Integrated Search Menu

Melanie Gall

Co-Director, Clinical Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Co-Director, Clinical Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Co-Director, Clinical Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Biography: 

Melanie Gall is a hazards geographer studying the interaction between natural hazards and society. She co-directs the ASU Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security and manages the Spatial Hazard Events and Losses Database for the United States (SHELDUS). Her expertise lies in risk metrics (e.g., disaster losses, indices, risk assessments), hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation planning as well as environmental modeling. The applied nature of hazards research allows her to work closely with emergency management agencies from local to federal levels. She has conducted post-disaster field work in Mozambique, Haiti, New Jersey, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Her publications appeared in journals such as Nature Climate Change, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, and Natural Hazards Review. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, M.S. from the University of Salzburg (Austria), and a B.S. from the University of Heidelberg (Germany).

Education: 

PhD, Geography, University of South Carolina, 2007
MS, Geography and Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg (Austria), 2002
BS, Geography (Biology and Political Sciences), University of Heidelberg (Germany), 1999
Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), 2012

 

 

 

Research Interests: 

Societal impacts of natural hazards and extreme events

Loss and damage

Vulnerability and resilience indices

Vulnerable populations

Hazard mitigation planning

Climate Change Adaptation Planning

Environmental justice

Floods

 

Publications: 

Selected Publications

Gall, M. and Carol J. Friedland. 2020. If Mitigation Saves $6 Per Every $1 Spent, Then Why Are We Not Investing More? A Louisiana Perspective on a National Issue. Natural Hazards Review 21(1). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000342

de Sherbinin, A., A. Bukvic, G. Rohat, M. Gall, B. McCusker, B. Preston, A. Apotsos, C. Fish, S. Kienberger, P. Muhonda, O. Wilhelmi, D. Macharia, W. Shubert, R. Sliuzas, B. Tomaszewski, and S. Zhang. 2019. Climate change vulnerability mapping: a systematic review and recommendations for the future. WIREs Climate Changehttps://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.600

Gall, M. 2019. Loss reduction and sustainability. In: From Disaster to Catastrophe: U.S. Emergency Management in the 21st Century, edited by C. Rubin and S.L. Cutter. Routledge.​

Gall, M. and S. L. Cutter. 2019. 2005 Events and Outcomes: Beyond Hurricane Katrina. In: Emergency Management: The American Experience 1900-2010 (3rd ed.), edited by C. B. Rubin. Fairfax, VA: CRC, 191-217.

Cutter, S.L., Emrich, C.T., M. Gall, and R. Reeves. 2018. Flash flood risk and the paradox of urban development. Natural Hazards Review 19(1): online.

Gall, M. 2017. Direct and Insured Flood Damage in the United States. In: Flood Damage Survey and Assessment: New Insights from Research and Practice, edited by D. Molinari, S. Menoni, and F. Ballio. American Geophysical Union and Wiley: Washington, DC: 53-64.

Cutter, S. L. and M. Gall. 2015. Sendai Targets at Risk. Nature Climate Change 5(8): 707-709.

Gall, M., K. H. Nguyen, and S. L. Cutter. 2015. Integrated research on disaster risk: Is it really integrated? International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 12 (June): 255-267. DOI:10.1016/j.ijdrr.2015.01.010.

Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CPP 510Hazards Governance
CPP 570GIS for Hazards Analysis
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CPP 510Hazards Governance
CPP 511Hazard Mitigation Planning
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CPP 570GIS for Hazards Analysis
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CPP 570GIS for Hazards Analysis
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CPP 591Seminar
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CPP 591Seminar
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CRD 590Reading and Conference
CPP 591Seminar
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 571Geographic Info Sys/Analysis
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 571Geographic Info Sys/Analysis
Service: 

2017-2018      Member, Committee for Measuring Community Resilience, National Academies of Sciences

2016      Central Midlands Council of Government. An all natural hazard risk assessment and hazard mitigation plan for the Central Midlands Region of South Carolina. For the use by municipalities and jurisdictions of Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, and Richland Counties. http://centralmidlands.org/publications/free-documents.html

2013    Gall, M., C. Friedland, T. A. Joyner, R. Orgera, C. Fu, and S. Ogea. Disaster Resistant University Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University System, 970 p. Available at http://dsm.lsu.edu/pr_hazmit.htm.

 

 

 

 

Pro Bono: 

2017 Development and maintenance of web-based map for Florida VOADs (Hurricane Irma), 

2016  SESYNC Pursuit Project: Meta-Analysis of Climate Change Vulnerability Mapping Studies: Improving Methods and Map Outputs; PI: Alex de Sherbinin

2010  Geospatial analysis support for the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Animal Relief Coalition in Haiti

2008  GIS support during Hurricane Gustav for East Baton Rouge Parish EOC, September 1-4.

2007  Beta-tester for HAZUS-MH MR3

Executive Education Courses: 

CPM 3.1 Risk Management