2014 M9 Kickoff – Stakeholder Workshop

Thursday, April 24, 2014
UW Tower, Ravenna Room
University of Washington, Seattle

M9 is a new NSF Hazards SEES project bringing together a broad team of University of Washington researchers with the goal of reducing the catastrophic potential of Cascadia megathrust earthquakes on the social, built, and natural environments through research advances in methodologies, warnings, and community planning.

Achieving this objective will require close collaboration with peer researchers, end-users, and stakeholders from the start. That is the main goal of this kick-off workshop. More specifically we aim to:

  • Inform peers and potential end-users of the initial project plans and potential results
  • Provide an opportunity to shape project plans early on to ensure that results are useful to those who will actually use them
  • Adjust and improve the project plan based on workshop feedback
  • Explore the intersection of M9 expertise with pressing scientific and societal questions

Participants include:

  • University of Washington M9 research group
  • Potential and current collaborators, peer researchers from other Cascadia universities
  • End-users from local, state, federal agencies, nonprofits and private sector


8:30-9:00 AM Check-in (UW Tower Lobby), Coffee and Tea (Ravenna Room)
9:00-9:05 AM Welcome and Introduction – UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce
9:05-9:30 AM Overview of M9
Introduction of M9 project personnel and workshop attendees
Overview of M9 research plans

  • John Vidale – M9 PI, Earth and Space Sciences
  • Jeff Berman – M9 PI, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Ann Bostrom – M9 PI, Evans School of Public Affairs
9:30-10:30 AM Individual Presentations by Collaborators and End-user Organizations
5 min. presentations followed by time for additional contributions/discussion

  • Tim Walsh – Washington DNR
  • Ian Madin – Oregon DOGAMI
  • James Struthers – WSDOT
  • Susan Chang – Seattle Department of Planning and Development
  • Heidi Kandathil – CREW
  • Vasily Titov – NOAA
  • Richard Allen – UC Berkeley
10:30-10:40 AM Coffee Break
10:40-11:10 AM Emergency Management Organization Panel Discussion

  • John Schelling – WA EMD
  • Tamra Biasco – FEMA
  • Althea Rizzo – Oregon OEM
  • TJ McDonald – Seattle EM
  • Steve Charvat – UW EM
11:10-11:40 AM Engineers and Insurance Industry Panel Discussion

  • Andy Taylor – KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Harold Magistrale – FM Global
  • Mark Pierepiekarz – MRP Engineering
  • C. B. Crouse – URS
  • Hans-Erik Blomgren – Arup
11:40-12:00 PM Open Discussion
12:00-1:40 PM Catered Luncheon – Parrington Forum
1:40-3:00 PM Breakout with Sub-project Groups (Ravenna Room and adjacent rooms)
Participants may float between tables, formal switch halfway through
Breakout groups and attending M9 personnel:

  • Earthquake Early Warning – Ann Bostrom and John Vidale
  • Ground Motions and Fault Rupture – Art Frankel and Joan Gomberg
  • Tsunamis – Frank Gonzalez and Randy LeVeque
  • Landslides and Liquefaction – Alison Duvall, Steve Kramer, Joe Wartman
  • Planning and Resilience – Dan Abramson and Jamie Mooney
  • Buildings and Bridges – Jeff Berman and Marc Eberhard
3:00-3:20 PM Breakout Group Report-outs (Ravenna Room)
3:20-3:30 PM Concluding Remarks
3:30-4:30 PM Reception, Drinks, and Appetizers (Ravenna Room)

Workshop Report

The 2014 M9 Kickoff – Stakeholders Workshop Report can be accessed here.

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