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Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) Virtual Forum – Puerto Rico Earthquakes



In light of the hurricane reconstruction and earthquake activity in Puerto Rico, we hosted a Virtual Forum for the Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) network. Participants in this forum were:

  • a locally-affected SSEER researcher in Puerto Rico;
  • an SSEER researcher who has been conducting research following Hurricane Maria or other recent disasters in Puerto Rico;
  • an SSEER or non-SSEER member interested in learning more about the early effects and social impacts of the Puerto Rico earthquake sequence; and/or
  • a researcher considering launching a post-event investigation or joining a field team in Puerto Rico.

This forum provided an opportunity for SSEER researchers to share information and resources and to identify pressing areas for ethical coordination and social scientific investigation.

The SSEER network has funding to support social science field research teams. Our ethical commitment, however, is to fund investigations that are driven by careful consultation with locally-affected researchers and government officials. Identifying emergent research questions and whether there is a need for additional social science support was a topic of conversation during the Virtual Forum.

The recording of this online meeting and updates, questions, and comments are located on this page. If you have questions, please contact us at You are also encouraged to join the SSEER Slack Channel.

Our thoughts are with all the people of Puerto Rico.

If you have questions about the SSEER network or the CONVERGE initiative, please contact Lori Peek at

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