Community-based Education Program in Washington State, assist in the University of Washington Certificate Program in “Tsunami Science & Preparedness,” and he is lead contractor in developing a national Tsunami Awareness Course for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Centre at the University of Hawaii. He has written papers on tsunami communication and dissemination, preparedness, and mitigation and continues to collaborate in tsunami research.


Richard Eisner is visiting professor at the Research Center for Disaster Reduction Systems (DRS), Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University. Prior to joining DRS, he worked for 23 years as the coastal regional administrator for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, where he was responsible for the state’s disaster response in the San Francisco Bay Region and north coast counties. He also served as manager for the California Integrated Seismic Network’s and the state’s Tsunami and Earthquake Programs. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Eisner served as the founding director of the Bay Area Regional Earthquake Preparedness Project, providing planning and technical assistance to promote and support earthquake preparedness and hazard mitigation by local governments and businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Region. In 2007, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Western States Seismic Policy Council. Mr. Eisner recently served on the NRC Panel on Solid-Earth Hazards, Resources, and Dynamics.


Jian Lin is a senior scientist and Henry Bryant Bigelow Chair for Excellence in Oceanography at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He earned his Ph.D. in geophysics from Brown University. His research focuses on earth’s lithosphere processes that lead to catastrophic events of earthquakes, underwater volcanism, and tsunamis. Dr. Lin has conducted extensive research on earthquake stress interaction and triggering in California and elsewhere in the world. He has led and participated in numerous oceanographic expeditions to the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans to investigate mid-ocean ridge volcanism, deep-sea hydrothermal vents, underwater earthquakes, and tsunamis. He is recently conducting two areas of tsunami research: paleoseismological dating of tsunamis and mega-earthquakes and modeling tsunami sources in the Atlantic. Dr. Lin is a past chairman of the InterRidge International Science Program. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Douglas S. Luther is a professor in the Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Luther received his B.S. in geophysics and electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in oceanography from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. His expertise is in circulation variability and dynamics; mesoscale fluctuations; waves in the ocean; and flow-topography interactions. He is a senior fellow, Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Luther is also an associate editor for the Journal of Physical Oceanography.


Hugh B. Milburn is retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is now an independent consultant. Mr. Milburn worked at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental



The National Academies | 500 Fifth St. N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20001
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use and Privacy Statement