Can human beings and the natural environment find a way to coexist? Deteriorating U.S. infrastructure coupled with extreme weather events—and other effects of climate change—have heightened the stakes involved in achieving such harmony. While technological advances may help mitigate negative impacts, peaceful coexistence may depend on what actions humans are willing to take.
That’s why Y.C. Ethan Yang, a civil and environmental
engineer working on issues at the food-water-energy nexus, incorporates data on human behavior into the computer modeling he uses to help improve the resilience of our life-sustaining systems. Such data, however, can be hard to come by.