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Disaster Research 383 February 14, 2003


February 14, 2003


  1. Reviewers Wanted
  2. Be the Future of Earthquake Engineering Research
  3. Conference Announcement and Call for Papers
  4. Hazard Mitigation Listserv
  5. Bioterrorism and Health System Preparedness Web-Assisted Audio Conference Calls
  6. Request for Proposals: Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment in New Mexico
  7. Teleconference Downlink Opportunity
  8. From Our Readers I, II, and III
  9. Post-Doc Available
  10. March 1 Deadline
  11. A DR Correction
  12. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
  13. Some New Web Resources
  14. Conferences and Training

1) Reviewers Wanted

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Higher Education Project is seeking volunteers to review a draft upper-division college course, titled "A Social Vulnerability Approach to Disasters." This is a classroom course designed to be taught within an emergency management curriculum at the upper division college level.

Using a multidisciplinary approach, the course examines historical, geographical, social, and cultural factors and conditions that put people differentially at risk before, during, and after disasters. In particular, it focuses on global, national, regional, and local patterns of development.

For those willing to commit to review and comment upon this draft course, 30 days will be provided after receipt of the priority-mailed paper copy to review and return comments. Please do not seek a review copy for information purposes within a few months a final version of this course will be uploaded to the FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education web site

If you are willing to be a reviewer, contact Wayne Blanchard, FEMA, Emergency Management Institute, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Building N., Room 430, Emmitsburg MD 21727; e-mail:

2) Be the Future of Earthquake Engineering Research

The Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) announces a new consortium of earthquake researchers and educators. The consortium will provide collective leadership through using advanced technology to link laboratory facilities and data infrastructure. These linkages will provide unparalleled opportunities for collaborative research integrating experimentation with computational simulation.

Individual, institutional, and site-based memberships in the consortium are now available. Membership fees will be waived for 2003, and if you apply for consortium membership before March 26, 2003, you will be eligible to serve on the NEES Consortium board of directors. For complete information on the consortium, or to apply for membership, visit

3) Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

The Fourth International Disaster and Emergency Readiness Conference will be held on October 14-15, 2003, in London, England. The conference is co-sponsored by the European Commission (Directorate General-Environment), the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The goal of the conference is to develop comprehensive disaster avoidance, readiness, and response through integrated emergency management by bringing together international organizations, national governments, and private business.

The sponsors have issued an invitation for presentation suggestions and a call for papers, particularly case studies that deal with disaster and emergency readiness. The major themes for 2003 are: integrating planning and response from governmental and non-profit agencies and organizations; managing disasters in cities and urban environments; terrorism and the threat from nuclear dirty bombs, chemical or biological attacks; coordinating and controlling immediate response and recovery; standards for certification and training for emergency management; and managing international cooperation for disasters which cross borders.

Abstracts and proposals for panel discussions, tutorials, and workshops are due no later than March 1, 2003. Submissions must be in English and e-mailed to Complete submission guidelines are available at

4) Hazard Mitigation Listserv

HAZARDMIT, a hazard mitigation listserv is a moderated open forum for hazard mitigation practitioners from around the world to share information on hazard mitigation practices and programs.

The list contains several hundred subscribers from a variety of backgrounds. To subscribe, go to

5) Bioterrorism and Health System Preparedness Web-Assisted Audio Conference Calls

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Department of Health and Human Services is sponsoring a new series of five free web-assisted audio conference calls on bioterrorism and health system preparedness. These 90-minute calls are designed to share the latest health services research findings, promising practices, and other important information with state and local health officials and key health systems decision makers.

The first call of this series will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2003, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., EST, and will focus on smallpox immunization issues, strategies, and tools. Visit to see the agenda and to register.

6) Request for Proposals: Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment in New Mexico

The State of New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Office of Emergency Services and Security (OESS), is requesting proposals for preparation of the Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment portion of the New Mexico All-Hazards Mitigation Plan, which must be compliant with the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. The initial contract shall begin on April 30, 2003, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Proposals must be received by 2:00 p.m. local time no later than March 18, 2003. Complete proposal requirements and submission specifics for proposal number 30-790-60-80048 are available from Bill Ewing, Department Of Public Safety, OESS, Post Office Box 1628, Santa Fe, NM 87504;

7) Teleconference Downlink Opportunity

IThe Hospice Foundation of America is hosting its 10th annual national bereavement teleconference. The conference is titled "Living With Grief: Coping With Public Tragedy" and will be broadcast live via satellite on April 30, 2003. Moderated by ABC News, the broadcast will look at factors that define a public tragedy and offer insight and advice to organizations and professionals as they support their communities and help those coping with loss.

If you know of an organization that is interested in hosting a teleconference site, or you would like additional information about existing downlink sites, contact Kate Viggiano; Hospice Foundation of America; (800) 854-3402;

8) From a Reader I, II and III

Dear DR:

I am seeking information on any aspect of emergency management in Hong Kong. If anyone can help, please contact me at the e-mail below.

Many thanks

Anne Eyre
Trauma Training
Tel: (01926)427939
Mobile: 0777-3894675


Greetings, I'm trying to locate statistics and other data on the medical impacts of floods on responders as well as the public. I am especially interested in the types of injuries that occur.

Peter S. Anderson
Telematics Research Lab
Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology
School of Communication at Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, B.C.
Canada V5A 1S6
(604) 291-4921


Dear DR Readers,

The United Nation's International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) is putting together a project to link natural disaster reduction and adaptation to climate change. In this context, I would like to hear views and get references on how the disaster community could contribute to the work on adaptation to climate change. It is now widely affirmed that knowledge and experience gained in coping with today's climate variability and extreme weather events form the basis to adapt to climate change. However, in concrete terms what does this mean and entail? What are the adaptation research gaps? On the opposite side, what is needed for the disaster community to take climate change into account? How could the two communities be brought closer together?

I would welcome any reading suggestions and debate on this issue.
Many thanks

Carmen Schlosser
Consultant ISDR
BP 18
Tel: 0033 (0) 4 50 72 47 74

9) Post-Doc Available

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program is soliciting applications for a post-doctoral fellow in atmospheric sciences and/or meteorology. The fellow will be assigned to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency's (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Predictions (NCEP) to facilitate research interactions between the ARM program and NCEP. Research projects may include, but are not limited to, comparisons of model output with ARM data and inclusion of ARM-developed cloud and radiation parameterizations into NCEP models. The fellowship is a cooperative project between ARM and NCEP.

Individuals will be selected competitively based on their applications and letters of reference. Applications will be peer reviewed by scientists selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) and NCEP and preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate experience in using ARM research. Applications are due by March 24, 2003. For more information, contact Wanda Ferrell, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, SC-7/Germantown Building, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585; (301) 903-0043; e-mail:;

10) March 1 Deadline

Applications are being solicited from junior faculty for a unique research training program aimed at fostering the next generation of social scientists addressing societal considerations related to natural hazards and extreme events. This program, "Enabling the Next Generation of Hazard Researchers," is funded by the National Science Foundation and is being undertaken by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in collaboration with faculty from seven other universities. The program will consist of a two-year series of workshops, tutorials, and discussions focusing on practical advice about research initiation and research proposal development for social science research addressing hazards and extreme events. This is a unique opportunity for junior faculty who are early in their research careers. Participants will receive an honorarium and travel expenses to workshops and meetings with senior faculty mentors.

Deadline for applications is March 1, 2003. Applications must be sent to the Enabling Faculty Fellows Program, c/o Raymond Burby, Department of City and Regional Planning, 319 New East Hall, CB#3140, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3140. For more details, contact Leanna Hush, e-mail:;

11) A DR Correction

In the last DR, the e-mail address for requesting submission information for the new publication, Journal of Emergency Management, was incorrectly listed. The correct e-mail for the managing editor is, and the mailing address is: Managing Editor, Journal of Emergency Management, 470 Boston Post Road, Weston, MA 02493.

12) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

[Below are a few recent job vacancies that are related to some of the myriad activities in which DR readers engage. Please contact the organizations directly for more information.]

MCEER Seeks Director

The University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) and Professor of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering. Reporting to the Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the MCEER Director leads nationwide programs of research, education, and outreach that include collaboration among universities, industry, and government. This position offers the successful candidate exceptional opportunities to lead an outstanding team of scientists in the development and application of advanced technologies; to leverage the potential of a unique, new state-of-the-art facility now under construction; and to formulate, with a coalition of university, industrial, and government partners, strategies for guiding the Center in future phases of its development.

MCEER's mission is to reduce future losses from earthquakes through research, development, and application of knowledge and advanced technologies that improve earthquake engineering, pre-earthquake planning, and post-earthquake response and recovery. General information about MCEER is available at

The search committee will begin screening candidates after February 15, 2003, and will continue until the position is filled. The Director of MCEER is expected to take office by August 14, 2003. Nominations, questions, and applications should be submitted to: Dale M. Landi, 544 Capen Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York 14260; MCEER office telephone (716) 645-3391; e-mail:

East Carolina University

The College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University invites applications for a faculty position as a hazards scholar who will be charged with the development of a new Center for Natural Hazards Mitigation to be housed within the College. A Ph.D. in a hazards related field of study is required, and the appointment will be made in the appropriate department. Candidates should have a record of accomplishments in the study of environmental risk, hazards, or mitigation. Candidates should possess an ability to secure extramural funding. The appointment includes opportunity for instruction and appropriate professional service is expected.

The Search committee will begin reviewing applications on April 1, 2003. Submit a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, examples of publications, and names and contact information for three letters of reference. Send to: Ron Mitchelson, Chair, Department of Geography, Brewster A-227, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858; email:

Two Openings at FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Mitigation Planning and Delivery Division Program, Delivery Branch is looking to hire an economist. The incumbent will be responsible for the analysis of the cost-effectiveness of hazard mitigation activities and other issues related to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and will manage information systems and reports; act as a liaison with regional offices, states, and grantees; and prepare a variety of reports in support of agency decision making. Specific requirements and knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position may be found at, opportunity RB-03-094a-SAW. The vacancy announcement closes on March 7, 2003.

The Engineering Science and Technology Division, Building Sciences and Technology Branch of FIMA has an opening for a program specialist. The specialist will develop strategies to further the mitigation of seismic risk through collaboration with federal, state, and local governments, along with the private sector. The incumbent will support FEMA's responsibilities under the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), and prepare reports for the administration and congress on NEHRP activities, as well as be responsible for maintaining intergovernmental relations to promote the goals and applications of the program. Specific requirements and knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position may be found at, opportunity RB-03-098-SAW. The vacancy announcement closes on March 12, 2003.

Risk Communication at the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified risk communication as an area that is critical to agency effectiveness. The Assistant Commissioner for Planning would like to hire someone to advise and help FDA better integrate risk communication in planning and policy for the range of products regulated by FDA. This would be a mid- to senior-level staff position in the Office of Planning/Office of Policy and Planning. The ideal individual would have a doctoral degree in a relevant field and some post-doc work experience with public health or health care delivery issues.

The incumbent will assess current FDA risk communication approaches and programs, develop risk communication strategies for priority areas, and lead in efforts to design more consistent empirically-based approaches across FDA-regulated products, including drugs, biologics (e.g., vaccines, cell and gene therapy, blood products), medical devices, animal drugs, foods, cosmetics, and dietary supplements. /p>

More details about this position are available from Theresa Mullin, Office of Policy and Planning, FDA; (301) 827-5292; e-mail: TMullin@OC.FDA.GOV.


Disaster Operations Specialists with the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance

The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (US OFDA) is currently recruiting for several Disaster Operations Specialists. These positions are located in Washington, D.C., but will involve some international travel. The first cut-off for applications is February 24. U.S. Citizenship is required.

Complete and detailed information about these positions is available through GobalCorps, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20004; (202) 661-9366; e-mail:;

13) Some New Web Resources

[Below are some new or updated Internet resources we've discovered. For an extensive list of useful Internet sites dealing with hazards, see]
This web site is co-sponsored by the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development and the World Meteorological Organization and is designed to share and disseminate flood information throughout the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region where rivers sustain the livelihoods of over a billion people.
With help and inspiration from many, a new island vulnerability web site has just gone on-line with the intent of exploring the unique challenges that islands and other isolated geographies face when dealing with risk and disasters. The web site examines the processes which create, maintain, and reduce the vulnerability of island communities.
The USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, in cooperation with Louisiana State University and the Southern Regional Extension Forestry office, had developed an on-line database of information about wildfire mitigation programs and policies that states and high fire-risk communities have adopted to address hazardous fuel conditions on private property. The web site currently describes programs in 21 states and more information will be added in the coming months.
This web site portal provides access to the major events and information on mountain environments and development. Mountain areas make up 24 percent of the earth's land surface and about 25 percent of the global population lives in or very near mountains. The site includes a section on hazards and conflicts.

14) Conferences and Training

[Below are some recent announcements received by the Natural Hazards Center. A comprehensive list of upcoming hazards-related meetings and training is available from our World Wide Web site:]

How To Create A Business Continuity Plan That Works. Sponsor: Disaster Survival Planning Network (DSPN). Sacramento, California: February 25, 2003 (other dates and locations planned as well). The workshop addresses the fundamental elements of disaster response and business continuity planning, and features video interviews with business continuity managers from a variety of companies and agencies. Registration information is available from Paul Klier; (800) 601-3776; e-mail:;

Homeland Security Workshop for First Responders. Sponsor: Los Alamos National Labs and the Sandia National Laboratory. Santa Fe, New Mexico: February 25-26, 2003. Planning, prevention, and response to terrorism will occur, to a great extent, at the local level. A strong multidisciplinary community is needed to ensure successful protection, mitigation, and consequence management. This workshop will provide a forum for discussion of homeland security concerns facing state and local responders. For more information, contact Marion Hutton, Los Alamos National Laboratory Protocol Office, P.O. Box 1663, Los Alamos, NM 87545; (505) 667-8451; e-mail:;

Forum on Sustainable Development. Sponsor: Global Institute for Energy and Environmental Systems (GIEES), ECHO Foundation, and the Duke Energy Corporation. Charlotte, North Carolina: February 26, 2003. The Forum will focus on critical issues such as the economy, environment, energy, education, ecology, and safety from natural and technological hazards, which are associated with sustainability on all scales from local, to national, and global. Forum details are available from Walter Hayes, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction; e-mail:

Course on Crisis and Mass Disaster Management. Sponsor: Galilee College. Kiryat Tivon, Israel, February 27 - March 10, 2003. This international management course will provide a setting for senior officers and decision makers to deepen their understanding of current crisis and mass disaster issues, improve decision making skills, increase the capacity to formulate national policy, and implement crisis and mass disaster management plans. Complete information is available from Tal Yasour, International Department, Galillee College, P.O.B 1070, Tivon 36000 Israel; tel: 972 4 9837 444; e-mail:;

2nd Annual Symposium. Sponsor: Family Assistance Foundation (FAF). Atlanta, Georgia: March 4-5, 2003. The goal of the symposium is to use actual airline accidents as case studies to educate mental health, nursing professionals, clergy, EMS personnel, airline personnel, and others about how to create an overall plan for response to aviation disasters and explore how to cope with the sources of stress experienced by passengers, families, aviation employees, respondents, and other personnel involved. Information is available from Kate Larson, FAF, 1691 Phoenix Blvd, Suite 150, Atlanta, Georgia 30349; e-mail:

European Flood: A One-Day Seminar. Sponsor: Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre (BGHRC). London, England: March 7, 2003. Complete information is available from Anna McGuire, BGHRC, tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3637; e-mail:;

2003 Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center Annual Meeting. Sponsor: PEER. Palm Springs, California: March 7-9, 2003. This meeting will focus discussion and gather ideas on topical areas that will drive PEER's research for the next several years. All earthquake researchers and professionals are welcome! Details are available from Veronica Padilla, PEER;(510) 231-5698; or e-mail:

The First 911 Conference in Arkansas. Sponsors: Arkansas Association of Public-safety Communication Officers (APCO) and chapters of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA). Little Rock, Arkansas: April 2-4, 2003. This conference is geared toward those who work with the 911 system, including dispatchers, wireless communications professionals, law enforcement, and emergency managers. Complete information is available from Kenny Shaw, 720 West Markham, Little Rock, AR 72201; (501) 371-4446; e-mail:

15th Annual Midwest Hazardous Materials Planning and Response Conference. Sponsor: Emery and Associates, Inc. Northbrook, Illinois: April 25-26, 2003. Terrorism planning and response training, hazardous materials response, air quality monitoring, health impacts of hazardous materials, and more are part of this two day conference. Workshops span a variety of topics geared toward firefighters, police, emergency managers, and industry. Complete conference information is available from Emery and Associates, 113 Birmingham Place, Vernon Hills, IL 60061; (847) 680-0799;

INTROMET-2003: International Symposium on Natural Hazards. Sponsor: Indian Meteorological Society. Hyderabad, India: May 6-8, 2003. This conference is aimed at drawing scientists, disaster managers, policy makers, and professionals together to debate and devise improved methods and techniques for better prediction, preparedness, and mitigation of natural hazards. Symposium themes include cyclone modeling, drought studies, aviation hazards, operational aspects of natural hazards, the role of disaster managers and planners, the economic and societal impacts of natural disasters, and more. Information is available from K. J. Ramesh, Disaster Mangement Unit, Planning Department, L-Block, A.P. Secretariat, Hyderabad 500 022, Andhra Pradesh, India; tel: 91-40-23452746; e-mail:

NFPA World Safety Conference and Exposition. Sponsor: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Dallas, Texas: May 18-21, 2003. This meeting is directed to fire and life safety professionals. The conference offers exciting professional development opportunities, education tracks that focus on timely issues, and an exposition that features industry suppliers. Complete registration information is available from Leads Etc., Incorporated, 1600 Boston Providence Highway, Building Box 79, Walpole, MA 02081; (617) 770-3000;

Fourteenth Global Warming International Conference and Expo: Extreme Events and Energy, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Management. Sponsor: Global Warming International Center. Boston, Massachusetts: May 27-30, 2003. The goal of this conference is to provide an international and interdisciplinary review forum for resource and technology managers on global warming, its impacts on economic sectors, effective mitigation, and national mitigation compliance. Themes include extreme events and impacts assessment, remote sensing, agriculture and forestry, human health impacts, international law, and education. Registration information is available from Global Warming International Center, 22W381 75th Street, Naperville IL 60565-9245;(630)910-1551;

Eleventh International Conference on Wind Engineering. Sponsor: Texas Tech University. Lubbock, Texas: June 2-5, 2003. This conference brings together wind engineering professionals from around the world to present the latest developments in wind engineering. As much of the information presented is new it may not have yet made its way into academic curricula, there would be great benefit in encouraging students to attend the conference and have the opportunity to interact with wind engineering professionals. Conference details are available from the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-1023; (888) 946-3284; e-mail:;

Inaugural Conference of the European Telecommunications Resilience and Recovery Association (ETR2A). Sponsor: ETR2A. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.: June 11-13, 2003. This new association will be based at the Disaster and Development Centre at Northumbria University and the key topics will be the financial implications of resilience and recovery to businesses, communications resilience, business continuity planning, disaster preparedness and response, and managing risks and hazards. Complete details are available from ETR2A, tel: +44 191 241 4523; e-mail:,

Government Symposium on Information Sharing and Homeland Security. Sponsor: National Conference Services, Inc. (NCSI). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: June 30 - July 2, 2003. This year's event will focus on technology solutions for information sharing among key agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. There will be interactive session s directed at first responders, members of the Department of Homeland Security, Congress, and the international community. Complete information is available from NCSI; 6440-C Dobbin Road, Columbia, MD 21045; (301) 596-8899;

3rd International Symposium on Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRM-2003). Sponsor: Science for Global Insight. Kyoto, Japan: July 3-5, 2003. What does integrated disaster risk management actually mean for research and practice? This conference will explore issues of integrated disaster risk management in real-world, regional contexts with a focus on regional vulnerability to natural catastrophes, multiple hazard disaster management, and anticipatory approaches to deal with uncertainties of the future environment. For registration information, contact Keiko Saito, Integrated Management for Disaster Risk Research Division, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Goka-sho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 Japan; tel: 81-774-38-4325;;

Coastal Zone Management Through Time. Sponsors: U.S. Departments of Commerce, Energy, Interior, Transportation, and Environmental Protection. July 13-17, 2003: Baltimore, Maryland. Four overarching themes will shape the discussions on coastal zone management in the past, present, and future: port and harbor management, regional land management, management responses to coastal hazards, and management of aquatic resources. Complete information is available by contacting Gale Peek, (843) 740-1231; e-mail:;

International Conference on the Impact of Global Environmental Problems on Continental and Coastal Marine Waters. Sponsors: Network for Environmental Assessment and Remediation (NEAR) and the World Health Organization. July 16-18, 2003: Geneva, Switzerland. This meeting will provide a forum for research and science involving continental and coastal waters, water-related risk, and aquatic habitats. For more information, contact Jenny Walker, Liquid Assets, Morawel, Glanmor Terrace, New Quay, Ceredigion, SA45 9PS, United Kingdom; e-mail;

Fire-Rescue International 2003. Sponsor: International Association of Fire Chiefs (IFAC). Dallas, Texas: August 22-25, 2003. This conference is designed to provide all fire service personnel with the opportunity to participate in workshops ranging from fire service leadership, management and operations, leading combination departments, the political environment, fire chief survival, staffing, and diversity issues. A detailed conference brochure will be available soon. For complete information, contact IFAC, 4025 Fair Ridge Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033; (703) 273-0911;

Flooding and Environmental Challenges for Venice and its Lagoon: State of Knowledge 2003. Sponsor: University of Cambridge. Cambridge, UK: September 14-17, 2003. This scientific and technical meeting will focus on environmental challenges for Venice and the Venice lagoon and provide an up-to-date synthesis of the interdisciplinary research undertaken to investigate Venice's problems. Themes include: engineering solutions to tidal flooding; physical and ecological processes; environmental modeling (hydrodynamics, morphology and water quality); and global environmental change. Abstracts are due by April 25, 2003. Conference details are available from Venice 2003, Cambridge Coastal Research Unit, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3EN U.K.; tel: +44-1223-766578; e-mail:;

XI World Water Congress: Water Resources Management in the 21st Century. Sponsor: International Water Resources Association (IWRA). Madrid, Spain: October 5-9, 2003. The focus of this meeting is to make the fullest possible use of research in solving water resources problems. The major themes include: water planning under uncertainty (climatic variability and change), valuing water, impact of new technologies, and the influence of socioeconomic, cultural, and religious factors in water resource policies. Complete information is available from the XI Water Congress, Centro de Estudios Hidrograficos, Paseo Bajo Virgen del Puerto, 3, 280005, Madrid, Spain; e-mail:;

30th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE): Information for Risk Management and Sustainable Development. Sponsors: Pacific Disaster Center, East-West Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and University of Arizona. Honolulu, Hawaii: November 10-14, 2003. The overall theme of this conference is the use of Earth observation systems in understanding and managing our planet's environment with particular emphasis on natural hazards and suststainability. For more information contact ISRSE, c/o Office of Arid Lands Studies, University of Arizona, 1955 East Sixth Street, Suite 205, Tucson, AZ 85719; (520) 621-3816; e-mail:;

2003 International Conference on Seismic Bridge Design and Retrofit. La Jolla, California: December 8-9, 2003. Sponsor: American Concrete Institute (ACI). Topics to be discussed at this conference include new seismic design approaches, effects of vertical accelerations on bridge response, evaluation and application of seismic response modification devices in bridge design and retrofit, and more. Contact Phyllis O. Erebor for complete information at AGI, P.O. Box 9094, Farmington Hills, MI 48333; (248) 848-3784; e-mail:;

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