Hazards, Geography, and GIScience

The combination of ever-growing vulnerable populations and the consequences of climate change presents a complex challenge for all of humanity. 2017 alone has seen several large scale natural disaster events, including catastrophic hurricanes Maria, Harvey, and Irma; deadly earthquakes in Mexico, China, and Italy; devastating wildfires in Chile, Portugal, the American West; and many others. Our 2018 Annual Meeting has us returning to New Orleans, Louisiana for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in history, which had devastating effects on the entire region and whose impacts can still be seen today.

Geographers are uniquely situated to address the myriad challenges presented by hazards due to the interdisciplinary nature of our discipline. Through climate change science, GIS, remote sensing, and, perhaps most importantly, the united interest in human dimensions of global change, geographers are well-equipped to research and apply their work in response to and in preparation for natural hazards. 

The 2018 AAG Annual Meeting Theme Hazards, Geography, and GIScience will approach these issues from multiple perspectives, with the goal of using the research and tools of Geography and GIScience to learn from past events and plan for future hazards.

Theme Committee

Tom Cova, Director of the Center for Natural and Technological Hazards and Professor, Department of Geography, University of Utah
Susan Cutter, Carolina Distinguished Professor and Director of the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute, University of South Carolina
Bandana Kar, Research Scientist, Urban Dynamics Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Brian Pompeii, Lecturer, Social Sciences Department, California Polytechnic State University
Eric Tate, Associate Professor, Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, The University of Iowa
Deb Thomas, Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Denver

Please direct all theme-related queries to hazards@aag.org. Theme participants are encouraged to share via social media using the hashtags #AAG2018 and #Hazards.