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Planning for the 2016 NCEM/ECU Hurricane Conference is underway. Stay tuned for updates!


CNHR Associate Andy Keeler, and CRM doctoral student & CNHR graduate student associate Zaneta Adme: "GAME-CHANGING RESEARCH"


Click here to visit the Hurricane Floyd Symposium website. HFS







Our Mission...

To promote research and analysis that ultimately reduces the harm caused by natural forces to life, communities and the environment.

Click here to read about CNHR Faculty Associate Michael O'Driscoll's  work to reduce the effects of stormwater runoff on ECU campus.

South Carolina flood damage could rival Hurricane Hugo. Click Here to find out more.
SC Flood Damage

Video of the 2015 ECU/NCEM Hurricane Conference is now available for viewing to the public.

-Morning Session

-Afternoon Session

The 6th Annual ECU/NCEM Hurricane Workshop was held May 27th, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at ECU's Murphy Center.

WCTI Meteorologist Skip Waters was honored with a special award at this year's conference. Click here to read more.

Skip Waters

Click here to read WNCT's coverage of the 2015 Hurricane Conference.

Britney Hamilton NCA&T

This year's Keynote Speaker was Rick Knabb, Ph.D., Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center.

Rick Knabb

Click here to see North Carolina Emergency Management's "Save the Date" release.

The 2014 NCEM/ECU Hurricane Workshop was held May 28, 2014.


NC Governor Pat McCrory

(above) NC Governor Pat McCrory delivers opening remarks.



Opening Remarks, Mike Sprayberry

(above) NCEM Director Mike Sprayberry welcomes attendees to the Workshop.


2014 NCEM-ECU Hurricane Workshop - crowd 

(above) A full house in the Murphy Center for 2014's NCEM/ECU Hurricane Workshop


(below) Poster presentations from the Workshop:






Hurricane Arthur Intensifying as it Approaches North Carolina

-Click HERE to keep up to date with the latest information on Hurricane Arthur via Dr. Jeff Masters' Weather Underground Blog

-Click HERE to view the NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER's website, including experimental STORM SURGE graphics.



The 2014 NCEM/ECU Hurricane Workshop was held May 28, 2014.

COMING SOON: Streaming Video of the 2014 Hurricane Workshop




2014 marks the 60th Anniversary of Hurricane Hazel:



In The News


Click here to read the

Summary of the 2013 NCEM-ECU Hurricane Workshop

...and click here to view

Video of the 2013 NCEM-ECU Hurricane Workshop

"ECU Hurricane Workshop highlights lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy" 

Click on the link above to see WNCT's coverage of the NCEM/ECU Hurricane Workshop.


The 2013 NCEM/ECU Hurricane Workshop is scheduled for May 22nd at ECU's Murphy Center. Click here for more information. As always, we invite all interested parties to register and attend. To register please contact Chris Jackson.



CNHR Assistant Director Craig Landry and CNHR Associate Paul Bin's research has been cited in Christopher Matthews' article "Will Hurricane Sandy Drive Down Coastal Home Prices?" in TIME Magazine's Business & Money section. Click here to read the article.




Jamie Kruse & Clarence Nicholas
CNHR Director Jamie Kruse and Undergraduate student Clarence Nicholas visited Dare County Emergency Management on October 27th as Hurricane Sandy skirted the NC Coast. Dave Clawson, Dare County's Finance Director, provides a firsthand look at how the county prepares for potential natural disasters.

CNHR Assistant Director Craig Landry and CNHR Associate Paul Bin's research is cited in Steven Yoder's article, "Could Home Prices Come Back Even Stronger After Sandy?" in The Fiscal Times. Click here to read more:




For a better world view of natural disasters, click here to access the Global Disaster and Coordination System.  


The Southern Sociological Society Distinguished Lecturer Shirley Laska spoke on September 12th, 2012 at ECU.

Dr. Laska is the 2008 winner of the ASA's Public Understanding of Sociology Award. Before Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Laska's work drew attention to the risks which New Orleans would face in the event of a major hurricane. Her work has helped the public and policymakers to understand the impacts of disasters are socially constructed, unequal, and can and should be mitigated. This event was sponsored by the Department of Sociology, the Southern Sociological Society, and the Center for Natural Hazards Research.

Click here to view Dr. Laska's lecture. 


The North Carolina Coastal Atlas is a collaborative project intended to help coastal managers and communities develop policy, educate and promote climate adaptation. More information, and a link to the interactive North Carolina Coastal Atlas Map can be found here.

NC Coastal Map



The 2012 NCEM-ECU Hurricane Workshop is available for viewing; Click on the links below to watch:

2012 North Carolina Hurricane Workshop-Part 1 (Introduction & Social Media Panel)

2012 North Carolina Hurricane Workshop-Part 2 (News Media-EM Community Interaction During an Event)

2012 North Carolina Hurricane Workshop-Part 3 (Communication with Maps & Graphics)

2012 North Carolina Hurricane Workshop-Part 4 (Keynote Speaker)

2012 North Carolina Hurricane Workshop-Part 5 (Hurricane Irene)

The 2012 NCEM-ECU Hurricane Workshop in the news:

WNCT:Hurricane workshop 2012 at East Carolina University

WITN:National Hurricane Center Director Speaks At ECU Workshop

The DAILY REFLECTOR:Expert: Brace For Stormy Season


The CNHR is proud to announce that Director Dr. Jamie Kruse has won the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity, and Assistant Director Dr. Craig Landry has won the Five Year Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity.

Click here to view Dr. Jamie Kruse's presentation, "Economics and Natural Hazards" given on March 26th.

Click here to read the ECU News Service's interviews with Drs. Kruse and Landry about the awards, as well as their ongoing research projects.


CNHR Research Associate Dr. Thomas Allen was interviewed by WCTI12 about his "NC Tornado Alley Hypothesis". Click here to watch!


HIGH WATER! A map for visualizing and communicating the risk of sea-level rise to coastal resources is paramount to the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System.


Rising sea-level imperils the second largest estuarine system in the conterminous 48 United States.  The Albemarle-Pamlico is vulnerable to coastal tectonic subsidence as well as rising eustatic sea-level and potential inlet-opening and breakdown of the Outer Banks barrier islands. Our map aims to convey the vulnerable extent of potential land and wetland losses by 2100 using advanced GIS and cartographic techniques. This map incorporates the best available data (LiDAR DEMs, NOAA coastal land cover), spatial inundation modeling using hydro-connectivity analysis, and state-of-the-art cartography (aquafication, topographic hillshading, and land cover texturization) with the aim of informing the public and decision-makers about the geography of our coastal vulnerability.

Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at East Carolina University

Brent Gore, Matt Carey, Travis Hill, Michelle Covi
Advisor: Dr. Tom Allen, Department of Geography

Data sources
NOAA C-CAP land cover, NC Floodplain Mapping Program LiDAR, RENCI ECU inundation model


Dr. Sam Brody of Texas A&M University presented "Flooding in Coastal Communities: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Implications" on Thursday, February 9th at ECU. The event was sponsored by the CNHR and the Center for Sustainable Tourism.

Click here to view the event via streaming video.

Click here for more information:

SEMINAR Announcement-BrodySMALL