Studying extremes across different natural system enables us to make progress on a problem that pushes the process of scientific discovery to its limits: The enormous scale of extreme events makes them difficult to recreate in the laboratory, their rare occurrence limits our ability to acquire field data, and their inherent nonlinearity is challenging to capture even for supercomputers. We develop customized mathematical models to advance our understanding of disasters – both natural and human-caused – and to reduce the risks they pose.
Ice Streams and the Physics of Meltdowns
The Antarctic Ice Sheet is one of the two polar ice packs of the Earth that holds about 61% of all fresh water and is thus a crucial component in climate models. Several pieces of evidence indicate that Antarctica is warming, with most of the mass loss occurring in West Antarctica.
Hybrid solutions to sustainable tsunami risk
Hybrid approaches to mitigating tsunami risk combine vegetation (green element) with traditional engineering components (gray elements) to maximize protection and other benefits.