Technology for Global Disaster Risk

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In recent years, Hurricane Katrina breached levees in New Orleans, the Great East Japan Tsunami toppled bridges, breakwaters, and buildings in Tohoku, and Hurricane Sandy flooded tunnels and crippled transportation in New York. Furthermore, climate change and sea level rise are enhancing the threat to cities near coasts and rivers around the world, underscoring the importance of resilient hydraulic and coastal structures to urban areas. The Technology for Global Disaster Risk Laboratory utilizes field measurements, numerical simulations, and laboratory experiments to determine the causes of failure of hydraulic and coastal structures during disasters such as tsunamis, typhoons, hurricanes, and river floods, so that these structures can be designed more robust in the future. To further the goal of developing resilient infrastructure, we seek to foster cooperation among hydraulic, coastal, geotechnical, and structural engineers, as well as urban planners. We also seek to collaborate with engineers, academics, and policy-makers throughout the world to develop effective countermeasures to hydraulic disasters.