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Dale Cox Bio:
Dale A. Cox is currently the Project Manager for USGS Science Application for Risk Reduction (SAFRR) and former Regional Hazards Coordinator for the USGS Pacific Region (California, Nevada, Hawaii and Pacific Islands), Region IX Chair of the Department of Interior, Regional Emergency Coordination Council. Cox was one of the creators and the Project Manager of the USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project (MHDP) where he coordinated the work of over 300 scientists and experts in 2008 to create the ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario, the most comprehensive earthquake scenario ever created. He is one several people awarded the USGS Eugene M. Shoemaker award for the “The Great ShakeOut Campaign“, that resulted in the largest emergency response exercise in the Nation’s history, now an international event, occurring annually with nearly 23 million people participating.
Cox also led “ARkStorm,” a disaster scenario examining modern impacts of a storm analogous to those that impacted California in 1861/62. He coordinated the 2010 Tsunami Summit in Kauai to improve community resiliency in the Pacific and the 2011 USGS post-fire response to the massive and devastating wildfires that struck Arizona and New Mexico.
Dale A. Cox joined the US Geological Survey in 1994, where he surveyed and reported on the hydrologic conditions of the High Plains Aquifer. He was a coordinator of the Lake Tahoe Presidential Forum and the bathymetric mapping of Lake Tahoe. Cox also served as a coordinator of the National Oceans Conference, another presidential forum to raise awareness and develop global partnerships to tackle ocean issues.
Cox is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and is married to Kristin Cox, a middle school math and science teacher in El Dorado Hills, CA. He is the father of five daughters, Kathryn, Elizabeth, Suzanne, Madeline, and Amelia.
PublicationsU.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1312 OF 2010-1312 Multihazards Demonstration Project, "Overview of the ARkStorm Scenario," by Keith Porter, Anne Wein, Charles Alpers, Allan Baez, Patrick Barnard, James Carter, Alessandra Corsi, James Costner, Dale Cox, Tapash Das, Michael Dettinger, James Done, Charles Eadie, Marcia Eymann, Justin Ferris, Prasad Gunturi, Mimi Hughes, Robert Jarrett, Laurie Johnson, Hanh Dam Le-Griffin, David Mitchell, Suzette Morman, Paul Neiman, Anna Olsen, Suzanne Perry, Geoffrey Plumlee, Martin Ralph, David Reynolds, Adam Rose, Kathleen Schaefer, Julie Serakos, William Siembieda, Jonathon Stock, David Strong, Ian Sue Wing, Alex Tang, Pete Thomas, Ken Topping, and Chris Wills; Lucile Jones, Chief Scientist, Dale Cox, Project Manager [Link]
ARkStorm: A West Coast Storm Scenario Cox, D. A.; Jones, L. M.; Ralph, F. M.; Dettinger, M. D.; Porter, K.; Perry, S. C.; Barnard, P. L.; Hoover, D.; Wills, C. J.; Stock, J. D.; Croyle, W.; Ferris, J. C.; Plumlee, G. S.; Alpers, C. N.; Miller, M.; Wein, A.; Rose, A.; Done, J.; Topping, K. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2009, abstract #NH43A-1305 [Link]
U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2008-1150 California Geological Survey Preliminary Report 25 version 1.0 The ShakeOut Scenario By Lucile M. Jones, Richard Bernknopf, Dale Cox, James Goltz, Kenneth Hudnut, Dennis Mileti, Suzanne Perry, Daniel Ponti, Keith Porter, Michael Reichle, Hope Seligson, Kimberley Shoaf, Jerry Treiman, and Anne Wein [Link]
U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1324 California Geological Survey Special Report 207 version 1.0 The ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario—A Story That Southern Californians Are Writing By Suzanne Perry, Dale Cox, Lucile Jones, Richard Bernknopf, James Goltz, Kenneth Hudnut, Dennis Mileti, Daniel Ponti, Keith Porter, Michael Reichle, Hope Seligson, Kimberley Shoaf, Jerry Treiman, and Anne Wein, 2008, U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1324California Geological Survey Special Report 207 version 1.0 [Link]
U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY Open-File Report 2007–1255 Increasing Resiliency to Natural Hazards—A Strategic Plan for the Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project in Southern California By Lucy Jones, Richard Bernknopf, Susan Cannon, Dale A. Cox, Len Gaydos, Jon Keeley, Monica Kohler, Homa Lee, Daniel Ponti, Stephanie Ross, Steven Schwarzbach, Michael Shulters, A. Wesley Ward, and Anne Wein [Link]
Water-level changes in the High Plains Aquifer; predevelopment to 1993 1994, Dugan, J. T.; Cox, D. A. USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report: 94-4157 [Link]
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Cox teamed with Theo Alexopoulos, to create the film Preparedness Now, a viceral journey through the the USGS ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario. The film was created in cooperation with the Designmatters program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena to depict the physical, social, and economic consequences of the most comprehensive earthquake scenario ever created. In fewer than five minutes, the film conveys the earthquake’s impacts and inspires viewers to prepare and mitigate, in order to have a faster recovery. The premise behind the film’s collaboration is that design is a powerful catalyst that can bridge the divide between scientific understanding about damaging quakes, and the ability of the public to feel empowered to improve preparedness.
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