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Yan Wang - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Yan Wang

Assistant Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Yan Wang's expertise lies at the intersection of urban resilience and urban analytics.


Yan Wang's areas of specialization in research, teaching, and service are at the intersection of urban resilience and urban analytics. Her profession centers on planning for the resilience of coupled human and environmental systems to “disruptions." She adopts a systematic framework that incorporates humans, environments (including both built and digital environments), and disruptions to investigate and model their interactions across time and space. Yan's scientific objective is to understand, model, and predict the intervening role of urban spatial planning and information infrastructures on population response and dynamics following disruptions such as extreme weather and climate events across varying local contexts and over different time extents using urban analytics.

Areas of Expertise (10)

Spatial Planning

Applied AI

Climate Adaptation

Risk Communication

Crisis Informatics

Urban Resilience


Social Media

Social Infrastructure

Smart Cities


Articles (3)

The emerging “evident” role of climatic risk on migration: a study of four U.S. metropolitans

Climatic Change

Haiyan Hao & Yan Wang


The growing public awareness of climate risks and increased investments in climate adaptation may trigger resettlements, redistributing climate risks among population groups, and resulting in social consequences like segregation and gentrification. Previous studies have empirically examined the influences of climate risks on migrants’ destination choices, however, few have conducted research at the intra-municipal level, and even fewer have considered the associated social impacts.

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Benchmarking Plans for Community-Based Small Business Resilience across Gulf Coast Counties

Journal of Planning Education and Research

Ziyi Guo & Yan Wang


Community-based small businesses (CSBs) bear the brunt of environmental hazards aggravated by climate change, thus requiring appended community support. This research addresses the knowledge gap in the increasingly convergent field of hazard and climate adaptation planning research. It aims to benchmark the commitments of local plans toward CSB resilience (CSB-R).

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Anticipating older populations’ health risk exacerbated by compound disasters based on mortality caused by heart diseases and strokes

Scientific Reports volume

Shangde Gao & Yan Wang


The health of older populations in the Southeastern U.S. receives threats from recurrent tropical cyclones and extreme heat, which may exacerbate the mortality caused by heart diseases and strokes. Such threats can escalate when these extremes form compound disasters, which may be more frequent under climate change.

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