The Natural Hazards Center is excited to announce that we’ve awarded 15 research teams to advance understanding about the ways to effectively prepare for and communicate extreme weather, water, and climate events. The awards were made possible as part of the Natural Hazards Center Research Award Program, which provides funding to researchers to collect and publish data on extreme events.

This special call for Weather Ready Research funds—the second in a four-part series—facilitates the publication of social science and multidisciplinary data, data collection instruments, and research protocols. Funded proposals, which are supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation, include items such as heat and infrastructure datasets, media data collection protocols, instruments assessing the mental health impacts of disaster, and more.

The researchers who were funded as part of this special call be trained through the CONVERGE Data Ambassadors program to use the DesignSafe Cyberinfrastructure. They will receive a permanent Digital Object Identifier (DOI) upon publication of their research instrument, protocol, and/or data, therefore adding to the permanent archive of available research materials for the broader hazards and disaster community. A full list of project titles and awardees follows, and the project abstracts are available via the Weather Ready Research award page.

Weather Ready Research Instrument: Three-Dimensional Property Flood Risk Visualization Using LIDAR Data
Eric Best, Penn State Harrisburg

Food Environment Impacts of Hurricane Florence
Lauren Clay, D'Youville College and New York University

How are Cities in the United States Planning for Extreme Heat?
Emma French, University of California, Los Angeles
Kelly Turner, University of California, Los Angeles
David Hondula, Arizona State University

A Web-Scraping Protocol to Expand the Historical Inventory of Disasters Leveraging Data From Newspapers and Digital News in Central America
Sergio García Mejía, University of Maryland
Michelle Bensi, University of Maryland

Compound Wind and Water Hazards Embedded in Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Harvey
Jennifer Henderson, Texas Tech University
Erik Nielsen, Texas A&M University
Jennifer Spinney, York University

Measuring Environmental Impacts and Community Perceptions of Cool Roads as a Heat Mitigation Strategy
David Hondula, Arizona State University
Mary Wright, Arizona State University
Kelly Turner, University of California, Los Angeles

Extreme Heat and Power Grid Failure: Practitioner Perspectives on a Multi-Hazard Disaster
Liza Kurtz, Arizona State University
David Hondula, Arizona State University

Assessments of Social, Community, and Psychological Impacts of Flood and Hurricane Victims
Manyu Li, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Household Impact and Recovery Data, Instruments and Protocols: A Longitudinal Investigation After the May 28, 2019 EF4 Linwood, Kansas, Tornado
Ram Krishna Mazumder, University of Kansas
Elaina Sutley, University of Kansas
Meredith Dumler, University of Kansas

Tornado Risk Perception Data, Instruments and Protocols: Survey of Contractors and University of Kansas Campus Community
Ram Krishna Mazumder, University of Kansas
Elaina Sutley, University of Kansas
Meredith Dumler, University of Kansas

Understanding the Facilitators and Barriers of Lidar Adoption for Flood Risk Management in the Pacific Northwest
Tara Pozzi, Boise State University
Vicken Hillis, Boise State University

Policy Innovation in Local Housing Acquisition Programs
Olivia Vila, North Carolina State University
Gavin Smith, North Carolina State University

Indoor Temperature and Excessive Heat Alert System for Residential Communities
Lance Watkins, Arizona State University
Mary Wright, Arizona State University

A Highway Vehicle Routing Dataset During the 2019 Kincade Fire Evacuation
Xilei Zhao, University of Florida
Yiming Xu, University of Florida
Ruggiero Lovreglio, Massey University
Erica Kuligowski, RMIT University
Daniel Nilsson, University of Canterbury

Survey Instrument Focused on Law Enforcement and First Responder Experiences During and After a Large-Scale Hurricane Evacuation
Lisa Zottarelli, University of Tennessee Knoxville


This Special Call for Weather-Ready Quick Response Research is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #1635593) through supplemental funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Program Office. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF, NOAA, or Natural Hazards Center.