Natural Disasters

The Problem

The socioeconomic consequences of natural disasters are numerous and vast, potentially impacting transportation, housing, water systems, power, access to community resources, and more.

between 2004-2015


natural disasters


people affected


in damage

Our Solution

Prevent hazards from becoming disasters by creating computational frameworks that analyze factors that enable communities to become resilient, like economic impacts and recovery, social sciences, and engineering and the built environment. These frameworks inform future design standards necessary to establish resilient communities (via robust building and socioeconomic infrastructures).

Engineering plays a central role in not only understanding how communities recover from natural disasters, but also implementing solutions to ensure resilience in the future. Major disaster events are examined to estimate economic outcomes as a function of disaster damage, which in turn informs which factors contribute to mitigating the negative impacts of a disaster.

The Faculty Involved
Dr. John van de Lindt
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Bruce Ellingwood Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Website



Bring resiliency planning research to more universities across the country via civil engineering Ph.D. graduates.

Allow more communities worldwide to become resilient.

involved with the Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning