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Natural Hazard Assessment


Contact Information

David Ferrill, Ph.D.
(210) 522-6082
dferrill@swri.org

Gary Walter, Ph.D.
(210) 522-3805
gwalter@swri.org

Image: Experienced SwRI geoscientists and engineers observed the 1995 volcanic eruption of Cerro Negro, Nicaragua, to monitor the development of the eruption and subsequently evaluate the hazard to and possible effects on nearby populations.

Experienced SwRI geoscientists and engineers observed the 1995 volcanic eruption of Cerro Negro, Nicaragua, to monitor the development of the eruption and subsequently evaluate the hazard to and possible effects on nearby populations.


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Remote Sensing Methods for Detecting, Monitoring, and Evaluating Geologic Hazards

As a leader in developing and applying probabilistic methods, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) focuses on innovation for understanding complicated natural hazards. SwRI develops hazard assessment technology to:

  • Identify forcing functions for natural hazards
  • Integrate natural hazard information with potentially affected infrastructure information
  • Monitor potential safety-affecting changes in natural systems

Natural Hazard Analysis

For natural hazard assessments, SwRI conducts comprehensive assessments that account for uncertainties.

Qualitative and quantitative hazard analyses rely on site characterization capabilities, remote-sensing techniques, wireless sensor monitoring networks, high-end computer modeling, geological principles, and laboratory studies to evaluate the potential for natural hazards such as:

  • Volcanism
  • Earthquakes
  • Faulting and fracturing
  • Landslides
  • Floods
  • Debris flows
  • Tsunami
  • Tornadoes
  • Ground collapse and subsidence

Related Terminology

volcanism  •  earthquakes  •  faulting  •  fracturing  •  landslides  •  floods  •  debris flow  •  tsunami  •  tornadoes  •  ground collapse  •  ground subsidence  •  natural hazard assessment  •  natural hazard analysis

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04/15/14