With lidar and artificial intelligence, road status clears up after a disaster

Automated tools can help emergency managers make decisions, plan routes, and quantify road damage at city scales.

Kylie Foy | Lincoln Laboratory • mit
April 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence imaging natural-disasters research sensors weather radar technology-and-society algorithms lincoln-laboratory disaster-response

Discerning the texture of urban resilience

MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub researchers are investigating how the layouts, or textures, of cities influence extreme weather events.

Andrew Logan | Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
March 30, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: cities sustainability climate-change architecture construction hurricanes natural-disasters research school-of-engineering urban-studies-and-planning civil-and-environmental-engineering concrete-sustainability-hub

Supporting students in Puerto Rico after a hurricane’s devastation

Postdoc Héctor De Jesús-Cortés works to build up the STEM pipeline from his homeland to MIT and beyond.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science • mit
Dec. 13, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: education teaching graduate profile natural-disasters latin-america research school-of-science diversity-and-inclusion brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute academics postdoctoral

Study: For low-income countries, climate action pays off by 2050

Economic benefits of mitigation arrive much sooner than previously thought.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
May 1, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change energy environment poverty climate carbon economics policy greenhouse-gases natural-disasters emissions research weather joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change

Texas’ odds of Harvey-scale rainfall to increase by end of century | MIT News

Study finds state’s annual risk of extreme rainfall will rise from 1 to 18 percent.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 13, 2017 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  environment  climate  global-warming  greenhouse-gases  natural-disasters  emissions  research  weather  school-of-science  national-science-foundation-nsf  computer-modeling  eaps  earth-and-atmospheric-sciences  lorenz-center

MIT researchers respond to hurricanes Irma and Maria | MIT News

The Humanitarian Response Lab works with FEMA to optimize public and private sector supply chains serving hurricane-affected areas.

Christine Adams | Center for Transportation and Logistics • mit
Oct. 20, 2017 ~7 min

Tags:  supply-chains  natural-disasters  transportation  school-of-engineering  civil-and-environmental-engineering  disaster-response  humanitarianism

Mapathon seeks to direct humanitarian aid for Puerto Rico | MIT News

Boston-area volunteers gather at MIT to help identify post-hurricane conditions in the territory

Department of Urban Studies and Planning • mit
Oct. 16, 2017 ~3 min

Tags:  hurricanes  natural-disasters  school-of-architecture-and-planning  urban-studies-and-planning  special-events-and-guest-speakers  mit-libraries  disaster-response  crowdsourcing

Tackling the world’s challenges in the field | MIT News

MISTI media contest showcases MIT students working to build a better world.

MISTI • mit
Oct. 2, 2017 ~3 min

Tags:  climate-change  europe  video  india  natural-disasters  students  mechanical-engineering  school-of-architecture-and-planning  school-of-engineering  urban-studies-and-planning  global  international-initiatives  civil-and-environmental-engineering  biological-engineering  stem-education  misti  center-for-international-studies  shass  contests-and-academic-competitions  d-lab  middle-east

Targeted, crowdsourced aid for Mexican earthquake victims | MIT News

MIT team’s online platform links those who need aid with those who can help. (Este artículo está disponible en español.)

School of Architecture and Planning • mit
Sept. 24, 2017 ~5 min

Tags:  earthquakes  natural-disasters  latin-america  mexico  school-of-architecture-and-planning  urban-studies-and-planning  disaster-response  crowdsourcing

MIT map offers real-time, crowd-sourced flood reporting during Hurricane Irma | MIT News

Via social media, residents can contribute to public map that increases safety and helps response planning.

School of Architecture and Planning • mit
Sept. 8, 2017 ~4 min

Tags:  climate  architecture  natural-disasters  weather  school-of-architecture-and-planning  urban-studies-and-planning  disaster-response

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