AMEC expert awarded international fellowship for climatechange and riskmanagement research


Oakland, California (20 December 2010) - AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, announces that an engineering and hydrology expert from its Oakland, Calif. office has been awarded a fellowship to undertake climate-change and risk-management research at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany.

As a Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellow, Chin Man "Bill" Mok, Ph.D. joins a select group of top researchers who are awarded fellowships by the IAS, an intellectual incubator that seeks to establish new fields of technology.

Dr. Mok's research will focus on carbon dioxide geologic sequestration, and on hazard management decision-support systems.

Geologic sequestration involves the capture of carbon dioxide from large point sources such as coal-burning power plants and its injection directly into deep geologic formations. It is in response to scientific evidence indicating that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions are increasing the rate of climate change.

Dr. Mok's hazard management research will delve into how data obtained from remote sensing and other technologies can be used to develop decision-support systems that can reduce or manage the anticipated risks associated with flooding, drought, landslides and avalanches.

Dr. Mok, who also will serve as an affiliated professor, will be assisted in his research by Prof. Daniel Straub of TUM's Civil Environmental Engineering Department.

The Rudolph Diesel fellowship is named after the inventor of the diesel combustion principle. Beginning April 2011, Dr. Mok plans to spend every other month in Munich of a year on the research.

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