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Pelling and Grimmond: Two Belmont Forum Grants

Posted on 12/07/2013

Mark Pelling and Sue Grimmond have been awarded two Belmont Forum coastal vulnerability grants totaling E2.2m with E515k coming to the Department of Geography. The Belmont Forum is a collaboration between G8 and BRIC country research councils managed in the UK through NERC.

This is a major international investment in transdisciplinary research with only 7 projects funded globally.

Both projects sit across Department Research Group interests in urbanization, environmental governance, hazards and risk and environmental processes.

Details on the projects are:

Transformation and Resilience in Urban Coasts

(TRUC). Pelling is project coordinator and overall Principal Investigator. Grimmond will lead on the London case study and on biophysical modelling. The project looks to examine moments of near or actual threshold breaching in governance and biophysical systems using combined biophysical and vulnerability modelling with scenario work. Case study cities are: Kolkata. Lagos. London, New York, Shaghai and Tokyo. Partners include  Anna University, City University New York, East China Normal University, King's College London, Tokyo University, United Nations University Bonn, and University of Reading.

Metrople. Pelling is UK Principal Investigator and will lead on institutional and governance aspects based on a model developed under an earlier FP7 project MOVE and since applied through IADB and World Bank consultancies. Grimmond will coordinate access to existing biophysical data and UK stakeholder groups. The project will develop downscaled climate models for communities in Brazil, the United Kingdom, and the United States and engage stakeholders and policymakers in participatory planning meetings to analsze the social and cultural factors that impact decision making and regional adaptive capacity. Case study sites are: Santos, Brazil; Portsmouth, UK and Sarasota County, US. Principal partners are: Catalysis Adaptation Partners USA, Instituto Nacional de Estudos e Pesquisas Educacionais Anísio Teixeira (INEP) Brazil, King's College London, University of Reading and University of South Florida.

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