Human Centered (Re-)Design of HAZUS-MH for Community Resilience

Last year I joined University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering. A new research center was started a little before that called Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety and Regional Resilience. The gist of the mission of CoSSaR is that community resilience requires putting people and communities first in helping them …

What is disaster research?

Have you ever wondered just what disaster research is and how resilience fits into that field? I had the fortune to be asked by the National Academy of Science and Kavli Foundation to talk about just that topic. You’ll recognize many topics I’ve discussed on ResilScience throughout this video. It’s only 20 minutes long, there …

Power Restoration: What’s Fast Enough?

Have you ever had the power go out at your home or your place of work? I think everyone’s hands go up at this question. What’s the longest you’ve gone without power? You in the back: 13 days?! Wow. Personally, I’ve never gone more than a day. I’ve met the people who restore the power …

Rolling the Dice to Simulate Resilience

So far I’ve written one or more posts about representing community resilience conceptually (and many other posts), quantitatively (and this one), and visually (and). I haven’t talked about how one might go about algorithmically representing resilience—loss and bouncing back from that loss. None of those other representations allow you to pose “what if” questions and simulate the answers to them. How fast is …

The Calculus of Community Resilience

Bruneau et al. (2003), as well as many great studies based on their formative ideas, define metrics of resilience based on the area under the curve representing the quality or quantity of some indicator over time. (Technically, they define resilience based on the size of the “resilience triangle” above the curve—see their Figure 1—but the …

Is Canterbury’s Post-Earthquake Tourism Recovery Sufficiently Efficient?

In September, I’m heading to Canterbury, New Zealand as part of a joint project between the World Bank and EERI. The objective of the project is to research how and whether recovery after the February 2011 earthquake reflects the concept of “build back better.” Apparently, the World Bank is keen on developing guidelines that are relevant across different types of disasters …

San Francisco’s 1906 Identity Crisis

At the Natural Hazards Workshop this year, Daniel Aldrich gave a keynote talk about his findings from researching correlations between various variables and community recovery from disasters. In particular, he focused on his awesome empirical study of Kobe’s recovery from the 1995 earthquake. (While its not relevant to this post, he found that proxies of social capital had the greatest …

Resilience on adderall: Visualizing hyper data

Like I mentioned briefly here, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to try to characterize resilience using methods that spit out a single number–at least not from a theoretical perspective, at least not without without greater representational context methodologically. This is because of the complexity of community resilience. This complexity is only evident from …