Research Counts

The Research Counts series serves as a platform for hazards and disaster scholars to provide insights about research findings and the enduring lessons of disaster, as well as to raise new questions that are worthy of exploration. The pieces in the series are brief, drawn from a variety of disciplines, and intended for a broad audience.

If you are interested in contributing to this series, please contact Natural Hazards Center Director Lori Peek directly at lori.peek@colorado.edu.


By Marccus Hendricks

The area where vulnerable populations live often have equally vulnerable infrastructure. Marccus Hendricks examines how increased risk can be literally built into some neighborhoods.


By Michelle Meyer

Long-term recovery work often falls to nonprofit and community groups. Good coordination at the outset can make all the difference in their success.


By Philip Berke

Even in a fast-growing city like Houston, there's much that can be done to protect residents from flood risk—and improve the urban experience in the process. Philip Berke gives examples in this follow up for Research Counts.


By Philip Berke

Lightening fast growth into wetlands and low-lying areas—with little attention to flood sensitive development planning—has left Houston uniquely susceptible to storm impacts.


By Elizabeth Fussell

During hurricane recovery, the focus is often on the work being done to rebuild. Elizabeth Fussell reminds us that those who do the work are often taken advantage of in the rush to return communities to normal.


By Betty Lai and Ann-Margaret Esnard

Disasters are understandably frightening for children, but there are steps that parents and teachers can take to ensure more positive outcomes.


By Michael Lindell

Rebuilding after a hurricane isn't just a matter of replacing what was lost. Communities need to consider how to make sure homes and infrastructure are ready to withstand subsequent events, as well.


By Kathleen Tierney

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey left a special soup of petrochemicals, sewage, and other dangers lurking in floodwaters. Kathleen Tierney discusses what we know—and don't know—about what's in the water.


By Lori Peek

The importance of getting disaster lessons into the hands of those who need it is more pressing than ever. Lori Peek describes a new Natural Hazards Center platform to do just that—Research Counts is dedicated to giving experts an opportunity to apply their knowledge to current disasters, as well as ponder new questions.