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Mike Clare

Mike Clare

“Science is all about discovery and curiosity. I love being able to ask questions about how the world works, design new ways to tackle those questions, and to work with other people to find out the answers.” 

Mike researches Marine Geohazards and Sedimentology, which means he looks at earthquakes, under-sea landslides and the flow on tsunamis, as well as sediments and how they’ve moved around land and sea. 

He’s always been fascinated by the natural world and developed an early love of figuring out how we can reconstruct ancient events from the rocks beneath our feet. Mike loves seeing things in action, leading him to study geology.  

Seafloor processes can impact our day to day lives in many ways. Large underwater landslides can trigger tsunami that threaten coastal communities, powerful avalanches of sand and mud sediment can damage critical seafloor infrastructure like the global network of telecom cables that underpin the internet, while seafloor currents can create pollution hotspots in the deep sea. Understanding the timing, triggers, and nature of these processes is essential to design resilient infrastructure, emergency responses, and mitigate against their potentially adverse effects. Mike studies these processes using monitoring technology and analyses the deposits on the seafloor.  

His work is important for understanding how the oceans have changed, and what that means for the future. Mike’s research will help us understand how past geological events, and other regional environmental and geological changes could be linked to climate change 


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