Residency Period: January 5 – 25, 2015
In his three weeks in Miami, Cox will be doing research for and working on his book Disaster Trap. Miami is the U.S. city considered most vulnerable in the coming century to rising sea levels, hurricanes, and storm surges, and it will be his final stop on a year-and-a-half-long trip to places where people are figuring out life between disasters in an increasingly hazardous world. As he and his coauthor have done over the past year in sites of past and future catastrophes (post-Sandy New York and New Jersey; flood-prone Kampala, Uganda; Tacloban, Philippines, the 2013 landfall site of the world’s largest storm; Renokenongo, Indonesia, now buried 50 feet under the outflow of a human-induced mud volcano; Mumbai, India, site of an epic 2005 flood; earthquake-hit L’Aquila, Italy; the region of Central Russia ravaged by fires in 2010; Himalayan towns wiped away by the bursting of a glacier; and Greensburg, Kansas, destroyed by a tornado in 2007), Cox will be talking in Miami with local officials and residents about what they have learned from past calamities like hurricane Andrew and how they think about and prepare for future (un)natural hazards that, we are told, are inevitable. The research will include a public discussion in which Cox will ask experts and residents about these issues.