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95th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Society of the Seismological Society of America 

Center for Collective Impact in Earthquake Science

Poster Abstract

Transforming Earthquake Science and Engineering

A. Velasco (Univ. of Texas at El Paso), M. Karplus (Univ. of Texas at El Paso), J. Weidner (Univ. of Texas at El Paso), M. Alvillar (Univ. of Texas at El Paso), S. Bilek (New Mexico Tech), M. Brudzinski (Miami University), D. Chandrsekhar (Univ. of Utah), J. Ebel (Boston College), T. Hobbs (Natural Resources Canada, J. Hurtado (Univ. of Texas at El Paso, S. Jaume (College of Charleston), E. Jones (UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, El Paso campus), A. Kafka (Boston College), Y. Lin (Univ. of New Mexico), A. Nunez (Univ. of Texas at El Paso), K. Pankow (Univ. of Utah), Z. Peng (Georgia Tech), A. Savvaidis (Univ. of Texas at Austin), E. Vanacore (University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez), C. Bolton Valencius (Boston College)

The Center for Collect Impact in Earthquake Science (C-CIES), a catalyst project funded by the National Science Foundation, is working toward becoming a full-fledged interdisciplinary research center that focuses on high-impact, low-probability earthquakes, with an emphasis on community engagement. The mission of C-CIES is to foster inclusive earthquake science with the aim of increasing resilience in regions under-prepared for earthquakes. C-CIES aims to create an interdisciplinary research center that embodies a collective impact framework to improve understanding of earthquakes and associated hazards in an equitable, accessible, and sustainable manner. C-CIES will conduct fundamental earthquake science and develop strategies for better identifying and quantifying seismic hazards in several focus regions including Puerto Rico, the Intermountain West, the Central U.S., and the Eastern U.S. We will extend those results to apply to many other regions of the world. Using collective impact, C-CIES’s research will prioritize the needs of vulnerable populations that have been historically underserved by current earthquake science, engineering, and public policy. To accomplish its vision and mission, C-CIES currently funds pilot projects that address critical earthquake science questions with strong social impact and community engagement plans. All research projects will be evaluated using the five elements of collective impact: common agenda, mutually reinforcing activities, shared metrics, and the backbone organization. We believe incorporating collective impact and fostering inclusive earthquake science will transform how earthquake and associated hazard science is being conducted, leading to fundamental breakthroughs that will profoundly and positively impact communities throughout the country.

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