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“Don’t call us, we’ll call you,” your Institution.

I wanted to respond to the question that Dr. Bieri possed (to the extent that I understood it), in part because our group case study of the 2010 Haitian Earthquake.  Our research has shown that the resilience of Haiti has been … Continue reading

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Send in the mappers.

In the context of vulnerable areas or impending hazard events, I believe that open source mapping represents an important emerging technology.  The intersection of web mapping with the increasing availability of high resolution satellite imagery has created a new way … Continue reading

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Induced seismicity in the commons. Here’s your earthquake bill.

Induced seismicity in the shale belt of Oklahoma and Kansas represents is a clear example of a tragedy of the commons.  A tragedy of the commons is is generally framed as when individuals acting out of  self interest act contrary … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on system dynamics and sustainability.

I think the strength of Dr. Little’s idea lies in the ambition to integrate a wide variety of disciplines into a more holistic perspective on sustainability.  Generally, systems dynamics appears to be a robust tool that can provide insight into … Continue reading

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Saffir-Simpson Scale-Dangerously Outdated

I’m going to take that position that the Saffir-Simpson Scale is not only outdated, but dangerously so.  While the scale may be a useful way to examine hurricanes as a weather phenomenon, the elimination of other factors such as pressure … Continue reading

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Hospitals-does probability of risk matter?

In May of 2011 one of the strongest tornadoes every recorded hit the town of Joplin, Missouri.  The town was devastated and 158 lives were lost, including 6 people at St. John’s Regional Medical Center.   Almost every window in the … Continue reading

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Personal Resilience

I think it’s complicated to think of what type of resilience we embody as individuals (perhaps if we had the guest lecturer from psychology I might have a better perspective). On one hand I think we do embody (literally) the … Continue reading

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Eco-DRR and the Haitian Earthquake

From the perspective of someone in the conservation field, we generally think about risks in terms of ecological systems.  In this framework we are concerned with both natural events or patterns of human behavior that would exceed an ecosystem’s capacity … Continue reading

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Short and Long term implications of the Tohoku disaster.

Looking at the short and long terms effects of the Tohoku disaster through the lens of Tierney and Bruneau’s resilience triangle, we could divide the main axis into several different lines; we might add a distinct line for the physical … Continue reading

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Katrina +10

Given that we are marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina,  I thought I would comment on two aspects of the storm that have influenced my thinking about disasters and resilience.  First, Katrina really brought to broader public attention the … Continue reading

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