Dr Leatherman is Director of the International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC) as well as the Director for their Laboratory of Coastal Research. His major research focus is storm impacts on coastal areas, including high-technology mapping with airborne lasers. He served for many years on the National Academy of Sciences Post-Storm Disaster Field Team that was dispatched from Washington DC to survey hurricane damage and thus has considerable first-hand experience with these disasters. Dr Leatherman has authored or edited 15 books and authored more than 200 refereed journal articles and technical reports. He has provided expert testimony to the US Senate and House of Representatives committees ten times during the past decade on important science policy issues, especially coastal storm impacts and federal response. Dr Leatherman has given hundreds of invited talks at professional conferences and public workshops and his research has also been widely reported on television programs and in newspapers.
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