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Smart sub-sea communications cables - ERI Lecture

17th September 2015

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Prof David Meldrum, from SAMS, will be presenting a talk about "Smart sub-sea communications cables: An effort to better monitor climate change and improve disaster warning".

The world's oceans are criss-crossed by dozens of sub-sea cables that carry the vast majority of our internet and telecommunications traffic. Scientists, the cable industry and a number of UN bodies are now working together to look at ways of adding sensors to these cables that will deliver societal benefit in improving our monitoring of climate change and our capability to issue prompt warnings of natural disasters such as tsunamis

Prof David Meldrum is a research fellow interested in satellite communication and positioning systems, autonomous seabed landers and data buoys, and the development of smart sensors and intelligent instruments. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 papers and reports in glaciology, oceanography, satellite communications and technology development, is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a recipient of the UK Polar Medal, and was elected to a personal chair at the University of the Highland and Islands in 2013. He has recently been elected as co-chair of the IOC/WMO JCOMM Observations Programme Area, with special responsibility for the polar regions, and was recently based in Paris at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.

Doors open at 17:15 - all ERI Seminars are free and open to all. Light refreshments will be available.

The ERI Seminar series is supported by SSE Renewables.

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