Friday, July 20, 2012

Coming Soon: New White Paper on Disaster Resilience


The Disaster Resilience Working Group is hard at work on a white paper that highlights the connections between disaster resilience and sustainability.  The document is still evolving but is starting to take form.  The white paper is expected to be finished by late 2012 and released to the public in mid-2013 after undergoing peer review.

The first chapter defines the main concepts and highlights the impacts of disasters and the importance of hazard mitigation.  The second chapter provides concise but useful considerations for resilient structural design and points the reader to resources for technical guidance.  The next chapter provides an international perspective with a discussion of disasters in developing countries.  A final chapter is planned with case studies to provide examples for some of the concepts presented in the paper.  

The Disaster Resilience Working Group is interested in gaining members that are willing to help with the white paper or looking to champion additional projects related to sustainability and resilience.  The Sustainability Committee has an open solicitation for new members, more.  Interested individuals are encouraged to apply for membership and indicate how they can contribute to the working group.  

Article by Disaster Resilience Working Group web liaison Tonatiuh Rodriguez-Nikl, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles. For more information about the working group please contact Tona at

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