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As Hazard Warnings Increase, Experts Urge Better Decisions on Who and When to Warn

Well designed and executed emergency warnings can save lives, so risk experts are urging steps to create the most effective warnings for hurricanes, wildfires, and other environmental hazards.

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Life After Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee: Using Augmented Reality to Renew Local Communities

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In late summer 2011, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee left extensive damage in the Capital Region, especially along creeks and riverbeds. In the aftermath, several communities, including the Village of Schoharie, worked to pick up the pieces, while dealing with the impact of extreme flooding, rainfall, and power outages. The impact was very personal for Lillian Spina-Caza, lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who is a Schoharie resident. Today, with assistance from a $90,000 grant from the New York State Council of the Arts, Spina-Caza and Schoharie Area Long Term Inc., (SALT) are working to develop the “Geo to Go” interactive website and augmented reality (AR) arts, cultural, and heritage trails project.

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UW-Madison Spinoff Keeps an Eye on Weather as It Returns to Madison

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MADISON — Understory, a company spawned by two University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate students in 2012, designs and deploys flocks of miniature weather stations that create an unprecedented level of detail on measures such as wind, hail and rain.

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Extensive Flooding From Hurricane Season, Sea-Level Rise, and Climate Change Expert

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Tide-Triggered Tremors Give Clues for Earthquake Prediction

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The triggering of small, deep earthquakes along California’s San Andreas Fault reveals depth-dependent frictional behavior that may provide insight into patterns signaling when a major quake could be on the horizon, according to a paper released this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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Let's Talk About Flood & Flood Prep!

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The town hall will be held online from 1 to 2 p.m. ET, but the conversation won’t stop there – visit the S&T Collaboration Community or scitech.ideascale.com to share your flood stories & more!

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Why You and Your Family Are Probably Not Prepared for a Disaster

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Heagele, a doctoral student in the Rutgers School of Nursing, discusses why you and your family likely aren't prepared for a natural disaster in your area.

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CAUSE IV - Lessons Learned From the U.S. Canadian Cross-Border Experiment

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In April DHS S&T, the Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) and Public Safety Canada collaborated on a cross-border experiment with a focus on preparing emergency responders.

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Asteroid Day Will Draw Eyes to the Stars, but the More Urgent Threat May Be Under Our Feet

Knowing when an asteroid could impact Earth would be nice, but learning more about the impact a super volcano eruption at Yellowstone would have on civilization — and how to be ready for it — might be more prudent.

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$1.8 Million Grant Will Support Public Health, Safer Shipping & Boating, Better Hurricane Predictions and Healthier Gulf Ecosystems

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The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association (GCOOS-RA) has been awarded $1.8 million a year for the next five years to support data collection and distribution in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Visual Cloud Computing Methods Could Help First Responders in Disaster Scenarios

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Visual data created by numerous security cameras, personal mobile devices and aerial video provide useful data for first responders and law enforcement. That data can be critical in terms of knowing where to send emergency personnel and resources, tracking suspects in man-made disasters, or detecting hazardous materials. Recently, a group of computer science researchers from the University of Missouri developed a visual cloud computing architecture that streamlines the process.

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Kids Coping with Disaster Need Guidance. UCLA App Helps Parents Give It

A new UCLA app helps families cope with the trauma of natural disasters, including wildfires and extreme weather events like heat waves.

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Red Tide Forecasting in the Gulf of Mexico on Every Beach, Every Day? Soon There Will Be an App for That

A new three-year $1.1 million grant from NASA is helping several organizations fine-tune current red tide forecasts in the Gulf of Mexico with the goal of offering public health managers, coastal residents and visitors a forecast that better reflects coastal conditions on more localized scales.

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Wildfire -- It's Not Spreading Like Wildfire

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A new analysis of global data related to wildfire, published by the Royal Society, reveals major misconceptions about wildfire and its social and economic impacts.

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What Weather Can You Expect This Summer? Experts Say Don't Be Caught Off Guard

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A Warning System for Tsunamis

Scientists at the Australian National University have developed the Time Reverse Imaging Method to take real-time data from the ocean sensors and use that information to recreate what the tsunami looked like when it was born. Once scientists have the tsunami source pinpointed, they can use it to make better predictions about what will happen once the waves reach shore. This new method is fast enough to compete with existing algorithms but much more accurate.

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Security Threat at Manchester United, Wildfires in Alberta, and How the Public Responds to Authorities in a Crisis

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What Makes the Public More Likely to Second-Guess Authorities During a Crisis?

In a digital age when people have many information sources, during a crisis they won’t always seek guidance from the government or other official channels. Why not?

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Culverhouse Insurance Research Center Produces Alabama Tornado Preparedness Guide

Five years ago, more than 200 people lost their lives and more than 2,000 injuries were reported from the April 27 tornado outbreak that swept across the state of Alabama. On that day, 35 of 67 Alabama counties suffered damage and 23,552 homes were damaged or destroyed. The Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research at The University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce released the 2016 TORNADO PREPAREDNESS GUIDE & INSURANCE TIPS.

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Learning to Live with Fire, Necessity for Forest Communities