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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …