HVRI Out and About
HVRI Co-Director Dr. Kirstin Dow and her team of scientists and local citizen volunteers undertook field work on August 6–7 in the city of Columbia to collect measurements for a citywide heat mapping project.
On April 1–2, 2022, HVRI staff and affiliates participated in Climate Ready Columbia, a conference hosted by UofSC's Ann Johnson Institute, that focused on local and municipal options for responding to climate change
Qian Huang, Ph.D. candidate, presented a paper at the 2022 AAG Virtual meetings on February titled, “Urban-rural Differences in COVID-19 Burdens and Vaccination Rates in the U.S.” Read Huang's abstract.
Sarah Jackson, Ph.D. student, presented a paper at the 2022 AAG Virtual meeting on February 25, 2022, titled, “Spatial-Statistical Analysis of U.S. Urban-Rural Tornado Risk.” Read Jackson's abstract.
Susan Cutter, HVRI Co-Director, presented a talk on March 4, 2022 in Clemson’s Distinguished Speaker Series, “Equitable Risk Reduction and Disaster Inequality.” This series is part of a NSF’s Research Training (NRT) Program grant, Resilient Infrastructures and Environmental Systems (RIES).
Susan Cutter, HVRI Co-Director, co-authored a paper published in PNAS, “Toward data-driven, dynamical complex systems approaches to disaster resilience” with co-authors Takahiro Yabe, P. Suresh C. Rao, and Satish V. Ukkusuri." The paper appeared in February 2022.
Qian Huang, Ph.D. candidate, co-authored a paper, “Premature mortality attributable to COVID-19: potential years of life lost in 17 countries around the world, January-August 2020," published in the January 9, 2022 issue of BMC Public Health.
Visiting Fulbright scholar Julia Effgen, a doctoral student at the Federal University of Espírito Santo in Brazil, presented
a talk, "Landslide Risk Assessment in Vitória/ES, Brazil," on Friday, August 27,
at noon in Callcott 104.
HVRI in the News
- Forbes Magazine spoke to Cary Mock about Hurricane Kay.
- Qian Huang, HVRI Ph.D. student, was part of an international team that co-authored a COVID paper in epidemiology journal.
- Melanie Gall and Chris Emrich enter The Conversation on wildfire and flood risks.
- Leah Blackwood promotes the 2022 South Carolina Hurricane Guide. Leah, the state's new Hurricane Manager, graduated this May with a master's degree in geography.
- HVRI alum Tracy Whelen (M.S. 2020) published an article titled “A GIS-based risk assessment of the Columbia-Richland (SC) Fire Department," based on her thesis, in the May 2022 issue of Fire Engineering.
- Sahar Derakhshan (Ph.D. 2020) and current HVRI team members (Leah Blackwood, Margot Habets, Julia F. Effgen, and Susan Cutter) published their work titled "Prisoners of scale: downscaling community resilience measurements for enhanced use," in Sustainability (volume 14, issue 11).
- In collaboration with a team from the University of Arizona, HVRI alum Rachel R. McCaster (M.S. 2015) and Susan Cutter co-authored a paper, "Adjusting statistical benchmark risk analysis to account for non-spatial autocorrelation, with application to natural hazard risk assessment," in the recent issue (volume 49, issue 9) of Journal of Applied Statistics.
- The State reported on Kirstin Dow's comments on the importance of maintaining the city's tree canopy during the Climate Ready Columbia conference (April 2, 2022)
- Cary Mock discusses historical climatology in the Hamilton Spectator (March 12, 2022)
- Kirstin Dow was featured in a Post & Courier story about the new UN climate report (March 5, 2022)
- Ph.D. student Sarah Jackson was awarded a UofSC SPARC award from the UofSC Office of the Vice President for Research to support her dissertation research on the role of geographic context in tornado risk perception and response (January 2022)
- HVRI Co-Director Dr. Kirstin Dow was just elected as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her work on climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. (January 2022)
- The HVRI team, led by Ph.D. student Sarah Jackson, has published a COVID-19 paper, "Spatial Disparities of COVID-19 Cases and Fatalities in United States Counties," in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The other authors include Sahar Derakhshan, Leah Blackwood, Logan Lee, Qian Huang, Margot Habets, and Susan L. Cutter. (August 16, 2021)
- HVRI Director Dr. Susan Cutter comments on the newly established state Office of Resilience and its role in future disaster recovery in the Charleston Post & Courier. (July 12, 2021)
- Dr. Greg Carbone describes changes in weather extremes — heat, rainfall, tropical systems, and tidal flooding and what this means for Charleston in the Post & Courier. (June 29, 2021)
- A new study in a Historical New Orleans Collection corroborates Cary Mock's research that the 1812 hurricane was the worst storm to hit the city, not Hurricane Katrina. (June 11, 2021)
- HVRI just released an updated version of the Socioeconomic Impacts of Natural Hazards web-based dashboard
called Haz-Dash. It provides mapped data for the U.S. on hazard losses from 2000–2019 using the SHELDUS
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