Hazards and Disaster Research Centers in the Americas

This page includes a listing of university-based hazards and disaster research centers, organized alphabetically and by UN subregion in the Americas.

Caribbean

Center/Institute University State/Province Country
Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) University of the West Indies St. James Barbados
Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) University of the West Indies St. Michael Barbados
Disaster Risk Reduction Centre University of the West Indies Kingston Jamaica
Earthquake Unit - The University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica University of the West Indies Kingston Jamaica
Seismic Research Centre University of the West Indies Tunapuna–Piarco Trinidad & Tobago

Central America

Center/Institute University State/Province Country
Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica Universidad Nacional Costa Rica Costa Rica
Programa de Gestión del Riesgo en Desastres y Atención de Emergencias Universidad de Costa Rica Costa Rica
Institute of Geography National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico
Institute of Geophysics - El Instituto de Geofísica de la UNAM National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico
National Seismological Service - Servicio Sismologico Nacional National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico

Northern America

Center/Institute University State/Province Country
Centre for Community Disaster Research Mount Royal University Alberta Canada
Centre for Natural Hazards Research (CNHR) Simon Fraser University British Columbia Canada
ResiliencebyDesign (RbD) Research Lab Royal Roads University British Columbia Canada
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction Western University Ontario Canada
Institute for Multi-Hazard Systemic Risk Studies (INTERFACE) McMaster University Ontario Canada
Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation University of Waterloo Ontario Canada
Southern Ontario Seismic Network Western University Ontario Canada
The Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid-response Simulation (ADERSIM) York University Ontario Canada
Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment Research Institute (WindEEE) Western University Ontario Canada
Center for Advanced Public Safety University of Alabama Alabama United States
Center for Disaster and Community Resilience (CDCR) Jacksonville State University Alabama United States
Alaska Earthquake Center University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska United States
Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska United States
Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Arizona State University Arizona United States
Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (MWPERCL) University of Arizona Arizona United States
Office of Arid Lands Studies and Arid Lands Information Center University of Arizona Arizona United States
Arkansas Center for Earthquake Education and Technology Transfer University of Arkansas Arkansas United States
Center for Catastrophic Risk Management University of California, Berkeley California United States
Center for Fire Research and Outreach University of California, Berkeley California United States
Center for Geotechnical Modeling (CGM) University of California, Davis California United States
Center for Public Health and Disasters University of California, Los Angeles California United States
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Non-Profit California United States
Geomechanics and Mitigation of Geohazards (GMG) California Institute of Technology California United States
John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center Stanford University California United States
Large High Performance Outdoor Shake Table (LHPOST) University of California, San Diego California United States
National Transportation Security Center of Excellence San Jose State University California United States
Natural Hazards Risk and Resiliency Research Center (NHR3) University of California, Los Angeles California United States
Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center and National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering (NISEE), University of California, Berkeley University of California, Berkeley California United States
Safe Communities Institute University of Southern California California United States
Seismological Laboratory California Institute of Technology California United States
SimCenter - Computational Modeling and Simulation Center University of California, Berkeley California United States
Southern California Earthquake Center University of Southern California California United States
Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative (SURI) Stanford University California United States
Terrestrial Hazards Observation and Reporting (THOR) California Institute of Technology California United States
The Resilient Communities Research Institute (RCRI) California Polytechnic State University California United States
Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center (VEMEC) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs California United States
Center for Integrated Disaster Preparedness University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Colorado United States
Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning Colorado State University Colorado United States
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) CIRES Colorado United States
Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere Colorado State University Colorado United States
Disaster Management Institute Community College of Aurora Colorado United States
Earth Lab CIRES Colorado United States
Earth Science and Observation Center (ESOC) CIRES Colorado United States
National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) CIRES Colorado United States
Natural Hazards Center University of Colorado Boulder Colorado United States
Trauma, Health and Hazards Center (THHC) University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado United States
Disaster Research Center University of Delaware Delaware United States
Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management George Washington University District of Columbia United States
Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) Florida Atlantic University Florida United States
Extreme Events Institute Florida International University Florida United States
Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center Florida State University Florida United States
International Hurricane Research Center Florida International University Florida United States
NHERI 12-Fan Wall of Wind (WOW) Experimental Facility (EF), Florida International University Florida International University Florida United States
National Center for Integrated Coastal Research University of Central Florida Florida United States
Puerto Rico Research Hub University of Central Florida Florida United States
Sea Level Solutions Center Florida International University Florida United States
The Powell Family Structures and Materials Laboratory University of Florida Florida United States
University of Florida NHERI Experimental Facility University of Florida Florida United States
Wind and Hurricane Impact Research Laboratory (WHIRL) Florida Institute of Technology Florida United States
Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) Emory University Georgia United States
Severe Storms Research Center Georgia Tech Research Institute Georgia United States
Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV) University of Hawaii at Hilo Hawaii United States
National Center for Island, Maritime & Extreme Environment Security (CIMES) University of Hawaii - Honolulu Hawaii United States
National Disaster Preparedness Training Center University of Hawaii Hawaii United States
Pacific Disaster Center University of Hawaii Hawaii United States
Hazard and Climate Resiliency Consortium (HCRC) Boise State University Idaho United States
Idaho Institute of Emergency Managment Idaho State University-Meridian Idaho United States
Institute of Rural Health Idaho State University-Pocatello Idaho United States
Humanitarian Disaster Institute Wheaton College Illinois United States
MAE Center: Creating a Multi-hazard Approach to Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Illinois United States
Mid-America Center for Public Health Practice University of Illinois-Chicago Illinois United States
NHERI Network Coordination Office Purdue University Indiana United States
The Polis Center Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis Indiana United States
Iowa Flood Center University of Iowa Iowa United States
Center for Hazards Research and Policy Development University of Louisville Kentucky United States
Risk and Disaster Communications Center University of Kentucky Kentucky United States
Center for Hazards Assessment, Response & Technology (UNO-CHART) University of New Orleans Louisiana United States
Center for Studies of Displaced Populations Tulane University Louisiana United States
Lowlander Center Non-Profit Louisiana United States
Stephenson Disaster Management Institute Louisiana State University Louisiana United States
Applied Physics Laboratory Johns Hopkins University Maryland United States
Center for Disaster Resilience University of Maryland, School of Engineering Maryland United States
Center for Health Security Johns Hopkins University Maryland United States
Center for Humanitarian Health Johns Hopkins University Maryland United States
Center for Public Health Preparedness Johns Hopkins University Maryland United States
National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Maryland United States
National Health Mission Area Johns Hopkins University Maryland United States
Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) Johns Hopkins University Maryland United States
START- Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism University of Maryland Maryland United States
Center for Disaster Medicine Massachusetts General Hospital Massachusetts United States
Center for Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts United States
Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters University of Massachusetts Boston Massachusetts United States
Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation & Practice Harvard University Massachusetts United States
George Perkins Marsh Institute Clark University Massachusetts United States
Global Resilience Institute Northeastern University Massachusetts United States
Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment Michigan State University Michigan United States
Geospatial Analysis Center University of Minnesota Duluth Minnesota United States
Clinical Disaster Research Center University of Mississippi Mississippi United States
Disaster and Community Crisis Center University of Missouri Missouri United States
Wind Hazard Mitigation (WHAM) Laboratory Missouri University of Science and Technology Missouri United States
Global Center for Health Security University of Nebraska Medical Center Nebraska United States
National Drought Mitigation Center University of Nebraska- Lincoln Nebraska United States
University of Nebraska Public Policy Center University of Nebraska Nebraska United States
Coastal Response Research Center and Center for Spills and Environmental Hazards University of New Hampshire New Hampshire United States
National Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR) Stevens Institute of Technology New Jersey United States
Rutgers Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security Rutgers University New Jersey United States
Center for Disaster Medicine University of New Mexico New Mexico United States
Resilience Institute University of New Mexico New Mexico United States
Center for Disaster Medicine New York Medical College New York United States
Center for Geohazards Studies State University of New York at Buffalo New York United States
Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) Columbia University New York United States
Center for Public Health Preparedness New York United States
MCEER: Earthquake Engineering to Extreme Events State University of New York at Buffalo New York United States
NYU College of Global Public Health’s Program on Population Impact, Recovery, and Resilience (PiR2) New York University New York United States
National Center for Disaster Preparedness Columbia University New York United States
Center for Natural Hazards Research East Carolina University North Carolina United States
Center for Urban and Regional Studies University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina United States
Coastal Resilience Center University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina United States
Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Duke University North Carolina United States
Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines Western Carolina University North Carolina United States
Advanced Radar Research Center University of Oklahoma Oklahoma United States
Center for the Study of Disasters and Extreme Events Oklahoma State University Oklahoma United States
Oklahoma Center for Prehospital & Disaster Medicine University of Oklahoma Oklahoma United States
Southwest Preparedness & Emergency Response Learning Center (SWPERLC) University of Oklahoma Oklahoma United States
Cascadia Lifelines Program Oregon State University Oregon United States
Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory (HWRL) Oregon State University Oregon United States
Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience University of Oregon Oregon United States
Center for Disaster Research and Education Millersville University Pennsylvania United States
NHERI Lehigh Real-Time Multi-Directional Experimental Facility Lehigh University Pennsylvania United States
The Center for Disaster Management University of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania United States
Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania United States
Puerto Rico Seismic Network University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Puerto Rico United States
Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI²) Brown University Rhode Island United States
Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute University of South Carolina South Carolina United States
Lowcountry Hazards Center College of Charleston South Carolina United States
Disaster Mental Health Institute University of South Dakota South Dakota United States
Center for Earthquake Research and Information University of Memphis Tennessee United States
Center for the Study of Disasters & Emergency Management (CDEM) Sam Houston State University Texas United States
Center on Disability and Development Texas A&M University Texas United States
Hazards Reduction and Recovery Center Texas A&M University Texas United States
Institute for Sustainable Communities Texas A&M University Texas United States
NHERI at the University of Texas University of Texas at Austin Texas United States
National Wind Institute Texas Tech University Texas United States
Research, Education, And Community Health Coalition (REACH) -Under the Center in Environmental Toxicology University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Texas United States
Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center Rice University Texas United States
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service - Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) Texas A&M University Texas United States
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service - National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center (TEEX - NERRTC) Texas A&M University Texas United States
USA Center for Rural Public Health Preparedness, Texas A&M University Texas A&M University Texas United States
Center for Natural and Technological Hazards University of Utah Utah United States
Center for Geospatial Information Technology (CGIT) Virginia Tech Virginia United States
Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems University of Virginia Virginia United States
Coastal@VT Virginia Tech Virginia United States
Cascadia Hazards Institute Central Washington University Washington United States
Center on Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety & Regional Resilience (CoSSaR) University of Washington Washington United States
ColLABorative on Extreme Event Resilience (CEER) University of Washington Washington United States
Disaster Data Science Lab University of Washington Washington United States
Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research University of Washington Washington United States
NHERI Natural Hazards Reconnaissance Facility (“RAPID Facility”) University of Washington Washington United States
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice University of Washington Washington United States
Resilience Institute Western Washington University Washington United States
University of Washington Interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics, and Environment (EDGE) University of Washington Washington United States
Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) University of Wisconsin - Madison Wisconsin United States
Disaster Management Center University of Wisconsin Wisconsin United States

South America

Center/Institute University State/Province Country
Centro de Investigación para la Gestión Integrada del Riesgo de Desastres (CIGIDEN) Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Universidad Católica del Norte Santiago Chile
CITRID - Programa de Reducción de Riesgos y Desastres Universidad de Chile Chile
Centro de Investigación en Vulnerabilidades y Desastres Socionaturales (CIVDES) Universidad de Chile Chile
Instituto de Estudios Ambientales (IDEA) Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Manizales Caldas Colombia
Centro Internacional del Pacífico para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres (CIP-RRD) The Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral Guayas Ecuador
Centro Peruano Japonés de Investigaciones Sísmicas y Mitigación de Desastres (CISMID) Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria Peru

If you have questions about this project, please contact Lori Peek at lori.peek@colorado.edu. If you would like your academic research center listed on this page, or if you’d like to update or add information to a center currently on the map, please contact Mason Mathews at mason.mathews@colorado.edu.