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Chris S. Renschler

Professor of Geography
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences


Flooding, soil erosion, watersheds, hurricanes, radioactive fallout, disaster preparedness and response, natural resources management, GIS

Head shot of Chris Renschler, associate professor of geography.

Chris S. Renschler is an extreme events researcher. He can talk to media about disaster planning, assessment and response, and how communities can be resilient, rebounding after extreme events.

An expert in natural resources management, Renschler has studied or responded to a variety of natural disasters, including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2011 tsunami in Japan and Hurricanes Irene, Sandy and Harvey.

At UB, Renschler directs the Landscape-based Environmental System Analysis and Modeling (LESAM) lab. This interdisciplinary research group uses geographic information science, remote sensing, environmental modeling and readily available reconnaissance data sets to support rapid, practical and effective decision-making in managing natural resources and extreme events. Flooding and soil erosion are an important area of focus.

Renschler is a member of Erie County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee; was part of New York State’s Respond Commission after Superstorm Sandy; and is working with the United Nations on flood-risk mitigation and post-flood rehabilitation efforts in Asia. He is a Fulbright Scholar, with his Fulbright work devoted to developing sustainable watershed management policies in the face of climate and environmental change.


Chris Renschler, PhD
Professor of Geography
Director of the Landscape-based Environmental System Analysis and Modeling (LESAM) lab

Director of the Geographic Information and Analysis Lab (GIAL)
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences