Our team of geoscientists and computer scientists is using state-of-the-art visualization methods to investigate fault properties, geologic structures, and damage caused by the January 2010 Haiti Earthquake.

This work is supported by the W.M. Keck Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

Following the January 12th, 2010 Earthquake, the Government of the Republic of Haiti has proposed an ambitious plan for national recovery and development.  Two of the integral components of this plan are "territorial and economic rebuilding."  These involve establishing new development areas intended to encourage decentralization of the population, modernize agriculture, increase exports, and develop tourism.  We are convinced that geological assessment is necessary for sustainable development.  Inputs from geoscientists are needed to:

  1. Characterize potential earthquake sources in order to better understand the substantial hazards that exist throughout Hispaniola
  2. Document likely zones of surface rupture that can disrupt or destroy critical lifelines and facilities (e.g. hospitals, dams, ports, utilities, roads, etc.)
  3. Understand the potential hazard of surficial geological materials to amplify shaking and undergo liquefaction
  4. Identify and quantify hazards that may accompany earthquakes or occur on their own (e.g. landslides, tsunamis, flooding, subsidence)
  5. Assess time-dependent earthquake activity by studying aftershocks and earthquake clustering
  6. Identify natural resources that may be used to improve local building methods and support economic development
  7. Educate the population of the nature of earthquake hazards to improve awareness and preparedness for future events

For more information about Haiti's plan for recovery, please visit: http://haiticonference.org/ and http://refondation.ht