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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. 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.
The mission of the center is to promote research and analysis that ultimately reduces the harm caused by forces of nature to life, communities and the environment.
The center is currently directed by Dr. Jamie Kruse and has 52 research associates from fifteen universities and research institutes.
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