To promote research and analysis that ultimately reduces the harm caused by natural forces to life, communities, and the environment.
The Center for Natural Hazards Research will foster a multidisciplinary research community that seeks to understand and thereby improve our ability to predict, respond to, and recover from adverse events caused by the natural processes.
The Center for Natural Hazards Research focuses on physical, social, and economic aspects of natural hazards affecting eastern North Carolina, the United States, and the international community. The Center facilitates interdisciplinary research on natural hazards, including hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, and coastal erosion, and attempts to make research results available and interpretable for policy makers and the general public. The center is currently directed by Dr. Jamie Kruse and has about 50 research associates from fifteen universities and research institutes.
Areas of active research include improved understanding of atmospheric and geologic hazards and their relationship with the physical, biological, and social environments; GIS as a means to assess and communicate hazards; the financial impacts of hurricanes and floods; effective and efficient management of coastal erosion; the relationships between human behavior, land use, and natural hazards; individual behavior, community projects, and government policies for mitigating and managing risk of natural hazards; economic valuation of risk-reducing public and private projects; and individual and household evacuation decisions.