Anne Wein


U.S. Geological Survey

Anne Wein cares about using scientific information in decisions that reduce natural hazard risks. She is a project lead and researcher with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in the Western Geographic Science Center, Menlo Park, California. Wein works at the interfaces of disciplines (e.g., between engineering and economics), between theory and practice, using quantitative and qualitative methods. She conducts collaborative and interdisciplinary research activities to transform natural hazard information and data into societal consequences and to investigate the communication of scientific information, such as earthquake forecasts. 

She has coordinated and conducted analyses of multiple hazard scenarios with societal consequences for the 2008 ShakeOut earthquake, 2011 ARkStorm winter storm, and 2013 SAFRR Tsunami. Currently, she is co-leading the Bay Area HayWired scenario, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on the Hayward fault with an aftershock sequence. 

She investigates the communication of aftershock information and forecasts during the 2010-present Canterbury, New Zealand earthquake sequence with GNS Science and Massey University. She has explored serious games as a medium for players to integrate scientific information in decision making.

She received a 2010 Success Story award for advancing the goals of the USGS Science Strategy through the development and execution of the ShakeOut Scenario and Exercise. She represented Societal Impacts in the 2013 USGS Hazards Science Strategy Plan. She holds a PhD in decision science from Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, 1988.