How to Contribute

EERI members and other earthquake professionals can contribute to reconnaissance efforts for the Nepal Earthquake in the following ways:

1. Share Technical Resources

Technical resources, such as Field observation reports and technical literature about Nepal earthquake risk, are extremely useful in informing reconnaissance efforts. Relevant resources can be sent to for posting on the virtual clearinghouse website. See what resources are already available on the Technical Resources page.

2. Suggest Research Topics

Suggest research topics to help guide reconnaissance field teams. To suggest a topic to be posted on the virtual clearinghouse website, send an email to with a topic description of no more than 250 words and please note if you would like your name and email address listed alongside the topic listing. See what research topics have already been suggested on the Research Topics page.

3. Contribute Photos and Notes

Contribute relevant pre- and post-event images of the impacted area and field observation notes. Visit the Contribute Photos and Notes page to learn how to share your photos and notes. Once reconnaissance teams begin to share their photos and observations, they will be shown on the virtual clearinghouse Maps and Photos page.

4. Curate Topical Information

Gather and glean information from media reports and technical resources into curated summaries. Well-crafted summaries are expected to help inform reconnaissance activities, identify impacted regions, and help document the timeline of earthquake response/recovery. Summaries will be posted as Curated Topics. Anyone interested in helping to curate a topic should contact for more information. Initial topic areas include:

  1. Emergency Response, Social Impacts, and Community Resilience
    Curators: Lauren Biscombe and Candice Avanes, Advanced Technology + Research group of Arup in San Francisco, and Erica Fischer, Structural Engineering Doctoral Candidate at Purdue University
  2. Communication Technologies
    Curator: Louise K. Comfort, Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director, Center for Disaster Management, University of Pittsburgh
  3. School Buildings
    Curators: Tracy Becker, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, Laura Whitehurst, structural engineer at Walter P Moore’s in San Francisco, and Veronica Cedillos, Associate Director of Projects at Applied Technology Council
  4. Hospitals
    Curators: Bishnu Pandey, Instructor in the Department of Civil Engineering, School of Construction and the Environment at British Columbia Institute of Technology, Anna Weiser-Woodward, LEED AP BD+C Graduate Engineer at Walter P. Moore
  5. Housing
    Curators: Sahar Derakhshan, Assistant Specialist for public policy at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), and Ezra Jampole, Ph.D. Candidate at Stanford University
  6. Design Codes and Construction Practices
    Curator: Deepak R. Pant, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
  7. Seismology and Aftershocks
    Curator: Renate Hartog, Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest Seismic Network
  8. Geotechnical Impacts: Landslides, Liquefaction, etc.
    Curators: Patrick Bassal, Geotechnical Engineer with Amec Foster Wheeler; Ashly Cabas, Ph.D. candidate in the Geotechnical Engineering program at Virginia Tech; Brett Maurer, Ph.D. candidate in the Geotechnical Engineering program at Virginia Tech; Diane Moug, Ph.D. candidate in the Geotechnical Engineering program at UC Davis; Alex Wright, Geotechnical Engineer with Amec Foster Wheeler in Oakland, CA
  9. Heritage/Historic Buildings
    Curators: Camilla Favaretti, Ph.D. Student in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine
  10. Dams and Hydro-Power
    Curator: Bishal Subedi, geotechnical engineer with Aurecon in New Zealand.
  11. Lifelines and Transportation
    Seeking Expert Curator Volunteers
  12. Impacts in remote communities
    Seeking Expert Curator Volunteers

Other Ways to Contribute

Earthquake investigators are encouraged to contact EERI Clearinghouse staff if they have suggestions about how they can contribute to this clearinghouse effort.