Episode 28: Bridge Over Troubled Waters

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2018 marks the ten-year anniversary of the SEG Foundation’s Geoscientists Without Borders® program. The program uses the specialized knowledge and technical skills of geoscientists to mitigate natural hazards by connecting universities and industries with local communities. In this episode, we highlight the commitment of Professor Ron Harris, Brigham Young University, and his student, Torri Duncan, to tsunami preparedness in Java, Indonesia. Ron and Torri’s Geoscientists Without Borders® project “Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Building Resiliency to Tsunami Hazards by training Indonesian Geoscientists and Local Communities” was first funded in 2016 and is currently in progress. 



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Audio credits

Interviews: Ron Harris, Torri Duncan, Daniel Horns

Special thanks to Dr. Maya Tolstoy, Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization for providing the recording of the 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.

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