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Melanie Gall

Melanie Gall

Research Professor, School of Community Resources and Development, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus
411 N. Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004-3520


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Research Professor, School of Community Resources and Development, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
  • Co-Director, Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Melanie Gall is a hazards geographer studying the interaction between natural hazards and society. She utilizes geospatial analytics and disaster metrics to capture these interactions. Her expertise lies in risk metrics (e.g., disaster losses, indices, risk assessments), hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation planning as well as environmental modeling. The applied nature of hazards research allows her to work closely with emergency management agencies from local to federal levels. She has conducted post-disaster field work in Mozambique, Haiti, New Jersey, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Her publications appeared in journals such as Nature Climate Change, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, and Natural Hazards Review. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, M.S. from the University of Salzburg (Austria), and a B.S. from the University of Heidelberg (Germany).


  • PhD, Geography, University of South Carolina, 2007
  • MS, Geography and Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg, 2002
  • BS, Geography, University of Heidelberg, 1999


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. 2015. The suitability of disaster loss databases to measure loss and damage from climate change. International Journal of Global Warming 8(2):170-190. DOI: 10.1504/IJGW.2015.071966. (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 )


Robinson, S. E., W. S. Eller, M. Gall and B. J. Gerber. 2013. The core and periphery of emergency management networks. Public Management Review 15(3):344-362. DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2013.769849. (link )

Robinson, S. E., B. J. Gerber, W. S. Eller and M. Gall. 2013. Emergency planning and disabled populations: Assessing the FNSS approach. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 31(2):315-329. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2045619. (link )


Fielding, W. J., M. Gall, D. Green and W. S. Eller. 2012. Care of dogs and attitudes of dog owners in Port-au- Prince, the Republic of Haiti. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 15(3):236-253. DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2012.683760. (link )

Friedland, C. J. and M. Gall. 2012. True cost of hurricanes: Case for a comprehensive understanding of multihazard building damage. Leadership and Management in Engineering 12(3):134-146. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)LM.1943-5630.0000178. (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 )


Gall, M. 2004. Where to go? Access to emergency shelters in Mozambique. Disasters 28(1):82-97. (link )


Gall, M., S. Lang and P. Zeil. 2001. After a catastrophe is before a catastrophe: GIS and remote sensing in emergency management in Mozambique. GioBit/GIS 11:14-16 (in German).

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.

Gerber, B. J., C. Provost and M. Gall. Environmental governance in western Europe: A comparative assessment of local sustainability practices in the presence of climate change vulnerability. In: Sapat, A. ed., Routledge Handbook of Environmental Governance. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138920507.


Gall, M. 2017. Direct and insured flood damage in the United States. Pp. 53-64 In: Molinari, D., S. Menoni and F. Ballio eds., Flood Damage Survey and Assessment: New Insights from Research and Practice. American Geophysical Union and Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-119-21792-3.


Gall, M. and B. J. Gerber. 2014. Hazard mitigtation, economic development and resilience: A comparative analysis of flood control policy and practice in Germany, The Netherlands, and Great Britain. Pp. 213-253 In: Kapucu, N. and K. T. Liou eds., Disaster and Development: Examining Global Issues and Cases. Springer International Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-319-04467-5.


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.


Gall, M. 2011. Social dynamics of unnatural disasters: Parallels between Hurricane Katrina and the 2001 European heat wave. Pp. 159-172 In: Dowty, R. A. and B. L. Allen eds., Dyanmics of Disaster: Lessons on Risk, Response and Recovery. Earthscan. New York, NY. ISBN: 978-1849711432.


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.