Danger at Mosul Dam – interview on Austrian radio

Following my 2014 article on The Conversation which looked at the risks around Mosul Dam, in Iraq, I was interviewed today for a piece broadcast on Austrian radio FM4. You can hear the brief conversation with the presenter, Steve Crilley, here. Wind back a little to catch the intro.

FM4 is an alternative mainstream radio station which broadcasts all over Austria and Southern Germany. It was great to be asked to comment on the increasingly dangerous situation at Mosul.


My colleague Dr Ziad Abdeldayem and myself are currently working on a reanalysis of topographic datasets for the upper Tigris around Mosul in an attempt to provide better predictions of flood wave heights and flood extents should the dam collapse (for a nice article on why this might happen, see here). We will present this at an international workshop on the engineering crisis at Mosul, to be held next month in Rome.

Meantime, we are keeping our fingers crossed that the dam holds firm…


About Jon Bridge

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography Department of the Natural and Built Environment Sheffield Hallam University

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