Hurricanes and Cyclones

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  • Preventing hurricanes using air bubbles
    on March 19, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    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
    on March 16, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    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
    on March 15, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    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
    on March 6, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    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
    on February 15, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    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
    on February 15, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    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
    on February 15, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    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
    on February 12, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    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
    on February 9, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    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
    on February 7, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    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
    on February 6, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    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
    on February 2, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    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
    on January 29, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    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
    on January 11, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    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
    on January 2, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    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
    on December 13, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    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
    on December 6, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    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
    on December 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    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. […]

  • Identifying optimal adaptation of buildings threatened by hurricanes, climate change
    on November 27, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    The need for adaptation strategies to reduce the threat of hurricanes to society is of critical importance, as evidenced by the recent damage to coastal regions in the U.S. and the Caribbean this past year. The fact that the number of residential buildings in coastal areas has increased significantly combined with the increasing risks of impacts of due climate change means that the cost of damage to coastal developments are likely to continue to rise. […]

  • Artificially cooling planet 'risky strategy'
    on November 14, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    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
    on November 13, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    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
    on November 8, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    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
    on November 2, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    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
    on October 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    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
    on October 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    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
    on October 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    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
    on October 10, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    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
    on October 5, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    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
    on October 5, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    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
    on October 4, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    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. […]