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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

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).


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




Selected Publications

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

2015    Gall, M., K. H. Nguyen, and S. L. Cutter. 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.

2015    Gall, M. The Suitability of Disaster Loss Databases to Measure Loss and Damage from Climate Change. International Journal of Global Warming 8(2); 170-190.

2013    Gall, M. From Social Vulnerability to Resilience: Measuring Progress towards Disasters Risk Reduction. Intersections No. 13. Bonn: United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). ISBN: 978-3-944535-00-5, 34 p. Available at

2012    Gall, M. and S. L. Cutter. 2005 Events and Outcomes: Beyond Hurricane Katrina. In: Emergency Management: The American Experience 1900-2010 (2nd ed.), edited by C. B. Rubin. Fairfax, VA: Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI), 191-212. (2008 Book Prize by the American Society for Public Administration, Section on Environment and Natural Resources Administration/SENRA)

2012    Friedland, C. J. and M. Gall. True cost of hurricanes – case for a comprehensive understanding of multihazard building damage. Leadership and Management in Engineering 12(3): 134-146.

2011    Gall, M., K. A. Borden, C. T. Emrich, and S. L. Cutter. The Unsustainable Trend of Natural Hazard Losses in the United States. Sustainability 3(11): 2157-2181 (DOI: 10.3390/su3112157).

2010    Melton, G., M. Gall, J. T. Mitchell, and S. L. Cutter. Hurricane Katrina surge delineation: implications for future storm surge forecasts and warnings. Natural Hazards 54(2): 519-536 (DOI: 10.1007/s11069-009-9483-z).

2009    Gall, M., K. Borden, and S. L. Cutter. When do losses count? Six fallacies of loss data from natural hazards. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 90(6): 1-11.

2007    Gall, M., B. J. Boruff, and S. L. Cutter. Assessing flood hazard zones in the absence of digital floodplain maps: a comparison of alternative approaches. Natural Hazards Review 8(1): 1–21.

2007    Gall, M. “Indices of Social Vulnerability to Natural Hazards: A Comparative Evaluation”. Dissertation. University of South Carolina, Geography.

2006    Cutter, S. L., C. T. Emrich, J. T. Mitchell, B. J. Boruff, M. Gall, M. Schmidtlein, C. Burton, and G. Melton. The long road home: race, class, and recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Environment 48(2): 8-20.

2004    Gall, M. Where to go? Access to emergency shelters in Mozambique. Disasters 28(1): 82-97.

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

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.

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





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