Dr Edris Alam

Edris

Honorary Associate
Hazards Research Group (HRG)
Madsen Building (F09)
School of Geosciences

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Education

  • 2010 – 2014: PhD thesis entitled ‘A new record and geography of tsunamis, earthquakes and tropical cyclones in Bangladesh and their relevance to disaster risk reduction.’ The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. Doi: 10.13140/2.1.5141.2806.
  • 2006–2007: Master of Science in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development, Northumbria University, UK. Dissertation (20,000 Words) entitled Understanding vulnerability and local responses to disasters: experiences from Bangladesh coast.
  • 2001–2002: Master of Science in Geography & Environment, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dissertation (20,000 words) entitled Post cyclone adjustment process: the case of Sandwip Island, Bangladesh.
  • 1996–2000: Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geography & Environment, with minors in Economics, Sociology and History, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Research Interests

  • Natural hazards (tropical cyclones, storm surges, river floods, tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, landslides & climate change)
  • Disaster & risk management (hazard, risk and vulnerability analysis, emergency management planning and principles)
  • Coupled human-environment systems (interactions between natural environmental processes and socio-economic systems, disasters and development)
  • Sustainable development through post disaster reconstruction and humanitarian assistance and sustainable livelihood approaches
  • Climate change, migration, adaptation and policy (with specific focus on Bangladeshi coastal communities)
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches in understanding of disaster and vulnerability

Publications

Submitted and under review

  • Alam, E., Dominey-Howes, D.. Earthquakes of the north-eastern Indian Ocean with a particular focus on the Bay of Bengal – a synthesis and review.
  • Alam, E. Integration of long-term data for disaster risk reduction in Bangladesh.
  • Alam, E. Earthquake and tsunami knowledge, risk perception and preparedness in SE Bangladesh.

In Press and Published

  • Alam, E., Dominey-Howes, D. A new catalogue of tropical cyclone events, their spatial distribution and effects in Bangladesh. International Journal of Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.4035.
  • Alam, E., Dominey-Howes, D., 2014. An analysis of the AD1762 earthquake and tsunamis in the SE Bangladesh. Natural Hazards, 70:903–933. Doi: 10.1007/s11069-013-0841-5.
  • Alam, E., Dominey-Howes, D., Goff, J., Chagué-Goff, C., 2012. Tsunamis in the northeastern Indian Ocean with a particular focus on the Bay of Bengal region– a synthesis and review. Earth Science Reviews, 114 (1–2): 175–193. Doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2012.05.002.
  • Alam, E., Collins, A.E., 2010. Cyclone disaster vulnerability and response experiences in coastal Bangladesh, Disasters, 34 (4): 931–954. Doi:10.1111/j.0361-3666.2010.01176.x.
  • Alam, E., 2005. Tornado hazard in Bangladesh: nature, loss and coping, The Chittagong University Journal of Science, 29 (1): 33–30.
  • Alam, E., Chowdhury, M.A.T., Akbar, M.T, Islam, H., 2005. Prospect of ecotourism development in Cox’s Bazar coastal belt of Bangladesh. The Journal of Business and Society, 4 (3): 55–60.
  • Alam, E., Bhuiyan, R.H., Rahman, M.M., 2004. Loss pattern of cyclone 1991: a study on Sandwip Island, Bangladesh, The Chittagong University Journal of Science, 28 (2): 67–78.
  • Alam, E., 2004. Groundwater arsenic problem in Bangladesh: a field level observation, The Chittagong University Journal of Science, 28 (1): 123–132.
  • Alam, E., 2003. Post cyclone adjustment processes: basic needs perspective, Oriental Geographer, 47 (2): 47–60.
  • Alam, E., Bhuiyan, R.H., Akbar, M.T., 2003. Cyclone disaster in coastal Bangladesh: local knowledge and indigenous coping strategies, Bhugal Patrika (A Journal of Geography), 22: 124–133.
  • Alam, E., 2003. Coping with cyclone havoc: an occupational group perspective, Journal of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (Humanities), 48 (2): 59–74.

Conference Presentations

  • Alam, E., Dominey-Howes, D., Momtaz, S., Calgaro, E., 2012. Extending records of tropical cyclone events in the Bay of Bengal and Bangladesh. The 2nd International Conference on Climate Change and Social Issues, 28-29 November 2012, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Alam, E., 2012. A history of tropical cyclones, their spatial distributions and effects in Bangladesh. Annual seminar for postgraduate research students at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), UNSW, 22–24 October 2010.
  • Alam, E., Dominey-Howes, D., Momtaz, S., Calgaro, E., 2012. A record and analysis of earthquakes and tsunamis affecting the Bay of Bengal and Bangladesh. The 34th International Geological Congress (IGC) at Brisbane Convention Centre, Australia, 5–10 August 2012.
  • Alam, E., Dominey-Howes, D., Goff, J., 2012. Tsunamis in the northeast Indian Ocean. The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, 29 January–3 February 2012, p. 227.
  • Alam, E., Momtaz, S. and Collins, A., (2012) Adaptation actions and human security in Bangladesh: an analysis of disaster resilient response mechanisms in the context of coastal hazards. In: Australian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society Annual Conference (AMOS 2012), 31 January - 2 February 2012, Sydney, Australia.
  • Alam, E., 2011. Earthquakes in NE Indian Ocean. Annual seminar for postgraduate research students at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), UNSW, Australia, 10–12 October, 2011.
  • Alam, E., Dominey-Howes, D., Goff, J. Chagué-Goff, C., 2011. Tsunamis in the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean. XXV the International Union for Geophysics and Geodesy (IUGG) IUGG General Assembly – Earth on the Edge: Science for a Sustainable Planet, Melbourne, Australia, June 28-July 7. Abstract IASPEI– 4608.
  • Alam, E., 2011. Tsunamis in the NE Indian Ocean. Annual seminar for postgraduate research students at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), UNSW, 28–30 October 2010.
  • Alam, E., 2010. Adaptation actions and human security in Coastal Bangladesh, a poster presented at the international disaster and risk conference (IDRC), Davos, 29 May to 2nd June, 2010.
  • Alam, E., Collins, A., 2008. Cyclone hazard perception, experiences and warning response processes in Coastal and Island Areas of Bangladesh. Paper presented at the workshop of the Psychology of Disaster Risk Communication at the International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC), Davos, Switzerland, 25–29 August 2008.
  • Alam, E., Collins, A., 2008. Understanding vulnerability and local responses to disasters: Experiences from Bangladesh Coast. Paper presented at the International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC), Davos, 25–29 August 2008, Switzerland.
  • Alam, E., 2008. Changing concept of disaster vulnerability: an analysis in the context coastal hazards in Bangladesh. Paper presented in observance of the International Biodiversity day a seminar on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Agriculture organized by the Faculty of Biological Science, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh, 22nd May 2008.
  • Alam, E., 2007. Disaster resilient community settlement project in Sandwip Island, Bangladesh. Northumbria University, UK, 25th February 2007.
  • Alam, E., 2006. Community action for flood disaster management in Bangladesh. National Conference on Urban and Rural
    Environmental Management in the Department of Geography, Aligarh Muslim University, India, 3–4 March 2006.
  • Alam, E., 2005. Indigenous knowledge about cyclone predictions, local knowledge and people’s responses to cope with cyclone disaster in coastal and island areas of Bangladesh. The Golden Jubilee conference of Bangladesh Geographical Society, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 9–11 December 2005.