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Join us at 4pm BST/3pm GMT on the 20th April for the fifth episode in our series, Dr Pooneh Maghoul (Polytechnique Montréal) and PhD Candidate Ali Fatolahzadeh Gheysari (University of Manitoba). This episode is in collaboration with our partners from TVSeminars. Make sure to follow TVSeminars by clicking here.
The adverse effects of climate warming on the built environment in (sub)arctic regions are unprecedented and accelerating. According to Canada’s Changing Climate Report (2019), in the Arctic regions, temperatures have been warming at approximately twice the rate of the rest of the world. This drastic trend in climate warming will no doubt affect permafrost temperatures and conditions, continued rise in greenhouse gas emissions, and further adding to the high cost of development in northern regions. Planning and design of climate-resilient northern infrastructure as well as predicting deterioration of permafrost from climate model simulations require characterizing permafrost sites accurately and efficiently. In this presentation, we will discuss the role of AI combined with geophysics and geomechanics in early detection and warning systems of permafrost sites and northern infrastructure affected by climate change. Furthermore, the limitations of data-driven approaches in climate change adaptation strategies due to the scarcity of reliable data will be also discussed.
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Full series programme:
- 4th April, 1.30pm BST How NOT to save a planet with Prof Thom Brooks, Professor of Law and Government, the Dean of Durham Law School
- 13th April, 10am BST - The challenges of communicating climate change with Dr Christel W. van Eck, University of Amsterdam
- 19th April, 3pm BST - Achieving climate goals in the residential sector and industry: Power to heat and Green hydrogen as the most promising applications of sector integration with Dr Tuomas Vanhanen, Tampere University, Finland, and Jasmin Ramsebner, Vienna University of Technology
- 20th April, 4pm BST - Role of AI in Predicting Climate Disasters in Northern Regions with Dr. Pooneh Maghoul, Polytechnique Montreal and PhD Candidate Ali Fatolahzadeh Gheysari, University of Manitoba
- 21st April 1pm BST - The Social Aspects of Environmental and Climate Change with Prof. E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
- 22nd April, 10am BST - Home away from home: The importance of sanctuaries for protecting and studying our fellow apes with PhD Candidate Jake Brooker, Durham University
- 25th April, 10am BST - Satellite Remote Sensing - a Conservation Revolution with Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London
- 26th April, 9am BST - Net Zero, Food and Farming: Climate Change and the UK Agri-Food System with Professor Neil Ward, Professor of Rural and Regional Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich
- 28th April, 11am BST - Defusing the 2020s Heat Bomb: Getting Government Action Now with Prof Ian Budge, Emeritus Professor, University of Essex
- 4th May, 3pm BST - Opportunities for storage to achieve deep decarbonization across sectors with Prof Noah Kittner, University of North Carolina System, Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering
- 9th May, 9am BST - Impacts of Plastics Pollution on Seabirds with PhD Candidate Peter Puskic, University of Tasmania
- 12th May, 10am BST - Biotransformation Technology: How to deliver full biological decomposition on polyolefin packaging materials in the open environment with Celine Moreira, Polymateria
Dr Pooneh Maghoul is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering. She holds an MSc (2007) and a PhD (2010) from École des Ponts Paris Tech. Dr. Maghoul is an expert in the field of multiscale poromechanics for complex materials and processing, energy and environment, and biomechanics. Her research focuses primarily on sustainable development by developing cutting-edge systems and methods related to the performance analysis of subsurface systems subject to complex loading within a multi-hazard context. This includes infrastructure which is resilient to climate change and geohazards on Earth and harsh environments in Space (low gravity conditions). These poromechanics-centered research programs deal with natural- and human-induced hazards, permafrost engineering, smart mining, self-healing geosystems, geo-structural health monitoring, non-destructive testing, emergency preparedness, energy geostructures, geotechnical earthquake engineering and ground vibration, as well as bio-inspired self-burrowing (soft) robotics, bio-inspired subsurface sensing, and In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) on the Moon and beyond., PhD Candidate Ali Fatolahzadeh Gheysari, University of Manitoba
Ali is a research assistant and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba. He holds a master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Shiraz University, where he researched shallow foundations on reinforced embankments. Ali worked as a licensed civil engineer at several major consulting engineers in Iran. He has experience in numerical simulations, including analyzing foundation settlements, large-displacement geomechanics, and thermo-hydro-mechanical geotechnical problems. As a researcher and student at the UofM, his interdisciplinary research focuses on cold-region geotechnics, climate resiliency of the arctic infrastructure, and long-term climate forecasting using machine learning algorithms. Ali is the founder/CEO of the Canadian startup company GeoClimate Solutions Inc., which provides AI-based solutions for civil engineering, the agriculture sector, energy planning, and climate-smart decision-making.
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