Environmental Response

Build. Mitigate. Sustain.

We partner with external agencies to forecast and detect disasters, reuse waste and water, create sustainable building solutions, analyze models, and optimize travel here on Earth—and in outer space.

We work with a torrefaction facility located near campus that transforms municipal solid waste and household trash into a renewable fuel source.

With catastrophic damage from floods and landslides increasing across the globe, geohazard characterizations are critical.

We’re focused on categorizing earthquake hazards and seismic signals from volcanoes.

Through machine learning, geospatial surveying, and high-density modeling, we gather, analyze, and interpret data to better understand global climate change.

Our efforts lead to remote sensing and digital terrain modeling used to isolate problem areas and identify floodplains from larger rain events.

We develop sustainable solutions for water, urban planning, space exploration, and autonomous systems. That includes creating autonomous microgrid solutions to provide power in times of disaster and in hostile combat areas.

  • $1.25M
    to study energy service for forest dependent rural communities
  • 2
    analog apparatuses to investigate cavitation in magmatic cracks
  • 4
    billion years of Earth history are Precambrian
  • 50
    times more accurate hydrodynamic model
Satellite view of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Research in Focus: Team Science—Putting People First

The goal of the new Center for Climate-driven Hazard Adaptation, Resilience, and Mitigation (C-CHARM) is to strengthen regional climate resilience by empowering rural community planners in the Great Lakes region. The center can provide them with vital climate data and the tools they need to better plan for climate change, increased severe weather, and natural disaster events. They will also consider vulnerabilities in the energy grid and recommend possible energy transitions based on scenarios and input from communities in the Upper Peninsula.

C-CHARM collaborators in the College of Engineering include Pengfei Xue and David Watkins, both civil, environmental, and geospatial engineering professors; Ana Dyreson, assistant professor of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics, and more.