Ramesh Singh (President)
Professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chapman University, Orange, California since 2009. Before joining Chapman University, he was at the George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia during 2003-2005 and 2007-2009. He was Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in India during 1986-2007.Ramesh Singh did MSc and Ph.D. in Geophysics from Banaras Hindu University and was a Post-Doctoral and AOSTRA Fellow in the Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada during 1981-1986. His current research interests include remote sensing applications to all type of Natural Hazards associated with land, ocean and atmosphere. He was Vice Chair of IUGG GeoRisk Commission. He has published more than 200 research papers, presently he is Chief Editor of Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Remote Sensing and Chief Editor of the Indian Journal of Remote Sensing, 1999-2006.
Seth Stein (President-elect)
AGU member since 1976. Deering Professor of Geological Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
Volunteer experience includes AGU duties serving as JGR editor, Seismology program chair for the Fall Meeting, Seismology and Geodesy section committees for recommending AGU Fellows, and chairing the Bucher Medal and Excellence in Geophysical Education Award committees. I have served on medal committees for the EGU and GSA, panels for NSF, NASA, the European Science Foundation, German Science Foundation, and European Research Council, and on advisory committees for departments in the U.S. and abroad.
Much of my research explores how earthquakes result from tectonic processes at the boundaries of plates and within them, and how limitations in our understanding of these processes affect our ability to forecast earthquake hazards. Because similar challenges arise for other natural hazards, I am interested in general questions of estimating uncertainties in hazard forecasts, assessing how well they work, and developing mitigation strategies that that make societal and economic sense, given limited resources and limited knowledge about what the earth will do.
Daniel Wright (Secretary)
Before joining the Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016, Dr. Wright was a NASA Postdoctoral Program fellow in the Hydrological Sciences Lab at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He grew up in and around Ann Arbor and holds bachelors and masters degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan with a focus in hydrology and hydraulics. Daniel served a Regional Sanitation Engineer with the Peace Corps in Bolivia from 2006-2008 and worked as a consulting hydropower engineer in Chile from 2008-2009 before earning his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources from Princeton University, where he studied urban rainfall and flood hydrometeorology from 2009 to 2013. He worked as a disaster risk management consultant at the World Bank from 2013-2014, focusing on flood and landslide risk management in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has been a member of AGU since 2010.
Upmanu Lall (Immediate Past President)
Alan & Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering; Director, Columbia Water Center; Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate & Society, Columbia University.PhD in Civil & Environmental Eng., University of Texas at Austin, 1981.
Main interests: Climate Dynamics and Floods/Droughts. Nonstationary and Nonlinear Dynamics; Innovations in Dynamic Risk Management.
Amir AghaKouchak (Immediate Past Secretary)
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. His research crosses the boundaries between hydrology, climatology, remote sensing to address critical global water resource issues.
Research Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA
Specialized in ocean dynamics and tsunami early detection system using GPS technology
Associate editor for Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
2014 AGU Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing (JGR-Oceans)
2011 NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for pioneering work in tsunami research, resulting in new insight into tsunami genesis and in advance a new approach to tsunami mitigation
2010 The year in science by Discover Magazine #84 Yardstick for Killer Waves
2008 Ed Stone Award for outstanding research on Detecting tsunami genesis and scales directly from coastal GPS stations
Guido Cervone has a formal background in Computation Science and Remote Sensing, and his research focuses on the development and application of computational algorithms for the analysis of spatio-temporal remote sensing, numerical modeling, and social media “Big Data” related to environmental hazards and renewable energy. He focuses on problems related to the fusion of heterogeneous data at different temporal and spatial scales. He has been Affiliated Scientist with the Research Application laboratory (RAL) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado since 2012. He is also Adjunct Professor with the Lamont-Doherety Earth Observatory at Columbia University. He serves as co-chair for the executive committee and program committee for the American Geophysical Union, Natural Hazards focus group. His big passion is sailing and he has sailed over 4,000 offshore miles. He has been a volunteer instructor at the US Naval Academy (USNA), in the Offshore Sailing Training Squadron (OSTS) program. He does not own a cell phone.
Senior Research Fellow, Geophysikalisches Institut, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany;
Chief Scientist / Research Professor, International Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia;
Professor, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France;
Secretary-General, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG);
Immediate Past President, IUGG Commission on Geophysical Risk and Sustainability (GeoRisk Commission);
Board of Directors, International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE);
Editor, Computational Seismology and Geodynamics (AGU book publications).PhD in Physics and Mathematics (1990) and D.Sc. in Geophysics (1997), both Russian Academy of Sciences.
Main interests: Computational seismology and geodynamics, seismic hazard, modeling of extreme seismic events, geophysical risks.
Dr. Roger S. Pulwarty is the Senior Science Advisor for Climate, and the Director of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) at the NOAA Office of Oceans and Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Roger’s publications focus on climate and risk management in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. Throughout his career he has helped develop and lead widely-recognized programs dealing with climate science and services, including the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments, NIDIS and the Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change project in the Caribbean. Roger is a lead author on the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Reports on Water Resources and on Extremes, and a convening lead author on the IPCC Working Group II Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Roger has served on advisory committees of the National Academy of Sciences, provided testimonies before the U.S. Congress, and acts as an advisor on climate risk management and services to the Western Governors Association, the Caribbean Economic Community, the Organization of American States, the UNDP, the UNEP and the InterAmerican and World Banks, among others. He chairs the WMO Commission on Climatology Climate Services Information System. Roger’s work has been featured in several media communications, including the New York Times and the BBC. Roger lectures at the University of Colorado and the University of the West Indies. He is a co-recipient of NOAA awards, Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medals for integrating scientific research into decision-making, and the Gold Medal for Excellence in Applied Science and Technology from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
David Green is the Program Manager for Disaster response and risk reduction with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters – Science Mission Directorate’s Applied Science Program. Dr. Green has been engaged in research and application of hazards and disaster science for over 25 years Dr. Green graduated from the University of Toronto with a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and earned a Masters of International Science & Technology Management from the University of Maryland. He was on the Research Faculty of Stanford University and the University of Maryland, and conducted environmental sensor-based research with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In his current position, Dr. Green enables decision support and risk management science relevant to a range of natural hazards including volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods as well as man-made hazards such as oil spills. He creates and leverages partnerships among government, academic and industry researchers, both domestically and internationally, and with actors from disaster response, risk management, and capacity-building communities. Dr. Green manages issue-based research that exploits the capacities of NASA’s satellite and airborne assets, integrates related earth observation, and develops model and map-based information and data products. He had previously been with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service (NOAA/NWS) from 2003-2014. At NOAA/NWS he led integrated science and disaster programs, managed the transition and infusion of science results to operations, and established the tsunami early warning and mitigation system, supported the hurricane storm surge, air quality, health, and ecological hazards programs and contributed to water resource management activities. Dr. Green has served on many national and international committees and working groups related to natural disasters including those through the White House Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction, the Disaster Working Group of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites, the Group on Earth Observations, and the World Meteorological Organization, the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
Ken Hudnut is the Science Advisor for Risk Reduction for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Natural Hazards Mission Area. He works to understand and explain natural hazards in order to help people; he is responsible for ensuring USGS hazards science is being applied to help solve societally relevant problems. He has applied GPS and lidar to earthquake research as a geophysicist for the USGS office in Pasadena, California since 1992. To help understand the San Andreas fault system and earthquake source physics, he has studied earthquakes worldwide using satellite & airborne imagery analysis along with field work to provide ground truth. He led the earthquake source design for the ShakeOut scenario, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake on the San Andreas fault. Before joining USGS, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology, where he has continued on the faculty as a Visiting Associate in Geophysics since 1997. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1989, and his A.B. (high honors) from Dartmouth in 1983.
Robert Weiss is an an associate professor of Natural Hazards at Virgina Tech. His research focuses on sedimentology, coastal engineering, and oceanography, with a specific focus on oceanic meteorite impacts and landslides as well as tsunami wave propagation and inundation generated by earthquakes. His research methodologies include field surveys and laboratory analyses, as well as numerical and analytical modeling. Weiss received his Ph.D. from Westfalische-Wihelms University in Munster, Germany in 2005, and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, Germany.
Bruno Merz has been the Head of the Hydrology Section of Helmholtz Center Potsdam: GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences since 2002. His research interests include monitoring and simulation of hydrological and hydraulic processes, hydrological extremes, risk analysis, and floods. From 2007 to 2009 he was the Geoengineering Department Director at GFZ, and from 2009 to 2015 he was the Earth Surface Processes Department Director at GFZ. He served as the Secretary of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Committee for Disaster Mitigation from 1996 to 2000. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Potsdam in 2005.
Peter Bobrowsky is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada where he studies natural hazards monitoring, engineering geology including landslide processes and mechanisms, risk assessment, terrain stability mapping, as well as paleoseismicity and paleotsunamis. He has also been an adjunct full professor at Simon Fraser University in Canada as well as a senior scientist at NRCan, Geological Survey of Canada since 2002. He was the former president of the Geological Association of Canada from 2013 to 2014 as well as the former secretary general for the International Union of Geological Sciences from 2000 to 2012. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in 1988.
Susan L. Cutter
Susan Cutter is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina where she is also the Director of the Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute. Her research focuses on disaster vulnerability and resilience science – the reasons why people and the places where they live are vulnerable to extreme events and how vulnerability and resilience are measured, monitored, and assessed. She has authored/edited twelve books and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She was the recipient of the 2015 Gilbert F. White Distinguished Lecture Award. She serves on several national advisory boards and committees including the National Research Council, the AAAS, the National Science Foundation, the Natural Hazards Center, and the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment. Dr. Cutter is also a co-executive editor of Environment, an associated editor of Weather, Climate, and Society, as well as a coordinating lead author of the IPCC Special Report Chapter 5, “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation”. She received her Ph.D. in from the University of Chicago in 1976.
Valerio Tramutoli has been an associate professor at the University of Basilicata (Rome) “La Sapienza” in Italy since 1990 where he also received his Ph.D. and was a research fellow. His research focuses on data analysis of infrared radiation from meteorological satellites (HIRS/2 and AVHRR sensors) and planetary water vapor climatology in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Physics.
AGU Focus Groups Fellows Committee
The Fellows committee was reconstituted as a single committee for all the focus groups within AGU. Ramesh Singh (email@example.com) is the representative of the Natural Hazards Focus Group. Please contact Ramesh if you have questions regarding this committee.
Early Carer Scientists
- Phu Nguyen, UC Irvine
- Riccardo Biondi
- Mari Tye