Christopher Emrich

, Ph.D., GISP

Associate Professor, Boardman Endowed Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Public Administration

Public Administration

Biography

Dr. Emrich is an Endowed Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Public Administration within the School of Public Administration and a founding member of the newly formed National Center for Integrated Coastal Research at University of Central Florida.  His research interests include the application of geospatial web-based technologies to emergency management planning and practice, long term recovery from disaster, and the intersection of social vulnerability and community resilience in the face of disaster.  From 2004 – 2007 he provided geospatial support for response and long term recovery to the state of Florida and has since been actively involved in identifying trends in long term recovery for coastal Mississippi and supervising FEMA’s public assistance web-transparency initiative for the gulf coast.  Dr. Emrich is a strong advocate of the transition of knowledge from academia and research into real-world applications.  He has been a key player in the development of theory, data, metrics, methods, applications, and spatial analytical models for understanding the newly emergent field of hazard vulnerability science and the often very different pattern of disaster recovery across communities.

Credentials

  • Ph.D.
  • GISP
  • Research

    2017. Emrich, C.T. (PI). Hurricane Irma Impact and Unmet Needs Assessment. State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, 4 month grant, $32,947.
    2017. Emrich, C.T. (PI). Mapping of Social Vulnerability Index for Hurricane Harvey. OXFAM America, $14,040.
    2017. Emrich, C.T. (Mentor). Office of Research & Commercialization’s (ORC) Research Mentoring Opportunity, 1 year grant, $3,000.
    2017. Emrich, C.T. (PI). State of Florida Impact and Unmet Needs Assessment. State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, 4 month grant, $26,606.
    2016. Emrich, C.T. (PI), E. Tate, S. Speilman, Collaborative Research: Measuring Social Vulnerability–Reducing Uncertainty and Validating Indicators, National Science Foundation, 3 year grant, $40,514.
    2015. Emrich, C.T. (PI), M. Gall, S.L. Cutter. Improving Risk Assessment in Support of State Hazard Mitigation Planning. South Carolina Emergency Management Division – Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, 3 year grant, $790,516.
    2015. Li, Zhenlong (PI), C.T. Emrich, D. Guo, and C. Wang. Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Flood Impact by Integrating Satellite, VGI and Social Media Data: Rapid Assessment of the October Flood. University of South Carolina Vice President for Research, 6 month grant, $18,477.
    2015. Emrich, C.T. (PI), M. Gall, and N. Huyhn. Leveraging Perishable Impact Data into Long Term Recovery Forecasting. University of South Carolina Vice President for Research, 6 month grant, $26,550.
    2015. Emrich, C.T. (PI), M. Gall, and S.L. Cutter. Statewide, Web-based Risk Assessment Planning Project for Florida. Florida Department of Emergency Management, 1 year grant, $237,163.
    2015. Emrich, C.T. (PI), M. Gall. Hazards Analysis and Planning (GEOG 535) – Distributed Learning Course Development Grant. University of South Carolina, 1 year grant, $7,829.
    2014. Emrich, C.T. (PI), J. Eberth. Identifying and Updating Public Health Impacts and Hazard Probabilities for Public Health and Medical Preparedness – Phase IIIB, Florida Department of Health – Bureau of Preparedness and Response, 6 month grant, $45,623.
    2013. Emrich, C.T. (PI), J. Eberth. Identifying and Updating Public Health Impacts and Hazard Probabilities for Public Health and Medical Preparedness – Phase IIIA, Florida Department of Health – Bureau of Preparedness and Response, 6 month grant, $32,908.
    2013. Emrich, C.T. (PI), Impacts and Vulnerabilities Related to Climate Variabilities in Florida – Phase III, Florida Department of Health – Bureau of Epidemiology, 1 year grant, $31,999.
    2013-2014. Emrich, C.T. (PI), M. Gall, 2010 Census Update of the Enhancement of the Social Vulnerability Index (SOVI) for Use in Assessing Coastal Risk, NOAA Coastal Services Center, 6 month grant, $50,000.
    2013-2016. Emrich, C.T. (PI), E. Tate, S. Speilman, Collaborative Research: Measuring Social Vulnerability–Reducing Uncertainty and Validating Indicators, National Science Foundation, 3 year grant, $174,000.
    2013-2016, Cutter, S.L. (PI), C.T. Emrich, Identifying and Analyzing the Driving Forces of Hurricane Recovery for Disaster Stricken Areas to Improve Long-term Planning, Department of Homeland Security, 3 year grant, $398,950.
    2013, Emrich C.T. (PI), Impacts and Vulnerabilities related to Climate Variabilities in Florida, Florida Department of Health – Bureau of Epidemiology, 1 year grant, $21,000.
    2012-2015, Emrich C.T. (PI), S.L. Cutter, Supporting South Carolina’s Optimal Mitigation of Environmental Threats, South Carolina Emergency Management Division – Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, 3 year grant, $400,000.
    2012-2015, Cutter, S.L. (PI), C. T. Emrich, J. T. Mitchell. DRRC: Baseline indicators for monitoring disaster resilience in rural places, NSF, 3 year grant, $137,500.
    2012-2014, Cutter, S.L. (PI), C.T. Emrich, Mapping Vulnerabilities to Create Resiliencies, Climate Central, 1 year grant, $100,000.
    2012-2013, Emrich, C.T. (PI), Impacts and Vulnerabilities related to Climate Sensitivities in Florida Phase I Review and Assessment of Threats and Outcomes, Florida Department of Health – Bureau of Epidemiology, 1 year grant, $32,500.
    2012-2013, Emrich, C.T. (PI), S.L. Cutter, Integrating Social Vulnerability, Medical Vulnerability, Hazard Vulnerability, and Disaster Resilience for Public Health and Medical Preparedness, Florida Department of Health – Bureau of Preparedness and Response, 1-year grant, $113,999.
    2012, Cutter, S.L. (PI), C.T. Emrich, Creating a Hazards of Place Model for the State of Connecticut, Harvard School of Public Health, $15,000.
    2012, Emrich, C.T. (PI), S.L. Cutter, Incorporating Medical and Social Vulnerability into an All-Hazards Assessment for the State of Florida, Florida Department of Health, $49,592.
    2012, Emrich, C.T. (PI), J. T. Mitchell, Earthquakes in South Carolina: Bridging the Social and Science Divide for K-12 Educators, South Carolina Emergency Management Division – Earthquake Mitigation Program, $19,500.
    2011-2012, Emrich, C.T. (PI), S.L. Cutter, Identifying South Carolina’s Readiness to Chemical Threats, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division – State Homeland Security Grant Program, $79,250
    2011-2012, Cutter, S.L. (PI), C.T. Emrich, Flood Risk Management: Integrating Social Vulnerability into Multiple Liens of Defense Mitigation, G.E.C. Inc., $53,000.
    2011, Emrich C.T. (PI), S.L. Cutter, Integrating Social Vulnerability into Climate Change Planning and Preparedness at the Local Level for Mississippi and Louisiana, OXFAM America, $20,000.
    2010-2011, Cutter, S.L. (PI), C.T. Emrich, Enhancement of the Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI) for Use in Assessing Coastal Risk, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, $70,000.
    2010-2011, Cutter, S.L. (PI), Emrich C.T. and J.T. Mitchell, Hurricane Evacuation Behavioral Study for South Carolina, $80,000.
    2009-2012, Emrich C.T. (PI), S.L. Cutter, Geospatial Risk Assessment Support Prototype, SC Emergency Management Division, $400,000.
    2009, Cutter, S.L. (PI), C.T. Emrich, Social Vulnerability Mapping for the Southeast, OXFAM America, $40,000.

    Courses
    • PAD4712: Information Systems for Public Managers and Planners

      This course will focus on introductory topics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and is designed for persons who have are interested in acquiring the baseline knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to independently generate cartographic and geospatial products.

      By the end of this course, students must independently:
      1. Demonstrate an understanding of Geographic Information Systems.
      2. Demonstrate ability to 'think spatially'.
      3. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the technical, scientific, and organizational aspects of a GIS project management.
      4. Identify the major components of ArcGIS and what they are used for.
      5. Demonstrate an understanding of standard spatial data formats used in GIS.
      6. Demonstrate an understanding of common GIS data structures such as vector and raster.
      7. Understand the importance of coordinate systems in GIS.
      8. Identify commonly used map projections and distortions associated with them.
      9. Be able to work with tables within a GIS.
      10. Perform attribute and spatial queries.
      11. Demonstrate an understanding of how spatial data sets can be combined and compared using location of features as the criterion to solve real world
      problems.
      12. Identify and describe commonly used map overlay functions.
      13. Demonstrate an understanding of common data entry methods like geocoding, digitizing and editing data.

    • PAD6716: Information Systems for Public Managers and Planners

      This course will focus on introductory topics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and is designed for persons who have are interested in acquiring the baseline knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to independently generate cartographic and geospatial products.

      By the end of this course, students must independently:
      1. Demonstrate an understanding of Geographic Information Systems.
      2. Demonstrate ability to 'think spatially'.
      3. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the technical, scientific, and organizational aspects of a GIS project management.
      4. Identify the major components of ArcGIS and what they are used for.
      5. Demonstrate an understanding of standard spatial data formats used in GIS.
      6. Demonstrate an understanding of common GIS data structures such as vector and raster.
      7. Understand the importance of coordinate systems in GIS.
      8. Identify commonly used map projections and distortions associated with them.
      9. Be able to work with tables within a GIS.
      10. Perform attribute and spatial queries.
      11. Demonstrate an understanding of how spatial data sets can be combined and compared using location of features as the criterion to solve real world
      problems.
      12. Identify and describe commonly used map overlay functions.
      13. Demonstrate an understanding of common data entry methods like geocoding, digitizing and editing data.

    • PAD6938: Hazards Analysis and Disaster Planning

      This course examines the geo-spatial aspects of hazards analysis and planning with specific reference to disaster preparedness, recovery, mitigation, and resilience. Hazards planning and analysis occurs through all phases of the emergency management cycle from pre-event (preparedness), but is equally important post-event especially in mitigation and recovery.
      Effective emergency management stems from the ability to convert and operationalize the knowledge created by hazards research, especially from the social sciences, into practice largely through the application of geospatial analyses. This course 1) provides an historical overview of hazards assessment and planning within the United States including the legal frameworks such as the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and its amendments; 2) introduces the conceptual and theoretical background to hazards analysis including issues related to scale, data collection and aggregation, hazard models, and metrics for vulnerability and resilience; 3) introduces analytical tools used in hazards and vulnerability assessments; and 4) illustrates the application of existing hazards research on planning and analysis into contemporary practice. Using a combination of learning styles ranging from reading, lectures, and in class discussions to more active engagement with online discussions, blogs, GIS labs, and hands-on exercises, the course illustrates how the principles of the geographical sciences tailored to hazards analysis are translated into useful information for practitioners.

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