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Moscow, ID 83844-3021

Geography professor Tim Frazier

Tim G. Frazier, Ph.D.

Office: McClure Hall 405B
Phone: 208-885-6238
Email: tfrazier@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: c/o Department of Geography
P.O. Box 443021
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3021

Department of Geography
Assistant Professor

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2009

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Coastal hazards with a primary focus on hurricanes and tsunamis
    • Climate change
    • Vulnerability
    • Natural and human-made hazards
    • Disasters
    • Hazard mitigation
    • Resilience enhancement through planning
    • GIS
  • Biography

    Dr. Tim Frazier studies hazards and climate change. Being raised in a region exposed to several types of geophysical hazards including earthquakes, tornadoes, drought, and flooding, he developed an interest in hazards and later climate change as a consequence of the necessity to pay attention to the weather around him. As such, Dr. Frazier has long been interested in hazards and climate change and their impacts on society. This interest coupled with urban geography and planning has been the focus of his education thus far.

    Geography Professor Tim Frazier coastal research

    Currently, Dr. Frazier is most interested in pursuing research that seeks to enhance society’s ability to plan for and respond to contemporary natural hazards and impacts associated with future climate change. At times he has focused on physical aspects such as GIS based climate change and hazards modeling often coupled with stakeholder interaction examining issues, opportunities, and constraints relating to vulnerability reduction and resilience enhancement. Other times he has sought to identify the type of subdivision design, e.g., grid or curvilinear, that most effectively enhances evacuation from natural and human-made hazards. As such, to date the work Dr. Frazier has undertaken and research that he plans for the future focuses on Hazards, Climate Change, and Urban Sustainability.

    Geography Professor Tim Frazier at Kilauea

    Kilauea Volcano | Hawaiʻi Island

  • Selected Publications
    • Solis, P., T., Frazier, and others. 2010. Climate Change and Hazards in the Americas: International Interdisciplinary Research Directions and Opportunities. National Science Foundation and the Association of American Geographers Technical Report
    • Frazier, T., N. Wood, B. Yarnal, D.H. Bauer. 2010. Influence of potential sea level rise on societal vulnerability to hurricane storm-surge hazards: Sarasota County, Florida. Applied Geography, Vol.30.4, pp. 490-505, December 2010
    • Frazier, T., N. Wood, B. Yarnal. 2010. Stakeholder perspectives on land-use strategies for adapting to climate-change-enhanced coastal hazards: Sarasota County, Florida. Applied Geography, Vol.30.4, pp. 506-517, December 2010
    • Frazier, T., N. Wood, and B. Yarnal. 2009. Utilizing GIS to identify vulnerability to coastal inundation hazards: A case study from Sarasota County, Florida. In Spatial Planning as a Strategy for the Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards. Elsevier
    • Koua, E. L., A. MacEachren, I. Turton, S. Pezanowski, B. Tomaszewski, & T. Frazier., forthcoming, Conceptualizing a User-Support Task Structure for Geocollaborative Disaster Management Environments. In B. V. d. Walle & R. Hiltz & M. Turoff (Eds.), Information Systems for Emergency Management, Advances in Management Information Systems monograph series. Armonk NY: M.E. Sharpe
    • Wood, N., A. Church, TFrazier, B. Yarnal. 2007. Variations in Community Exposure and Sensitivity to Tsunami Hazards in the State of Hawai`i. United States Geological Survey technical report
  • Research Projects
    • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, “Mitigating Inter- and Intra- Community Geospatially Dependent Vulnerability through the Enhancement of Network Resilience: A Case Study of Sarasota County, Florida,” Fall 2007-Fall 2009.
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), “Increasing Community Resilience to Future Hurricane Storm Surge: Collaborative Decision Support in Sarasota, Florida,” August 2007-August 2010.
    • The Pennsylvania State University Department of Geography Research Grant, “Discourses of (re) Development: Imagining Alternatives for East Biloxi Post-Katrina.” Fall 2006-Fall 2007.
    • United States Geological Survey Geographic Analysis and Monitoring (GAM) Program Grant, “Assessing Societal Vulnerability to Natural Hazards,” Fall 2006-Summer 2010.
  • Outreach Projects
    • Ongoing collaboration with Sarasota County Florida concerning community resilience enhancement and vulnerability reduction through planning.
    • Ongoing project with the United States Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on a project that seeks to explore the relationship between hurricane storm surge and climate change in coastal communities.
    • New collaboration with the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council to work on determining the vulnerability of East Central Florida to climate change enhanced hurricane storm surge.
  • Awards and Honors
    • The Pennsylvania State University Department of Geography Alumni Scholars Award awarded May 2009.
    • Gilbert White Dissertation Award
“There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. What really matters is the internal force. How do I respond to those disasters? Over that I have complete control.” - Leo Buscaglia

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