Two University of Washington professors are among researchers honored this week by the Geological Society of America for their study of the March 2014 landslide in Oso, Washington.
The society announced this week that the E.B. Burwell, Jr., Award — the society’s highest prize for engineering geology — will go to the seven authors of a 186-page report published in July 2014 on the causes, behavior, and potential implications of the slide, which killed 43 people. The report compiles findings of an on-site investigation that began just days after the disaster.
UW faculty members Joseph Wartman, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and David Montgomery, professor of Earth and space sciences, are among the co-authors of the award-winning paper. All are members of the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association, an organization funded by the National Science Foundation to collect data in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster or extreme event.