Natural Hazards Center Publications
Descriptions and links to publications of the Natural Hazards Center are provided below. In most cases, downloadable versions of the publications are available, along with archives of past publications. An updated PDF file listing all of the Natural Hazards Center Publications is available.
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The Natural Hazards Observer is the bimonthly periodical of the Natural Hazards Center. It covers current disaster issues; new international, national, and local disaster management, mitigation, and education programs; hazards research; political and policy developments; new information sources and Web sites; upcoming conferences; and recent publications.
Disaster Research (DR) is a biweekly e-newsletter that includes some news items that also appear in the Natural Hazards Observer as well as other timely articles about new developments, policies, conference announcements, job vacancies, Web resources, and information sources in the field of hazards management.
With funds contributed by the National Science Foundation, the Natural Hazards Center Quick Response program offers social scientists small grants to travel to the site of a disaster soon after it occurs to gather valuable information concerning immediate impact and response. Scholars participating in the program submit reports, which the Center makes available for free online.
Research Digest is a quarterly online publication that compiles recent research into an easily accessible format for the hazards and disasters community. It provides complete references and abstracts (when available) for current research in the field. The issues include more than 35 peer reviewed publications.
The Natural Hazards Review is a joint publication of the Natural Hazards Center and the American Society of Civil Engineers, which brings together the regulatory and policy environments and the social, behavioral, and physical sciences to confront natural hazards loss reduction.
Disasters by Design: A Reassessment of Natural Hazards in the United States by Dennis Mileti (1999) summarizes the hazards research findings from the last two decades, synthesizes what has been learned, and outlines a proposed shift in direction in research and policy for natural and related technological hazards in the United States. A bibliography is also available of the citations to the academic literature supporting this summary volume of the Second National Assessment of Research on Natural Hazards.
The Annotated Bibliography of Natural Hazards Loss Datasets
A snapshot of resources in the Hazards Loss Dataset Catalog—a key-worded, annotated bibliographic database. The bibliography, just released in PDF, is a useful quick reference and entry point for wide variety of users. The source EndNote database is being prepared for electronic distribution so that others may extend this work.
Learning from Catastrophe: Quick Response Research in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina
A peer-reviewed edited volume, Learning from Catastrophe is a collection of 18 chapters from 39 researchers who conducted social science research during or immediately after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita made landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast in September 2005.
Holistic Disaster Recovery: Ideas for Building Local Sustainability After a Natural Disaster
This handbook was originally produced in 2001 as a guide for local practitioners on how to build sustainability into a community during the recovery period after a disaster. In the fall of 2005, the Natural Hazards Center revised the handbook with updated resources, including a more specific focus on the Hurricane Katrina recovery, and new examples of recovery success stories.
Beyond September 11: An Account of Post-Disaster Research
This volume collects the findings, lessons, and recommendations of post-September 11 disaster research.
Natural Hazards Working Papers
The Working Papers series presents the results of recent or ongoing research into natural hazards and disasters. The series is intended to aid the rapid distribution of research findings and other information.
Natural Hazards Monograph Series
The Monograph series presents research findings dealing with social response to extreme environmental events.
From time to time the Natural Hazards Center issues Special Publications,which are studies and analyses that do not fit into our other publications series, but offer information of critical interest to the hazards community.
Natural Hazards Informer
Written by expert practitioners and researchers, each volume of the Natural Hazards Informer summarizes current state-of-the-art knowledge about a specific aspect of natural hazards research and policy.
Session Summaries and Workshop Notebooks
Complete session summaries for each Hazards Research and Applications Workshop since 1995 are available online. A hardcopy of the Workshop Notebook containing the session summaries, abstracts of the hazards research presented, and the agenda and participant list is also available for purchase.