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Introducing our new PhD Students

We are excited to welcome two new PhD students to our research group.  Sonali Manimaran is interested in exploring the impacts of sea level rise on migration in Southeast Asia. Sonali is a graduate of the Asian School of the Environment, where she studied geoscience, ecology and environmental economics. While at ASE, she participated in…
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DASL at the Virtual Disaster Dash 2021!

The Disaster Analytics Lab for Society (DASL) presented at the recently concluded Natural Hazards Workshop and Researcher’s Meeting. In conjunction with the conference, the lab participated in  Disaster Dash, a 5km run held in support of the Bill Anderson Fund. The fund’s mission is to expand the number of professionals from historically underrepresented groups in…
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DASL at Understanding Risk 2020

The Disaster Analytics Lab for Society is involved in several exciting sessions at this year’s Understanding Risk 2020 forum. See details below and register for the event (it’s free!). Many exciting sessions. Forming radical collaborations to address climate and disaster risk: The Understanding Risk Field Lab  https://www.ur2020.org/agenda/session/440102 Thursday 3 Dec 3-3:55 UTC (11-11:55 SG time)…
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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.

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 find the original blog post here. Thank you to Ezra Jampole and the YMC for the invitation and editing assistance. After an earthquake, earthquake engineers…
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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 to address certain limitations in the information provided in post-disaster impact assessments, which are typically centered on physical damage. To do this, we measured the…
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After the UR Field Lab: DASL visits the Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok)

The UR Field Lab 2019, which took place in June 2019, was a unique platform and event that brought together people of different expertise to share and co-develop projects on the theme of urban flooding. This collaborative experience widened DASL’s network tremendously, and we have since maintained contact with many of the participants, including those…
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DASL group wraps up disaster recovery workshop in Nepal

This week the Disaster Analytics for Society Lab team was in Nepal for the 3rd workshop on the Informatics for Equitable Recovery (IER) project. One purpose of our study is to understand the complexities of disaster impact and the process of recovery, identify key obstacles to recovery, and try to define what disaster recovery even…
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Counterfactual Black Swans Workshop

On the 26-27th of August 2019, David, Susanna Jenkins, and I (Yolanda) hosted the Counterfactual Black Swans Workshop, dedicated to applying downward counterfactual thought in risk analysis. This builds directly on my work as a post-doc this past year (read more about my project here). Twenty-eight participants from a total of six countries joined us…
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Our new website is live!

Welcome to the new site for the Disaster Analytics for Society Lab (DASL) in NTU! We’ll be using this as a space to share our work — including publications, blog posts, linking to datasets, and more. Look forward to more posts to come!