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Center for Hazards and Risk Research


The mission of the Columbia Center for Hazards and Risk Research is to advance the predictive science of natural and environmental hazards and the integration of science with hazard risk assessment and risk management.

Columbia University's physical and social scientists are undertaking a new research program in disasters and risk management motivated by a clear and compelling need to reduce the catastrophic impacts on society from natural and human-induced hazards. The Center for Hazards and Risk Research (CHRR) draws on Columbia's acknowledged expertise in Earth and environmental sciences, engineering, social sciences, public policy, public health and business.

It has a twofold focus:

  • The advancement of predictive capability for hazard and risk
  • The integration of core science with techniques for hazard assessment and risk management.

This program infuses the scientific and technological perspective on disasters with a deep appreciation of the social, political, and economic realities of the developing, as well as the developed, world.  It requires a renewed focus on translating the key scientific concepts of probability and uncertainty into a language and set of rules useful to decision-makers.


  • Lamont Research Professor in the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory , Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Deputy Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Science Coordinator, Program in Environmental Science and Policy