Seminar - Taking an integrated approach: The MICRODIS study of the Morpeth floods
Maureen Fordham from the School of Built and Natural Environment, University of Northumbria, will present a seminar entitled 'Taking an integrated approach: The MICRODIS study of the Morpeth floods'.
This presentation reflects upon the challenges faced in trying to integrate research on the social, health and economic impacts of the 2008 flood in Morpeth, Northumberland. MICRODIS is an Integrated Project funded under the EC Sixth Framework Programme - Thematic Priority 6.3 Global Change and Ecosystems (Contract number GOCE-CT-2007- 036877). The Morpeth study is one of several studies carried out by Consortium members in Asia and Europe based on standardised tools and methods. We have used a quantitative survey, qualitative interviews and community engagement to better understand the impacts on individuals and the community in Morpeth. Our continuing involvement in the locale shows the impacts continue but are handled differently by people. Some wish to keep the flood in the spotlight and others wish to put it behind them. The presentation will discuss the need to maintain an integrated disciplinary approach in order to best understand the complexities of any disaster event.
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