Stuart Pomeroy, 2018, Woodrow Wilson School

Cities are especially vulnerable to disasters caused by climate change and other natural catastrophes. We want them to be able to prepare for, respond to and recover from significant multi-hazard threats with minimal damage to public safety, health, economy and security. For my internship, I collected and analyzed data for a community-level evaluation framework for building performance in Seattle following an earthquake. We collaborated with a variety of stakeholders in academia, city offices, and law enforcement and public safety. We collected data on the engineering aspects of buildings and on planned response procedures for extreme events. Building data included structural systems, design code, design loads and criteria, and notes on seismic design and systems. In conducting this research, I developed my data-management and analysis skills, led meetings with experienced professionals and officials in the field, and gained perspective on the importance of studying climate change impacts on urban infrastructures.

* This internship is connected to the PEI Urban Grand Challenges project, “Princeton University Resilient-City Lab.”