• What is seismic culture?

    Lately I’ve been thinking about the idea of “seismic culture”, particularly in the PNW of the US. What does seismic culture mean to you? Here’s my definition: Seismic culture is the accumulation of mutual understandings of seismic risk that have become embedded within a region. It encompasses shared activities, attitudes, behaviors, perceptions, artifacts and documentation …

  • The starkness of Christchurch’s residential red zone

    I was recently  in Christchurch as part of a National Science Foundation project, as well as to speak at the People in Disasters Conference and attend the 5th anniversary memorial service of the February 22nd, 2011 earthquake. I rented a car for the weekend to drive and walk around the residential red zone at my …

  • Using theory to design data systems for community disaster resilience

    My now former masters student, Jonny, just posted his thesis titled “Investigating Effective Methods for Aggregating, Organizing, Storing, Managing, and Disseminating Community Resilience Data.” The title is a bit of a mouthful (a former boss of mine once told me that the shorter the title, the more impactful the paper). However, I think it represents a …

  • Foundations of community disaster resilience: well-being, identity, services, and capitals

    A journal article describing the static elements of the theoretical framework that informs most of the posts of this site has been published by Environmental Hazards. You can grab the PDF here.