• SCIRTing the issue of Canterbury infrastructure recovery

    I just returned from a trip to Canterbury, New Zealand as part of a project between the World Bank and EERI, which I mentioned here. The objective of the project is to research how and whether recovery after the February 2011 earthquake reflects the concept of “build back better.” In interviewing stakeholders, we were focused on the three most impacted sectors: …

  • 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 …

  • Critical infrastructure boils down to critical service

    I had a chance recently to walk around the Rockaways in Queens, NY about eight months after the area was heavily damaged by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy. Multiple things struck me–most of all how far the area had bounced back with respect to clean up and reconstruction. I noticed two small examples of …

  • ResilScience: Art and science of community resilience

    “…every science is evolved out of its corresponding art.” — Spencer, 1861, p 77 I’ve been doing research on community resilience since about 2001. The funding and guidance for the research — developing simulation modeling methods for representing community resilience — came from MCEER. My first publication [pdf] on the subject, with my mentor Stephanie Chang, came out the …