Flagship project

Research summary

Global climate change is exacting a heavy toll on vulnerable populations worldwide. CREWSnet will integrate state-of-the-art climate science, impact modeling, and accessible decision support tools within an established humanitarian and social development environment. Starting with the most climate-vulnerable areas of Bangladesh, our vision is to build and demonstrate the CREWSnet forecasting system, development model, and intervention tools within five years, with the intent to expand and transition this capability for sustainment as a global public good. To achieve true impact in climate adaptation, the solutions created must be linked to those in need by organizations equally committed to social and humanitarian progress. BRAC, a project partner headquartered in Dhaka, is widely admired for its vision, durability, and scale, and brings inclusive and evidence-based economic development, climate resilience, and humanitarian assistance programs to more than 100 million people globally.

Leadership team

Elfatih Eltahir

Elfatih Eltahir is the H. M. King Bhumibol Professor of Hydrology and Climate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research focuses on understanding how regional land use change and global climate change impact society through changes in the patterns of water availability, extreme weather, and spread of vector-borne diseases, especially in Africa and Asia.

John Aldridge

John Aldridge is Assistant Leader of the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Systems Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. His team leverages the research and development expertise of the Laboratory’s nearly 4,000 staff in support of humanitarian assistance, economic and social development, and disaster relief organizations.

Deborah Campbell

Deborah Campbell is a Senior Staff Scientist and co-lead for MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Climate Change Initiative. Her work focuses on leveraging the Laboratory’s multidisciplinary R&D expertise and collaborations within the U.S. and around the world to innovate new systems and solutions to contribute to the global response to the climate change challenge.


Grand Challenge

Building equity and fairness into climate solutions

MIT Faculty and Researchers

John Aldridge (lead), Deborah Campbell (lead), Elfatih Eltahir (lead), Yeon-Woo Choi, Kerry Emanuel, Xiang Gao, Angelo Gurgel, Charles Harvey, Jeff Liu, Ted Londner, Jennifer Morris, Sergey Paltsev, Ronald Prinn, Sai Ravela, Adam Schlosser, Anne Slinn, Claire Walsh


External Collaborators

Liakath Ali (BRAC), Abu Sadat Moniruzzaman Khan (BRAC), Tapas Ranjan Chakraborty (BRAC), Rafid Mahmud Khan (BRAC), Rehana Noor (BRAC), Myisha Ahmad (BRAC), Fraida Shahnaz (BRAC), Abdelmoneim Taha Ahmed (ARC), Ashley Marie Toombs (BRAC USA)

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