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Communicating variations in asset exposure to support multi-hazard strategic planning at the U.S. Department of the Interior

Authors: Nathan Wood*, United States Geological Survey
Topics: Hazards and Vulnerability, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, United States
Keywords: hazard, vulnerability, risk, web application, dashboard
Session Type: Paper
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The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) protects and manages the natural resources and cultural heritage of the United States on more than 480 million acres of public lands, provides information about those resources, and honors trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Insular and affiliated island communities. To support this mission, the U.S. Geological Survey and DOI Office of Emergency Management are collaborating to assess, visualize, and communicate risks to DOI staff, visitors, concessionaires, contractors, tribal communities, facilities, infrastructure, land, natural resources, and cultural resources. Geospatial data and tools are being used to quantify spatial variations in hazard exposure to a wide array of meteorological, geophysical, wildland fire, human and environmental health, and hydrological hazards, as well as technological accidents and adversarial actions. A relative threat matrix has been completed using expert elicitation to create a hazard taxonomy to support multi-hazard planning. Data analytics, infographics, and web-based dashboards have been developed to provide a nationally consistent approach that supports DOI risk-reduction planning. This collaboration promotes a Federal risk community of practice to identify best available data, analytical approaches, and data-driven risk planning.

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