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Dr. Kelvin S. Rodolfo

Wrong Dr. Kelvin S. Rodolfo?

Professor Emeritus of Earth and E...

Local Address:  Chicago , Illinois , United States
University of Illinois
1101 West Peabody Drive
Urbana , Illinois 61801
United States

Company Description: The University Library holds over ten million volumes, more than 90,000 serial titles, and more than nine million manuscripts, maps, slides, audio tapes,...   more

Employment History

  • Adjunct Professor
    National Institute of Geological Sciences
  • Consultant
    National Institute of Geological Sciences
  • Professor
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Geologist

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Professor Emeritus of Earth and Environmental Sciences
    University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Geology Professor Emeritus
    University of Illinois-Chicago


  • PhD degree
    University of Southern California
  • Master of Science
    University of Southern California
  • Master of Science Degree
    University of Southern California
96 Total References
Web References
The Catholic Free Press, 2 Jan 2014 [cached]
In late 2013, Cardinal Tagle called the bishops together and, in consultation with Kelvin Rodolfo, retired University of Illinois professor of earth and environmental sciences, and Fernando Siringan, a marine scientist, the bishops concluded that reclamation in Manila Bay is "a very bad idea."
That was what happened in Roxas ..., 17 Nov 2013 [cached]
That was what happened in Roxas Boulevard every eight seconds or so," Filipino-American geologist and environmental scientist Kelvin Rodolfo explained in an interview with ANC.
This is why he is against the 300-hectare reclamation development of Manila Bay in Pasay City.
"It's absolutely the worst thing to do. You put people in harm's way by doing that," said Rodolfo, who is also a professor emeritus of the University of Illinois.
He explained that the reclamation is like modifying the terrain in the area.
According to Rodolfo, a disaster is a combination of two: the people under threat and the threat itself.
But Rodolfo, who earlier warned the government of the disaster coming from the lahar discharged by Mount Pinatubo, said it is also wrong to use "tsunami" to describe storm surges.
"While people know what tsunami is like, we could have generated unnecessary panic...and you would have also killed people in panic," he pointed out.
Rodolfo believes that the weather authorities were not wanting in announcing the storm surges prior to Yolanda's landfall. "There were warnings, some listened, some did not," he said.
"You'd better be scared," said ..., 31 Oct 2012 [cached]
"You'd better be scared," said Kelvin Rodolfo of Viroqua, Wis., professor emeritus of earth and environmental science at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Rodolfo, an avowed opponent of fracking and frac sand mining, said neither federal nor state rules provide any protection against fine, airborne crystalline silica, a known cause of silicosis, a serious respiratory disease.
Kelvin S. ..., 8 Jan 2013 [cached]
Kelvin S. Rodolfo University of Illinois at Chicago
Kelvin Rodolfo is concurrently Professor Emeritus with the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Adjunct Professor with the National Institute of Geological Sciences, University of the Philippines - Diliman. This January and February he was a DOST Balik Scientist.
After graduating from UP Diliman in 1958, he worked for two years as a petroleum exploration geologist in Luzon, Cebu and Mindanao, and has been an interested observer of the petroleum industry ever since.
He earned his Master of Science and PhD degrees at the University of Southern California from 1960 to 1967, and rose from Instructor to Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
At UIC he won 6 Awards for Excellence in Teaching. His research, funded by 13 U.S. National Science Foundation grants, has been published as 60 articles in international journals and conference proceedings.
He was involved in plate tectonic theory and deep-sea scientific drilling in the 1970's, then studied the lahars of Mayon Volcano in the Philippines in the 1980's. After surviving the climactic eruption of Pinatubo Volcano in 1991, he led a multi-agency effort to study its lahars through the 1990's, taking early retirement in 1994 to spend more time on hazard-mitigation research in the Philippines.
Grants for which Kelvin S. Rodolfo acted as the principal investigator
The Manila Times Internet Edition | SPECIAL REPORT > ‘Technicalities’ hold up opening of CAMANAVA dike, 3 April 2003 [cached]
In a newspaper story on March 7 the marine geologist Kelvin Rodolfo noted that the project's design was "grossly inadequate" and "dange­rous."He said the estimate of land subsidence (sinking of land) was based on a 1990 document that presumed that the use of ground water would end in 1990 and that the consultants expected the additional subsidence to occur at a rate of only about one-half centimeter a year, causing only 15 centimeters of land subsidence by the year 2030.
Rodolfo said the consultants "totally ignored" in the design the effects of powerful winds, surge and waves that come with storms in Manila Bay, an assertion that Kin disputed.
Rodolfo alleged that the project designers ignored their own analyses that indicate the need to base their polder dikes with piles driven deeply through at least 15 meters of soft bay sediment.
In his 1995 book Pinatubo and the Politics of Lahar, Rodolfo, also a consultant of the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) at UP Diliman, cited documents and historical facts as the bases for his allegations.He said his group warned the Department of Public Works and Highways publicly and privately against containing lahar with flood-control technology because the volcanic deposit is so much more powerful than water floods, and it behaves differently.
On Feb. 12 the group asked Rodolfo to have an informal discussion with them about the seminar.The meeting took place at the NIGS office in Diliman.According to a source, the dialogue dealt with land subsidence and other information about it, but not the design or the land subsidence used in the CAMANAVA project.Rodolfo even asked for a final copy of the main design of CAMANAVA for future reference.
On March 7 Rodolfo noted in a newspaper story that the design of the CAMANAVA project was "grossly inadequate" and "dange­rous."He alleged that the consul­tants used obsolete and erroneous data in determining the height of the 8-km polder dike, based on the old subsidence rates, or how fast the four cities are sinking into the water.
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