It is probably time to present the multi-national crew who now populates Phra Thong, eager to dig trenches, to pump water and to dive into the mud to find ancient tsunami sediments:
From Thailand and Chulalongkorn University are Waw (Dr. Kruawun Jankaew), a researcher and tsunami expert; Bank, Aim, Champ and Arm, who are Waw’s students and working with different tsunami-related projects. Andrew, a Scottish expat based in Bangkok, is an experienced tsunami sediment excavator, a snake fighter, and Waw’s husband.
From Sweden and Stockholm University we have Linda Löwhagen, one of the new teacher/research students in the Natural Hazard Research School, who up to now knew very little about tsunami sediments and geology in general, but is quickly learning and myself, who knows pretty little about tsunamis. Svante Björck from Lund University however has worked extensively with tsunami deposits in lake sediments and is backing the incomplete knowledge of the Swedish group.
Jesper Agdur, Mats Karlsson and Martin Olsson are studying geology at Stockholm University, but are currently taking courses in geology at Chulalongkorn University as part of the exchange program between the two universities. All three love repairing all types of machines, from broken pumps to bicycles and tractors, and have loads of energy to pump water and to dig trenches!
Hywel George from Plastic Buddha Productions in Bristol, UK, our long-term filmmaker is also with us to document Linda’s efforts in understanding tsunami sediments and what can be done with them in terms of research. Hywel has been commissioned to make a documentary about the teachers in the Natural Hazards Research School with a focus on projects dealing with tsunamis.
Our latest crew member is 11 year old Somadu from Phra Thong, a dedicated eel and fish catcher and a great help. He joined us shortly after our arrival to the island, and only goes home for sleeping. He is the first to be ready in the morning waiting for new adventures with our group.