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Preventing hurricanes using air bubbles

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 14:10
Many people have tried to find ways of preventing hurricanes before they make landfall, resulting in the loss of human lives. Researchers believe that the answer lies in cold bubbles.

Tree care workers need better training to handle dangers on the job

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 20:38
A new study calls attention to post-storm hazards posed to tree care workers and provides safety recommendations.

Half a degree more global warming could flood out 5 million more people

Thu, 15/03/2018 - 16:06
A new study finds that by 2150, the seemingly small difference between a global temperature increase of 1.5 and 2.0 degrees Celsius would mean the permanent inundation of lands currently home to about 5 million people, including 60,000 who live on small island nations.

Sea level rise urgently requires new forms of decision making

Tue, 06/03/2018 - 17:57
US cities facing sea level rise need to look beyond traditional strategies for managing issues such as critical erosion and coastal squeeze, according to new research. Civil society initiatives must now play a crucial role in adapting society to climate change, the study argues.

Geophysicists and atmospheric scientists partner to track typhoons' seismic footprints

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 19:11
A remarkable collaboration between atmospheric science and geophysics could change the way we think about storms and seismicity, and could lead to an answer to the often-asked 'Are hurricanes getting stronger?' The team has identified the seismic footprint of typhoons and hurricanes, which allows climate scientists to add decades to their dataset of powerful storms.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria temporarily altered choruses of land and sea animals

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 18:50
Audio recordings of Hurricanes Irma and Maria's passage over Puerto Rico document how the calls of coastal critters changed in response to the deadly storms. The hurricanes caused a major disruption in the acoustic activity of snapping shrimp, a reduction in insect and bird sounds, and potentially an intensification of fish choruses, according to new research.

Don't blame hurricanes for most big storm surges in Northeast

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 16:57
Hurricanes spawn most of the largest storm surges in the northeastern US, right? Wrong, according to a new study. Extratropical cyclones, including nor'easters and other non-tropical storms, generate most of the large storm surges in the Northeast, according to the new study. They include a freak November 1950 storm and devastating nor'easters in March 1962 and December 1992.

Innovative restoration of coral reefs helps protect Caribbean islands

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 19:08
Researchers have measured the protective role of coral reefs and field-tested a solution that reduces coastal risks by combining innovative engineering with restoration ecology.

Texas flood: Researchers compare pollution levels before and after Hurricane Harvey

Fri, 09/02/2018 - 16:07
Recent years have seen rising interest in improving post-disaster research. Although understanding the wide-ranging effects of disasters is vital for an effective public health response, a lack of baseline data has made it difficult to attribute post-disaster changes in environmental conditions to the impacts of disasters.

Got a coastal bridge to retrofit? There's an optimal approach for that

Wed, 07/02/2018 - 20:04
Life-cycle engineers incorporate -- for the first time -- the three most common failure modes for bridges vulnerable to floods, hurricanes and tsunamis into a risk assessment framework to optimize retrofitting strategies.

Building to withstand natural disasters pays off, new research shows

Tue, 06/02/2018 - 15:15
For every dollar the government spends to make existing buildings more resistant to wildfires, earthquakes, floods and hurricanes, $6 is saved in property losses, business interruption and health problems, according to a new study.

Algorithm identifies vulnerable people during natural disasters

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 21:32
A new algorithm will help first responders and home care providers better help the elderly during natural disasters.

Causes and consequences of the 2015 Wimberley floods in Texas

Mon, 29/01/2018 - 14:58
A new study by civil and environmental engineers delves into the 2015 Wimberley, Texas floods that destroyed 350 homes and claimed 13 lives. Scientists researched the factors that led to the catastrophic flooding and shed light on new ways people in flood-prone areas can protect against future tragedies.

Urban insects are more resilient in extreme weather

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 17:53
A new study will help researchers understand how to make predictions and conservation decisions about how organisms living in cities will respond to catastrophic weather events.

Invasive tree species: Call for action to tackle threat to a global biodiversity hotspot

Tue, 02/01/2018 - 16:33
An invasive Australian tree is now posing a serious threat to a global diversity 'hotspot' in the natural forests of Jamaica's Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. The tree species, Pittosporum undulatum, known locally as 'mock orange', is threatening many rare and endangered species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Scientists are urging the relevant institutions to prioritise a program of control of this species.

Human-caused warming likely intensified Hurricane Harvey's rains

Wed, 13/12/2017 - 16:49
New research shows human-induced climate change increased the amount and intensity of Hurricane Harvey's unprecedented rainfall.

Birth of a storm in the Arabian Sea validates climate model

Wed, 06/12/2017 - 20:16
Extreme cyclones that formed in the Arabian Sea for the first time in 2014 are the result of global warming and will likely increase in frequency, warn scientists. Their model showed that the burning of fossil fuels since 1860 would lead to an increase in the destructive storms in the Arabian Sea by 2015, marking one of the first times that modeled projections have synchronized with real observations of storm activity.

Beyond wind speed: A new measure for predicting hurricane impacts

Tue, 05/12/2017 - 18:00
What if there was a better way to forecast and communicate hurricanes' damaging economic impacts, before they happen? Civil engineers have developed an innovative new approach to assessing the resiliency of coastal communities to hurricanes. They've created a 'multi-hazard hurricane impact level model,' which estimates economic damages to be caused by storms, before they happen.