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Science Application for Risk Reduction (SAFRR)

Anne Wein is an Operations Research Analyst in the Western Geographic Science Center of the USGS located in Menlo Park, CA. She has coordinated economic consequences for the ShakeOut, ARkStorm, and SAFRR Tsunami scenarios. In 2009, she received a Pacific Southwest Science Strategy Success Story award for her contributions to the development and execution of the ShakeOut scenario. Wein was recognized “for forging the future of USGS Science” in the role of the social Science seat for the 2013 USGS Hazards Science Strategy. Following her participation in EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes reconnaissance after the February 22, 2012 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand she is collaborating with GNS Science and Massey University researchers on a study of the communication of aftershock information during the 2010-12 Canterbury earthquake sequence. Wein has contributed to other Land Cover Science change projects including the methodology to assess ecological carbon sequestration and the value of earth-science information. She (and her co-authors) received the 2007 USGS Geography Best Scientific paper award for a publication on the value of updated and more detailed geologic information for mineral exploration with the Geological Survey of Canada. Read more about Anne Wein
Nathan Wood is a Research Geographer in the Western Geographic Science Center of the USGS located in Vancouver, WA. His research focuses on characterizing societal vulnerability to natural hazards. Wood’s current work focuses on societal vulnerability to tsunami hazards on the U.S. west coast, which includes computer-assisted spatial analysis, statistics, perception studies, and community-based workshops. Wood was also a committee member for a National Research Council review of the nation's tsunami warning system and national preparedness for tsunamis. He (and his co-authors) received the 2008 and 2009 USGS Geography Best Scientific paper award for his articles on exposure to lahars hazards from Mount Rainier, Washington and tsunamis from the Oregon and Cascadia subduction zone, respectively. Read more about Nathan Wood
Laura Dinitz is an Operations Research Analyst in the Western Geographic Science Center of the USGS located in Menlo Park, CA. Her work focuses on the analysis of physical damages and socioeconomic losses from the HayWired earthquake scenario, which includes surface fault rupture, liquefaction, landslides, fires, and subsequent aftershocks. The goal is to develop a framework for identifying and spatially analyzing communities at risk of long-term displacement and recovery challenges for the earthquake scenario. Previously, Dinitz helped with research and analysis of agricultural damages for the ArkStorm winter storm scenario, and commuter patterns affected by fault rupture and highway closures and damages for the ShakeOut earthquake scenario. Read more about Laura Dinitz
none Jamie Jones is a Geographer for the Western Geographic Science Center of the USGS located in Menlo Park, CA. Her work emphasizes the integration of hazard and non-hazard (demographic, economic, etc.) data using geographic information systems (GIS) to provide insight into hazard impacts on society. Previous projects include exposure analyses for the SAFRR tsunami scenario (population, agriculture) and the ARkStorm scenario (population). Her current projects include tasks such as conducting a GIS-based hot spot analysis of lifelines exposed to multiple earthquake hazards (shaking, liquefaction, and landslides) for the HayWired earthquake sequence and assisting in coding/interpretation of participant interviews and focus groups regarding how aftershock information was communicated during the Canterbury earthquake sequence for risk communication. Read more about Jamie Jones
Jeff Peters Jeff Peters is a Research Geographer for the Western Geographic Science Center at USGS in Menlo Park, CA. He has helped build awareness of SAFRR efforts by creating posters and websites advertising the science. Peters also contributed extensive GIS analyses for a report on earthquake risk and mitigation analysis for mobile home parks in southern California. Most recently he updated agriculture and livestock losses from the ARkStorm scenario to be published in a special addition specific to ARkStorm. Read more about Jeff Peters
Amandine Dehellemmes was a visiting scholar from France at USGS in Menlo Park, CA in 2014. She created liquefaction probability maps and initiated the mapping of the aftershock sequence for the HayWired scenario. 
Alessandra Corsi was a visiting scholar from Brazil at the USGS in Menlo Park, CA in 2010. Corsi mapped highway damages and restoration for the ARkStorm scenario. She also conducted the GIS analyses for the study of flood damages to agriculture and mapped estimates of annual and perennial crop losses and livestock at risk.
Allan Baez was a Student Contractor at the USGS in Menlo Park, CA in 2010. Baez created maps of social characteristics of populations in ARkStorm flooded areas and an evacuation index. He also estimated county population in flooded areas which provided input for analyzing the economic impacts of evacuation.
Pauline Cotelle was a visiting scholar from France at the USGS in Menlo Park, CA in 2008. Cotelle created regional and local maps of physical damages (e.g. building damage results from HAZUS-MH, highway damage and capacity results from panel discussions) for the ShakeOut scenario.
Noemi Alvarez was a Student Contractor at USGS in Menlo Park, CA. She assisted with analyzing, identifying and understanding important contributing factors to fire ignitions and their potential spread within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) relative to wildfire mitigation alternatives.

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