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IU experts available to comment on Hurricane Ian aftermath

FORT MYERS BEACH, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 02: In this aerial view, destruction left in the wake of Hurr...

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – As the death toll from Hurricane Ian continues to rise in communities in Florida and the Carolinas, many are raising questions about whether the U.S. has done enough to prepare these coastal areas for extreme weather events and what it may take to rebuild these communities. IU experts are available to comment on hurricanes and extreme weather, climate change, emergency preparedness, philanthropic relief and more. 

For more information, contact Marah Yankey at mqharbis@iu.edu or 812-856-1442.

Beth Gazley
IU Bloomington

Beth Gazley

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Professor Beth Gazley is co-founder of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute and co-principal investigator on the Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative at IU. Her focus is on civil society and philanthropic behaviors related to climate change adaptation.

Expertise

Public and nonprofit management, associations, intersectoral relations, collaboration, volunteerism.

Chanh Kieu
IU Bloomington

Chanh Kieu

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Chanh Kieu is an assistant professor of atmospheric science at IU Bloomington and a member of the Environmental Resilience Institute steering committee. He earned his Ph.D. in 2008 and his M.S. in 2005 from the University of Maryland, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science; and his B.S. in 2003 from Vietnam National University, College of Science, Hanoi.

Expertise

Hurricanes, atmospheric modeling, nonlinear dynamical systems, data assimilation, climate dynamics.

Cody Kirkpatrick
IU Bloomington

Cody Kirkpatrick

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Cody Kirkpatrick is a lecturer in atmospheric science. His research focuses on extreme weather phenomena, including hurricanes, thunderstorms and tornadoes. By studying the behavior of these storms – how they develop, how they move and the ways in which they cause damage – we can improve weather forecasts and provide more advance warning of their impacts.

Expertise

Meteorology/atmospheric science, weather prediction, severe weather, tornadoes, hurricanes, winter weather, mid-latitude cyclones, blizzards, heavy rainfall, climate and climate change, climate trends in severe weather.

Matthew Link
IU Bloomington

Matthew Link

UITS

Matt Link is associate vice president of research technologies at IU and the creator of “Spider-Link,” a piece of mobile technology used to share and manage information from multiple locations collected by disaster assessment units following major storms. The equipment will be used on the ground by emergency responders from Indiana Task Force One, who have been dispatched to assist during Hurricane Florence. A volunteer firefighter for over 10 years with the Benton Township Volunteer Fire Department,

Expertise

Research computing, student technologies, messaging and telecommunication, data storage, Unix systems, high-performance computing systems, cyberinfrastructure for polar research and disaster response.

Travis O’Brien
IU Bloomington

Travis O’Brien

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Travis O’Brien is a professor in the IU Bloomington Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Research in his group focuses on understanding what controls weather and climate phenomena that impact human and natural systems. He and his group specialize in using a combination of numerical models, novel data analysis techniques, and fundamental theory to form and test hypotheses about what controls the physical characteristics and occurrence of weather patterns, from fog to extremes.

Expertise

Extreme weather, climate change, climate modeling, regional climate modeling, climate statistics, fog, atmospheric rivers.

Brenda Phillips
IU South Bend

Brenda Phillips

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Brenda Phillips, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at IU South Bend, is a subject matter expert on how communities manage and deal with disasters. She specializes in high-risk populations (e.g., senior citizens, people with disabilities, underrepresented groups). Her expertise includes business continuity planning for small to large businesses as well as the academic sector.

Expertise

Disaster response and recovery, high-risk populations, emergency management, business continuity planning.
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