Rather than repeat the sprawling and uncoordinated development patterns of the past, researchers at Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science and School of Architecture are exploring new ways to build urban infrastructures to serve our growing population, changing civilization and warming planet.
A few months before Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast, Ning Lin Ph.D. ’10 and her colleagues published an article in the journal Nature Climate Change warning that devastating storms could become more frequent as the climate changes. The paper, with an emphasis on the hazards of storm surge and a focus on lower Manhattan, seemed prescient. After the storm, city officials asked Lin, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, to help assist New York City pr
Princeton researchers representing a wide range of disciplines are helping to propose possible methods to minimize flood risks for shore communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.
A team of five Princeton engineering graduate students is leading a yearlong field research project using new laser sensors to measure pollutants with unprecedented sensitivity.
Professor James Smith writes how a trip to Nevada's Lake Mead in 2008 provided him a stark reminder of dramatically changing drought patterns and the importance of a broad-based effort to understand and manage water resources.
Tropical storms in the Atlantic are likely to increase as the Earth’s climate warms in the first half of this century, but not for the reason that many people think.
Princeton researchers traveled to China to study changes in Beijing’s air quality during the Olympics, when the Chinese government dramatically cut vehicle and factory emissions.
Economists, engineers, environmentalists and policymakers from Princeton University and China will meet on April 18 and 19 to discuss environmental challenges facing China.
Earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, floods, droughts -- there are no easy answers when it comes to natural disasters. But, that doesn't mean we must be powerless in their wakes. Civil and environmental engineers are tackling big questions in efforts to increase understanding, prepare for, and, when possible, prevent major disasters.