Nation's Top Natural Hazards Experts Available for Comment During Research Summit


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What: Members of the media are invited to interview natural hazards researchers gathered at the 2022 Natural Hazards Research Summit, taking place in the Washington, DC, area on October 6 and 7. Experts are available for comment via email or telephone.

Who: Attending the Summit are top-level researchers working to render the U.S. more resilient to damage from earthquakes, hurricanes and windstorms, tsunamis, coastal inundation, flooding, and related hazards.

Natural hazards, some exacerbated by climate change, cause damage and suffering to communities throughout the nation. At the 2022 Natural Hazards Research Summit, leading investigators will convene to catalyze community input to achieve a sense of shared, equitable priorities for the next decade of research to reduce disasters from natural hazards.

Researchers studying disasters caused by natural hazards will discuss how best to leverage shared-use laboratories; collect, analyze, and curate field data; create computational models to simulate hazard effects on society; develop new technologies; and increase educational and workforce opportunities in natural hazards damage mitigation.

  • Jennifer Bridge, director of the University of Florida Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel, can speak to research underway aimed at protecting structures and coastlines from hurricane and storm surge damage.
  • Daniel Cox, director of the Oregon State University Hinsdale Wave Laboratory, can discuss research efforts that translate to securing national coastlines from waves and inundation.
  • Julio Ramirez, director of the NHERI Network Coordination Office at Purdue University, can discuss ways earthquake engineers use specialized facilities to mitigate the impact of natural hazards on civil infrastructure.
  • Additional Summit speakers may be available upon request. Send inquiries to the NHERI Network Coordination Office:

When: October 6 & 7, 2022

Where: Washington, DC


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Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure, NHERI, is a nation-wide, shared-use network of 12 facilities tailored for the natural hazards research community, including engineers and social scientists. Investigators employ our laboratories and resources to test innovative ideas for mitigating damage from earthquakes, windstorms, tsunamis and related hazards.