Disaster recovery management


"j-d"
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Disaster recovery management

Postby "j-d" » Wed Sep 08, 1999 6:28 am

Professor Rob Olshansky at the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Dept of Urban and Regional Planning), my alma mater, did a lot of work in this area (post-earthquake recovery). Not SD, but you may still like to contact him if interested. It was done for/after the big California earthquakes. www.urban.uiuc.edu Regards Jaideep From: "j-d" <j-d@technologist.com> Jaideep Mukherjee, Ph. D. 713 523 2713


Phil Emmi
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Disaster recovery management

Postby Phil Emmi » Fri Sep 10, 1999 11:20 am

Earthquake Disaster Management: A Role for Systems Dynamics? Earthquakes are often an indirect result of mountain-building. When they occur in unpopulated regions, they are not a problem. Frequently, however, this is not the case. And there are system dynamic reasons why. A long-term process of local mountain building often interacts with a short-term process of local annual weather cycles. Air flows are driven up against the mountains. The resulting orographic effect produces upland percipitation. Percipitation provides the water needed to maintain a rich variety of plant and animal life suffient to attract human populations. Thus people tend increasingly to live in zones with substantial earthquake hazards. Earthquake themselves result from the slow accummulation and sudden release of seismic energy. This, too, can be represented as a sytem dynamic process but with little advantage over traditional methods. Other than this, earthquake disaster preparedness and mitigation is a spatial organizational problem and is thus well informed by geographic information analysis. Two articles that use this approach may prove helpful. They are: Philip C. Emmi and Carl A. Horton. 1993. A GIS-based assessment of earthquake property damage and casualty risk: Salt Lake County, Utah. Earthquake Spectra, 9:11-35. Philip C. Emmi and Carl A. Horton. 1993. The benefits of a seismic retrofit program for commercial unreinforced masonry structures: Salt Lake County, Utah. Earthquake Spectra, 9: 1-10. Prof. Philip C. Emmi University of Utah Geography Dept - Urban Planning Program 260 S Central Campus Dr Rm 270 OSH Salt Lake City UT 84112-9155 ph: 801-581-5562 fax: 801-581-8219 home:801-582-0719 email: pcemmi@geog.utah.edu http://www.geog.utah.edu/geography/faculty/emmi.html


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