Center for Hazards Assessment Response and Technology (CHART)
Board of Regents Approved
Research Areas:UNO-CHART is an applied social science hazards research center that collaborates with Louisiana communities emphasizing coastal communities including the City of New Orleans. The focus of UNO-CHART is to support Louisiana community sustainability in light of natural, technological and environmental risks to which the state is vulnerable. The Center undertakes applied social science research to understand ways in which Louisiana communities and the coastal region respond to these risks, assists in the development of best practices for reducing risks and helps in implementing these practices to achieve comprehensive community sustainability. The second focus of UNO-CHART is to learn about and help mitigate the reverse dynamic, the impacts of community activity (i.e., social, political, economic), on the ecosystems within the coastal and southeast regions of the state.
Areas of Expertise: Specialties of staff and associated professors include sociology geography, political science, urban studies, planning, and relevant bio/physical sciences and engineering.
Special Research Capabilities: Currently, CHART projects address repeated flood loss, disaster mitigation planning, developing of community resiliency assessments, storm mitigation efforts by coastal communities, scientist/community collaboration on ecosystem health, community continuity, risk literacy, and risk management.