a result the seminar we are giving tomorrow at Northampton University is a little different with some changes to the graphics and conclusions.  Maybe we will change it further still ….

Extreme weather events in the Sneeuberg Mountains, Karoo, South Africa: a case study of the floods of February 9th & 12th, 2011

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MyCOE/SERVIR East Africa: outreach seminar (Linköping University)

Last December’s MyCOE/SERVIR fellowship workshop in Nairobi has already been the inspiration for new research work at Rhodes University that integrates geographical technologies with field-based research.

Kate and I are presenting a seminar at Linköping University’s TEMA-Vatten today (and at Northampton University next week) that looks at extreme weather events in the Sneeuberg Mountains of the Karoo in South Africa because these destructive floods are becoming increasingly severe. Our seminar examines the new rainfall information which we have collected and compares this with satellite-derived precipitation data accessed using the Giovanni data portal.

Here’s our presentation (21mb file):