Visualizing Cities in 3D: Climate Vulnerability and Equity

The Urban Systems Lab is in the process of creating new cutting edge 3D visualizations combining multiple sources of social, ecological, and technical infrastructure data for the first time at parcel scale resolution to examine equity in risk and vulnerability to climate driven extreme events in 9 different cities as part of the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (, funded by the National Science Foundation. 

San Juan, Puerto Rico


For the interactive visualization, click here. 

New York, NY, USA


For the interactive visualization, click here or watch the video here. 

Valdivia, Chile


For the interactive visualization, click here. 

Cities coming soon:  
Hermosillo, Mexico; Portland, OR; Phoenix, AZ; Syracuse, NY; Baltimore, MD; Miami, FL

Sharing Resources for Data Visualization

The Urban Systems Lab has also developing a shareable "cookbook" that documents elemental know how about visualizing spatial urban data with a focus on digital visualizations.  The cookbook contains information on workflows around data preparation and visualization, as well as extensive resources on the design and style elements used in producing the visualizations above.  You can view the cookbook here. 




Communicating Science

Communicating science requires advancing data visualization tools, easy to understand graphics, and a commitment to making science understandable to a broad public.. At the Urban Systems Lab, we are committed to creating state of the art data visualization platforms, tools, and graphics to create scientific products that are more useful and applicable to the wide variety of stakeholders from city governments to neighborhood and community groups to the general public.  Below you'll find examples of this new and exciting focus in the lab for creating visuals that can engage multiple communities with advances in urban systems science.


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