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Mapping Global Earthquakes and Hurricane tracks with R

I created this code in order to do a visualization of natural hazards globally, to use as a graphic for a new initiative at Stanford on “urban resilience.” You can check out the group here: http://urbanresilience.stanford.edu/ It is quite simple, and demonstrates some of the neat data visualizations possible with R. I’ve only included earthquakes…
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Waiting for the Big One: the Continued Earthquake Risk of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

This post is transcribed from a paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Urban Disaster Recovery (3ICUDR). The M7.0 earthquake in Haiti in 2010 was one of the most devastating in recorded history. Due to its proximity to Port-au-Prince and the extreme vulnerability of buildings, the earthquake led to the death of 150,000-220,000 people. Yet…
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On the “Top 10 Riskiest Cities” and Getting Mauled by Bears

This post was originally published by David Lallemant on ResilientUrbanism.org in April 2014. The original post can be found here. In late March the large re-insurer Swiss-Re published a report ranking the world’s 616 largest urban centers according to risk from natural hazards. The report conveniently summarizes the findings in a “Top-10” ranking, filling our insatiable desire for…
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Building Post-Disaster Resilience

This post was originally published by David Lallemant on ResilientUrbanism.org in July 2013. The original post can be found here. I have been working on an assessment of Haiti’s housing recovery and reconstruction process. Specifically I have been tasked to look at how “disaster risk management” was or was not integrated into reconstruction in order to build disaster resilience.…
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