Jessica Sieff | July 18, 2017
Each year natural hazards wreak havoc on vulnerable cities and communities. According to the National Climatic Data Center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United States alone has seen costs exceed $9 billion due to weather and climate related events so far this year. Damage to infrastructure stemming from such events is a focus of the Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter), a new center co-led by the University of Notre Dame’s Ahsan Kareem, Robert M.Moran Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences.
“The focus of the center is to develop a cloud-based computational platform to find solutions to complex problems in natural hazards engineering,” Kareem said. “We want to advance the nation’s capability to simulate the impact of natural hazards. Doing so would facilitate making informed decisions about the need for effective potential mitigation strategies.”
Researchers will use advanced computational modeling and simulation software to look at various aspects of windstorms, storm surge, earthquakes and tsunamis, among other natural hazards, to assess how various structures would perform in the case of hazardous conditions.