Matthias Ruth talks climate change on WCVB TV

Matthias Ruth Interview

Northeastern’s Dr. Matthias Ruth helped to author the newly released National Climate Assessment.

From climate change comes opportunity to innovate

Northeastern professor Matthias Ruth focuses on building bridges across sectors and disciplines to tackle the growing problem of climate change, especially in urban settings. Photo by Brooks Canaday. - See more at: http://www.northeastern.edu/news/2014/05/ruth-climate-assessment/#sthash.WRWH3BNJ.dpuf

A cur­sory look at the Third National Cli­mate Assess­ment released Tuesday by the National Cli­mate Assess­ment and Devel­op­ment Advi­sory Com­mittee yields a grim out­look. The authors state that cli­mate change is already begin­ning to impact nearly every sector of the economy—and that’s not all: It’s already threat­ening human health and well being and adversely affecting our infra­struc­tures, our water resources, our crops, our live­stock, and our nat­ural ecosys­tems. What’s more, plan­ning efforts to adapt and mit­i­gate the problem are facing serious limitations.

Faculty Research Round-Up: Matthias Ruth

Matthias Ruth

When our faculty aren’t busy teaching or conducting research, they’re often publishing or promoting their work.

Here’s a look at what Matthias Ruth, Professor of Public Policy and Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been working on this year:

The Time to Adapt is Now. Matthias Ruth and Douglas Foy Conclude Open Classroom Series on Climate Change

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Climate Change Series: Conclusion



Thu, May 02, 2013 | by Douglas Foy and Matthias Ruth



As we bring our series Climate Change. Challenges. Solutions. to a close, moderators Douglas Foy and Matthias Ruth offer their reflections on the mounting challenges presented by climate change, and the depth and breadth of the solutions that will be required in the coming years.


From a Devastating Earthquake, a Blueprint for Recovery

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By Matt Collette | News@Northeastern | March 8, 2013

Matthias Ruth, a Northeastern professor of public policy and engineering, and an international team of scholars studied how the response to a 2009 earthquake in Italy can guide future city-planning efforts.

“It looks like a war zone of the worst kind,” said Matthias Ruth, a pro­fessor with dual appoint­ments in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering.

Ruth is part of a team of about 20 researchers from the Organ­i­sa­tion for Eco­nomic Co-operation and Devel­op­ment that has studied the after­math of the Italian earth­quake in hopes of teaching other cities how to improve their resilience to major dis­as­ters. The research team released a report of their rec­om­men­da­tions, “Building Resilient Regions after a National Dis­aster,” in Rome ear­lier this month. Read More

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