For the first time in human history, over half of the world’s population lives in urbanizing regions, and this number is expected to only grow. Ongoing population growth and accelerating development have transformed urban and rural landscapes worldwide and stressed channels of production and delivery of food, clean water, and energy. The attraction of cities necessitates innovation and provides opportunities to build human and environmental capital. We examine the patterns, processes and consequences of urban growth using scenario-driven spatial modeling and visualization, as well as develop technologies that leverage big data to engage stakeholders in designing “smart and connected” communities. With these tools, we can inform decision makers as to emerging development challenges and identify alternative futures leading to more sustainable and resilient cities.
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