Risk and resilience analysis for the Anthropocene.

Welcome to the Disaster Analytics for Society Lab (DASL). We develop novel methods for quantifying risk and understanding the impacts of disasters on society.

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Our Research Themes

Our work covers the broad field of probabilistic risk analysis (a.k.a. the mathematics of disasters), disaster risk reduction, post-disaster assessment, and recovery. Spanning the entire disaster cycle, we combine methods from spatial statistics, risk analysis, statistical learning and the social sciences in order to better understand the potential impacts of natural hazards on society and develop tools to promote resilient communities.

QUANTIFYING RISK AND RESILIENCE

We are developing rigorous design-oriented quantitative measures of resilience, drawing on insights from probabilistic risk analysis, urban planning, resilience indexes, and more.

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MEASURING DISASTER IMPACTS 

Drawing from rich datasets collected by our collaborators, we are applying interdisciplinary methods to develop more accurate and holistic disaster impact metrics to inform post-disaster decisions. 

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SENSING & AI APPLICATIONS

Using methods from statistical learning, geostatistics, drones, crowd sensing, and more, we are developing tools to rapidly analyse remote-sensing data for damage detection in disaster contexts.

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Work with us!

The Disaster Analytics for Society Lab (DASL) is led by Dr. David Lallemant, Assistant Professor at the Asian School of the Environment and Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). DASL works closely with communities in Asia and collaborates with researchers from around the world who share our passion for applying rigorous quantitative methods and interdisciplinary tools to reduce the risks faced by cities and communities to natural hazards.
We also take seriously the social and ecological context of our work — anthropogenic climate change and the increasing frequency of disasters that affect the most vulnerable — and strive to build a group culture that is sustainable, supportive, and aligned with our values. We are a young, dynamic research group looking to grow.

We currently have openings for post-doctoral researchers, research associates, and PhD students. Click the link below to learn more. 

OPPORTUNITIES

Our Team

The DASL team is young, diverse, and interdisciplinary: engineers, ethnographers, risk modelers, artists, and more are working together to advance the frontiers of risk and resilience research.

David Lallemant

Principal Investigator & Assistant Professor, NTU

Yolanda Lin

Research Fellow, Asian School of the Environment, NTU

Michele Nguyen

Research Fellow, Asian School of the Environment, NTU

Maricar Rabonza

PhD Student, Asian School of the Environment, NTU

Lim Tian Ning

Research Assistant, Asian School of the Environment, NTU

Sanjana Tadepalli

Research Assistant, Asian School of the Environment, NTU

Feroz Khan

Project Officer, Earth Observatory of Singapore

Sabine Loos

PhD Student, Blume Center,  Stanford University

Mariano Balbi

PhD Student, Department of Engineering, University of Buenos Aires

Gizem Mestav Sarica

PhD Student, Institute for Catastrophe Risk Management, NTU

Recent Updates

Keep up with our latest research: publications, conferences, events, blogs, and more.

Five years later: equitable recovery research in Nepal

Exactly 5 years ago — on April 25th, 2015 — an Mw 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, causing an estimated 9,000 fatalities and displacing over 3.5 million people. Our research on Nepal’s recovery — the Informatics for Equitable Recovery project — sought to understand these disaster impacts and recovery processes holistically. With the completion of our final report and the 5th year memorial, we want to share some core findings of our work on recovery from over the last two years.

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What might have been: counterfactual thinking in risk analysis

RF Yolanda Lin was recently invited to contribute to the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Younger Members Committee (YMC) blog. This is a repost of that piece, and you can[…]

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Guest blog: Stories from the field in Nepal

Written by Jasna Budhathoki, Kathmandu Living Labs.  Informatics for Equitable Recovery (IER) is a research collaboration to improve post-disaster information systems and decision support tools. In this project, we aim[…]

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Contact us

You can find us at our offices located in the Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University. Please call or email us in advance to fix an appointment.

Get in touch

Address:

50 Nanyang Ave, Block N2-01a-15, Singapore 639798

Phone:

(+65) 6592 3199