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November 11, 2020

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Mental Health Strained by Disaster

A new study found that suicide rates increase during all types of disasters -- including severe storms, floods, hurricanes and ice storms -- with the largest overall increase occurring two years ...

New Research Identifies 'Triple Trouble' for Mangrove Coasts

Some of the world's most valuable ecosystems are facing a 'triple threat' to their long-term durability and survival, new research ...

Mystery of Glacial Lake Floods Solved

A long-standing mystery in the study of glaciers was recently and serendipitously solved. A trigger was identified for some of the largest floods on Earth -- those emerging suddenly and unpredictably ...

Consequences of Glacier Shrinkage

Scientists have investigated the causes of a glacial lake outburst flood in the Ladakh region of India. They drew on field surveys and satellite images to create an inventory of glacial lakes for the ...
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Flood Risks: More Accurate Data Due to COVID-19

Emerging use of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) makes it possible to continuously measure shallow changes in elevation of Earth surface. A study now shows that the quality of these ...

The Potential of Green Infrastructure in Mitigating Flood Impacts: Focused on the Mobility of Low Income and Minority Comunities

This research advances national U.S. methods for assessing flood vulnerability and prioritizing transportation improvement investments, to ensure that no community is left stranded when the next ...

Scientists Unlock Crops' Power to Resist Floods

Foundational science has discovered the molecular structure of plant enzymes that could be manipulated to create flood-resistant crops, vital as weather events become more extreme due to global ...

Sea Level Rise from Ice Sheets Track Worst-Case Climate Change Scenario

Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica whose melting rates are rapidly increasing have raised the global sea level by 1.8cm since the 1990s, and are matching the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ...

Land Use Change Leads to Increased Flooding in Indonesia

While high greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss are often associated with rapid land-use change in Indonesia, impacts on local water cycles have been largely overlooked. Researchers now ...

Contagion Model Predicts Flooding in Urban Areas

Inspired by the same modeling and mathematical laws used to predict the spread of pandemics, researchers have created a model to accurately forecast the spread and recession process of floodwaters in ...

Sea-Level Rise Linked to Higher Water Tables Along California Coast

Researchers modeled the effects of rising sea levels along the California coast. While results varied with local topography, the study indicates an increased threat to populated areas already at risk ...

New Research Will Improve Early Warning of Devastating Megastorms

Scientific research will make it easier to predict the path of some of the world's most powerful storms, enabling communities to better protect themselves from severe flooding. A new study has ...

Sea-Level Rise Could Make Rivers More Likely to Jump Course

River avulsions -- catastrophic floods triggered when a river charts a new path to the sea -- could occur more frequently on rivers as sea levels ...

California's Sinking Coastal Hotspots

Using precise measurements from state-of-the-art satellite-based radar that can detect the land surface rise and fall with millimeter accuracy, a research team has, for the first time, tracked the ...

Eavesdropping on Trout Building Their Nests

Steelhead trout stirring up the sediment of the river bed were detected by seismic sensors. Researchers have used geophones to analyze the trout's nest-building process in ...

Flood Data from 500 Years: Rivers and Climate Change in Europe

Studying historical documents from 5 centuries, scientists were able to compare flood events from the past with recent flood events in Europe. This combination of historical and hydrological research ...

How Hurricane Lane Brought Fire and Rain to Hawaiian Islands

Researchers detail the compounding hazards -- fire and rain -- produced by Hurricane Lane in August ...

River Plants Counter Both Flooding and Drought to Protect Biodiversity

'Water plants are a nuisance in streams, blocking the flow. You should remove them'. This notion has for many years determined how streams were managed to prevent flooding during high ...

Scientists Predict Dramatic Increase in Flooding, Drought in California

California may see a 54 percent increase in rainfall variability by the end of this century, according to research from an atmospheric ...

Using the Past to Predict the Future: The Case of Typhoon Hagibis

The past is often the window to our future, especially when it comes to natural disasters. Using data from the 2018 floods that struck southwestern Japan to calibrate a machine learning model, ...

Greater Flood Risks in Coastal Region of China

New research has revealed that the observed average moving speed (or translation speed) of tropical cyclones making landfall over the coast of China dropped by 11% between 1961 and 2017. These ...

New Models Detail How Major Rivers Will Respond to Changing Environmental Conditions

From the Nile to the Mississippi and from the Amazon to the Yangzi, human civilization is inextricably linked to the great rivers along which our societies developed. But rivers are mutable, and the ...

Size Matters for Bioenergy With Carbon Capture and Storage

New research has shown that Drax power station in North Yorkshire is the optimal site for the carbon capture and storage facilities that will be needed reduce carbon emissions and achieve the targets ...

Historic Floods Reveal How Salt Marshes Can Protect Us

By digging into major historic records of flood disasters, a research team reveals that the value of nature for flood defense has actually been evident for hundreds of ...

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