Floods
Deadly typhoon forces Japan to face its vulnerability to increasingly powerful storms  Science Magazine · 15 hours
Extreme rains from tropical cyclone Hagibis caused widespread flooding that killed at least 80 more
Catastrophic events carry forests of trees thousands of miles to a burial at sea  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Flooding from torrential rains caused by cyclones and monsoonal storms, as well as other catastrophic events, are responsible for moving... more
Plant physiology will be major contributor to future river flooding  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers describe the emerging role of ecophysiology in riparian flooding. As an adaptation to an overabundance of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, trees, plants and grasses constrict their... more
Plant physiology will be major contributor to future river flooding, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
he next time a river overflows its banks, don't just blame the rain clouds. Earth system scientists from the University of California, Irvine have... more
Climate change: Steep warming curve for Europe  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Climate is changing: Droughts, floods, and extreme weather events influence agriculture, economies, and society. Improved adaptability of industry and society to the future climate, however, requires reliable statements on medium-term climate development, in particular... more
NASA map reveals a new landslide risk factor  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
In the deadly 2018 earthquake in the Indonesian city of Palu, intense shaking changed solid ground into a landslide of flowing mud, multiplying the death toll and economic impact. A new paper... more
Niger floods force 23,000 from their homes  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Floods in southeast Niger have forced 23,000 people to flee their homes since early October, officials said Saturday, threatening a new humanitarian crisis in a region already wracked by Boko Haram Islamist violence. more
Great Lakes flooding: The warning signs that homes must be moved  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Every fall, I take my environmental studies class camping at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan. Some years the beach extends more than three... more
How tiny creatures are reshaping the very rivers they live in  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
What shapes a river? People typically imagine large-scale processes such as storms and floods or human modifications like dams or fortified banks. But the shape of... more
NASA's Aqua satellite reveals flooding in Japan from Typhoon Hagibis  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Typhoon Hagibis made landfall in Japan over the weekend of October 12 and 13, bringing damaging winds, rough surf and flooding rains. NASA's Aqua satellite provided a visible... more
New research suggests global ice age changed the face of the planet  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Curtin University researchers have discovered that a global ice age more than 600 million years ago dramatically altered the face of the planet, leaving... more
2nd Interstellar Comet Looks Pretty Normal, Astronomers Say  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Observations of the interstellar Comet Borisov have been flooding in for six weeks, and the more astronomers duplicate one another's work, the more confident they are in their analysis of the object. more
Up to 35 dead as Typhoon Hagibis slams Japan (Update)  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Tens of thousands of rescuers worked through the pre-dawn hours Monday to reach people trapped by landslides and floods in Japan caused by a powerful typhoon that has... more
At least 26 dead as Typhoon Hagibis slams Japan  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Tens of thousands of rescuers were working through Sunday night to reach people feared trapped in Japan by landslides and floods caused by a powerful typhoon that killed at least... more
Washington state experiments with buyouts, restoring floodplains to avoid future disasters  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Standing amid cottonwood trees and a thicket of other vegetation, Jon Hansen looks out over a sunlight-dappled ribbon of crystal water running over a rocky bed.... more
New study analyzes FEMA-funded home buyout program  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
An analysis of FEMA's 30-year-old property buyout program offers new insight into the growing debate on managed retreat -- moving people and assets out of flood-prone areas. more
New study examines federal homeowner buyouts  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been offering voluntary buyout programs to homeowners in flood-prone neighborhoods since the 1980s. more
Managed retreat through voluntary buyouts of flood-prone properties  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Retreat from some areas will become unavoidable under intensifying climate change. Existing deployments of managed retreat are at small scale compared to potential future needs, leaving open questions about where, when, and... more
Predicting the impact of climate change on bridge safety  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Climate change will increase the frequency and intensity of natural hazards like flooding. In turn, floodwaters erode a bridge's foundation, creating scour holes that compromise the integrity of the structure.... more
New silk materials can wrinkle into detailed patterns, then unwrinkle to be 'reprinted'  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Engineers have developed silk materials that can wrinkle into highly detailed patterns -- including words, textures and images as intricate as a... more
New silk materials can wrinkle into detailed patterns, then unwrinkle to be 'reprinted'  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Researchers at Tufts University School of Engineering have developed silk materials that can wrinkle into highly detailed patterns—including words, textures and images... more
Green roofs improve the urban environment – so why don't all buildings have them?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Rooftops covered with grass, vegetable gardens and lush foliage are now a common sight in many cities around the world.... more
Hurricane Sandy may have worsened gentrification in Brooklyn and Queens  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
In New York City alone, Superstorm Sandy killed 44 people, flooded 17 percent of the city's land, uprooted trees, collapsed houses, ran ships aground, deluged subway stations, and... more
Analysis IDs ag practices to fight flood, drought  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A synthesis of 89 studies across six continents has helped clarify which agricultural practices hold water when it comes to helping soils soak up precipitation—a factor critical to mitigating floods, outlasting drought... more
Climate change could make borrowing costlier for states and cities  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Someday soon, analysts will determine that a city or county, or maybe a school district or utility, is so vulnerable to sea level rise, flooding, drought or wildfire... more
Study gets to root of rice's resilience to floods  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Climate change is increasing both the severity and frequency of extreme weather events, including floods. That's a problem for many farmers, since rice is the only major food crop that's... more
Climate report describes escalating impacts on oceans, ice, and snow  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The effects of climate change already observed by scientists in recent decades include a doubling in the rate of ocean warming since 1993, increased frequency and intensity of... more
New satellite may make flood prediction easier  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A satellite on schedule to launch in 2021 could offer a more comprehensive look at flooding in vulnerable, under-studied parts of the world, including much of Africa, South America and Indonesia, a new study... more
New satellite may make flood prediction easier  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A satellite on schedule to launch in 2021 could offer a more comprehensive look at flooding in vulnerable, under-studied parts of the world, including much of Africa, South America and Indonesia, a new study... more
Study suggests ecosystem investments to minimize storm damage  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
As new hurricanes gain strength in the Atlantic, residents of the Bahamas have barely begun recovering from destroyed villages and flooded streets brought by Hurricane Dorian's battering this month. The losses were... more
Building resilience in Vieques, Puerto Rico  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Two years ago today, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico with winds as fast as 155 miles per hour. Heavy rains caused flooding and landslides. The storm destroyed homes and entire neighborhoods, knocked out electricity, and left... more
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