John D. Radke is an associate professor of city and regional planning, landscape architecture and environmental planning, and urban design. Professor Radke is an internationally recognized expert in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). His research includes the development of metrics to assist scientists and professionals in constructing and applying spatial interaction models to real world problems, such as assessing potential fire risk in the wild-land urban interface; assessing environmental risk in highly-erodible terrains; measuring and predicting landscape hazards; and responding to and mitigating human disasters.
Professor Radke was a founding member of the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, a group of academic researchers and practitioners at Berkeley who recognize the need for interdisciplinary solutions to avoid and mitigate tragic events. Radke was a co-principal investigator on the interdisciplinary RESIN (Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure Networks) project, which used Risk Assessment and Management (RAM) based-approaches to better evaluate and manage resilience and sustainability in critical infrastructure systems. Radke also directed the campus GIS Center 1996-2008. Professor Radke is currently exploring the impact of climate change on critical infrastructure in California, Italy and Spain.
Professor Radke received his B.A. and M.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.