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5-May-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Research Shows Future Super Cyclones Would Expose Vastly Greater Numbers of People in Most Vulnerable Parts of the World to Extreme Flooding
University of Bristol

A new study has revealed super cyclones, the most intense form of tropical storm, are likely to have a much more devastating impact on people in South Asia in future years.

Released: 26-Apr-2022 3:25 PM EDT
New climate modeling predicts increasing occurrences of flash flooding across most of the U.S.
University of Oklahoma

The latest U.N. report on climate change documented researchers’ efforts that have shown some measures of global warming are now unavoidable, and current research efforts are focusing on mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Newswise: Greenhouse study confirms flood-tolerant varieties of soy
Released: 23-Mar-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Greenhouse study confirms flood-tolerant varieties of soy
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Researchers use carbon dioxide in a hydroponic system to quickly and accurately determine how soy varieties fare in oxygen-deprived environments

Newswise: Nature-based solutions in mountains can reduce climate change impact on drought
Released: 9-Mar-2022 4:40 PM EST
Nature-based solutions in mountains can reduce climate change impact on drought
University of South Africa

New research, led by Dr Petra Holden from the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), has shown how catchment restoration – through the management of alien tree infestation in the mountains of the southwestern Cape – could have lessened the impact of climate change on low river flows during the Cape Town “Day Zero” drought.

Newswise: Nova Southeastern University Experts Leading Team Tackling Major Florida Challenges
Released: 1-Mar-2022 9:15 AM EST
Nova Southeastern University Experts Leading Team Tackling Major Florida Challenges
Nova Southeastern University

NSU Researcher Leading Project to Create Interdisciplinary Teams of Faculty From Across Florida to Focus on a Florida-Based Challenges

Newswise: First-ever study looks at glacial lakes, dams in Alaska and potential for flooding
Released: 4-Feb-2022 10:10 AM EST
First-ever study looks at glacial lakes, dams in Alaska and potential for flooding
Colorado State University

Brianna Rick, a doctoral student in the Department of Geosciences at Colorado State University, has been conducting research in Alaska for several years.

Newswise: Pioneering research forecasts climate change set to send costs of flooding soaring
28-Jan-2022 11:50 AM EST
Pioneering research forecasts climate change set to send costs of flooding soaring
University of Bristol

Climate change could result in the financial toll of flooding rising by more than a quarter in the United States by 2050 – and disadvantaged communities will bear the biggest brunt, according to new research.

Released: 28-Jan-2022 5:05 PM EST
New study improves understanding of Southern California’s intense winter rains
American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Long, skinny strips of rain can deliver brief but punishing rainfall as they sweep across the land, which may initiate landslides and flash floods.

Released: 10-Dec-2021 4:20 PM EST
Has winter blown off course? ASU professors discuss how a lack of snow is impacting drought, water supply, and tourism in the West
Arizona State University (ASU)

ASU News enlisted the state’s climatologist and a tourism expert to discuss this year’s cause and effects of snow, or lack thereof, and the impacts to our water supply and economy.

30-Nov-2021 4:20 PM EST
Tracking Inequities and Health Impacts of Flooding
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Flooding is the most expensive natural disaster in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), costing the country more than $1 trillion in inflation-adjusted dollars since 1980. Rising sea level and more intense storms could be devastating for the more than 40 percent of Americans who live in coastal areas.

Released: 7-Dec-2021 4:35 PM EST
UNH Research Finds Future Snowmelt Could Have Costly Consequences on Infrastructure
University of New Hampshire

Climate change and warmer conditions have altered snow-driven extremes and previous studies predict less and slower snowmelt in the northern United States and Canada. However, mixed-phase precipitation—shifting between snow and rain—is increasing, especially in higher elevations, making it more challenging to predict future snowmelt, a dominant driver of severe flooding. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire took a closer look at previous studies, and because geographical areas respond differently to climate change, they found future snowmelt incidences could vary greatly by the late 21st century. Snowmelt could decrease over the continental U.S. and southern Canada but increase in Alaska and northern Canada resulting in larger flooding vulnerabilities and possibly causing major societal and economic consequences including costly infrastructure failures.

1-Dec-2021 1:30 PM EST
Microgrids and Solar Reduce Risk of Power Outages
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Climate change is fueling more floods, droughts, wildfires, and extreme storms across the United States. As a result, aging power grids are being pushed beyond their limits, sometimes with deadly impacts. (In 2020, a series of unusual winter storms knocked the power out in Texas for days -- leading to shortages of water and heat and more than 100 deaths.)

Released: 6-Dec-2021 3:10 PM EST
Burrowing critters increase risk of levee failure
American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Researchers have developed a new method to estimate the risk of levee failure and flooding from burrowing animals like badgers and porcupines.

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Released: 29-Nov-2021 5:05 PM EST
University of California Team’s Research Suggests More Than 400 Hazardous Sites in California Face Flooding
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Unless climate change is slowed significantly, more than three feet of sea level rise (SLR) is expected in California by the end of the century, potentially flooding communities that are currently home to more than 145,000 residents. In addition to the threat to residential neighborhoods, new research suggests sea level rise will expose over 400 industrial facilities and contaminated sites in California, including power plants, refineries, and hazardous waste sites, to increased risk of flooding. Increased flooding can come with risks of contamination releases into nearby communities.

Released: 29-Oct-2021 10:35 AM EDT
Runoff, sediment flux in High Mountain Asia could limit food, energy for millions
University of Colorado Boulder

Rivers flowing from the Tibetan Plateau and the surrounding high Asian mountains which support one-third of the world’s population have experienced rapid increases in annual water and sediment runoff since the 1990s, and the volume of sediment washed downstream could more than double by 2050 under the worst-case scenario, a team of scientists has found.

Released: 29-Oct-2021 4:20 AM EDT
World taking measures on climate change – but are they the right ones?
University of Delaware

A new study co-authored by the University of Delaware's A.R. Siders revealed growing evidence that people and organizations are responding to climate change with a wide range of actions, but noted far fewer studies explore whether these actions actually reduce risks associated with climate change.

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Released: 25-Oct-2021 12:50 PM EDT
FloodNet: Hyperlocal flood sensors to support real-time flood monitoring, flood response, and urban resilience planning in NYC
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Whether the result of tidal flooding, extreme events like Hurricanes Henri and Ida, or more frequent cloudbursts, flooding affects public health and safety, mobility, infrastructure, and the city’s economy.

Newswise: Greening the Gray: Fighting Floods with Restoration Versus Riprap
Released: 15-Oct-2021 8:35 AM EDT
Greening the Gray: Fighting Floods with Restoration Versus Riprap
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Incorporating green infrastructure into flood protection plans alongside gray infrastructure can shield communities, reduce maintenance, and provide additional social and environmental benefits.

Newswise: New Jersey’s Tidal Marshes in Danger of Disappearing, Study Shows
Released: 6-Oct-2021 9:45 AM EDT
New Jersey’s Tidal Marshes in Danger of Disappearing, Study Shows
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

New Jersey’s tidal marshes aren’t keeping up with sea level rise and may disappear completely by the next century, according to a study led by Rutgers researchers. The findings, which include potential solutions for preserving the marshlands, appear in the journal Anthropocene Coasts.

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Released: 5-Oct-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Research showing increase in tropical cyclone rainfall could aid disaster planning
Indiana University

IU professor Justin T. Maxwell's paper "Recent increases in tropical cyclone precipitation extremes of the U.S. East Coast" provides data on inland flooding that could help communities be more prepared for the high amounts of rainfall produced by storms such as Hurricane Ida in the United States.

Newswise: After the flood disaster in western Germany: what science must find answers to
Released: 20-Sep-2021 10:25 AM EDT
After the flood disaster in western Germany: what science must find answers to
GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam

On 14 July 2021, between 60 and 180 mm of rain fell in the Eifel region in just 22 hours - an amount that would otherwise have fallen in several months and which led to catastrophic flooding.

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Released: 8-Sep-2021 5:30 PM EDT
UNH Receives $1.8 Million Grant to Study Road Resilience to Sea Level Rise
University of New Hampshire

After a summer of high heat, steady sea level rise and devastating hurricanes, coastal roads have continued to take a severe beating resulting in endless wear and tear. Because these roadways have become increasingly vulnerable, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a $1.8 million grant to researchers at the University of New Hampshire to study how and why coastal hazards like excessive flooding are causing roads to crack and crumble and find ways to protect them.

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Released: 7-Sep-2021 4:55 PM EDT
Offering help when it’s needed most
West Virginia University

In the months that follow, after the recovery crews have packed up and gone home, hopelessness and isolation set in for many disaster victims. These are the times when mental health support is needed most, according to a WVU researcher.

Newswise: Hurricane Ida ‘may be one of the best observed landfalling hurricanes’
Released: 3-Sep-2021 11:50 AM EDT
Hurricane Ida ‘may be one of the best observed landfalling hurricanes’
University of Oklahoma

A research team led by Michael Biggerstaff, a professor of meteorology in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, successfully captured data with mobile radars and other weather instruments as Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana.

Released: 31-Aug-2021 1:05 PM EDT
FSU Expert Available to Comment on Hurricane Evacuations
Florida State University

By: Bill Wellock | Published: August 31, 2021 | 12:21 pm | SHARE: For many people, choosing whether to evacuate in the face of an incoming hurricane or other natural disaster is not an easy decision.Hurricanes threaten people and property, but evacuation also carries risks and costs, especially if a would-be evacuee has difficulty moving or caring for themselves without help.

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Released: 30-Aug-2021 3:45 PM EDT
Flood control: WVU experts seek community-driven answers to living with flooding
West Virginia University

Nicolas Zegre and Jamie Shinn, experts in hydrology and adaptation to climate change, respectively, used flooding in the Greenbrier County, West Virginia, communities of Rainelle and White Sulphur Springs in 2016 to focus, not only on what the floods did and the damage they caused, but how residents reacted and adjusted how and where they live in relationship to the water.

Newswise: Preparation Versus Relief: Understanding Public Support for Natural Disaster Spending
Released: 30-Aug-2021 3:35 PM EDT
Preparation Versus Relief: Understanding Public Support for Natural Disaster Spending
Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis research examined how personal exposure to natural disasters and policy knowledge affect voters’ support for long-term disaster preparedness.

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Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

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Released: 4-Aug-2021 12:40 PM EDT
Flood Risks Were Clearly Underestimated
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

To better estimate flood risks, risk maps should also consider historical data.

Released: 22-Jul-2021 2:10 PM EDT
DOE Announces $11 Million to Study Critical Ecosystems and Improve Climate and Earth System Modeling
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $11 million in funding for new research studying how critical ecosystems, such as forests, arid lands, and coastal environments, are impacted by extreme weather events, such as floods, droughts, and heat waves.

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Released: 18-Jun-2021 4:55 PM EDT
Earlier flood forecasting could help avoid disaster in Japan
University of Tokyo

In Japan, thousands of homes and businesses and hundreds of lives have been lost to typhoons. But now, researchers have revealed that a new flood forecasting system could provide earlier flood warnings, giving people more time to prepare or evacuate, and potentially saving lives.

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Released: 7-Jun-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Puerto Rico is Prone to More Flooding Than the Island is Prepared to Handle
University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Puerto Rico is not ready for another hurricane season, let alone the effects of climate change, according to a new study that shows the island’s outstanding capacity to produce record-breaking floods and trigger a large number of landslides.

Newswise: Safety experts offer tips to prepare for potentially dangerous hurricane season
Released: 3-Jun-2021 9:30 AM EDT
Safety experts offer tips to prepare for potentially dangerous hurricane season
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Summer is just around the corner, and so is hurricane season. Weather experts are warning Americans to prepare for an active and potentially dangerous Atlantic season – which gets its official start on June 1. With the potential for heavy rain and strong winds, the threat of power loss, and dealing with potentially dangerous cleanup in the aftermath of a storm, experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) say preparing in advance is the best way to weather anything hurricane season may bring.

12-Apr-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Coral Reefs Prevent More Than $5.3 Billion in Potential Flood Damage for U.S. Property Owners
University of California, Santa Cruz

Coral reefs provide many services to coastal communities, including critical protection from flood damage. A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the U.S. Geological Survey reveals how valuable coral reefs are in protecting people, structures, and economic activity in the United States from coastal flooding during storms.

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Released: 8-Apr-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Study Scant Evidence That Wood Overuse at Cahokia Caused Local Flooding, Subsequent Collapse
Washington University in St. Louis

Whatever ultimately caused inhabitants to abandon Cahokia, it was not because they cut down too many trees, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Colorado River basin due for more frequent, intense hydroclimate events
Los Alamos National Laboratory

In the vast Colorado River basin, climate change is driving extreme, interconnected events among earth-system elements such as weather and water.

Released: 26-Mar-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Climate change significantly increases population displacement risk
ETH Zürich

Every year, millions of people around the world are displaced from their homes due to severe weather caused by climate change.

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