Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Community Resilience To Natural Hazards"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2012 - DURI
Research area(s):
hosptiality and tourism; hazard management; community resilience
Project Description:
We conducted a workshop in Evansville, IN with the county planning office, presented our seismic hazard and liquefaction hazard maps. At the meeting, we administered a pre and post survey instrument intended to measure behaviors that motivate communities and individual community members to prepared for and mitigate natural disasters for enhanced community resilience. This project will continue the analyses of the survey instrument and carry forward the learnings of our research to other communities and audiences.
Expected Student Contributions:
Intern under the guidance of Sandra Sydnor will help in the surveying of potential users of seismic hazard information and compiling the results of the survey. They will present this and other demographic information geographically. The student will also contribute information to a web site for users.
Related Website(s):
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/ceus/urban_map/evansville/
Desired Qualifications:
Helpful but not mandatory: experience with surveys, GIS if possible, web page experience and development; qualitative and quantitative research methods (classes; experience)
Estimated Weekly Hours:
10
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Name:
Sydnor, Sandra
Deptartment/College:
School of Hospitality andTourism Management

Student Supervisor

Name:
Sandra Sydnor
Title:
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Jennifer Haase
Deptartment/College:
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences