Today, as cities and natural environments are becoming stressed by changes in urban development patterns, as well as climate change, there is increasing demand to measure and plan for mitigation, adaptation and resilience.
Through a variety of spatial analyses and strategies, including scientific modeling and participatory processes, we aim to increase understanding of current and future risks, and how different strategies to reduce risk can increase resilience in the future. We consider the fundamentals of the concept – vulnerability, coping capacity, and adaptive capacity – in order to better inform decision makers and planners on which strategies will yield the highest benefits and opportunities for cities, communities, or environments.


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The technical team develops studies to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risk through the analysis of hazards, exposure, vulnerability, and risk. We evaluate levels of inherent resilience in order to inform and support decision making, planning, investment, and long term strategies. Our work involves the use of science, technology, and open data, as well as the development of original tools, to empower decision-makers in vulnerable areas to strengthen their resilience.

This practice area incorporates spatial and temporal variables, allowing critical areas and opportunities to be pinpointed at specific locations and time periods. Our team offers a set of analyses and tools that work under a range of spatial scales, data availability, and unique contexts.

Creating an integrated transdisciplinary set of evaluations, the analysis begins with a stakeholder engagement process to identify and prioritize the most threatening hazards in each place. The analysis includes deterministic or probabilistic hazard modeling and simulation, as well as an evaluation of which systems (urban and natural) may be exposed to the prioritized natural hazards.

Featured Services

  • Climate change adaptation planning
  • Hazard modeling and simulation
  • Exposure and vulnerability assessments
  • Probabilistic risk analysis
  • Multi-hazard modeling
  • Integration of risk assessments into urban planning
  • Systematization of satellite data
  • Mainstreaming of resilience strategies.

For more information:

Dr. Enrico Ponte
Risk and Resilience Analyst
+1 617 227 8885 (GMT -05:00)


Featured Project

Resilience Evaluation – Hurricane Odile | La Paz, BCS, Mexico