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November 2018

Celia honored by University of Stuttgart as scientist, educator

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:00pm

Michael Celia, director of the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and Princeton's Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies, has received an honorary doctorate in engineering from the University of Stuttgart in Germany for recognition of his work as a prolific researcher and an influential educator. University Chancellor Jan Gerken presented the award to Celia Nov. 16 during the institution's annual celebration.

Houston's urban sprawl increased rainfall, flooding during Hurricane Harvey

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 1:00pm

Princeton and University of Iowa researchers found that Houston's urban landscape directly contributed to the torrential rainfall and deadly flooding of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. They report in the journal Nature that Houston's risk for extreme flooding was 21 times greater due to urbanization. The results highlight the human role in extreme weather events and the need to consider urban and suburban development when calculating hurricane risk. The research included co-author Gabriel Vecchi, professor of geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, and was supported by the PEI Carbon Mitigation Initiative.