OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN THE USE OF STATISTICS IN DISASTER SCIENCE
The 36th New England Statistics Symposium, Boston University, MA, USA (June 3-6, 2023)
The use of Statistics in modeling disasters and their associated risks may hold the key in mitigating their disastrous impacts to society. With the onslaught of extreme-weather-related disasters in recent times, such as droughts, flooding, and heatwaves, there is a need for concerted efforts in developing statistical methodologies for modeling and analyzing disasters and other environmental phenomena that could lead to disasters.
The goal for this session is to bring awareness to the audience the many important statistical research questions in disaster science and to highlight the vital role of statisticians in the advancement of this discipline by developing new and advanced statistical methods catering to disaster processes. The audience will develop an understanding of how they can potentially contribute to furthering Statistics to serve the needs of disaster science.
The session headlines 4 topics that are quite diverse in the phenomenon that they are modeling but contain a unifying message— that is, Statistics is one of the best tools we have right now to understand the unusual nature of disasters. These research provide the strongest motivation for more work on statistical methodologies for disaster modeling.
STATISTICAL MODELING OF EXTREMES
Ateneo Innovation Center, Manila, Philippines (December 5, 2022)