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Complex Adaptive Water Systems (CAWS) 

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We are a group of scientists (and scientists-to-be) who use different quantitative approaches to solve complex water management issues around the world. We are physically located in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Lehigh University. Our most recent projects focus on the dynamic interaction (or Nexus) among food, energy, water, and environment at different spatial and temporal scales. We also initiate the effort in stormwater smart city in 2020. We use the Agent-based modeling (ABM) approach coupled with progress-based models to evaluate both natural and human behavior uncertainty in a Couple Natural-Human complex system.



Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, our group will work with Houston Advanced Research Center and the University of Houston to develop a modeling framework that advances systems-level understanding of the impacts of climate change on electrical power infrastructure.

Dr. Yang received the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award that uses Internet-of-Thing (IoT)-based green infrastructure and Agent-based modeling (ABM) approach to evaluate the attitudes and behaviors of homeowners that can help reduce flooding in the urban environment.

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