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Nirupama Agrawal

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School of Administrative Studies

Associate Professor
Disaster risk management
Community resilience

Office: Atkinson College, 234
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 30330
Email: nirupama@yorku.ca
Primary website: Textbook - Disaster risk management in Canada
Attached CV: http://profiles.laps.yorku.ca/files/CV-Nirupama-Agrawal-2018-Faculty-Profile.pdf

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Dr. Nirupama Agrawal (formerly Niru Nirupama) is with the Disaster & Emergency Management Program since 2005. She has taught in many Canadian universities and has been actively teaching and researching in the areas that include disaster risk management; physical dynamics of natural hazards; flood management using GIS and remote sensing techniques; and multi-criteria decision making using fuzzy logic concept. She is a certified (DRI Canada) Associate Business Continuity Professional.

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Dr. Nirupama Agrawal (formerly Niru Nirupama) is one of the founder faculty members of the Disaster & Emergency Management Program of York University since 2005. Prior to that she was a faculty member with the Applied Disaster & Emergency Studies program at Brandon University. She has taught in many Canadian universities and travelled extensively to present her work at conferences and meetings. Dr. Agrawal has supervised and served as examiner on over 60 graduate students. She has over 50 refereed publications and nearly 20 book chapters to her credit. She has recently authored a book on "Natural Disasters and Risk Management in Canada: An Introduction" published by Springer. She has co-edited a book on "Indian Ocean tsunami", published by Taylor & Francis in 2006. She is the lead author of "Tsunami Travel Time Atlas for the Atlantic Ocean", which is first of its kind publication for the Atlantic Ocean. The Tsunami Travel Time Atlas provides charts of tsunami travel times to 118 locations around the Atlantic Ocean, encompassing about 44 countries. Her broad research interests include natural hazards, disaster risk and vulnerability assessment and management, multi-criteria decision making using fuzzy concept, flood damage analysis including socio-economic impacts, GIS and remote sensing techniques, business continuity planning, and natural disasters in Canada.

Degrees

Dr Eng Water Resources Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan
Master of Hydrology, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
MSc, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

Professional Leadership

• Working group member, Canadian Dam Association on dam safety and emergency management issues. • Editorial board member, Natural Hazards Journal, Springer. • Reviewer, grant proposals and peer reviewed journals around the world. • Advisory board, (2013-2015) on the Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise (ANDROID), Centre for Disaster Resilience, The University of Huddersfield, UK.

Community Contributions

• Member and Chair, Board of Directors, South Asian Women Centre (SAWC), Toronto. • Member, Canadian Agencies for Serving South Asians (CASSA), Toronto. • Dissemination of knowledge on natural disasters to grade school students. Similar initiative undertaken with two Seniors Centres in the GTA. • Hazard risk assessment carried out (with David Etkin) for the Salvation Army Shelter located at 135 Sherbourne Street, Toronto. The exercise resulted in a comprehensive publication, first of its kind for a shelter.

Research Interests

Emergency Management , Global/Climate Change, Natural disasters and risk management, Flood risk management, Community resilience and capacity building, Business continuity planning

Current Research Projects

Climate change and the Rideau Canal Skateway

    Summary:

    To establish a comprehensive understanding of the effects of climate change on the Rideau Canal Skateway of Canada, the longest natural skating rink in the world.

    See more
    Role: PI

    Start Date:
      Month: May   Year: 2017

    End Date:
      Month: Apr   Year: 2018

    Funders:
    York University
Integrated approach for resilience estimation and disaster risk reduction

    Summary:

    A new approach has been proposed to integrate quantitative and qualitative methods to estimate disaster resilience by incorporating public perception. Resilience is determined based on objective and subjective point of views and used to develop disaster risk reduction methodology.

    Description:

    With Dr. Slobodan Simonovic as PI

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    Role: co-PI

    Start Date:
      Month: Sep   Year: 2016

    End Date:
      Month: Aug   Year: 2017

    Funders:
    NSERC CREATE ADERSIM
Geoinformation based disaster & emergency management

    Summary:

    The project has two main objectives: i) to set-up a prototype training facility which will allow students to be trained in simulation of emergencies and the on-scene response and evacuation; ii) use spatial analysis and modeling leading to effective communication for situation visualization awareness, understanding, decision making, and resource allocation.

    Description:

    With Dr. Costas Armenakis as PI

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    Role: Co-PI

    Start Date:
      Month: Apr   Year: 2012

    End Date:
      Month: Mar   Year: 2014

    Funders:
    Academic Innovation Fund York University
Disaster and Emergency Management Systems in Canada: Taking Stock

    Summary:

    To assess how disaster and emergency management institutions perceive their importance in terms of Canadian society and the emergency management community. We propose to engage emergency management institutions in a survey that will provide insight into the current state of disaster and emergency management in Canada and answer questions such as: are there issues within the system that affect disaster management? Are the majority of emergency managers satisfied with their institution’s mandate and performance? Is the level of education and training of emergency managers adequate? If not, is there a demand to acquire higher education and/or training? Is there disconnect between policy decisions, research and practice?

    Description:

    With Prof. David Etkin as Co-PI.

    See more
    Role: PI

    Start Date:
      Month: Jul   Year: 2008

    End Date:
      Month: Jun   Year: 2010

    Funders:
    SSHRC
Books

Publication
Year

Agrawal, Nirupama (2018) Natural Disasters and Risk Management in Canada – An Introduction, Springer, Dordrecht, 366 pages. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1283-3

2018

Nirupama, N., K. Ponnambalam, I. Nistor, and T.S. Murty. Atlantic Ocean Tsunami Travel Time Atlas. York University Press, p160, 2007.

2007

Murty, T.S., U. Aswathanarayana, and N. Nirupama (Eds). Indian Ocean Tsunami. Balakema Publications, The Netherlands, p398, 2006.

2006

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Subbotina K. and Agrawal N. (2017) Natural Disasters and Health Risks of First Responders. In: Masys A., Lin L. (eds.) Asia-Pacific Security Challenges. Springer International Publishing.

2017

Ballisario, L, J. McGee and N. Nirupama (2012). Emergency Management Education in Canada: A View from the Crossroads, In Disaster Risk and Vulnerability: Mitigation through Mobilizing Communities. Eds.: C.E. Haque and D. Etkin, McGill-Queen's University Press, Canada.

2012

Nirupama, N., Disaster Risk Management, Invited chapter in Encyclopaedia of Natural Hazards, Peter Bobrowsky (ed.), Springer, 164-169, 1133p.

2011

Murty, T.S., A.D. Rao, N. Nirupama, and I. Nistor. An Ideal Conceptual Tsunami Warning System for the Indian Ocean. In Indian Ocean Tsunami, Eds: Murty, Aswathanarayana, Nirupama, A.A. Balkema Publication, The Netherlands, p455-474, 2006

2006

Haque, C.E. and N. Nirupama. Nature Itself Does Not Cause a Disaster: The Role of Physical and Socioeconomic Variables in the Catastrophic Loss Due to the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 26 December 2004, In Natural Hazards and Disaster Management : Vulnerability and Mitigation, Ed: R.B. Singh, p79-103, 2006

2006

Nirupama, N. Overview and Integration of Part 2. In Indian Ocean Tsunami, Eds: Murty, Aswathanarayana, Nirupama, A.A. Balkema Publication, The Netherlands, p.209-212, 2006

2006

Nirupama, N., T.S. Murty, A.D. Rao and I. Nistor. A Partial Explanation for the Initial Withdrawal of the Ocean during the Tsunami. In Indian Ocean Tsunami, Eds: Murty, Aswathanarayana, Nirupama, A.A. Balkema Publication, The Netherlands, p73-80, 2006.

2006

Nirupama, N., T.S. Murty, I. Nistor, and A.D. Rao. The Energetics of the Tsunami of 26 December 2004 in the Indian Ocean: A Brief Review. In Indian Ocean Tsunami, Eds: Murty, Aswathanarayana, Nirupama, A.A. Balkema Publication, The Netherlands, p81-90, 2006

2006

Nirupama, N., T.S. Murty, A.D. Rao and I. Nistor. Tsunami in Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Oscillations of the First and Second Class. In Indian Ocean Tsunami, Ed: V. Sundar, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, p22-30, 2005

2005

Ponnambalam, K., Nirupama and H. Venema. Wetlands Management using Geographical Information Systems and Multi-objective Decision Support System, Best Modelling Practices for Urban Water Systems Monograph 10, Ed. William James, 215-224, 2001.

2001

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Systems Approach to Management of Disasters: Methods and Applications (Simonovic, SP), Wiley, 2009, 308 pp, in Disaster Prevention and Management, Emerald, 20 (4).

2011

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Agrawal N, Jahanadish A (2018). Is climate change impacting Rideau Canal Skateway, the world's longest skating rink? Special Issue Natural Disasters and 150th Commemoration of Canada as a Country, Natural Hazards, Springer.

2018

Dumbuya B, Nirupama N (2017). Disasters and long term economic sustainability: a perspective on Sierra Leone, Special Issue on Investments in Disaster Resilience, Int. J Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 8(1).

2017

Jahanadish A, Nirupama N (2017). Quantitative analysis of earthquake fatalities: case of Iran, Natural Hazards, 87: 567-579.

2017

Irwin S, Schardong A, Simonovic SP, Nirupama N (2016). ResilSIM—A Decision Support Tool for Estimating Resilience of Urban Systems. Water 8(9): 377.

2016

Agada, S., Nirupama, N. (2015) . A serious flooding event in Nigeria in 2012 with specific focus on Benue State, Natural Hazards, 77 (2): 1405-1414.

2015

Daddar, S., Nirupama, N. (2015) . The potential of recurrent epidemics and pandemics in a highly mobile global society, Natural Hazards, 77 (2): 1395-1403.

2015

Nirupama, N. (2015) . Understanding risk from floods and landslides in the Himalayan region: a discussion to enhance resilience. planet@risk, Global Risk Forum, 3 (2): 231-235.

2015

Armenakis, C., Nirupama, N., Zalidid, G., Alexandridis, T. (2014) . Degradation of Coastal Wetlands using Examples from Greece and Canada: A Review, International J Ecology and Development, 29 (3):87-109.

2014

Nirupama, N., Armenakis, C., Montpetit, M. (2014) . Is flooding in Toronto a concern? Natural Hazards, 72(2): 1259-1264.

2014

Armenakis, C., Nirupama, N. (2014) . Urban impacts of ice storm – Toronto 2013, Natural Hazards, 74(2): 1291-1298.

2014

Armenakis, C., Nirupama, N. (2014) . Flood risk mapping for the city of Toronto, Procedia Economics and Finance, Elsevier, 18: 320-326.

2014

Nirupama, N., Adhikari, I., Sheybani, A. (2014) . Natural hazards in Ontario Canada – taking stock for mitigating disasters, Procedia Economics and Finance, Elsevier, 18: 55-61.

2014

Sharma, R., Verma, K., Panigrahi, S. Nirupama, N. (2014) . A multi-tier hazard-Part II: meteorological Analysis, Natural Hazards 76 (1): 271-281.

2014

Nirupama, N., Sharma, R., Verma, K., Panigrahi, S. (2014) . A multi-tier hazard-Part I: description of the event, Natural Hazards. 76 (1): 259-269.

2014

Nirupama, N. (2013) . Is it possible to rank hurricanes in a unique manner? Natural Hazards. 67: 963-968.

2013

Nirupama, N. and Maula, A. (2013) . Engaging Public for Building Resilient Communities to Reduce Disaster Impact, Special Issue on Sociological Aspects of Natural Disasters Springer, Natural Hazards. 66:51-59.

2013

Nirupama, N. (2013) . Vertical evacuation during cyclones: suitable for developing countries. Natural Hazards. 69:1137-1142.

2013

Armenakis, C. and Nirupama, N. (2013) . Estimating spatial disaster risk in urban environments, Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk, Taylor & Francis, 4 (4): 289-298.

2013

Nirupama, N. (2013) . Tsunami versus storm surge: a brief review. Natural Hazards. 69:1123-1130.

2013

Nirupama, N. (2012) . Risk and Vulnerability Assessment – A Comprehensive Approach, International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Emerald, 3:2.

2012

Nirupama, N. and Etkin, D. (2012) . Institutional Perception and Support in Emergency Management in Ontario, Canada, Disaster Prevention and Management, Emerald, 21(5): 599-607.

2012

Khalafzai, AK and Nirupama, N. (2011) . Building Resilient Communities through Empowering Women with Information and Communication Technologies: A Pakistan Case Study, Sustainability 3(1), 82-96.

2011

Nirupama, N. Analysis of the Global Tsunami Data for Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, Natural Hazards, 48 (1), 11-16, 2009.

2009

Nirupama, N and Etkin, David. Emergency Managers in Ontario: An Exploratory Study of Their Perspectives, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: 6 (1), 2009.

2009

Nirupama, N. Socio-economic Implications based on Interviews with Fishermen following the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Natural Hazards, 48 (1), 1-9, 2009.

2009

Tsasis, P. and N. Nirupama. Vulnerability and Risk Perception in the Management of HIV/AIDS: Public Priorities in a Global Pandemic, Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, 1, 7-14, 2008.

2008

Nirupama, N. and S.P. Simonovic. Increase of Flood Risk due to Urbanisation: A Canadian Example, Natural Hazards, Springer, 40, 25-41, 2007

2007

Garnett, R.E., N. Nirupama, T.S. Murty, and C.E. Haque. Correlates of Canadian Prairie Rainfall-Implications for Crop Yield, Climate Research, 32, 25-33, 2006

2006

Nirupama, N., T.S. Murty, I. Nistor, and A.D. Rao. Persistent High Water Levels around Andaman & Nicobar Islands following the 26 December 2004 Tsunami, Science of Tsunami Hazards, 24 (3), 183-193, 2006.

2006

Nirupama, N., T.S. Murty, I. Nistor, and A.D. Rao. The Energetics of the Tsunami of 26 December 2004 in the Indian Ocean: A Brief Review, Marine Geodesy, 29 (1), 39-48, 2006.

2006

Teller, J.T., T.S. Murty, N. Nirupama, and P. Chittibabu. A Possible Tsunami in the Labrador Sea Related to the Drainage of Glacial Lake Agassiz ~8400 Years B.P., Science of Tsunami Hazards, 23 (3), 3-16, 2005.

2005

Simonovic, S. and Nirupama. A Spatial Multi-Objective Decision Making under Uncertainty for Water Resources Management, Journal of Hydroinformatics, 7 (2), 117-133, 2005

2005

Murty, T.S., N. Nirupama, I. Nistor, and A.D. Rao. Leakage of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Energy into the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, Recorder of Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, December, 33-36, 2005.

2005

Murty T.S., N. Nirupama, I. Nistor and S. Hamdi. Why the Atlantic Generally cannot Generate Trans-Oceanic Tsunamis, J. Indian Society of Earthquake Technology, 42 (4), 227-236, 2005.

2005

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

Agrawal N, Simonovic SP, Elliott M (2017). A Canadian example of integrating qualitative and quantitative approaches, IDRC Sendai 2017, Japan Nov 25-28, 2017.

2017

Nirupama, N. Education and Research in Disaster and Emergency Management, Canadian Risk and Hazard Network Symposium, Winnipeg, Canada, November 18-20, 2005

2005

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

Nirupama N, Simonovic SP, Elliott M (2017). Disaster adaptiveness, resilience, and capacity building by accounting for people’s perception: a Canadian case study, 7th Int. Conference on Flood Management (ICFM7), 05-07 September 2017, University of Leeds, UK.

2017

Subbotina K, Nirupama N (2016). Health risk analysis of internationally deploying first responders following a natural disaster, 6th International conference on Building Resilience, University of Auckland, New Zealand, Sep 7-9, 2016.

2017

Nirupama N, Jubril J (2016). Social capital and disaster resilience: A Canadian case study, Proceedings of the 6th International Disaster and Risk Conference, IDRC Davos, Switzerland, Aug 28-Sep 01, 2016, p 464-467.

2017

Dumbuya B, Nirupama N (2016). Disasters and Long Term Economic Sustainability: A Perspective on Sierra Leone, Proceedings of the 6th International Disaster and Risk Conference, IDRC Davos, Switzerland, Aug 28-Sep 01, 2016, p 191-194.

2016

Nirupama, N., Hebert, L., Jubril, J. (2015). Urban heat island effect in metropolitan cities: taking stock, 5th Building Resilience Conference, Newcastle, Australia, 15-17 July 2015.

2015

Armenakis, C., Nirupama, N. (2014). Flood risk mapping for the city of Toronto, 4th International Conference on Building Resilience, Salford, UK, Sep 8-11, 2014.

2014

Nirupama, N., Adhikari, I., Sheybani, A. (2014). Natural hazards in Ontario Canada – taking stock for mitigating disasters, 4th International Conference on Building Resilience, Salford Quays, UK, September 9-11 2014. Best paper award.

2014

Nirupama, N. (2014). Risk from a three tier multi hazard in Uttarakhand region of India, Global Risk Forum, Davos, Switzerland, Aug 24-28, 2014.

2014

Nirupama, N. (2013). Role of Social Resilience in Mitigating Seismic Disasters, International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure, Renewal and Reconstruction (IIIRR) Brisbane, Australia, July 7-10, 2013.

2013

Armenakis, C. and Nirupama, N. (2013). Spatial risk estimation for technological hazards, Int. Conference on Earth Observation for Global Changes and 2013 Annual Conference of The Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG), Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 5-7 June 2013.

2013

Nirupama, N. (2012). A Reasonable Success Story of Vertical Evacuation against Tropical Cyclones in India, Global Risk Forum, Davos, Switzerland August 26-Sep 1, 2012.

2012

Nirupama, N. and Murty, TS. (2012). Similarities and Differences in Tsunamis and Storm Surge Mitigation, International Conference on Disaster Resilience, Kumamoto, Japan, August 24-26.

2012

Armenakis, C and N. Nirupama (2009). Vulnerability Assessment using GIS: Toronto Propane Explosion, CRHNet Symposium, Edmonton Nov 23-26.

2009

Nirupama, N and T.S. Murty (2007). Aliasing and Fuzzy Mathematics in Natural Marine Hazard Mitigation. Fourth Indian National Conference on Harbour and Ocean Engineering, NIT, Surthkal, India, Dec 12-14, 2007.

2007

Ballisario, L, J. McGee and N. Nirupama (2007). Emergency Management Education in Canada: At a Crossroads, In: Building Partnerships for Risk and Hazards Mitigation and Response, Eds.: C. Emdad Haque and D. Etkin, McGill-Queen's Publishers, Canada, Nov 17-19, 2005.

2007

Nirupama, N. and T.S. Murty. Fuzzy Mathematics and Aliasing in Natural Hazard Mitigation, Indian Civil, Hydraulic and Oceanographic Engineers (INCHOE) Conference, Mangalore, India, December 12-14, 2007

2007

Murty, T.S. and N. Nirupama. Tsunamis and storm surges in Indian Ocean, 12th Pacific Congress on Marine Science and Technology (PACON), Myanmar, Thailand, June 11-15, 2006

2006

Nirupama, N. Evaluation of Disaster Impacts Using GIS and Remote Sensing Technique, International Conference on Marine Hazards & Opportunities, Chennai, India, July 3-5, 2006

2006

Nirupama, N. International Perspective of Disaster Principles, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Emergency Management and Homeland Security/Defence Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, Maryland, U.S.A., June 6-8, 2006

2006

Nirupama, N and T.S. Murty. Analysis of the Travel Times of the Tsunami of 26 December 2004 in the Indian Ocean, Canadian Coastal Engineering Conference, Halifax, N.S., Nov 7-9, 2005

2005

Logan, L., K. Ponnambalam, N. Nirupama, and H. Belore. Evaluating Performance Sensitivity of a Water Balance Model, Proc. Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Conference, Burlington, Ontario, October 22-24, 2003

2003

Agrawal, A. and N. Nirupama. Geographical Information System – A Perfect Tool for Improving Quality of Services (QOS) in Railways, International Conference: Map India 2001, New Delhi, India, May 24-26, 2001

2001

Nirupama and R.K. Khanna. Conservation of Wetlands and Management Support System for the Harike Environment, Proc. All India Seminar on Environmental & Social Issues in Water Resources Development, Lucknow, India, June 5-6, 2000

2000

Research Reports

Publication
Year

Nirupama, N. Disaster Risk Management: Theory, Practice and Policy. Report prepared for Public Safety Canada, Government of Canada, Ottawa, December 2008.

2008

Nirupama, and S.P. Simonovic. A Spatial Fuzzy Compromise Approach for Flood Disaster Management, Institute of Catastrophic Loss Reduction, London, Ontario, 2002

2002

Nirupama, and S.P. Simonovic. Role of Remote Sensing in Disaster Management, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, London, Ontario, 2002

2002

Approach to Teaching


Courses taught: GS/DEMS 5040 Natural Disasters (current) GS/DEMS 5080 Disaster & Emergency Management Practicum (current) GS/DEMS 5081 Applied Topics in DEM (2012) GS/DEMS 5053 Topics in Business Continuity (2011) GS/DEMS 5050 Qualitative Research Methods in Disaster Management (2007) AP/DEMS 4708 Seminar in Disaster & Emergency Management (current) AP/DEMS 3701 Disaster Risk Management (2005-2017) AP/DEMS 3703 Business Continuity Planning (2007-2010)



Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2020 AP/DEMS4708 3.0 M Disaster/Emergency Management Seminar LECT
Winter 2020 GS/DEMS5080 6.0 M Disaster &Emergency Management Practicum PRAC


Dr. Nirupama Agrawal (formerly Niru Nirupama) is with the Disaster & Emergency Management Program since 2005. She has taught in many Canadian universities and has been actively teaching and researching in the areas that include disaster risk management; physical dynamics of natural hazards; flood management using GIS and remote sensing techniques; and multi-criteria decision making using fuzzy logic concept. She is a certified (DRI Canada) Associate Business Continuity Professional.

Dr. Nirupama Agrawal (formerly Niru Nirupama) is one of the founder faculty members of the Disaster & Emergency Management Program of York University since 2005. Prior to that she was a faculty member with the Applied Disaster & Emergency Studies program at Brandon University. She has taught in many Canadian universities and travelled extensively to present her work at conferences and meetings. Dr. Agrawal has supervised and served as examiner on over 60 graduate students. She has over 50 refereed publications and nearly 20 book chapters to her credit. She has recently authored a book on "Natural Disasters and Risk Management in Canada: An Introduction" published by Springer. She has co-edited a book on "Indian Ocean tsunami", published by Taylor & Francis in 2006. She is the lead author of "Tsunami Travel Time Atlas for the Atlantic Ocean", which is first of its kind publication for the Atlantic Ocean. The Tsunami Travel Time Atlas provides charts of tsunami travel times to 118 locations around the Atlantic Ocean, encompassing about 44 countries. Her broad research interests include natural hazards, disaster risk and vulnerability assessment and management, multi-criteria decision making using fuzzy concept, flood damage analysis including socio-economic impacts, GIS and remote sensing techniques, business continuity planning, and natural disasters in Canada.

Degrees

Dr Eng Water Resources Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan
Master of Hydrology, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
MSc, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

Professional Leadership

• Working group member, Canadian Dam Association on dam safety and emergency management issues. • Editorial board member, Natural Hazards Journal, Springer. • Reviewer, grant proposals and peer reviewed journals around the world. • Advisory board, (2013-2015) on the Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise (ANDROID), Centre for Disaster Resilience, The University of Huddersfield, UK.

Community Contributions

• Member and Chair, Board of Directors, South Asian Women Centre (SAWC), Toronto. • Member, Canadian Agencies for Serving South Asians (CASSA), Toronto. • Dissemination of knowledge on natural disasters to grade school students. Similar initiative undertaken with two Seniors Centres in the GTA. • Hazard risk assessment carried out (with David Etkin) for the Salvation Army Shelter located at 135 Sherbourne Street, Toronto. The exercise resulted in a comprehensive publication, first of its kind for a shelter.

Research Interests

Emergency Management , Global/Climate Change, Natural disasters and risk management, Flood risk management, Community resilience and capacity building, Business continuity planning

Current Research Projects

Climate change and the Rideau Canal Skateway

    Summary:

    To establish a comprehensive understanding of the effects of climate change on the Rideau Canal Skateway of Canada, the longest natural skating rink in the world.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: PI

    Start Date:
      Month: May   Year: 2017

    End Date:
      Month: Apr   Year: 2018

    Funders:
    York University
Integrated approach for resilience estimation and disaster risk reduction

    Summary:

    A new approach has been proposed to integrate quantitative and qualitative methods to estimate disaster resilience by incorporating public perception. Resilience is determined based on objective and subjective point of views and used to develop disaster risk reduction methodology.

    Description:

    With Dr. Slobodan Simonovic as PI

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: co-PI

    Start Date:
      Month: Sep   Year: 2016

    End Date:
      Month: Aug   Year: 2017

    Funders:
    NSERC CREATE ADERSIM
Geoinformation based disaster & emergency management

    Summary:

    The project has two main objectives: i) to set-up a prototype training facility which will allow students to be trained in simulation of emergencies and the on-scene response and evacuation; ii) use spatial analysis and modeling leading to effective communication for situation visualization awareness, understanding, decision making, and resource allocation.

    Description:

    With Dr. Costas Armenakis as PI

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Co-PI

    Start Date:
      Month: Apr   Year: 2012

    End Date:
      Month: Mar   Year: 2014

    Funders:
    Academic Innovation Fund York University
Disaster and Emergency Management Systems in Canada: Taking Stock

    Summary:

    To assess how disaster and emergency management institutions perceive their importance in terms of Canadian society and the emergency management community. We propose to engage emergency management institutions in a survey that will provide insight into the current state of disaster and emergency management in Canada and answer questions such as: are there issues within the system that affect disaster management? Are the majority of emergency managers satisfied with their institution’s mandate and performance? Is the level of education and training of emergency managers adequate? If not, is there a demand to acquire higher education and/or training? Is there disconnect between policy decisions, research and practice?

    Description:

    With Prof. David Etkin as Co-PI.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: PI

    Start Date:
      Month: Jul   Year: 2008

    End Date:
      Month: Jun   Year: 2010

    Funders:
    SSHRC

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Subbotina K. and Agrawal N. (2017) Natural Disasters and Health Risks of First Responders. In: Masys A., Lin L. (eds.) Asia-Pacific Security Challenges. Springer International Publishing.

2017

Ballisario, L, J. McGee and N. Nirupama (2012). Emergency Management Education in Canada: A View from the Crossroads, In Disaster Risk and Vulnerability: Mitigation through Mobilizing Communities. Eds.: C.E. Haque and D. Etkin, McGill-Queen's University Press, Canada.

2012

Nirupama, N., Disaster Risk Management, Invited chapter in Encyclopaedia of Natural Hazards, Peter Bobrowsky (ed.), Springer, 164-169, 1133p.

2011

Murty, T.S., A.D. Rao, N. Nirupama, and I. Nistor. An Ideal Conceptual Tsunami Warning System for the Indian Ocean. In Indian Ocean Tsunami, Eds: Murty, Aswathanarayana, Nirupama, A.A. Balkema Publication, The Netherlands, p455-474, 2006

2006

Haque, C.E. and N. Nirupama. Nature Itself Does Not Cause a Disaster: The Role of Physical and Socioeconomic Variables in the Catastrophic Loss Due to the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 26 December 2004, In Natural Hazards and Disaster Management : Vulnerability and Mitigation, Ed: R.B. Singh, p79-103, 2006

2006

Nirupama, N. Overview and Integration of Part 2. In Indian Ocean Tsunami, Eds: Murty, Aswathanarayana, Nirupama, A.A. Balkema Publication, The Netherlands, p.209-212, 2006

2006

Nirupama, N., T.S. Murty, A.D. Rao and I. Nistor. A Partial Explanation for the Initial Withdrawal of the Ocean during the Tsunami. In Indian Ocean Tsunami, Eds: Murty, Aswathanarayana, Nirupama, A.A. Balkema Publication, The Netherlands, p73-80, 2006.

2006

Nirupama, N., T.S. Murty, I. Nistor, and A.D. Rao. The Energetics of the Tsunami of 26 December 2004 in the Indian Ocean: A Brief Review. In Indian Ocean Tsunami, Eds: Murty, Aswathanarayana, Nirupama, A.A. Balkema Publication, The Netherlands, p81-90, 2006

2006

Nirupama, N., T.S. Murty, A.D. Rao and I. Nistor. Tsunami in Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Oscillations of the First and Second Class. In Indian Ocean Tsunami, Ed: V. Sundar, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, p22-30, 2005

2005

Ponnambalam, K., Nirupama and H. Venema. Wetlands Management using Geographical Information Systems and Multi-objective Decision Support System, Best Modelling Practices for Urban Water Systems Monograph 10, Ed. William James, 215-224, 2001.

2001

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Systems Approach to Management of Disasters: Methods and Applications (Simonovic, SP), Wiley, 2009, 308 pp, in Disaster Prevention and Management, Emerald, 20 (4).

2011

Books

Publication
Year

Agrawal, Nirupama (2018) Natural Disasters and Risk Management in Canada – An Introduction, Springer, Dordrecht, 366 pages. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1283-3

2018

Nirupama, N., K. Ponnambalam, I. Nistor, and T.S. Murty. Atlantic Ocean Tsunami Travel Time Atlas. York University Press, p160, 2007.

2007

Murty, T.S., U. Aswathanarayana, and N. Nirupama (Eds). Indian Ocean Tsunami. Balakema Publications, The Netherlands, p398, 2006.

2006

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Agrawal N, Jahanadish A (2018). Is climate change impacting Rideau Canal Skateway, the world's longest skating rink? Special Issue Natural Disasters and 150th Commemoration of Canada as a Country, Natural Hazards, Springer.

2018

Dumbuya B, Nirupama N (2017). Disasters and long term economic sustainability: a perspective on Sierra Leone, Special Issue on Investments in Disaster Resilience, Int. J Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 8(1).

2017

Jahanadish A, Nirupama N (2017). Quantitative analysis of earthquake fatalities: case of Iran, Natural Hazards, 87: 567-579.

2017

Irwin S, Schardong A, Simonovic SP, Nirupama N (2016). ResilSIM—A Decision Support Tool for Estimating Resilience of Urban Systems. Water 8(9): 377.

2016

Agada, S., Nirupama, N. (2015) . A serious flooding event in Nigeria in 2012 with specific focus on Benue State, Natural Hazards, 77 (2): 1405-1414.

2015

Daddar, S., Nirupama, N. (2015) . The potential of recurrent epidemics and pandemics in a highly mobile global society, Natural Hazards, 77 (2): 1395-1403.

2015

Nirupama, N. (2015) . Understanding risk from floods and landslides in the Himalayan region: a discussion to enhance resilience. planet@risk, Global Risk Forum, 3 (2): 231-235.

2015

Armenakis, C., Nirupama, N., Zalidid, G., Alexandridis, T. (2014) . Degradation of Coastal Wetlands using Examples from Greece and Canada: A Review, International J Ecology and Development, 29 (3):87-109.

2014

Nirupama, N., Armenakis, C., Montpetit, M. (2014) . Is flooding in Toronto a concern? Natural Hazards, 72(2): 1259-1264.

2014

Armenakis, C., Nirupama, N. (2014) . Urban impacts of ice storm – Toronto 2013, Natural Hazards, 74(2): 1291-1298.

2014

Armenakis, C., Nirupama, N. (2014) . Flood risk mapping for the city of Toronto, Procedia Economics and Finance, Elsevier, 18: 320-326.

2014

Nirupama, N., Adhikari, I., Sheybani, A. (2014) . Natural hazards in Ontario Canada – taking stock for mitigating disasters, Procedia Economics and Finance, Elsevier, 18: 55-61.

2014

Sharma, R., Verma, K., Panigrahi, S. Nirupama, N. (2014) . A multi-tier hazard-Part II: meteorological Analysis, Natural Hazards 76 (1): 271-281.

2014

Nirupama, N., Sharma, R., Verma, K., Panigrahi, S. (2014) . A multi-tier hazard-Part I: description of the event, Natural Hazards. 76 (1): 259-269.

2014

Nirupama, N. (2013) . Is it possible to rank hurricanes in a unique manner? Natural Hazards. 67: 963-968.

2013

Nirupama, N. and Maula, A. (2013) . Engaging Public for Building Resilient Communities to Reduce Disaster Impact, Special Issue on Sociological Aspects of Natural Disasters Springer, Natural Hazards. 66:51-59.

2013

Nirupama, N. (2013) . Vertical evacuation during cyclones: suitable for developing countries. Natural Hazards. 69:1137-1142.

2013

Armenakis, C. and Nirupama, N. (2013) . Estimating spatial disaster risk in urban environments, Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk, Taylor & Francis, 4 (4): 289-298.

2013

Nirupama, N. (2013) . Tsunami versus storm surge: a brief review. Natural Hazards. 69:1123-1130.

2013

Nirupama, N. (2012) . Risk and Vulnerability Assessment – A Comprehensive Approach, International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Emerald, 3:2.

2012

Nirupama, N. and Etkin, D. (2012) . Institutional Perception and Support in Emergency Management in Ontario, Canada, Disaster Prevention and Management, Emerald, 21(5): 599-607.

2012

Khalafzai, AK and Nirupama, N. (2011) . Building Resilient Communities through Empowering Women with Information and Communication Technologies: A Pakistan Case Study, Sustainability 3(1), 82-96.

2011

Nirupama, N. Analysis of the Global Tsunami Data for Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, Natural Hazards, 48 (1), 11-16, 2009.

2009

Nirupama, N and Etkin, David. Emergency Managers in Ontario: An Exploratory Study of Their Perspectives, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: 6 (1), 2009.

2009

Nirupama, N. Socio-economic Implications based on Interviews with Fishermen following the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Natural Hazards, 48 (1), 1-9, 2009.

2009

Tsasis, P. and N. Nirupama. Vulnerability and Risk Perception in the Management of HIV/AIDS: Public Priorities in a Global Pandemic, Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, 1, 7-14, 2008.

2008

Nirupama, N. and S.P. Simonovic. Increase of Flood Risk due to Urbanisation: A Canadian Example, Natural Hazards, Springer, 40, 25-41, 2007

2007

Garnett, R.E., N. Nirupama, T.S. Murty, and C.E. Haque. Correlates of Canadian Prairie Rainfall-Implications for Crop Yield, Climate Research, 32, 25-33, 2006

2006

Nirupama, N., T.S. Murty, I. Nistor, and A.D. Rao. Persistent High Water Levels around Andaman & Nicobar Islands following the 26 December 2004 Tsunami, Science of Tsunami Hazards, 24 (3), 183-193, 2006.

2006

Nirupama, N., T.S. Murty, I. Nistor, and A.D. Rao. The Energetics of the Tsunami of 26 December 2004 in the Indian Ocean: A Brief Review, Marine Geodesy, 29 (1), 39-48, 2006.

2006

Teller, J.T., T.S. Murty, N. Nirupama, and P. Chittibabu. A Possible Tsunami in the Labrador Sea Related to the Drainage of Glacial Lake Agassiz ~8400 Years B.P., Science of Tsunami Hazards, 23 (3), 3-16, 2005.

2005

Simonovic, S. and Nirupama. A Spatial Multi-Objective Decision Making under Uncertainty for Water Resources Management, Journal of Hydroinformatics, 7 (2), 117-133, 2005

2005

Murty, T.S., N. Nirupama, I. Nistor, and A.D. Rao. Leakage of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Energy into the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, Recorder of Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, December, 33-36, 2005.

2005

Murty T.S., N. Nirupama, I. Nistor and S. Hamdi. Why the Atlantic Generally cannot Generate Trans-Oceanic Tsunamis, J. Indian Society of Earthquake Technology, 42 (4), 227-236, 2005.

2005

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

Agrawal N, Simonovic SP, Elliott M (2017). A Canadian example of integrating qualitative and quantitative approaches, IDRC Sendai 2017, Japan Nov 25-28, 2017.

2017

Nirupama, N. Education and Research in Disaster and Emergency Management, Canadian Risk and Hazard Network Symposium, Winnipeg, Canada, November 18-20, 2005

2005

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

Nirupama N, Simonovic SP, Elliott M (2017). Disaster adaptiveness, resilience, and capacity building by accounting for people’s perception: a Canadian case study, 7th Int. Conference on Flood Management (ICFM7), 05-07 September 2017, University of Leeds, UK.

2017

Subbotina K, Nirupama N (2016). Health risk analysis of internationally deploying first responders following a natural disaster, 6th International conference on Building Resilience, University of Auckland, New Zealand, Sep 7-9, 2016.

2017

Nirupama N, Jubril J (2016). Social capital and disaster resilience: A Canadian case study, Proceedings of the 6th International Disaster and Risk Conference, IDRC Davos, Switzerland, Aug 28-Sep 01, 2016, p 464-467.

2017

Dumbuya B, Nirupama N (2016). Disasters and Long Term Economic Sustainability: A Perspective on Sierra Leone, Proceedings of the 6th International Disaster and Risk Conference, IDRC Davos, Switzerland, Aug 28-Sep 01, 2016, p 191-194.

2016

Nirupama, N., Hebert, L., Jubril, J. (2015). Urban heat island effect in metropolitan cities: taking stock, 5th Building Resilience Conference, Newcastle, Australia, 15-17 July 2015.

2015

Armenakis, C., Nirupama, N. (2014). Flood risk mapping for the city of Toronto, 4th International Conference on Building Resilience, Salford, UK, Sep 8-11, 2014.

2014

Nirupama, N., Adhikari, I., Sheybani, A. (2014). Natural hazards in Ontario Canada – taking stock for mitigating disasters, 4th International Conference on Building Resilience, Salford Quays, UK, September 9-11 2014. Best paper award.

2014

Nirupama, N. (2014). Risk from a three tier multi hazard in Uttarakhand region of India, Global Risk Forum, Davos, Switzerland, Aug 24-28, 2014.

2014

Nirupama, N. (2013). Role of Social Resilience in Mitigating Seismic Disasters, International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure, Renewal and Reconstruction (IIIRR) Brisbane, Australia, July 7-10, 2013.

2013

Armenakis, C. and Nirupama, N. (2013). Spatial risk estimation for technological hazards, Int. Conference on Earth Observation for Global Changes and 2013 Annual Conference of The Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG), Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 5-7 June 2013.

2013

Nirupama, N. (2012). A Reasonable Success Story of Vertical Evacuation against Tropical Cyclones in India, Global Risk Forum, Davos, Switzerland August 26-Sep 1, 2012.

2012

Nirupama, N. and Murty, TS. (2012). Similarities and Differences in Tsunamis and Storm Surge Mitigation, International Conference on Disaster Resilience, Kumamoto, Japan, August 24-26.

2012

Armenakis, C and N. Nirupama (2009). Vulnerability Assessment using GIS: Toronto Propane Explosion, CRHNet Symposium, Edmonton Nov 23-26.

2009

Nirupama, N and T.S. Murty (2007). Aliasing and Fuzzy Mathematics in Natural Marine Hazard Mitigation. Fourth Indian National Conference on Harbour and Ocean Engineering, NIT, Surthkal, India, Dec 12-14, 2007.

2007

Ballisario, L, J. McGee and N. Nirupama (2007). Emergency Management Education in Canada: At a Crossroads, In: Building Partnerships for Risk and Hazards Mitigation and Response, Eds.: C. Emdad Haque and D. Etkin, McGill-Queen's Publishers, Canada, Nov 17-19, 2005.

2007

Nirupama, N. and T.S. Murty. Fuzzy Mathematics and Aliasing in Natural Hazard Mitigation, Indian Civil, Hydraulic and Oceanographic Engineers (INCHOE) Conference, Mangalore, India, December 12-14, 2007

2007

Murty, T.S. and N. Nirupama. Tsunamis and storm surges in Indian Ocean, 12th Pacific Congress on Marine Science and Technology (PACON), Myanmar, Thailand, June 11-15, 2006

2006

Nirupama, N. Evaluation of Disaster Impacts Using GIS and Remote Sensing Technique, International Conference on Marine Hazards & Opportunities, Chennai, India, July 3-5, 2006

2006

Nirupama, N. International Perspective of Disaster Principles, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Emergency Management and Homeland Security/Defence Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, Maryland, U.S.A., June 6-8, 2006

2006

Nirupama, N and T.S. Murty. Analysis of the Travel Times of the Tsunami of 26 December 2004 in the Indian Ocean, Canadian Coastal Engineering Conference, Halifax, N.S., Nov 7-9, 2005

2005

Logan, L., K. Ponnambalam, N. Nirupama, and H. Belore. Evaluating Performance Sensitivity of a Water Balance Model, Proc. Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Conference, Burlington, Ontario, October 22-24, 2003

2003

Agrawal, A. and N. Nirupama. Geographical Information System – A Perfect Tool for Improving Quality of Services (QOS) in Railways, International Conference: Map India 2001, New Delhi, India, May 24-26, 2001

2001

Nirupama and R.K. Khanna. Conservation of Wetlands and Management Support System for the Harike Environment, Proc. All India Seminar on Environmental & Social Issues in Water Resources Development, Lucknow, India, June 5-6, 2000

2000

Research Reports

Publication
Year

Nirupama, N. Disaster Risk Management: Theory, Practice and Policy. Report prepared for Public Safety Canada, Government of Canada, Ottawa, December 2008.

2008

Nirupama, and S.P. Simonovic. A Spatial Fuzzy Compromise Approach for Flood Disaster Management, Institute of Catastrophic Loss Reduction, London, Ontario, 2002

2002

Nirupama, and S.P. Simonovic. Role of Remote Sensing in Disaster Management, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, London, Ontario, 2002

2002

Approach to Teaching


Courses taught: GS/DEMS 5040 Natural Disasters (current) GS/DEMS 5080 Disaster & Emergency Management Practicum (current) GS/DEMS 5081 Applied Topics in DEM (2012) GS/DEMS 5053 Topics in Business Continuity (2011) GS/DEMS 5050 Qualitative Research Methods in Disaster Management (2007) AP/DEMS 4708 Seminar in Disaster & Emergency Management (current) AP/DEMS 3701 Disaster Risk Management (2005-2017) AP/DEMS 3703 Business Continuity Planning (2007-2010)



Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2020 AP/DEMS4708 3.0 M Disaster/Emergency Management Seminar LECT
Winter 2020 GS/DEMS5080 6.0 M Disaster &Emergency Management Practicum PRAC