• Proposal in Response to Opportunity Earth Science Applications: Disasters
Program Disasters Program
PI / Institution Yehuda Bock / Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
Start Date August 6, 2014
End Date May 5, 2017
  • Summary

    Responses to great earthquakes and ensuing tsunamis over the last decade in Sumatra, Chile and Japan with the severe loss of life, massive damage to infrastructure, and major economic and social consequences demonstrate that our ability to rapidly and appropriately respond to catastrophes using traditional seismic methods is limited. In light of these hazards as well as hazards related to extreme weather (e.g., Hurricane Sandy), aging civil infrastructure represents a highly interconnected form of risk to populations during and after emergency situations. This report of a successful one-year feasibility study by Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UCSD¿s Jacobs School of Engineering with partners from California Department of Transportation and U.S. Geological Survey seeks a three-year extension to apply NASA-funded seismogeodetic technology to advance emergency management and decision making capabilities to mitigate risks and save lives. With Caltrans we will demonstrate the technology on the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Long Beach Harbor to assess the health of the structure and damage sustained from wind shear and traffic loads. Our new partners, San Diego County Office of Emergency Services (OES) and UC San Diego Health System (UCSDHS), are new decision makers with the objective of implementing appropriate interfaces and protocols. With OES we will monitor a tall building in San Diego to demonstrate state of health monitoring and tagging as well as hazards early warning. With the emergency response group at UCSDHS we will monitor the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest to incorporate earthquake early warning capability to automatically interface with their power, alarm and elevator systems. We will also pursue commercialization of the seismogeodetic technology as a way to make it more broadly available to end users including first responders, emergency managers, decision makers, and field engineers, as well as property owners of large structures responsible for operations and maintenance.