University of Central Florida
Chris Emrich is an endowed associate of environmental science and public administration at the School of Public Administration and part of the newly forming sustainable coastal systems cluster at University of Central Florida. His research interests include the application of geospatial web-based technologies to emergency management planning and practice, long-term recovery from disaster, and the intersection of social vulnerability and community resilience in the face of disaster. From 2004-2007, he provided geospatial support for response and long term recovery to the state of Florida and has since been actively involved in identifying trends in long-term recovery for coastal Mississippi and supervising the Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Web-Transparency initiative for the gulf coast. Emrich is a strong advocate of the transition of knowledge from academia and research into real-world applications. He has been a key player in the development of theory, data, metrics, methods, applications, and spatial analytical models for understanding the newly emergent field of hazard vulnerability science and the often, very different, pattern of disaster recovery across communities.