Seminar – Archives and Climate Change

Date : Thursday 27 April 2023
Time : 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Venue : Richelieu Amphitheatre, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi Campus

Register for the sixth session of the seminar series in Records Management & Archival Sciences titled Archives and Climate Change

Climate change has become topical over the past few years and manifests itself in many ways, including rising sea levels and severe weather conditions among others. Scientists, researchers, meteorologists, farmers, and many other stakeholders are relying on historical data contained in archives to understand climate trends across the globe. Although there is scantly literature on the contribution of archives to research on climate change, the dependance on archives to understand our histories and predict the future is well acknowledged. The focus of this seminar is to cultivate discussions on how archives support activities against meant to combat climate change.

About the speakers

Dr.Haïfa Ben-Romdhane is an aquatic bio scientist, marine environmental engineer, and dedicated researcher. Deeply invested in research contributions in the field of water resources engineering, sustainability, location intelligence, remote sensing, image processing, GIS, geography and planning, statistical data analysis, and modelling. She is, presently, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Dr. Ben-Romdhane was one of the four first researchers to join the Ocean Colour team of the newly established Earth Observation and Environmental Remote Sensing Lab at Masdar Institute. She received her PhD at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in collaboration with Massachussetts Institute of Technology in 2016. She conducted her master’s studies at the Ocean Research Institute of the University of Tokyo, Japan, and received her M.Sc. degree in 2009. Before that, she received her Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Sciences in 2005 from the National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia. Before joining Masdar Institute, she worked as a project manager, hydrographic surveyor, data processing, and data quality specialist at the Military Survey Department / Bayanat AI from 2009 to 2012, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Her aspirations are to help protect the ocean and marine environments through the establishment of adaptive management plans highlighting the role of science to provide a basis for robust decision-making against urgent problems and long-term management outcomes.


Dr. David Fricker has had a distinguished international career with over 40 years in archives and government information management. He is a former Director-General of the National Archives of Australia and President of the International Council on Archives and is currently working as Special Adviser to the National Library and Archives of the UAE. He is an active advocate for the preservation and accessibility of archives worldwide, currently serving as a Vice-Chair of the UNESCO Memory of the World International Advisory Committee and a Global Ambassador for the Records and Information Practioners Alliance. In 2015 he was conferred the award of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the Republic of France.


Dr.Seyda Tilevis an assistant professor of Meteorology and the head of the Meteorology Department at Abu Dhabi Polytechnic, Institute of Applied Technology. She has received her BSc. degree in Meteorological Engineering, MSc degree in Satellite Communication and Remote sensing, and PhD degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Istanbul Technical University. She conducted her PhD research at The University of Manchester, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences with a scholarship. She has 15+ years of professional and administrative experience in the field of meteorological education and research. She has taught several atmospheric sciences courses such as Climatology, Environmental Issues, Numerical Weather Prediction, Aviation, Climate Change; became a part of many funded research projects with roles from research assistant to lead investigator; published many peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and proceedings; her h-index is 6 with 132 citations.
She has experience in Linux, Windows Operating Systems, WRF, WRFDA, Hysplit, WAsP, PRECIS Models, programming with Fortran, Bash-Scripting, NCL, html, visualization programs such as RIP, NCL, GrADS, IDV, ArcGIS and many other scientific tools.

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