Risk Analysis

Building an Interdisciplinary Team for Disaster Response Research: A Data‐Driven Approach

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  • Author(s): Yue “Gurt” Ge, Christopher W. Zobel, Pamela Murray‐Tuite, Roshanak Nateghi, Haizhong Wang
  • Article first published online: 06 Feb 2019
  • DOI: 10.1111/risa.13280
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Abstract Building an interdisciplinary team is critical to disaster response research as it often deals with acute onset events, short decision horizons, constrained resources, and uncertainties related to rapidly unfolding response environments.  This article examines three teaming mechanisms for interdisciplinary disaster response research, including ad hoc and/or grant proposal driven teams, research center or institute based teams, and teams oriented by matching expertise toward long‐term collaborations. Using hurricanes as the response context, it further examines several types of critical data that require interdisciplinary collaboration on collection, integration, and analysis. Last, suggesting a data‐driven approach to engaging multiple disciplines, the article advocates building interdisciplinary teams for disaster response research with a long‐term goal and an integrated research protocol.

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