Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice: The Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center

March 1993 (VOL. 11, NO. 1)

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Integrating the hazards research and practitioner communities is the main goal of the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center. Founded in 1975 at the University of Colorado, the center works toward its goal with four main activities: dissemination of hazards information through publication of a bi-monthly newsletter and other forms of reports, and operation of an electronic newsletter; provision of information services through maintenance of a large library and data base on natural hazards; conduct of a modest research program; and sponsorship of an annual workshop. This paper describes these activities and shows how these activities can bridge the gap between researcher and practitioner.