Director, Natural Hazard and Disaster Reconnaissance Facility (RAPID)
Civil & Environmental Engineering
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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: joewartman.com.
- Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1999
- MSCE and M.Eng, University of California, 1996
- BSCE, Villanova University, 1990
Please visit Joe Wartman's research website at: joewartman.com
A RAPID transformation
CEE's RAPID facility continues to advance data gathering protocols and procedures in the aftermath of natural disasters, thanks to a $6 million NSF renewal grant.
A burning need
Following the 2020 megafires, CEE RAPID center researchers gather perishable data that will be used to better understand a type of landslide that has resulted in numerous deaths.
Simple actions help people survive landslides
A new study by CEE researchers shows that behavioral changes can save lives.