Data practices for measuring and monitoring recovery after the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence

This report presents a case study that is a part of a larger Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) effort called “Seismic Observatory for Community Resilience – A Program to Learn from Earthquakes” funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation under award number 1235573. The project builds on the multi-decade and multi-disciplinary EERI Learning From Earthquakes …

Community resilience: storms, earthquakes, climate change, oh my!

Roger Pielke wrote an article at FiveThirtyEight about whether the rising costs of disasters are linked to climate change. The article got a lot of comments and generated some critical press  As a result, Roger posted a followup to quell the critics. What’s all the hubbub? Roger’s conclusion is that rising disaster costs are not the result of climate change. Or at …

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 …

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 …

The well-being of community resilience

In most of the literature, the goal of community resilience is maintaining and recovering the functioning of some community. This is undoubtably an important goal, but it is not an imaginative or normative one. The goal of resilience should go beyond functioning and ultimately be the well-being of different communities and their members. Norris et al. (2008) argues that well-being sets …

Analyses shows all communities are resilient

An assertion can’t be proven by a lack of evidence to the contrary, but that’s what I’m going to do anyway. Have you ever read a study or seen a report where the result of the analysis was that the resilience of the particular community was zero? The sum of all the normalized demographic variables …

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 …