Amphan: Analyzing Experiences of Extreme Weather Events using Online Data

Description: Cyclone Amphan made landfall in South Asia on May 20, 2020. It was the most damaging storm in the history of the Indian Ocean, rendering hundreds of thousands of people homeless, ravaging agricultural lands and causing billions of dollars in damage. How were people affected by the storm? What were the responses of individuals, governments, corporates and NGOs? How was it covered by local, national and international media, as opposed to individuals’ accounts? Who has created the dominant narratives of Cyclone Amphan; and whose voices go unheard? We aim to use online data – such as Twitter posts, news headlines and research publications – to analyze people’s experiences of Cyclone Amphan.

The Github repository can be found here. More details about the project can be found here.

Solve Team: Ancil Crayton, João Fonseca, Kanav Mehra, Jared Ross, Marcelo Sandoval-Castañeda

IWMI Team: Michelle Ng, Rachel von Gnechten

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Ancil Crayton
Senior Research Scientist

My research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning, economic analysis, and public policy.