Aug. 10, 2021

Fire, Floods and Storms: Code Red for Humanity - We speak to Thomas Morlock from Risk Frontiers


This week we have a special guest. This is the second time he has been on our podcast and it is a pleasure to have him as a guest again.

We have invited Thomas Mortlock  back for an interview to comment on the extreme weather events happening around the globe.

From extreme heat and fires in North America where we lost so much of the biodiversity in the Ocean and on land to the floods across central Europe and central Asia, to the fires burning in Turkey, Greece, Italy with considerable economic damages but unimaginable losses to human and animal lives, we are trying to find out if this is a sign of what’s to come.

Thomas is Senior Risk Scientist at Risk Frontiers where he leads the development of physical climate risk modelling services and Risk Frontiers' coastal, flood and tropical cyclone catastrophe loss models. He has worked for over 12 years in the fields of climate science, catastrophe risk and insurance, resilience, and coastal and flood modelling. Thomas is a Chartered Engineer and an Adjunct Fellow at Macquarie University. He holds a PhD in the field of Coastal Geoscience.

For more information on the cause of these events and what we can expect in the future please go to the links below for the last Risk Frontier Briefings.

 

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Thomas Mortlock

Risk Frontiers

Thomas is Senior Risk Scientist at Risk Frontiers where he leads the business development of physical climate risk modelling services and technical development of Risk Frontiers' coastal, flood and tropical cyclone catastrophe loss models. He has worked for over 12 years in the fields of climate science, catastrophe risk and insurance, resilience, and coastal and flood modelling. Thomas is a Chartered Engineer, and an Adjunct Fellow at Macquarie University. He holds a PhD in the field of Coastal Geoscience.

Thomas' background is in coastal engineering, flood hydrology, oceanography and climate science. He maintains an active research profile and has authored over 20 scientific papers in the field of coastal climate risk. His current research interests include: climate change impacts on coastal waves and water levels, in particular the role of atmospheric circulation changes on coastal vulnerability; and, understanding the role of internal climate variability on coastal and flood risk.

He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, and has reviewed for major journals including Nature Scientific Reports and Earth Science Reviews. He currently sits on the Australia Pacific Climate Partnership (APCP) Expert Panel. Between 2016 and 2018, Thomas was on the steering committee of the (Australian) Coastal Processes and Responses Node of the New South Wales Adaptation Research Hub.