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Susan Cutter

Susan Cutter

Carolina Distinguished Professor, Department of Geography


Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute
University of South Carolina
Callcott, Room 312
Columbia, SC 29208


  • Director, Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute
  • Carolina Distinguished Professor, Department of Geography


Susan is also the Director of the Hazards Research Lab, a research and training center that integrates geographical information processing techniques with hazards analysis and management. She is the co-founding editor of an interdisciplinary journal, Environmental Hazards, published by Elsevier.

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Journal Articles


Cutter, S. L., C. T. Emrich, M. Gall and R. Reeves. 2018. Flash flood risk and the paradox of urban development. Natural Hazards Review 19(1):. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000268. (link )


Cutter, S. L. and M. Gall. 2015. Sendai targets at risk. Nature Climate Change 5:707-709. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2718. (link )

Gall, M., K. H. Nguyen and S. L. Cutter. 2015. Integrated research on disaster risk: Is it really integrated?. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 12(Jun):255-267. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2015.01.010. (link )


Gall, M., K. A. Borden, C. T. Emrich and S. L. Cutter. 2011. The unsustainable trend of natural hazard losses in the United States. Sustainability 3(11):2157-2181. DOI: 10.3390/su3112157. (link )


Melton, G., M. Gall, J. T. Mitchell and S. L. Cutter. 2010. Hurricane Katrina surge delineation: Implications for future storm surge forecasts and warnings.. Natural Hazards 54(2):519-536. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-009-9483-z. (link )


Gall, M., K. A. Borden and S. L. Cutter. 2009. When do losses count? Six fallacies of loss data from natural hazards. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 90(6):799-810. DOI: 10.1175/2008BAMS2721.1. (link )


Gall, M., B. J. Boruff and S. L. Cutter. 2007. Assessing flood hazard zones in the absence of digital floodplain maps: A comparison of alternative approaches. Natural Hazards Review 8(1):1-21. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)1527-6988(2007)8:1(1). (link )


Cutter, S. L., C. T. Emrich, J. T. Mitchell, B. J. Boruff, M. Gall, M. C. Schmidtlein, C. G. Burton and G. Melton. 2006. The long road home: Race, class, and recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 48(2):8-20. DOI: 10.3200/ENVT.48.2.8-20. (link )

Book Chapters

In Press

Cutter, S. L. and M. Gall. Hurricane Katrina: A failure of planning or planned failure? [in German]. In: Glade, T. and C. Felgentreff eds., Naturrisiken und Sozialkatastrophen. Springer Spektrum. ISBN: 978-3-662-47097-8.


Gall, M. and S. L. Cutter. 2012. 2005 events and outcomes: Hurricane Katrina and beyond. Pp. 191-212 In: Rubin, C. B. ed., Emergency Management: The American Experience 1900-2010. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. ISBN: 978-1466517530.


Cutter, S. L., M. Gall and C. T. Emrich. 2008. Toward a comprehensive loss inventory of weather and climate hazards. Pp. 279-295 In: Diaz, H. F. and R. J. Murnane eds., Climate Extremes and Society. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge. UK. ISBN: 978-0521870283.