Andrew Oliphant’s Burning Man research highlighted on SF State News site

Aerial view of the Burning Man festival, a large ring of structures in the desert
Black Rock City, Nevada, the site of Burning Man. Credit: Duncan Rawlinson (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Last week, 70,000 converged on a remote location in Nevada, transforming a dry lakebed into a bustling city only to take it all apart just over a week later. The reason? Burning Man.

For some, the art and cultural event is an escape from the constraints of modern society, while for others it’s an outlet for creativity. For San Francisco State University Professor of Geography & Environment Andrew Oliphant, it’s a natural laboratory. Because the city is built from nothing in just a few days, it represents an opportunity to study urban meteorology without many of the complications of a typical urban area. So in 2013 Oliphant loaded up a 100-foot-tall meteorological tower and headed to Nevada.

To learn more about the project (and some of the more unique barriers to doing research at an arts and culture festival), read the article on the SF State News site.