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This past February, the Board of Directors of the American Planning Association approved the formation of a new Division titled Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning (HMDR). CHC Executive Director Dr. Gavin Smith played a large role in the development of the Division, serving on the Executive Committee of the APA’s HMDR Interest Group.

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This Fall, a team comprised of members from several DHS Centers of Excellence delivered a Port Resilience Decision Framework and Toolkit report to the US Coast Guard. The multi-Center of Excellence team included staff representing MIREES at Stevens Institute of Technology, CVADA at Purdue University, and CHC at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. CHC Director Dr. Rick Luettich served on the team.

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CHC researcher Chris Emrich recently released an article highlighting how the use of Collector for ArcGIS significantly improved the efficiency of the team’s field data collection processes while tracking post-disaster recovery.

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On Jan 20-21, 2015, CHC Executive Director Dr. Gavin Smith traveled to New Hampshire to participate in a workshop hosted by Governor Hassan. The Governor’s Institute on Community Design (GICD) organized the workshop in order to explore ways to assist the state in building a more resilient New Hampshire. The workshop was supported by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program.


Sierra Woodruff, the DHS Climate Change Graduate Student Intern has completed her internship with the White House. This past semester, Woodruff worked on a large range of projects learning about federal climate adaptation priorities, current resilience and preparedness programs, and the executive policy process. Woodruff spent time attending Weekly Climate Preparedness Check-in meetings as well as ISC […]

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Thanks to funding from a National Science Foundation grant, several researchers have begun overhauling ADCIRC into a second version, called STORM. STORM will function identically to ADCIRC, however the code behind the program will be improved. This new version will be designed to perform across several different computer hardwares types and will perform more efficiently […]

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CHC Director Dr. Gavin Smith will lead a Community Planning Assistance Team in Lyons, Colorado. Lyons lies about 12 miles north of Boulder. The unforgettable floods of September 2013 caused severe destruction to the town, and Lyons remains drastically affected. The CPAT led by Dr. Smith will provide technical assistance to Lyons as it thinks through the difficult decisions it faces on how to redevelop.

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CHC Principle Investigator Dr. Mohammad Gabr has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief (EIC) for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, effective March 2015. Dr. Gabr currently leads multiple engineering projects [...]


This past February, the Board of Directors of the American Planning Association approved the formation of a new Division titled Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning (HMDR). Read more about the division and the interest group behind the initiative.

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The second book edition of “Hazards Analysis: Reducing the Impact of Disasters” has recently been released. The book was edited by CHC Advisory Board member John C. Pine, and includes several chapters by CHC Executive Director Dr. Gavin Smith.

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