January 22, 2002


  1. Five New Quick Response Reports On-line
  2. Center's 2001 Annual Report Available
  3. NASA's Newest Web Site Features Natural Hazards Images
  4. Graduate Fellowship in Floodplain Management
  5. ISDR Links Disaster Reduction/Sustainable Development for World Summit
  6. Other ISDR News
  7. NASA Solicits Proposals for GRACE Grant
  8. Help Wanted: SCEC Information Architect
  9. 2002 Small Entity Scholarship Program
  10. Seeking References: Earthquake Intensity and Fatalities
  11. Seeking Information: Hazards Management GIS Software
  12. ICDDS Announces Disaster Research Competition
  13. Earthquake Program Expands Activities
  14. Canada Sponsors NATO Workshop on Natural Hazards and Disasters
  15. Recently Awarded Grants
  16. Some New Internet Resources
  17. Conferences and Training


Five New Quick Response Reports On-line

Five new quick response reports are now available on the Natural Hazards Center's web site. The reports analyze diverse recovery aspects from the recent hazards events of September 11, Hurricane Floyd, El Salvador earthquakes, and the Fort Worth Tornado. Each report covers a different perspective of disaster recovery including: an evaluation of psychological impact tools, the impacts of September 11 on federal emergency management, the role and motives of September 11 corporate recovery contributions, citizen involvement and political aspects of disaster and development, and organizational cooperation in response to a disaster. The Natural Hazards Center sponsors "Quick Response" investigations that allow researchers to visit the site of a disaster immediately after impact in order to assess response and recovery. In turn, the researchers publish summaries of their findings on the Hazards Center web site. The newest reports are:


Center's 2001 Annual Report Available

The Natural Hazards Center's 2001 Annual Report is now on the Center's web site. The report details the Center's activities, publications, information programs, research initiatives, and more during fiscal year 2000 to 2001. The document is available in hypertext format at http://www.colorado.edu/IBS/hazards/annrpt/01annrpt.html and PDF format at http://www.colorado.edu/IBS/hazards/annrpt/01annrpt.pdf.


NASA's Newest Web Site Features Natural Hazards Images

A new web site offers a unique view of worldwide natural hazards events. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) newest addition to its Earth Observatory section features satellite images–in near real time–of five types of hazards: wildfires, severe storms, floods, volcanic eruptions, and major air pollution events (dust storms, smog, and smoke). Future categories may include earthquakes, coastal erosion, and landslides. An icon highlights each current hazard on a world map. Selecting an icon brings up the fast-loading image and a brief explanation of the potentially hazardous event. The web site, located at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/, is managed by the Earth Observing System (EOS) Project Science Office and funded by NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, a long-term research program investigating how human-induced and natural changes affect the global environment. Images are freely available to the public, educators, and the news media. NASA hopes sharing these images will increase understanding of natural events that could be dangerous to human populations, will help everyone visualize where and when natural hazards occur, and will possibly help mitigate effects.


Graduate Fellowship in Floodplain Management

Applications are due March 1, 2002 for the 2002-2003 Graduate Fellowship in Floodplain Management sponsored by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The $25,000 award is given to a full-time, post-baccalaureate student for one academic year to conduct a research project addressing a floodplain management or mitigation issue. Topics may be within such areas as land use and comprehensive planning, engineering, design and construction, materials testing, public policy, geography, or other relevant areas. The research must be conducted through an accredited U.S. college or university. The recipient completes a research project draft and final report, writes an article for the ASFPM's News & Views newsletter, and makes a presentation at the ASFPM's national conference. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and may not be receiving other research support, assistance, or financial awards (except GI Bill benefits for education). Application forms and more details are available at http://www.floods.org or from Diane Brown, ASFPM Executive Office; (608) 274-0123; e-mail: diane@floods.org.


ISDR Links Disaster Reduction/Sustainable Development for World Summit

The Secretariat for the United Nation's International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) released a background paper detailing its vision and direction concerning natural hazards and sustainable development. The paper outlines the framework and strategy the Secretariat will promote during–and hopes to include in the follow-up actions of–the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development. The summit will be held September 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa. In essence, ISDR encourages stronger links between disaster reduction and sustainable development in order to address environmental protection and social and economic development. It also believes disaster reduction is a strong underlying component in other issues such as poverty, climate change, desertification, drought, and gender. ISDR's position is also strongly supported by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Disaster Reduction. The new report will be included in the World Summit's second preparatory session scheduled for January 28-Febuary 8, 2002. Background paper #5, Natural Disasters and Sustainable Development: Understanding the Links Between Development, Environment, and Natural Disasters, can be downloaded in PDF format from ISDR's web site at http://www.unisdr.org/unisdr/indexpage2.htm.


Other ISDR News


NASA Solicits Proposals for GRACE Grant

NASA is soliciting proposals for data analysis, research, and modeling studies to support the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) project. GRACE is part of the Solid Earth and Natural Hazards Research and Applications Program of NASA's Earth Science Enterprise. NASA and its partner, the German Space Agency (DLR) expect to launch the GRACE Earth System Science Pathfinder (ESSP) in 2002. For the grant, the agency is specifically interested in developing and verifying models related to the static and dynamic components of the Earth's gravity field and the associated determination of mass distribution within the Earth system. Scientific data from the GRACE mission is expected to become available in late 2002 pending a successful launch of the GRACE satellites. Proposal deadline for grant number NRA-01-OES-05 is February 4, 2002. More information about the project, the grant, and the application process is available on-line at http://research.hq.nasa.gov/code_y/open.cfm.


Help Wanted: SCEC Information Architect

The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) at the University of Southern California seeks applicants for the new position of Information Architect. SCEC is a multidisciplinary center that gathers, interprets, and communicates new information about earthquakes. The SCEC Information Architect will coordinate all SCEC activities in information technology, including collecting, archiving, and distributing large data sets; overseeing high-performance computing and communications; and managing end-to-end earthquake simulations. In particular, the Architect will act as project manager for a new 5-year, $10-million grant by the NSF Information Technology Research Program. This project will apply advanced developments in grid computing, digital libraries, and knowledge representation and reasoning to establish an information infrastructure for earthquake science in Southern California. The Architect will develop project plans, assess progress, ensure that milestones are achieved, and work closely with the project directors, scientists, funding agencies, and other organizations with similar activities.

Candidates should have completed an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in computational science or geophysics and have a working knowledge of both fields. Applicants should submit a letter outlining qualifications and interests; a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and brief summaries of research interests and accomplishments; and the names and addresses of three references. Applications should be sent to: Thomas H. Jordan, Director, Southern California Earthquake Center, University of Southern California, 3651 Trousdale Parkway, Science Hall 169, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0742. Send questions via e-mail to tjordan@usc.edu or phone (213) 821-1237. For more information about SCEC, see the web site at http://www.scec.org/aboutscec/index.html. Application review begins February 15, 2002, and continues until the position is filled.


2002 Small Entity Scholarship Program

Financial assistance is available to staff and officials of small public jurisdictions and community nonprofit organizations whose employers cannot pay the full cost of sending them to the 2002 Public Risk Management Association's (PRIMA) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, May 14-17, 2002. This cooperative award is sponsored by the Public Entity Risk Institute, which offers a $1,000 grant, and PRIMA, which provides reduced registration and other benefits. Eligibility is based on the size of the organization, non-attendance at the PRIMA conference during the last three years, and the scope of the applicant's risk management responsibilities. Applications for the 2002 Small Entity Scholarship Program are due February 15, 2002. For more information or to request an application form, contact: Public Entity Risk Institute, 11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 210, Fairfax, VA 22030; (703) 352-1846; WWW: http://www.riskinstitute.org; or PRIMA, (703) 528-7701; WWW: http://www.primacentral.org.


Seeking References: Earthquake Intensity and Fatalities

I am interested in finding sources of some information for a research project. Would anyone be aware of any literature in the academic journals investigating possible relationships between earthquake intensity and number of fatalities? In particular I am interested in studies based in California and/or Japan which may include risk scenarios based on the hazard, time of day, population, building exposure, etc. I look forward to hearing of any suitable references.

Many thanks in advance,
J Johnston


Seeking Information: Hazards Management GIS Software

My name is Serdar Bilgi. I am a research assistant in the Cartography Division at Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. We are involved in a GIS project for the Natural Hazard Management for the Turkish Ministry of Internal Affairs. I am researching the GIS software used in natural hazard management projects all over the world. I need your help identifying the software used for these types of projects. Can anyone send me brief descriptions of the most important hazard management projects and the GIS software used for these projects? (For example: HAZUS-Vector GIS (ArcExplorer, ARC/INFO, ArcLogistics Route, ArcView 3.2, ArcView Business Analyst, ArcView StreetMap, ArcView Network Analyst 1.0b, Community 2020, BasinPro, BusinessMap Pro 2.0, LandView III, MapInfo Professional 5.0); Raster GIS and Images (ARC/INFO, ArcView 3.2, ArcView Image Analysis, ArcView Spatial Analyst 1.1, ArcView 3D Analyst, ERDAS Imagine 8.4); CINDI-ArcView IMS, etc.). The hazard management projects can be about disasters and floods.

Thank you,
Serdar Bilgi


ICDDS Announces Disaster Research Competition

The Institute of Civil Defence and Disaster Studies (ICDDS) is soliciting research papers for its three, distinct disaster research awards. Submissions must focus on disaster research, which is defined as the mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from natural, man-made, and technological hazards. Generally, the papers should present evidence and conclusions from disaster-related studies. Each competition has unique criteria. The Sir John Hodsoll Open Competition, for ICDDS members and nonmembers, requires papers that explore one or both official topics: defining if natural disasters occur and/or assessing the link between risk reduction and emergency planning in the United Kingdom. The Sir John Hodsoll Published Works Competition, open to ICDDS members and nonmembers, accepts books or other published works of more than 5,000 words that were published after January 1, 2000. Only members can submit papers to the Gerald W. Drewitt Competition. Entries must discuss the link between emergency planning and response in the United Kingdom. Deadline for submissions is March 5, 2002. ICDDS is based in the United Kingdom and provides a forum for disaster studies. For more information about ICDDS and the competition, see the web site at http://www.icdds.org.


Earthquake Program Expands Activities

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute's (EERI) Learning from Earthquakes Program (LFE) will expand its scope of activities thanks to a $3.1 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. One of the first projects associated with the expansion is a free, one-day training session that will review EERI's reconnaissance program and develop post-earthquake investigation skills by collecting data with a personal digital assistant (PDA). The session will be held February 6, 2002, in Long Beach, California. Another event, scheduled for sometime in mid-2002, is an invitational workshop organized to develop damage data collection protocols. For more information on the LFE program's new activities, contact: Majorie Greene, LFE Program Manager, EERI, 499 14th Street Suite 320, Oakland, CA 94612-1934; (510) 451-0905; fax: (510) 451-5411; e-mail: mgreene@eeri.org.


Canada Sponsors NATO Workshop on Natural Hazards and Disasters

Natural hazards and disasters are increasingly global problems, yet how we respond and mitigate risk varies from place to place and culture to culture. In an effort to share worldwide disaster experiences, NATO's Committee on the Challenges of the Modern Society (CCMS) is organizing an international workshop April 14-17, 2002, in Toronto, Canada. The workshop will bring together delegates from all over the world to discuss and compare responses, mitigation, and other aspects of various disasters. By considering the success of different coping strategies, delegates should learn from each other and enhance their ability to create more disaster resilient societies. Delegates from any NATO country or NATO partner country can participate. However, participation is by invitation only. Invitations are available via the NATO country's CCMS representative. For more on the conference or to find out how to reach your CCMS representative, contact: Shannon Smith; e-mail: shannon.s@sympatico.ca; WWW: http://www.nato.int/ccms.


Recently Awarded Grants

(Below are descriptions of recently awarded contracts and grants for the study of hazards and disasters. An inventory of contracts and grants awarded from 1995 to the present is available on the Natural Hazards Center web site: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/grants.html.)

Building Hazard Mitigation Partnerships between Higher Education Institutions and Communities. Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency, $150,000, 12 months. Principal Investigator: Stephen Meinhold, Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC 28403; (910) 962-3223; fax: (910) 962-3286; e-mail: meinholds@uncwil.edu.

Losses to Air Rail Networks. Project Collaboration: Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies, Association of American Railroads, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association, Burlington, Northern, & Santa Fe Railway, and Continental Airlines. For project information, contact: Mid-America Earthquake Center (MAE), 1241 Newmark Lab MC-250, 205 North Matthews, Urbana, IL 61801; (217) 244-6302; fax: (217) 333-3821; WWW: http://mae.ce.uiuc.edu.

Project VOLCALERT. Funding: European Commission, 867,500 Euros, 12 months. Principal Investigator: Chris Kilburn, Benfield Greig Hazard Research Center, Department of Geological Sciences, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, U.K.; tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3637; fax: +44 (0)20 7679 2390; e-mail: c.kilburn@ucl.ac.uk; WWW: http://www.bghrc.com.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Disaster Reduction. Funding: Department for International Development, £39,424, 12 months. Principal Investigator: John Twigg, Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre, Department of Geological Sciences, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, U.K.; tel: 44 (0)20 7679 2436; e-mail: j.twigg@ucl.ac.uk; WWW: http://www.bghrc.com.

Oregon Showcase State Initiative for Natural Disaster Resistance and Resilience. Funding: Public Entity Risk Institute, 12 months. Contact: André LeDuc, Oregon Natural Hazards Workshop, Community Service Center, 1209 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1209; (541) 346-3889; fax: (541) 346-2040; e-mail: crux@darkwing.uoregon.edu; WWW: http://www.uoregon.edu/~onhw.

The Impact of the September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attacks on American Metropolitan Household Decisions to Stay in the Same Residence, to Remodel, or to Move. Funding: National Science Foundation, $39,396, 24 months. Principal Investigators: Hazel Morrow-Jones and Elena Irwin, Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture and Department of Geography, Ohio State University, 105 Brown Hall, 190 West 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210-1320; (614) 292-1027; fax: (614) 292-7106; e-mail: morrow-jones.1@osu.edu.


Some New Internet Resources

(Below are new Internet resources we've discovered. For an extensive list of good Internet sites dealing with hazards, see http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/sites/sites.html)

A new interactive feature of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute's (EERI) web site aims to increase awareness and discussion of ethical dilemmas in earthquake risk reduction. Case studies illustrate real-life situations in this often unstudied aspect of disaster management. Readers are encouraged to evaluate actions taken and add comments based on their own experiences. The case studies and the readers' comments will be updated bimonthly.

This web site features digital maps of landslide sites in Wyoming. The 7.5 minute digitized topographic maps show exact locations of landslides, can be enlarged for detail, and are compatible with various GIS applications. The web site is a cooperative effort between the Wyoming State Geological Survey and the Wyoming Water Resources Data System (WRDS).

The ShakeMap web site offers maps and technical data detailing the land shaking associated with moderate to large earthquakes. Exact time, date, location, intensity, and potential damage are highlighted. Data for ShakeMap, which is part of the TriNet collaborative project (see http://www.trinet.org/), are collected from more than 600 instruments installed in southern California after the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

The Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) has updated and improved its web site by expanding its information and incorporating a database driven server. The upgrades are part of the organization's effort to better serve the natural disaster community and the community at large.


Conferences and Training

[Below are some recent announcements received by the Natural Hazards Center. A comprehensive list of upcoming hazards-related meetings andtraining is available from our World Wide Web site: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/conf.html]

Critical Incident Stress Management for Schools, Part II. Sponsor: FEMA Emergency Education Network (EENET). Satellite Broadcast: February 6, 2002, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. EENET is re-airing this program (originally shown December 2000) on organizing and implementing a school crisis response system. Segments show how to manage and train school crisis teams; the role of staff, administration, and community support; and what to do and not to do following a crisis. For satellite coordinates, see the EENET web site at http://www.fema.gov/emi/eenet.htm. Register your downlink site by telephone: (877) 820-0305 or (888) 820-4898; or on the WWW at: http://www.dlnets.com/ComNet1st.htm.

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Annual Meeting. Long Beach, California: February 6-9, 2002. Contact: EERI, 499 14th St., Suite 320, Oakland, CA 94612-1934; (510) 451-0905; fax: (510) 451-5411; e-mail: eeri@eeri.org; WWW: http://www.eeri.org.

Countering Disaster "Before it Strikes." Click, Listen, and Learn Virtual Seminar: February 7, 2002, 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register by February 5, 2002. Contact: American Public Works Association, 2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite 500, Kansas City, MO 64108-2641; (816) 472-6100; fax: (816) 472-1610; WWW: http://www.apwa.net/education.

Risk and Disaster: Aviation Security, Safety and Terrorism. Hosts: The Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre (BGHRC) and the Institute of Civil Defence and Disaster Studies (ICDDS). London, United Kingdom: February 23, 2002. Contact: Anna McGuire, Business Liaison, BGHRC, Department of Geological Sciences, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK; Tel +44-0-20-7679 3449/3637; fax +44-0-20-7679 2390; e-mail: anna.mcguire@ucl.ac.uk; WWW: http://www.bghrc.com/.

2002 NEMA Mid-year Conference. Sponsor: National Emergency Management Association. Washington, D.C.: February 23-27, 2002. Contact: NEMA, C/O The Council of State Governments, P.O. Box 11910, Lexingotn, KY 40578-1910; fax: (859) 244-8239. See the web site http://www.nemaweb.org/Meetings/Conference.cfm for a PDF brochure and on-line registration information.

New England Disaster Recovery X-change Winter Conference. Sturbridge, Massachusetts: February 26, 2002. Call for papers ends January 31, 2002. Send submissions to Angela Devlen at adevlen@partners.org. For conference information, contact: NEDRIX, McCormack P.O. Box 155, Boston, MA 02101-0155; (781) 485-0279; fax: (617) 385-1616; e-mail: information@nedrix.com; WWW: http://www.nedrix.com/.

National Severe Weather Workshop. Sponsors: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS), Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association, and the Oklahoma Emergency Managers Association. Norman, Oklahoma: March 1-2, 2002. For program and registration information, see the web site at http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/nsww2002.

Managing Mass Population Displacement Emergencies. Sponsor: University of Wisconsin Disaster Management Workshops. Madison, Wisconsin: March 4-8, 2002. Or via live, interactive teleconferencing: noon - 3 p.m. Thursdays, April 11-June 13, 2002. Contact: Don Schramm or Diane Lange, Disaster Management Center, 432 North Lake Street, Madison, Wisconsin, 53706; (800) 462-0875; fax: (608) 263-3160; e-mail: custserv@epd.engr.wisc.edu; WWW: http://dmc.engr.wisc.edu/.

Warm Season Precipitation Workshop. Sponsor: U.S. Weather Research Program. Boulder, Colorado: March 5-7, 2002. Attendees will develop an implementation plan for research on Quantitative Precipitation Forecasting (QPF) and associated flood prediction. Papers will be available on-line by February 28, 2002. Contact Carey Kerschner at kersch@ucar.edu to preregister for this free workshop. Additional program, lodging, and venue information will be sent via e-mail to registrants in late January. The preliminary program, the invitation letter, and the plan's rationale are on-line at http://box.mmm.ucar.edu/uswrp/upcoming_meetings/upcoming_meetings.html.

Rescheduled: International Conference on Disaster Management-Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, and Long-Term Development. Sponsors: State University of New York at Binghamton, USA; and York University, Toronto, Canada. Host: Ahmedabad Management Association. Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India: March 14-16, 2002 (from January 25-27, 2002). Abstracts of no more than 150 words should be submitted by February 15, 2002, to the web site at http://www.icodm.com/. Send a copy of the abstract to Keith Lehrer at klehrer@yorku.ca. Contact: Omprakash K. Gupta, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA; fax: (765) 494-9658; e-mail: omgupta@icodm.com or icodm2002@yahoo.com; WWW: http://www.icodm.com/.

CUSEC Annual Meeting. Sponsor: Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC). Little Rock, Arkansas: March 18-20, 2002. Contact: CUSEC, 2630 E. Holmes Rd. Memphis, TN 38118; (901) 544-3570 or (800) 824-5817; fax: (901) 544-0544; e-mail: cusec@cusec.org; WWW: http://www.cusec.org/home/news_announce/2002_annual_meet/index.htm.

2002 Central Iowa National Weather Association Severe Storm Conference. Des Moines, Iowa: March 21-23, 2002. Send abstracts regarding applications of forecasting techniques, radar interpretation, media coverage, and county and state warning issues by February 28, 2002, to candersn@iastate.edu. Contact: Central Iowa Chapter-NWA, P.O. Box 7512, Urbandale, IA 50322-7512; e-mail: bkarrick@hearst.com; WWW: http://www.iowa-nwa.com/.

Critical Incidence Stress Management. Sponsored by: International Critical Incidence Stress Foundation. In association with: Alaska Police Chaplain's Ministries, Alaska/Anchorage CISM Teams. Anchorage, Alaska: March 21-24, 2002. Contact: International Critical Stress Foundation, Inc., 10176 Baltimore National Pike, Unit 201, Ellicott City, MD 21042; (410) 750-9600; fax: (410) 750-9601. For brochure in PDF format and complete registration information, see http://www.icisf.org/dates.htm.

IAEM 2002 Mid-year Workshop. Sponsor: International Association of Emergency Managers. Emmitsburg, Maryland: April 4-7, 2002. Register by March 11. Contact: IAEM, 111 Park Place, Falls Church, VA 22046; (703) 538-1795; fax: (703) 241-5603; e-mail: info@iaem.com; WWW: http://www.iaem.com/2002_mid-year_program.html.

Floodplain Management Planning Conference. Sponsor: Floodplain Management Association. San Diego, California: April 7-10, 2002. Contact: Laura Hromadka; (949) 766-8112; fax: (949) 459-8364; e-mail: fmalaura@home.com.

Workshop on Natural Hazards and Disasters. Sponsors: NATO's Committee on the Challenges of the Modern Society. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: April 14-17, 2002. Any NATO country can participate. Participation is by invitation only. Invitations are available via the country's CCMS representative. For more on the conference or to find out how to contact your CCMS representative, contact: Shannon Smith; e-mail: shannon.s@sympatico.ca; WWW: http://www.nato.int/ccms.

Mitigating Severe Weather Impacts in Urban Areas. Sponsors: International Center for Natural Hazards and Disaster Research, University of Oklahoma; Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas; Energy and Environmental Systems Institute, Rice University; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University. Houston, Texas: April 15-17, 2002. This meeting follows last year's spring meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and strives to understand the role of improved infrastructure design, technology, and alert systems to create disaster resilient communities. Contact: Anthony Holder, Rice University, Houston, Texas; (713) 348-4977; e-mail: anthonay@rice.edu; or Philip B. Bedient; e-mail: bedient@rice.edu; WWW: http://www.rice.edu/flood.

Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting. Hosts: Pacific Geoscience Centre of the Geological Survey of Canada and by the University of Victoria School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: April 17-20, 2002. Submit abstracts by January 25, 2002, at http://www2.seismosoc.org/absub_02/. Contact: SSA, 201 Plaza Professional Building, El Cerrito, California 94530; (510) 525-5474; fax: (510) 525-7204; e-mail: info@seismosoc.org; WWW: http://www.seismosoc.org/index.html.

Eighth Chilean Conference on Seismology and Earthquake Engineering. Valparaiso, Chile: April 25-27, 2002. Contact: Conference Organizers, 110-V, Valparaíso,Chile; tel: +56-32-65-4388; fax: +56-32-79-7478; e-mail: achisina2002@ociv.utfsm.cl; WWW: http://www.achisina2002.utfsm.cl.

2002 International ACES Meeting. Sponsor: Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation's (APEC) Cooperation for Earthquake Simulation (ACES). Theme: Computational Science, Data Assimilation, and Information Technology for Understanding Earthquake Physics and Dynamics. Maui, Hawaii: May 5-10, 2002. Preregistration form will be available soon at http://www.scec.org. Conference information will be available shortly at http://www.quakes.uq.edu.au/ACES/.

IAEM Region 4 Conference. Sponsor: International Association of Emergency Managers. Isle of Palms, South Carolina: May 12-15, 2002. Contact: Marybeth A. Solesbee, (864) 595-5366; e-mail: msolesee@spartanburgcounty.org.

2002 World Conference on Emergency Management. Sponsor: International Emergency Management Society. Theme: Disaster Management, Planning for Emergencies and Crisis: Facing the Realities of the Third Millennium. Waterloo, Toronto, Canada: May 14-17, 2002. Abstract due February 15, 2002. For more information, contact the organization by e-mail at info@tiems.org or visit the web site at http://www.tiems.org/index.html.

Improving Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Developing Countries. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: May 23-25, 2002. Contact: Colin H. Davidson, Faculte de l'amenagement, Universite de Montreal, B.P./P.O. Box 6128, Succ. Centre-Ville/Main Post Office, Montreal, QC H3C3J&, Canada; (514) 343 7420; fax: (514) 343-2455; e-mail: dav0528@attglobal.net; WWW: http://www.GRIF.umontreal.ca/pages/irecconference.html.

International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Annual Conference. The Hague, The Netherlands: June 15-22, 2002. Includes a special, three-section workshop on Natural Disaster Recovery -Defining the Contribution of Impact Assessment to Improving Disaster Recovery that will explore how impact assessment has and can contribute to improving disaster recovery. Workshop abstracts are due March 15, 2002. Those interested in submitting abstracts for this workshop should visit the web site at http://www.iaia.org/ and contact the workshop leader Charles Kelly at 72734.2412@Compuserve.com. For other conference information, contact: Jennifer Howell, IAIA Headquarters, 1330 23rd Street South, Suite C, Fargo, ND 58103; (701) 297-7908; fax (701) 297-7917; e-mail: jen@iaia.org; WWW: http://www.iaia.org/.

Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association Annual Fall Conference. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: September 23-25, 2002. Contact: OFMA, P.O. Box 8101, Tulsa, OK 74101-8101; (405) 530-8800; WWW: http://www.okflood.org.

2002 Structural Engineers Association of California Annual Convention. Santa Barbara, California: September 24-28, 2002. Contact: SEAOC, 1730 I Street, Suite 240, Sacramento, CA 95814-3017; (916) 447-1198; fax: (916) 443-8065; e-mail: info@seaoc.org; WWW: http://www.seaoc.org/.

Ninth International Symposium on Natural and Human-Made Hazards: Disaster Mitigation in the Perspective of the New Millennium. Sponsor: The International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards. Antalya, Turkey: October 3-6, 2002. To receive conference announcements via e-mail, preregister at haz2002@metu.edu.tr. Submit abstracts to the same e-mail by May 30, 2002. For conference program and registration details, see http://www.hazards2002.metu.edu.tr.

IAEM 2002 Annual Meeting. Sponsor: International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). Columbus, Ohio: October 12-16, 2002. Contact: IAEM, 111 Park Place, Falls Church, VA 22046; (703) 538-1795; fax: (703) 241-5603; e-mail: info@iaem.com; WWW: http://www.iaem.com/2002_mid-year_program.html.

Fifth International LACDE Conference. Sponsor: Local Authorities Confronting Disasters and Emergencies. Shanghai, China: October 15-18, 2002. Contact: Mr. Zhang Qi, Shanghai Municipal Civil Defense Office, 593 Middle FuXing Road, Shanghai 200020, China; tel: 00-86-21-628-33910; fax: 00-86-21-647-26679; e-mail: mfbmsc@stn.sh.cn; WWW: http://www.ulai.org.il/lacde.htm#5th.

Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering. Host: New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering. Christchurch, New Zealand: February 13-15, 2003. Abstracts due by April 2002. Contact: Conference Secretariat, Conference Office, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand; tel: 64-3-364-2534; fax: 64-3-364-2057; e-mail: pcee@cont.canterbury.ac.nz; WWW: http://www.nzsee.org.nz/pcee.

Third International Conference on Debris-Flow Hazards Mitigation, Mechanics, Prediction, and Assessment. Davos, Switzerland: September 10-12, 2003. Abstract deadline March 1, 2002. Contact: Dieter Rickenmann, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Zürcherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland; tel. +41-17-39-24-42; fax +41-1 7-39-24-88; e-mail: rickenmann@wsl.ch. For general conference information: e-mail: DFC3_Inf@wsl.ch; WWW: http://www.wsl.ch/3rdDFHM.

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