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There is a pressing and evolving need for tools that support planning, decision-making and situational awareness in an urban environment. This is why ASURE, partnering with ASU, is working to establish a “Megacities Center of Excellence” to focus ASU’s extraordinary intellectual capital on the study of dense urban environments. Not only does this effort leverage our current urban systems’ modeling and visualization work on behalf of the Department of Defense, it also enables us to form a community of cross-domain stakeholder experts who can collaborate on research opportunities.
ASURE and ASU’s past performance in this space lays the groundwork for this vision, as does our collaborations with the Modern War Institute. Our quest is to focus our analysis on the following:
Urban overcrowding is growing in scale. The consequence of not understanding the 2nd and 3rd order effects of the densely populated urban environment will be both catastrophic – from a human perspective – and very costly. Feelings of remorse do nothing to ameliorate the aftermath of unfortunate events. Spending more on research to mitigate, or even prevent, the impact of a catastrophe regardless the origin, and any resultant human suffering before the event occurs, will reduce costs associated with intervention or recovery operations. ASU is the nexus of a new approach to Urban Science; an advanced research model that leans forward and involves stakeholders while being responsive to their needs, yet is flexible, easy to access, and completely relevant to a variety of learners. ASURE’s mission is to focus and apply the significant intellectual resources at ASU towards developing solutions that all stakeholders who need to operate in dense urban areas benefit from implementing. Learn more here.