Elevating the interconnected nature of research and practice to reduce impacts of natural hazards and disasters

Elevating the interconnected nature of research and practice to reduce impacts of natural hazards and disasters

Impact360 connects researchers, practitioners, needs, and resources to create problem-focused professional communities that can design scalable solutions. We facilitate inclusive problem solving that emphasizes needs-based cycles of knowledge and action focused on natural hazards and disasters.

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Infographic showing practitioners and researchers collaborating to reduce natural hazards and disaster impacts

How We Can Help

We can support you through design and facilitation services for inclusive problem solving, capacity building events, and tools and toolkits to help researchers and practitioners communicate, collaborate, and co-create.

Our Pillars

Develop Strong Points of Connection

We advocate for the right resources for the right solutions, cultivate professional relationships to expand researcher and practitioner capacities, and help identify and define complex problems requiring the integration of research and practice.

Enable Inclusive Problem Solving

We work to activate a needs-based cycle of knowledge-to-action and action-to-knowledge by fostering collaboration and co-creation that enables scalable, sustainable solutions.

Champion Integrative Approaches

We aim to make conventional research-practice boundaries more permeable, promote researcher-practitioner interaction, and encourage cross-pollination of ideas across natural hazards and disaster specialties.

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“I have served as a broadcast meteorologist for 40 years, and clearly understand physical science is not enough to do my job effectively, especially during times of dangerous and life threatening weather. Impact360 Alliance is the organization we have been waiting for; it brings the interdisciplinary approach we desperately need to be successful. Those in leadership, and on the steering committee, are visionaries that will bring actionable knowledge to practitioners. Knowledge that can result in more lives saved. ”

James Spann, CBM
ABC 33/40

“The Impact360 Alliance is an exciting outgrowth of efforts by government, academic, business, and non-profit leaders who are passionate about improving society’s response and resilience in natural hazards. Having watched the idea grow from before it had a name, I am thrilled to see the reality it has become. I have no doubt this organization, and the fantastic people who support it, will make a difference.”

Lans P. Rothfusz
Former Deputy Director of NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory

“In the United States the work of disaster risk reduction will never be accomplished solely by the private sector, nor will it be a production solely of the government. There is (and has for a very long time) been the need for interlocutors, experts who can bring scientists and other experts together with practitioners, policy makers, and citizens. It’s work we all believe in, but balancing expertise with participation and representation (i.e. democracy) is hard, unrelenting work. I am confident that the Impact 360 Alliance will be a crucial leader in this work..”

Scott Gabriel Knowles
Professor of History, Drexel University
slowdisaster.com  |  @USofDisaster

Meet Impact360 Alliance

The idea of Impact360 was crafted through a series of interdisciplinary workshops and working groups facilitated between 2013 and 2017. Our formation is due to collaborative efforts of a large network of researchers and practitioners, as well as resources provided by ImpactWX, NOAA, University of Oklahoma, and University of Washington. Get to know our staff and steering committee.

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Director, smiles@i360a.org

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Dr. Scott Miles is an expert on disaster risk reduction, community resilience, and lifeline infrastructure. He is currently a research scientist in the department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at University of Washington and a private consultant with extensive experience working with federal, state, and local agencies to improve their mitigation and recovery planning efforts.

Prior to University of Washington, he was instrumental in establishing Western Washington University’s disaster risk reduction undergraduate program, as well as WWU’s Resilience Institute. He possesses a unique set of skills and experiences across the fields of civil engineering, geomorphology, geographic information systems, and human centered design. Dr. Miles was a member of the U.S. Geological Survey Western Region Earthquake Hazards Team for six years prior to joining WWU.
As a social scientist with an engineering background, Dr. Miles has a strong foundation in both quantitative and qualitative analysis methods. Dr. Miles has received grant funding or contracts from the National Science Foundation, Natural Hazards Center, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Washington State Emergency Management Division, Washington State Department of Ecology, King County Office of Emergency Management, Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office, NOAA, and USGS, among others.

Dr. Miles received his PhD in geography from University of Washington, where he studied the synergy between urban geography, geological hazards, disaster recovery, spatial simulation modeling, and collaborative process design. He received a post-graduate diploma from the University of Edinburgh in GIS, with a focus on environmental modeling. His MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering is from University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he focused on geotechnical earthquake engineering and numerical methods. An undergraduate degree in the same field was received from Washington State University.

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Chair, jtrainor@i360a.org

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Joseph E. Trainor, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware and a Core Faculty Member of the Disaster Research Center, where he, conducts research, provides consultation, teaches, and mentors students.

Trainor conducts multi-disciplinary, mixed methods, qualitative, and quantitative research focused on different dimensions of disasters and crises. His studies include “basic” science, applied research, and rapid reconnaissance post-disaster fieldwork studies. Recent projects have focused on: International Aspects of Disasters; Disaster Researcher and Practitioner Integration; Warnings, Risk Perception, and Protective Action Decision making for short fuse hazards; Post Hurricane Housing Decisions; Household Insurance and Mitigation Decision, and Multi-organizational Response. Findings from these efforts have led to over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, over a dozen disaster related reports and invited publications, thesis, and dissertations many co-authored with students. Trainor frequently presents research findings to academic, professional, and public audiences.

In terms of instruction, Joe is a core faculty member in the Disaster Science and Management (DISA) program. He teaches courses and advises students in DISA, the Urban Affairs and Public Policy PhD, the Masters of Pubic Administration, and the Public Policy BA. He also serves on key committees for these programs and for the School of Public Policy and Administration.

Joe often works with applied agencies and has done emergency management consulting for the National Weather Service (NWS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security(DHS), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and various state and local emergency management agencies.

Finally, Trainor has international experience and has worked on projects with collaborators in India, Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Sweden, Japan, Australia. and the United Nations(UN.) He is particularly interested in exploring how different cultural settings impact human interpretation and response to disasters and how different places approach the management of risk and disasters.

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Vice Chair, kklockow@i360a.org

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Kim Klockow-McClain is a research scientist and the societal applications coordinator for the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS). She additionally serves as the group lead for the newly formed Societal Impacts Group within the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). Kim’s research applies behavioral science methods to address pressing issues in the management of weather and climate risk, especially in the communication of forecast uncertainty and response to hazardous weather warnings. In her other roles, Kim coordinates multidisciplinary research projects and works to build new capacity for the conduct and implementation of social scientific research.

Before joining CIMMS/NSSL, Kim worked for several years as a policy advisor for social scientific research at the NOAA Office of Weather and Air Quality outside Washington, D.C., where she served as the first social scientist in the office. In this role, she had the opportunity to coordinate with NSF, the National Academies of Science, congressional committees, the AMS Policy Program, partner academic institutions, the AAAS, and other NOAA line offices, including the National Weather Service.

Kim was the 2013/14 AMS-UCAR Congressional Science Fellow, and worked in the U.S. Senate on natural hazards mitigation and financing, water infrastructure, control and cleanup of environmental pollution, offshore oil and gas drilling, and fisheries management.

She completed her Ph.D. in human/hazards geography from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in 2013 and also holds an M.S. in professional meteorology from OU and B.S. degrees in economics and synoptic meteorology from Purdue University.

Kim is a member of the AMS Planning Commission and the AMS Centennial Committee, and serves as a cochair of the Societal Impacts Board. She previously chaired the planning committees for the Societal Applications Conference and the Student Conference.

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Impact360 believes in the power of the collective knowledge and experience of researchers and practitioners.

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