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

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)

Affiliations (index)

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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