Geology for Global Development

EGU15 Photos: Natural Hazards Demonstrations Short Course

EGU15 Photos: Natural Hazards Demonstrations Short Course

These photographs were taking during the European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna, at a short course on Natural Hazard Teaching Demonstrations
(Photo Credits: Bruce D. Malamud, Faith Taylor, Joel Gill):


Bruce demonstrates the classic ‘slinky spring’ demonstration of P and S Waves.


A simple tornado tube can be used to connect two plastic bottles and demonstrate a tornado.


Bruce introduces the stick-slip model for earthquake generation, using slinky springs.



Faith Taylor (KCL) gives a range of online and hands-on demos relating to landslides and triggered landslide events.



Solmaz Mohadjer gives an in-depth outline of the stick-slip model for earthquake generation, using wood, sandpaper, screws and an elastic band.


Audience volunteers help ‘generate an earthquake’ using the stick-slip model.


In the coming weeks we will start collating photographed examples of teaching demonstrations with teaching guidlines in captions. We hope to use the EGU Imaggeo Site to present these. 

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Did you attend the session and take any photographs? Please email them to joel.gill[at]

Joel is the Founder/Director of Geology for Global Development (@Geo_Dev) an organisation working to support geologists to make a sustainable contribution to the fight against global poverty. He is an interdisciplinary researcher, with a PhD in geography (natural hazards), and research interests in multi-hazard frameworks, disaster risk reduction, rural water projects, and sustainable development. This work has taken him to Chile, China, Guatemala, India, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Joel is currently based at the British Geological Survey, and tweets at @JoelCGill.