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Dr. Klaus Hans Jacob

Special Research Scientist , Seismology, Geology & Tectonophysics , Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) , The Earth Institute

Adjunct Professor , Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

225 Seismology
61 Route 9W
PO Box 1000
Palisades, NY 10964-8000

BIOGRAPHY: Klaus H. Jacob, Ph.D., is a geophysicist and a rebuilder. He has worked at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory for over 50 years, and is a renowned earthquake, disaster and climate expert. He has a focus on disaster risk management, with most current research on rising sea levels, climate change and disaster resilient megacities. He served on the Mayor’s New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC, 2008-2019); the NY State’s ClimAID project; and the post-Sandy, HUD-sponsored Rebuild by Design (RBD) research advisory group. TIME Magazine named him one of 50 “people who mattered in 2012” for forecasting consequences of a SANDY-like storm on New York City a year before SANDY hit. He developed for the NY MTA and specifically for its NYC-Transit subway system a climate change adaptation model plan. He taught courses in disaster risk management at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs; in the Sustainability Management Program of the CU School of Professional Studies; and at Barnard College. He co-lead with CU GSAPP faculty international urban planning studios to make cities disaster resilient with focus on Caracas, Venezuela; Istanbul, Turkey; Accra, Ghana; CanTho, Vietnam; and Pune, Maharashtra/India; amongst other locations. Prior to 2000, his basic and applied research focused largely on earthquake and volcano hazards in Alaska, and many regions on five continents, including Singapore, Australia, Egypt, El Salvador and others. He was a co-founder of the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCCER), and a contributor to the Seismic Building and Bridge Construction Codes for the US, NY State, and NYC. He often interacts with the media and professional organizations (architects; urban planners and designers; engineers) to raise public and professional awareness towards disaster and climates risks, and to achieve sustainable resilience.

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RECENT POSTS FROM STATE OF THE PLANET

Nov 07, 2012

By: How to Survive the Next Big Storm: Q&A with Klaus Jacob | QuestioScientia.com

[...] graciously took a brief break from his hectic day of shucking out mud from his ruined home (see video by his colleague) to explain to Scientific American what coastal cities and townships must do to [...]

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http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/climaid => ClimAID Chapter 9: Transportation
www.nyas.org/NPCC2019-Annals
http://bos.sagepub.com/content/71/5/40