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The mission of C-CIES is to advance earthquake science while meeting natural hazard mitigation needs of communities in regions where high consequence, low frequency of incidence (HiC-LoFI) earthquakes can occur.

Center for Collective Impact in
Earthquake Science

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The vision of C-CIES is to continue and expand as an interdisciplinary research center that incorporates a “Collective Impact” (CI) framework to improve understanding of and resilience to earthquakes and associated hazards in an equitable, accessible, and sustainable manner.

The Center for Collective Impact in Earthquake Science (C-CIES; pronounced sí-sí-es) seeks to become the leading interdisciplinary geohazards research center investigating high consequence, low frequency of incidence (HiC-LoFI) earthquakes, with an emphasis on community engagement and broadening participation. The NSF Geoscience Directorate launched the Centers for Innovation and Community Engagement in Solid Earth Geohazards program to transform scientific inquiry approaches through engaging local communities in the work of better understanding and addressing geohazards. Focusing on the link between community and science and recognizing geohazards as a science that impacts many populations, we designed C-CIES to respond to the Centers initiative and to innovate, transform, and disrupt exclusive ways of conducting science.


The Team

C-CIES involves a national community of interdisciplinary scholars from multiple institutions and incorporates ideas from the NSF INCLUDES program and the Collective Impact framework (Kania and Kramer, 2011) to engage local and national communities more effectively and equitably in geohazard research.

Pilot Projects

Pilot Projects funded through C-CIES address critical earthquake science questions with strong social impact and community engagement plans. These Pilot Projects establish mechanisms for increasing partnership and evaluation of Center activities. They serve as case studies for the development of strategic planning. 

Collective Impact

The Collective Impact model builds from a shared understanding that no single organization, project, or activity can solve complex problems. The CI model is defined by 5 elements: Common Agenda, Continuous Communication, Shared Measurement, Mutually Reinforcing Activities, and  Centralized Support.

The Podcast

The C-CIES podcast is hosted by Principal Investigator Dr. Aaron Velasco and Monica Alvillar, Director. Together they interview guests about earthquake related research and issues that effect the academic and community at-large. Having guests from varying backgrounds and disciplines provides varying perspectives. Listen to Season 1 right now, all episodes available on Spotify. 

Community Forum
"The Watering Hole"

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