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Artificially cooling planet 'risky strategy'

Tue, 14/11/2017 - 18:34
Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new research has shown.

Texas' odds of Harvey-scale rainfall to increase by end of century

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 21:38
Texas' risk of Harvey-scale rainfall will increase by the end of this century, new research concludes. By 2100, the annual probability of Hurricane Harvey's record rainfall returning to Texas will rise to 18 percent, if the growth of greenhouse gas emissions continues unmitigated.

We should use central pressure deficit, not wind speed, to predict hurricane damage

Wed, 08/11/2017 - 15:20
New research provides a physical understanding for why central pressure deficit is a better indicator of economic damage from hurricanes than peak wind speed.

Scientists identify hotspots of coastal risks in Latin America and the Caribbean

Thu, 02/11/2017 - 20:10
The catastrophic 2017 hurricane season provided ample demonstrations of the vulnerability of populations and infrastructure in coastal areas to natural disasters. A new study identifies hotspots of coastal risks throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

When lemons give you life: Herpetofauna adaptation to citrus orchards in Belize

Mon, 16/10/2017 - 15:28
Reptile and amphibian communities exhibit a promising level of resilience to agricultural lands. In a new study, herpetologists compared forested areas to manicured citrus orchards and reclaimed orchard forests in Belize. Further intriguing discoveries were made when the Category 1 Hurricane Earl hit the study site.

Harvey runoff menaces Texas' coral reefs

Mon, 16/10/2017 - 15:28
The more than 13 trillion gallons of floodwater from Hurricane Harvey have created a massive plume of freshwater in the Gulf of Mexico that is threatening the coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary about 100 miles offshore of Galveston.

Warming seas could lead to 70 percent increase in hurricane-related financial loss

Thu, 12/10/2017 - 20:18
Hurricane-related financial loss could increase more than 70 percent by 2100 if oceans warm at the worst-case-scenario rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to a new study. The study used a combination of hurricane modeling and information in FEMA's HAZUS database to reach its conclusions.

Stepped care beneficial after hurricanes

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:38
Stepped care is more effective than usual care in reducing the prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder in the aftermath of hurricanes, according to a new study.

Interpreting hurricane forecast displays can be difficult for general public

Thu, 05/10/2017 - 20:11
The 2017 hurricane season has highlighted the critical need to communicate a storm's impact path and intensity accurately, but new research shows significant misunderstandings of the two most commonly used storm forecast visualization methods.

12,000 years ago, Florida hurricanes heated up despite chilly seas

Thu, 05/10/2017 - 17:50
Category 5 hurricanes may have slammed Florida repeatedly during the chilly Younger Dryas, 12,000 years ago. The cause? Hurricane-suppressing effects of cooler sea surface were out-weighed by side effects of slowed ocean circulation.

Hurricane exposes and washes away thousands of sea turtle nests

Wed, 04/10/2017 - 17:04
Marine biologists have released estimates of sea turtle nests lost to Hurricane Irma, finding that 56 percent of green turtle nests and 24 percent of loggerhead nests were lost within Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Both are endangered species. The losses put a damper on what had been a record year for green turtle nesting.

How has society adapted to hurricanes? A look at New Orleans over 300 years

Wed, 27/09/2017 - 04:59
In the midst of an intense hurricane season, a historical perspective looks at adaptation to hurricanes in New Orleans over nearly three centuries, from its foundation in 1718 to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

'Surfing robot' tracking water data as Harvey's rains flow toward fragile coral reefs

Wed, 20/09/2017 - 16:48
An unmanned Wave Glider surface vehicle has been riding swells alone in the Gulf of Mexico, collecting critically needed post-Hurricane Harvey water quality data.

New Orleans greenery post-Katrina reflects social demographics more than hurricane impact

Fri, 15/09/2017 - 14:51
Popular portrayals of "nature reclaiming civilization" in flood-damaged New Orleans, Louisianna, neighborhoods romanticize an urban ecology shaped by policy-driven socioecological disparities in redevelopment investment, ecologists argue.

Decade of data shows FEMA flood maps missed 3 in 4 claims

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 22:05
An analysis of flood claims in three Houston suburbs from 1999-2009 found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 100-year flood plain maps failed to capture 75 percent of flood damages from five serious floods, none of which reached the threshold rainfall of a 100-year event.

Extreme weather has limited effect on attitudes toward climate policies

Thu, 07/09/2017 - 19:46
People who recently experienced severe weather events such as floods, storms and drought are more likely to support policies to adapt to the effects of climate change, according to a new study.

Light-based method improves practicality and quality of remote wind measurements

Wed, 06/09/2017 - 16:46
Researchers have developed a new remote sensing instrument based on light detection and ranging that could offer a simple and robust way to accurately measure wind speed, which could help scientists better understand how hurricanes form and provide information to pinpoint landfall earlier.

Flood-damaged documents, books may be salvageable with electron beam technology

Tue, 29/08/2017 - 14:31
Documents, books and similar items soaked and muddied in the potentially sewage-laden flood waters produced by Hurricane Harvey may be salvageable with the use of electronic beam technology.

After Hurricane Katrina, personal debt fell for those worst hit, but at a cost

Mon, 28/08/2017 - 14:37
After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans a dozen years ago, there was a sharp and immediate drop in personal debt among residents living in city's most flooded blocks, according to a new study.

Some land conservation measures unpopular among property owners

Mon, 07/08/2017 - 20:52
While popular with conservation groups, coastal easements that prevent development in order to protect marshland from changes brought about by climate change and rising sea levels are not favored by property owners. The findings, based on the results of surveys conducted in 2015 of 1,002 owners of Connecticut coastal properties, suggest that relying on education about sea level rise and the ecosystem benefits of marshes alone will not protect land from future changes.