The Environmental Solutions Initiative is currently hiring MIT students for the following positions:
ESI’s Nature Based Solutions Program is looking for two undergraduate students for our flagship research project focused on monitoring climate risks in Mocoa, Colombia, in collaboration with local partners including the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development; Corpoamazonia, the local environmental regulator for the Colombian Amazon; and the Development Bank for Latin America CAF.
Mocoa is a city located in the Amazon piedmont that suffered a devastating landslide in 2017 that affected around 40% of the city. The project aims to provide an effective and robust landslide monitoring system that uses data collected by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to develop an innovative algorithm using machine learning and artificial intelligence to model and predict landslide probability and risk mitigation scenarios, while strengthening the capacity of local authorities and communities to participate in risk management through a participatory research and a public engagement process. Moreover, a publicly accessible decision support web tool will be developed for interactive visualization of results for scenario planning, risk assessment, and to inform local adaptation strategies.
The project provides a learning context in which students can develop technical skills needed to map, monitor and predict climate risks, while engaging in community participation and communications strategies that effectively increase community resilience. The research will be supervised by ESI’s faculty director, Prof. John E. Fernández, with the support of teams at ESI and Lincoln Labs.
The positions will be remote. Students are expected to work between 5 and 10 hours per week during the Spring semester. The students will receive a stipend up to $1,900.
To apply for either of these positions, email a resume to Marcela Angel at firstname.lastname@example.org.