Christoph Aubrecht has been awarded the Natural Hazards Focus Group Award for Graduate Research. This award recognizes a promising young scientist engaged in studies of natural hazards and risks and is given in recognition of outstanding contributions achieved during their Ph.D. (or highest equivalent terminal degree) research. He was formally presented with the award at the 2014 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, held 15-19 December in San Francisco, Calif.
Christoph Aubrecht has a Ph.D. in Integrated Geographic Information (GI) Science and Remote Sensing from Vienna University of Technology and a prior master’s degree from the University of Vienna. He is affiliated as a senior scientific consultant with the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology as well as the World Bank’s Disaster Risk Management team. He previously provided consultancy to the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and held various visiting scientist positions at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Geophysical Data Center, Columbia University’s Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network, and the attached NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, as well as the University of Southern California. For several years Chris has been lecturing in GI science and remote sensing at the University of Vienna. He is on the editorial board of various international scientific journals, and his publications include more than 30 refereed articles in journals and books. Research interests focus on multidimensional spatiotemporal modeling as well as disaster risk management, exposure, and vulnerability.