Disaster Geography


So what exactly is DisasterMap.net?

Here at DisasterMap.net, our objective is “to provide our users with near complete situational awareness in real time as disaster events unfold.”  I’ve been told by more than one MBA that this objective is complicated and hard to understand.  Another way to put it is that DisasterMap.net is a web based information system that allows you to track…


Why did so many people die in the Lower Ninth Ward?

My last blog addressed a question that I’ve gotten the most over the last decade: how many people died because of Hurricane Katrina impacts in Louisiana? This blog post deals with the next most common question that I get: Why did so many people die in the Lower Ninth Ward? Typically, the person asking, whether…


Making Sense of Hurricane Katrina’s Death Toll

  How many people died because of the Hurricane Katrina? I’ve gotten that question a lot over the last few days, with reporters being specifically interested in Louisiana and New Orleans. It is a question that I spent 7 years focused on, which culminated in my dissertation in 2011 which was published as a scientific…