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

Publish Date: 
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.

PEI Urban Challenge awards $348,000 to new urban sustainability projects

Publish Date: 
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 12:30pm

Extreme ocean waves, severe thunderstorms and urban flooding, and a sophomore urban-design course make up the latest round of projects funded by PEI's Urban Grand Challenges program. Totaling $348,000, the new awards combine the study of the natural and built environments to address the interrelated environmental and social issues facing the world's rapidly expanding urban areas in a world of increasing volatility.

Princeton Part of $12 Million Project to Set Up Urban Water-Sustainability Research Network

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Friday, September 4, 2015 - 11:30am

Princeton University researchers will join 14 academic institutions and partners nationwide on a $12 million project to address the challenges that threaten urban water systems in the United States and globally.

PEI-STEP Dan Li and Other Graduate Students Lead Air-Quality Sensor Research

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Monday, October 15, 2012 (All day)

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.

Water in Our World

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Friday, August 17, 2012 (All day)

Global Changes Mean Complex Future for Tropical Storms

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Monday, August 13, 2012 (All day)