The School of Civil Engineering (PPKA) and River Engineering and Urban Drainage Research Center (REDAC), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) recognize the urgent need to develop programs and resources within USM to mitigate the adverse effects of natural/human made disasters such as floods, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis. To meet this objective, PPKA and REDAC have set up a Disaster Research Nexus (DRN) to co-ordinate the development of technology, human capability and awareness and expertise to better understand, monitor, model and manage the risks associated with these natural/human made hazards.

The prime objectives consist of conducting fundamentally sound research of deep scientific interest, producing results which are reliable, accurate, and of practical use to both society and industry. The Nexus will work closely with other centers and institutes within and outside USM. The Nexus welcomes opportunities for collaboration with private and public institutions, locally and internationally.