Elliot Wickham

Elliot Wickham

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Degree PhD in NRES (Human Dimensions)
Address 249 North Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-6826
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail elliot.wickham@huskers.unl.edu
Advisor(s) Mike Hayes

I am a Ph.D. Student for the School of Natural Resources, in Human Dimensions, focusing on water resources, drought, and decision-making. My interest in water research started in my Master's Degree at East Carolina University, where my thesis (Urban Water Availability and Potential Future Stressors: A Case Study or Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina) quantified future water supply with evaluations of population growth, climate change, and industrial water demand change (through hydraulic fracturing).

Selected Publications

Wickham, E., Bathke, D., Abdel-Monem, T., Bernadt, T., Bulling, B., Pytlik-Zillig, L., Stiles, C., Wall, N. (2019). Conducting a Drought-Specific THIRA (Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment): A Powerful Tool for Integrating All-Hazard Mitigation and Drought Planning Efforts to Increase Drought Mitigation Quality. International Journal for Disaster Risk Reduction. 39, 1-10. Online
Bulling, D., Bathke, D., Pytlik Zillig, L., Abdel-Monem, T., Stiles, C., Wickham, E., Bernadt, T., Wall, N. (2018). Drought THIRA Application Toolkit. Online
McEvoy, J., Bathke, D., Burkardt, N., Cravens, A., Haigh, T., Hall, K., Hayes, M. J., Jedd, T., Podebradska, M., Wickham, E. (2018). Ecological Drought: Accounting for the Non-Human Impacts of Water Shortage in the Upper Missouri Headwaters Basin, Montana, USA. Resources. Online


Selected Presentations

Exploring New Opportunities for Drought Risk Assessment and Awareness to Enhance Drought Risk Management at the Local Levels
  • Presentation Type: Dissertation Defense
  • Date: 11/7/2019
  • Abstract:

    Drought risk management in the United States has traditionally taken the form of drought plans at the state-level. Although drought planning efforts have been increasing over time, drought is still a poorly understood hazard and drought planning efforts at the local levels, particularly in urban areas, generally focus on short-term crisis management practices to protect water supplies rather than long-term risk management practices that aim protect water supplies before a drought event. Successful drought risk management is built upon three pillars: (1) monitoring and early warning; (2) impact and vulnerability assessment; and (3) mitigation, preparedness, and response. This research focuses on the second and third pillars of drought risk management to provide the local levels new opportunities and approaches to reduce drought risk.

    The first article in this dissertation is a national risk assessment of urban counties in the United States, where risk is a product of both physical drought characteristics and societal factors that enhance the impacts on water supplies. The second article evaluates survey data of land use planners across the United States, since land use planning has strong potential for drought risk management applications, but generally does not incorporate drought risk reduction strategies. The final article uses the findings of a drought-specific THIRA workshop (FEMA risk assessment process, focused solely on drought) in the Platte River Basin, NE to evaluate the current drought planning efforts in the study area. The three research topics of this work provide local jurisdictions, particularly urban areas, new opportunities and methodologies to switch from crisis management to risk management techniques that will help protect future water supplies from the combination of drought periods and increasing water demands.

Increasing Drought Planning and Preparedness at the Regional and Local Level: Using FEMA’s THIRA Process in the Platte River Basin, Nebraska
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 4/10/2018
  • Abstract:

    The Drought Risk Management Research Center (DRMRC), a partnership between the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) is working to increase drought planning at sub-state and local levels and to incorporate and integrate drought planning with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) multi-hazard mitigation plans. To address these goals, the NDMC, the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center and the High Plains Regional Climate Center conducted a pilot study in the Platte River Basin of Nebraska to develop and implement a decision-support model for drought planning using the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process. THIRA is a FEMA-mandated risk assessment process designed to help communities identify threats and develop targets for the 32 core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal. Due to drought’s unique temporal and spatial characteristics, the THIRA process has been difficult to use for drought compared to other Hazards. To conduct a THIRA in the Platte River Basin, the NDMC and the HPRCC created a worst-case drought scenario that spread across the state over five years, impacting many different sectors and stakeholders. This worst-case drought scenario was presented to stakeholders and decision makers from across the Platte Basin in a one-day workshop, so that participants could discuss how they could or could not handle specific drought impacts. These discussions were used to develop 19 core capabilities that could both increase local and regional drought planning efforts, along with increased drought planning integration in multi-hazard mitigation plans.

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Educational Background

  • BA - East Carolina University, History (2012)
  • MA - East Carolina University, Geography (2014)

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Areas of Interest

  • Water Availability
  • Water Resource Management
  • Drought
  • Climate Change
  • Decision-Making
  • Hydraulic Fracturing
  • GIS and Remote Sensing for Decision-Making

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