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Resilient Communities Project Earns 3-Year Grant from CERL

APRIL 15, 2016 — The U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) this month awarded Principal Investigator Yanfeng Ouyang and co-PIs Paolo Gardoni and Colleen Murphy an additional three years and $499,964 to continue their research into the resiliency of communities during times of manmade or natural extreme events.

Ouyang

Ouyang

In addition, the Extreme Events & Resilient Communities Project team will receive direct funding for four graduate students to assist in the project.

iSEE, which helped form the team and gain the $220,000 initial CERL grant in 2015, also assisted in applying for this extended federal grant.

The  project seeks to model the impacts of natural events such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes — as well as human actions such as terrorist attacks or interventions — on communities and ecosystems.

Ouyang, Gardoni, and Murphy are using a “capability approach” that will explain what residents can do — or be — after such a stressor occurs.

Read more about the Extreme Events & Resilient Communities Project on the iSEE webpage.