Who we are & What we do

 
Who we are
The iAdapt brings together an internationally diverse, interdisciplinary group of scholars, planning practitioners, as well as PhD and graduate students to deal with several climate-related issues from multiple perspectives. The research center has been involving numerous faculty members and graduate students in a variety of research projects funded by national and state sponsors.

What we do
The center’s major activities include two aspects: Research and Dissemination & Outreach. In several recent and prior research projects, iAdapt developed visualization tools that display the infrastructure vulnerability of coastal communities under different scenarios of sea level rise. Moreover, to better assess the consequences of changing sea level, we analyzed the short-term costs and long-term benefits of various measures such as shoreline-protection structures, beach nourishment, elevation structures, and other adaptive strategies. Using state-of-the-art techniques, we evaluated the impacts of flooding due to sea level rise on population dynamics.

  • Research:
  1. Cost-benefit analysis of adaption strategies for rising sea level.
  2. Vulnerability assessment of transportation facility under different sea level rise scenarios.
  3. Climate change and population dynamics.
  4. Microscopic simulation models of traffic flow.
  5. Coastal resilience in response to climate change and other environmental risks.
  6. Increasing public risk awareness and risk knowledge, as well as the knowledge on resilience and adaptive capabilities
  7. Evaluate economic impacts of freight transportation
  8. Examine the interactions between shared mobility and urban spatial structure
  9. Understand big data in urban context
  • Dissemination & Outreach:
  1. To disseminate information on climate change and sea level rise impacts, adaptation and mitigation to stakeholders at all levels.
  2. To undertake pilot projects designed to improve resilience along Florida’s coastal areas and inland.
  3. To develop tools and guidelines that will directly help coastal communities for local mitigation strategy, sea-level rise adaptation and decision making processes.
  4. To integrate and publish new and existing data, models and knowledge in the field of adaption planning for sea level rise.
  5. To develop scenarios, simulation models and tools for decision makers to build capacity to anticipate the future hazards.

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