Faculty across the Earth Sciences disciplines are actively engaged in applied research related to environmental hazards. Both single hazard, such as earthquake, or the all-hazards whole-community approaches describe the efforts of ESCI faculty and students. From quantifying hazard and risk to assessing vulnerability and promoting resilience, the hazards research focus of ESCI can be described as engaged, applied, and comprehensive. Many projects have been funded by local, regional, and national organizations and agencies, such as the State of Tennessee and US Department of Homeland Security.
Faculty and students in the Hazards Research Focus maintain strong relationships with several partners on campus including: Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI), Center for Applied Earth Sciences and Engineering Research (CAESER), School for Urban Affairs and Public Policy (SUAPP). Partners off campus include: US Geological Survey (USGS), National Weather Service (NWS), as well as local, state, regional, private-sector, and federal emergency management/homeland security agencies.