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Joseph Wartman

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Director, Natural Hazard and Disaster Reconnaissance Facility (RAPID)

Civil & Environmental Engineering


Joe Wartman directs the Natural Hazard and Disaster Reconnaissance (RAPID) Facility, headquartered at the University of Washington (UW), where he is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He specializes in geological hazards with a specific interest in landslides and their impacts on communities. Over the past two decades, he has investigated and analyzed major geologic hazard events worldwide, including earthquakes, hurricanes, and landslides. Wartman’s research appears in such journals as the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Engineering Geology, Geomorphology, GeoHealth, Scientific Advances, and the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, among others. In addition to his scientific publications, Dr. Wartman’s prize-winning non-technical writing on disasters has appeared in the New York Times, the Seattle Times, EOS, and other venues. More information is available on his research website:


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1999
  • MSCE and M.Eng, University of California, 1996
  • BSCE, Villanova University, 1990

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