Presented by Ross Stein, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, USA

The Gilbert F. White Distinguished Lecture is given annually to an individual “for original contributions to the basic knowledge of natural hazards and/or disaster risks.” The award is named after one of the leading 20th century scholars in the field of Natural Hazards, whose personal commitment and often tireless efforts promoted a holistic approach to natural hazards research, one arising the from the interplay of physical, social, and biological systems.