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. 

For the the full interactive versions of the visualizations below, click here

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Valdivia, Chile

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Hermosillo, Mexico

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Additional cities coming soon:  Portland, Oregon, Syracuse, New York, and Miami, Florida


Visualizing Green Roof Potential in NYC

Green Roofs are one of the great nature-based opportunities for building climate change resilience, improving equity in access to green space, and providing multiple social and environmental benefits.  As part of the larger Current and Future Green Roofs in NYC project, we (led by Aucher Serr) have visualized green roof potential and their benefits in future scenarios at high spatial resolution to help imagine the possibilities for expanding green roofs in NYC and where the realistic potential is when considering building attributes and other limitations in the city.  Click here to explore the green roof data visualization. 




Science Communication and Design

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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