By Deepak Pant, Ph.D., P.Eng., Greg Brunelle, MS, MA, Youngsuk Kim, Ph.D., Jaskanwal P. S. Chhabra, Ph.D., & Shabaz Patel, MS


More than 90% of the world’s trade moves by sea, making the continuous operation of maritime ports a critical piece of the global economy. Ports also serve as a focal point for providing supplies and humanitarian support to communities after natural disasters. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the world’s ports are located in areas at high risk for natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods and windstorms. Moreover, climate change and the corresponding increase of sea-levels are leading to flooding…

Jaskanwal P. S. Chhabra, Ph.D., Greg Brunelle, MS, MA, Youngsuk Kim, Ph.D., Junichi Sakai, Ph.D, Deepak Pant, Ph.D, & Shabaz Patel, MS


There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.

- John Cage, Artist & Philosopher (1912–1992)

Throughout 2020 a passenger entering one of the world’s airports might pause momentarily upon walking through the automated glass doors to adjust to the ‘new normal’ of travel during a global pandemic. Cavernous terminals that had been previously filled with thousands of people moving seamlessly amongst each other, bags in tow, nearly every seat filled, lines at all counters…

By Ahmad Wani, CEO and Co-Founder

H/t Markus Spiske

The global climate debate, climate resilience, and climate commitments are red hot right now. While most industry pundits see the space either through an ESG lens or a carbon lens, we view the world through a resilience lens, where resilience means protecting people and places on the planet from the increasingly devastating impact of climate change. This is something that we’ve been working on since One Concern was founded six years ago. …

In this Q&A, our Chief People Officer Nicolette Quispe discusses personal and organizational resilience, career learnings and how to empower people to perform at their best.

Tell us about yourself. What brought you to One Concern?

I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of the One Concern team. I was specifically drawn to their focus on resilience. From personal resilience to organizational resilience, One Concern’s mission is important to our global future. My goal as One Concern’s Chief People Officer is to help build on the company’s outstanding, inclusive culture that enables our people to perform at their best. …

In order to gain more insight into the Japan flood forecast pipeline and its “behind-the-scenes” story, we had an interview with Dr. Yi Liu, a data scientist of the flood team here at One Concern who has been playing an important role in our model development and testing.

Q: Can you briefly introduce yourself and your background?

A: My background is in local and large scale coastal modeling and coastal hazard assessment under a changing climate. I got my Ph.D. in civil engineering at Virginia Tech, where I focused on developing a fast and reliable storm surge forecast model and…

Dr. Yi Liu, Data Scientist at One Concern

Making disasters less disastrous is One Concern’s core mission, and one specific natural disaster we focus on is flooding. Currently, an effort is well underway at One Concern to deploy a national live compound flood forecast pipeline in Japan, as an expansion of last year’s pilot flood pipeline in Kumamoto City, Japan, a successful proof of concept product. The ability to forecast compound floods in a real-time manner with sufficient lead time is critical for emergency managers to make well-informed decisions about evacuation and resource allocation before a flood event. To that end, our Japan flood pipeline is designed to…

Cassie Guo, Ph.D, Senior Data Scientist, Epidemiology & Abhineet Gupta, Ph.D, Director of Resilience Research

mRNA is a trickster molecule. It is an undercover agent that sneaks into the human body with the mission of sending misleading signals to initiate a war on the immune system. The idea of mRNA vaccine is to synthesize specific mRNA molecules to elicit pathogen-specific immune responses. It is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic put such technology into massive adoption. The vaccines are the most anticipated final game to get everything back to normal. But when vaccines against other pathogens (influenza, ebola, zika, etc) were developed, the speed wasn’t even comparable — most vaccines’ development cycles can span over…

Gregory Brunelle, Vice President of Emergency Management & Global Engagement and Deborah Weiser, Senior Manager of Customer Success

Note: A version of this article originally appeared in the DomPrep Journal

March 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan (Tohoku) Earthquake. On the afternoon of 11 March 2011, a magnitude 9.1 megathrust earthquake struck where the Pacific Plate subducts underneath the Honshu region of Japan. This was a massive event. The earthquake rupture lasted 150–160 seconds, with shaking in many communities felt for five or more minutes. The energy released by the earthquake could power the city of Los Angeles for more than a year. Japan was shifted 8 feet to the east and the earth’s…

To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, One Concern CEO and Co-Founder Ahmad Wani spoke at the Japan Society of Northern California’s Innovation Salon on lessons learned from the disaster. The below remarks have been lightly edited for conciseness and clarity.

What can we do now to increase resilience in cities around the world, so that when the next big disaster hits, the disruption to society, the economy and people’s lives will be less severe?

It seems like every time there is a disaster, it’s almost as if it’s a surprise, and the world has suffered…

Junichi Sakai, Flood and Seismic Engineering Lead

I was given an opportunity to write this article to mark the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011 Tohoku Earthquake). I saw damage caused by the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995 through news reports when I was a college student, and this inspired me to become a researcher in earthquake engineering. More than 25 years have passed since then. I spent 18 years as a researcher in earthquake engineering for bridges, and thereafter worked as an engineer developing probabilistic risk models for assessing natural catastrophe risks. During these years, I visited damaged cities and towns for reconnaissance…

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