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UREx Sustainability Research Network


UREx Sustainability Research Network


UREx Sustainability Research Network

Our Mission is to link scholars with city and community practitioners to produce resilient infrastructure data, models, images, maps, stories, and on-the-ground projects in 10 cities, to accelerate innovative urban sustainability knowledge and application.



Research

The Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) focuses on integrating social, ecological, and technical systems to devise, analyze, and support urban infrastructure decisions in the face of climatic uncertainty.

Network Cities

Working with 9 UREx network cities — six continental U.S. and three Latin American, home to over 35 million residents – and ultimately an expanded network of cities, we aim to co-create a novel set of decision-support tools that confront these resiliency challenges and put cities on a path to sustainable futures.

Opportunities

The UREx SRN is hiring staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate fellows and undergraduate students across the network. Watch this space for opportunities.

Challenges & Solutions

The Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) focuses on integrating social, ecological, and technical systems to devise, analyze, and support urban infrastructure decisions in the face of climatic uncertainty.

Climate change is widely considered to be one of the biggest challenges to global sustainability. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, extreme events are likely to increase in frequency. Weather-related extreme events are the most immediate way that people experience climate change and urban areas are particularly vulnerable to such events, given their location, concentration of people, and increasingly complex and interdependent infrastructures.

The current infrastructure of urban areas is aging and proving inadequate for protecting city populations. Infrastructure must be resilient, provide ecosystem services, improve social well-being, and exploit new technologies in ways that benefit all segments of urban populations and are appropriate to the particular urban context.

Network News


ASU researchers working to cool Phoenix down

ASU researchers working to cool Phoenix down

Charles Redman speaks to KTAR news about what our network is doing in Phoenix to build a more resilient city.

Beating heat in future takes more than AC

Beating heat in future takes more than AC

Nancy Grimm and Charles Redman, UREx SRN Co-Directors, discuss long-term solutions to cool down Phoenix.

Optimism in Cuba

Optimism in Cuba

Team of researchers marks ASU’s first visit to the island nation with scientific cooperation, relationship building and mutual respect.