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Emma Velterop

Ph.D. Student in Earth System Science
I am exploring the relationship between housing quality and climate vulnerability, along with associated risk perceptions and protective behaviors. I approach this problem by blending theory and practice from the social sciences—through qualitative interview methods and quantitative survey methods—and computer sciences—through satellite image analysis using machine learning—with community engagement and knowledge from the natural sciences and civil engineering. I focus on the San Francisco Bay Area, and am involved with the Stanford Future Bay Initiative (SFBI).

I hold an M.S. in Geophysics (Stanford, 2020) and an M.Eng. in Civil Engineering (UCL, 2016). Before coming to Stanford and being introduced to community engaged research, my research interests were focused on Earth observation technologies and their use for improving life on Earth, and I worked on this at various organizations around the world.