The SUstainable Material Management Extreme Events Reconnaissance (SUMMEER) research organization aims to facilitate data collection, develop reconnaissance guidance, train stakeholders, share resources, and support innovative research. Through its activities, the ultimate aim of SUMMEER is to enable and advance sustainable management of post-disaster materials.

SUMMEER is funded by the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) (Grant #2014330).


As per the bylaws of the organization, the primary purpose of SUMMEER is to advance the state-of-the-art and the state-of-the practice in sustainable management of post-disaster materials through pre- and post-disaster planning and reconnaissance activities including development of guidance documents, training stakeholders, facilitating data collection, archiving, and sharing, and supporting innovative research. The activities of the organization serve to reduce the adverse impacts of the large quantities and wide varieties of debris and waste materials generated due to extreme disaster events. A broad range of natural disasters including geophysical events (earthquake, dry mass movement, volcanic activity), meteorological events (extreme temperature, fog, storm), hydrological events (flood, landslide, wave action), climatological events (drought, glacial outburst, wildfire), biological (epidemic, animal infestations and accidents), extraterrestrial events (impact, space weather) and technological events including industrial accidents (liquid/gas spill/leak, fire, facility collapse, explosion, radiation), transportation accidents (air, surface/subsurface, water), other accidents fall under the purview of the organization.


Existing members and prospective members are invited to visit the Membership page.


You can find a copy of the SUMMEER bylaws here.


SUMMEER has 7 objectives:

Identify significant information and relevant data types and collect debris and waste data in response to extreme events.

Develop detailed guidelines and data standards for effectively collecting perishable multifaceted data for sustainable management of post-disaster materials.

Coordinate reconnaissance efforts to collect debris and waste data.

Develop training modules for effective reconnaissance activities and data collection approaches with a focus on the feasibility of post-disaster material recycling and reuse.

Train stakeholders and establish a group of well-prepared individuals for sustainable post-disaster materials planning and reconnaissance.

Generate data and broadly disseminate and share the data collected with stakeholders.

Advance research and practice in management of post-disaster materials through creating trained individuals, data collection and analysis, and standardized procedures.

Team Members

SUMMEER is a consortium funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and led by 3 main universities: Florida State University (FAMU-FSU), California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Meet the three directors and other team members.

Photo of Nazli Yesiller (CalPoly)
Prof. Nazli Yesiller
Co-Director |
Global Waste Research Institute