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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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The Director

Dr. Jamie Kruse

Jamie Brown Kruse, PhD
Director, Center for Natural Hazards Research
Professor, Department of Economics
A-112 Brewster
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Tel: (252) 328-5784
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CNHR Newsletter

ThumbnailSpring/Summer 2010[1.15 MB]
This issue includes a brief summary of a recent Hurricane Workshop hosted at ECU; a letter from our Director; an article about a PhD student's fellowship at NOAA; an article about RENCI's involvement in a hurricane exercise in Dare County; and a faculty profile for Dr. Thomas Allen, Director of RENCI@ECU.

Fall 09

Fall/Winter 2009 [936 KB]
This issue includes a brief summary of the Hurricane Floyd Symposium; a letter from our Director in which she discusses her new role as the Chief Economist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); a letter from our Interim Director, Craig Landry; an article about a CNHR graduate student's experience in the field; an article about the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; and mention of two hazards related programs at ECU.


S09Spring/Summer 2009 [1.35 MB]
In this issue, you will read about one of our projects which is focused on precipitation intensity and climate change, RENCI@ECU, an article about our Director's recent involvement with an international symposium in Mexico, and an announcement for the upcoming Hurricane Floyd Symposium.




F08Fall/Winter 2008 [1.49 MB]
In this issue, you will read about one of our projects which is focused on risk communications along North Carolina's coast, the NC CoHaz web portal, a recent article that was written about our Director, Dr. Jamie Kruse, and an announcement for the upcoming Hurricane Floyd Symposium. 



Articles About CNHR

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