Resources for Natural Hazards Researchers


DesignSafe-ci.org is a comprehensive cyberinfrastructure environment for research in natural hazards engineering. The cyber capabilities within the DesignSafe infrastructure are available at no-cost to all researchers working in natural hazards. In particular, we want to call your attention to the following features of DesignSafe:

  • Data Sharing and Publication: Upload and organize your data in the DesignSafe Data Depot - quickly share it with collaborators, make it available to the general public, or formally publish it with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI).
  • Integrated Data Analysis: Data stored in the Data Depot can be analyzed and visualized in the DesignSafe cloud (no download required) through the Discovery Workspace.  Matlab and Jupyter are available for data analysis, and can be run interactively or in batch mode.  Visualization tools for a wide variety of applications are also available.
  • Access to High Performance Computing (HPC): Take advantage of the supercomputers at TACC to perform large-scale simulations using programs such as OpenSees, OpenFoam, and ADCIRC.  You can then analyze the simulation output in DesignSafe using the data analysis tools and publish the resulting data in the Data Depot. 
  • Support for Reconnaissance Data: Through the DesignSafe Recon Portal find datasets/resources from reconnaissance efforts associated with natural hazard events.  Use the Hazmapper tool to integrate geotagged photos, GPS tracks, and field observations into a single map that resides in the cloud, is published in the Data Depot and Recon Portal.
  • Collaboration Tools: Use the channels within the DesignSafe Slack team to discuss your data and coordinate resources with your virtual community of collaborators.

How do I start? If you're new to DesignSafe, start by creating an account and exploring the DesignSafe features listed above. Check out the DesignSafe User Guides to find detailed documentation. If you can’t find a feature that you need or have ideas to enhance, please submit a ticket at designsafe-ci.org/help.