Living in the Eye of the Storm: Population shifts toward the coasts coupled with Increases in hurricane intensity, size, and frequency creates the perfect storm for losses that will surpass those of past storms like Katrina and Sandy. Notre Dame is helping to enhance community resilience to hurricanes today to prevent losses tomorrow.ad0 Empowering Decision Makers: Community resilience is founded upon understanding coastal hazards and predicting their impacts accurately. Notre Dame sits at the cutting edge of translating this knowledge into reliable and actionable information for decision makers charged with ensuring the safety of our communities.ad1 The Power of Data: Post-disaster reconnaissance represents one of the most valuable data sources to enhance community resilience; however, without a centralized repository or tools to aid in data curation and discovery, its potentials have not been seized. Notre Dame’s rare open data repository now enables the community to learn from the past as we build a more resilient future.ad2 Bringing High-Fidelity Simulation to the Masses: The computational demands of high-fidelity models for hurricanes are significant, posing a major dilemma emergency management and planning decision makers. Notre Dame’s advances in surrogate modeling now enable simulations that previously took hundreds of hours to be executable in mere minutes using any device, including a SmartPhone.ad3 The Digital Reconnaissance Era: Post-disaster reconnaissance teams acquire thousands of images and forensic assessments that are often not curated in a manner that reaches the wider community needing this information to improve coastal construction practices. Notre Dame is leading a Digital Reconnaissance movement with Apps that automatically upload to the CyberEye data warehouse.ad4

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Recent losses have made it very clear that the models and data that are used in risk assessment and loss estimation need adjustments not only to capture changes in hurricane frequency and intensity, but also to include secondary hazards like the impact of waves, storm surge and inland flooding. Through research advances seeking to address these deficiencies, our knowledge of hurricane hazards and their impacts is rapidly evolving but is often not effectively harnessed in a manner that leverages the vast intellectual and computational resources being developed across the country. CyberEye at the University of Notre Dame is a cyber-portal that synergizes existing models, datasets, simulation tools and risk assessment frameworks so these resources can be more effectively leveraged to enhance community resilience to hurricanes.

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Kennedy participates in ASCE Post-Disaster Assessment of Typhoon Haiyan

June 03, 2014 • Author: Meenu Garg

Associate Professor Andrew Kennedy was part of a team organized by ASCE to assess the disaster left in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. This was Kennedy’s second trip to the region. Follow the team’s journey on the ASCE Blog Site:http://blogs.asce.org/field-report-post-disaster-assessment-of-typhoon-haiyan-day-1/

Kareem Receives Publication Award for Book on Structural Wind Engineering

June 03, 2014 • Author: Meenu Garg

Ahsan Kareem, the Robert Moran Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, and co-author, Yukio Tamura, professor of architectural engineering at Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics, have been named winners of the 2013 Japanese Association for Wind Engineering (JAWE) Publication Award. Their book Advanced Structural Wind Engineering was published in 2013 by Springer. The award will be presented at the 2014 JAWE General Assembly in May.…

Taflanidis received University's Joyce teaching excellence award

June 02, 2014 • Author: Meenu Garg

He has been identified in recognition of his profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching.…