Engineering Matters Podcast

islands on the frontline

Airborne lidar capture over the Palau Islands, Pacific


21 Jul 2022

Island states are at the forefront of climate change. Rising sea levels mean more coastal erosion, overtopping of defences and salinification of land. From atolls in the Pacific Ocean to the coast of Northern Ireland, we find out how technology such as lidar is helping island nations become more resilient and adapt to the effects of climate change. We learn that Geo-data is critical for accurately mapping and predicting the impacts of rising global temperatures, and for protecting traditions and ways of life for generations to come.


Dr Joanne Hanna, Senior Scientific Officer, Marine and Fisheries, DAERA

Wini Nainoca, Environmental Specialist, UNDP Pacific Office

Paul Seaton, Strategic Sales and Marketing Director for Asia-Pacific, Fugro

Arthur Webb, Chief Technical Advisor and a Coastal Adaption Strategist, UNDP Pacific Office


Planet Beyond: Saving the South Pacific

UNDP Pacific Office Blog: Wini Nianoca


This episode was made in partnership with Engineering Matters.

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