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Released: 15-Feb-2024 10:05 AM EST
‘Cone of uncertainty’ graphic to feature more information
University of Miami

University researchers explain why the revamped graphic, to be unveiled this hurricane season, will better aid residents.

Newswise: In a Warming World, Climate Scientists Consider Category 6 Hurricanes
5-Feb-2024 3:00 PM EST
In a Warming World, Climate Scientists Consider Category 6 Hurricanes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

For more than 50 years, the National Hurricane Center has used the Saffir-Simpson Windscale to communicate the risk of property damage; it labels a hurricane on a scale from Category 1 (wind speeds between 74 - 95 mph) to Category 5 (wind speeds of 158 mph or greater). But as increasing ocean temperatures contribute to ever more intense and destructive hurricanes, climate scientists wondered whether the open-ended Category 5 is sufficient to communicate the risk of hurricane damage in a warming climate.

Released: 24-Jan-2024 1:05 PM EST
New tool predicts flood risk from hurricanes in a warming climate
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Coastal cities and communities will face more frequent major hurricanes with climate change in the coming years. To help prepare coastal cities against future storms, MIT scientists have developed a method to predict how much flooding a coastal community is likely to experience as hurricanes evolve over the next decades.

Newswise: Ocean temperatures helped make 2023 the hottest year ever recorded
Released: 11-Jan-2024 11:05 AM EST
Ocean temperatures helped make 2023 the hottest year ever recorded
Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

A multi-national team of scientists (China, USA, New Zealand, Italy, and France) analyze the temperature of the Earth annually.

Newswise: UAH atmospheric researcher wins $530K to improve next generation of weather forecasting models
Released: 17-Nov-2023 2:05 PM EST
UAH atmospheric researcher wins $530K to improve next generation of weather forecasting models
University of Alabama Huntsville

An assistant professor of atmospheric and Earth science at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System, has been awarded $530,139 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Program Office to improve the accuracy of forecasting high wind events such as squall lines and hurricanes within the NOAA next generation of weather forecasting models, the United Forecast System.

Newswise: Stony Brook University Professor Kevin Reed Named to Climate Leadership Role
Released: 15-Nov-2023 3:05 PM EST
Stony Brook University Professor Kevin Reed Named to Climate Leadership Role
Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University Professor Kevin Reed has been appointed Associate Provost for Climate and Sustainability Programming, as announced by Executive Vice President and Provost Carl Lejuez.

Released: 24-Oct-2023 1:35 PM EDT
From nanoplastics to airborne toxins: Pollution stories for media.
Newswise

Read the latest research news on air pollution, nanoplastics, waterborne illnesses and more in the Pollution channel on Newswise.

       
16-Oct-2023 12:05 PM EDT
New study finds 50-year trend in hurricane escalation linked to climate change
Rowan University

New research by Rowan University climate scientist Dr. Andra Garner indicates that there have been great changes to Atlantic hurricanes in just the past 50 years, with storms developing and strengthening faster.

Newswise: Novel framework improves resilience to extreme weather
Released: 16-Oct-2023 4:05 PM EDT
Novel framework improves resilience to extreme weather
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

To reduce the human, economic and related risks of blackouts and other types of infrastructure failures, a team associated with the Emerging Energy Markets Analysis initiative, based at Idaho National Laboratory, used a novel framework for assessing critical infrastructure’s resilience.

Released: 11-Oct-2023 7:05 AM EDT
Study shows little improvement in mandated disaster plans, despite required updates
University of Kansas

Hurricanes, floods, heat waves and other disasters are striking the United States with increased severity and frequency, and since 2000 the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act has required states and local jurisdictions to have plans in place to reduce damages from such events.

Newswise: Scientists Call for Real-Time Analysis of Tropical Cyclones in the Context of Climate Change
Released: 10-Oct-2023 11:05 AM EDT
Scientists Call for Real-Time Analysis of Tropical Cyclones in the Context of Climate Change
Stony Brook University

The need for “real-time” forecasting of tropical cyclones is more necessary than ever given the impact of climate change on rainfall amounts. Two climate scientists suggest Hurricane Ian can be used as a blueprint for rapid operational climate change attribution statements about extreme storms, in a paper published in the journal Environmental Research: Climate.

Newswise: Climate change brings earlier arrival of intense hurricanes
Released: 9-Oct-2023 7:05 AM EDT
Climate change brings earlier arrival of intense hurricanes
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Intense tropical cyclones are one of the most devastating natural disasters in the world due to torrential rains, flooding, destructive winds, and coastal storm surges.

Newswise: Groundbreaking mathematical proof: new insights into typhoon dynamics unveiled
Released: 2-Oct-2023 8:05 AM EDT
Groundbreaking mathematical proof: new insights into typhoon dynamics unveiled
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

In a remarkable breakthrough in the field of Mathematical Science, Professor Kyudong Choi from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at UNIST has provided an irrefutable proof that certain spherical vortices exist in a stable state.

Released: 8-Sep-2023 4:05 PM EDT
Peak hurricane season is September, October: MSU experts can comment
Michigan State University

Hurricanes Idalia and Lee have already packed a punch, but climatologists are now predicting more hurricanes this season, which doesn’t end until Nov. 30. Though previous projections suggested a milder hurricane season, we’re now on track for the eighth consecutive year of above-average activity.

Released: 31-Aug-2023 3:35 PM EDT
New Analysis Examines Hurricane Risk Implications for Low-to-Moderate-Income Mortgage Borrowers
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Study led by risk management expert Clifford Rossi for UMD’s Smith Enterprise Risk Consortium assesses hurricane risk across the United States and focuses on economically vulnerable mortgage borrowers in Florida.

   
Released: 23-Aug-2023 4:15 PM EDT
Coastal experts available to discuss hurricane emergency preparation, disaster response, and recovery
Virginia Tech

Tropical Storm Hilary packed a punch but wasn’t nearly as devastating as it could have been. Meanwhile Tropical Storm Franklin is battering the Caribbean. As we enter the height of hurricane season, Virginia Tech has a team of coastal experts available who can provide insight about hurricanes, flash flooding, storm surge, sea-level rise and emergency response.

Newswise: CSUF Marine Geologist: Tropical Storms Like Hurricane Hilary Could Significantly Change Southern California’s Coast
Released: 18-Aug-2023 9:50 PM EDT
CSUF Marine Geologist: Tropical Storms Like Hurricane Hilary Could Significantly Change Southern California’s Coast
California State University, Fullerton

Experts anticipate that more than a year’s worth of rain could fall within a couple of days in some areas of Southern California this weekend.

Released: 31-Jul-2023 2:15 PM EDT
Climate Scientists Use Data from Hurricane Maria to Test New Social Vulnerability Assessment Tool
University at Albany, State University of New York

Researchers are using data from Hurricane Maria to assess the critical infrastructure vulnerabilities that still exist in Puerto Rico around extreme weather events, specifically for socially vulnerable populations.

Released: 25-Jul-2023 12:15 PM EDT
Calling for Cancer Centers to Lead on Climate Disaster Preparedness
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer centers are uniquely positioned to protect cancer patients from climate-driven disasters, but researchers identified significant shortcomings in emergency preparedness when it came to climate-related disasters.

   
Released: 20-Jul-2023 1:05 PM EDT
El Niño and record warm ocean temperatures: FSU climatologist offers insight on what they mean for hurricanes
Florida State University

Record-breaking high temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean combined with El Niño spell uncertainty for the Atlantic hurricane season. El Niño, known to reduce hurricane activity in the Atlantic basin, developed early this summer.  With the conflicting factors of El Nino in the Pacific leading to fewer hurricanes and warm Atlantic Ocean temperatures favoring hurricane development, seasonal forecasts are for near-normal activity with lower confidence than other years.

Released: 13-Jul-2023 11:40 AM EDT
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expands statewide disaster response network
Texas A&M AgriLife

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Disaster Assessment and Recovery, DAR, unit is expanding its statewide disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts following the appropriations to support the “Keeping Texas Prepared” initiative in the 88th legislative session.

Released: 28-Jun-2023 2:05 PM EDT
URI oceanography professor’s computer modeling system to help keep R.I. officials ahead of strong storms
University of Rhode Island

With hurricane season just starting, Rhode Island has a new storm modeling system that will provide state and local emergency management officials with up-to-the-second information on wind strength and flooding to allow them to make real-time decisions. 

Released: 27-Jun-2023 1:05 PM EDT
UC Irvine scientists develop freely available risk model for hurricanes, tropical cyclones
University of California, Irvine

As human-driven climate change amplifies natural disasters, hurricanes and typhoons stand to increase in intensity. Until now, there existed very few freely available computer models designed to estimate the economic costs of such events, but a team of researchers led by Jane W. Baldwin at the University of California, Irvine recently announced the completion of an open-source model that stands to help countries with high tropical cyclone risks better calculate just how much those storms will impact their people and their economies.

Newswise: Experts predict ‘average’ Atlantic hurricane season, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be strong storms
Released: 20-Jun-2023 1:05 AM EDT
Experts predict ‘average’ Atlantic hurricane season, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be strong storms
Virginia Tech

The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season was among the most damaging and deadly in modern history, but that isn’t necessarily an indicator for 2023. According to Virginia Tech meteorologist Stephanie Zick most seasonal forecasts are predicting a near average season, which goes from June 1 to November 30. NOAA’s outlook predicts a 40% chance of a near-normal season, with numbers similar to last year.

Released: 14-Jun-2023 1:15 PM EDT
The heat is on! Don't panic. Get the latest news on heat waves and the dangers of heat in the Extreme Heat channel
Newswise

As we enter the summer months in the Northern Hemisphere and the possibility of extreme heat becomes more common, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the science of heat waves and take measures to protect ourselves from this growing public health threat.

       
Newswise: FAU Experts for the 2023 Hurricane Season
Released: 24-May-2023 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Experts for the 2023 Hurricane Season
Florida Atlantic University

With the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season officially starting on June 1 and ending Nov. 30, several Florida Atlantic University faculty experts are available to discuss various issues surrounding hurricane preparedness, evacuation and aftermath.

Newswise: Expert available to discuss new report that puts globe on course for breaching benchmark high temperature
Released: 18-May-2023 1:30 AM EDT
Expert available to discuss new report that puts globe on course for breaching benchmark high temperature
Virginia Tech

A new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) shows that the world’s average temperature could breach a record 1.5 Celsius of warming compared to pre-Industrial Revolution levels. News reports call the WMO announcement a critical warning of an average world temperature limit in the face of climate. Researchers indicate the threshold could be broken as early as 2027.

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Released: 17-May-2023 5:10 PM EDT
FSU faculty available to comment on Idalia, 2023 hurricane season
Florida State University

By: Bill Wellock | Published: May 17, 2023 | 3:32 pm | SHARE: From the atmospheric disturbances that generate them to the insurance market that helps in their aftermath, there is much to understand about hurricanes.Florida State University faculty are world leaders in the study of hurricanes, the effects of these destructive storms and solutions for mitigating their impacts.

   
Released: 12-May-2023 3:30 PM EDT
Immigration Nation: Research and Experts
Newswise

Title 42, the United States pandemic rule that had been used to immediately deport hundreds of thousands of migrants who crossed the border illegally over the last three years, has expired. Those migrants will have the opportunity to apply for asylum. President Biden's new rules to replace Title 42 are facing legal challenges. Border crossings have already risen sharply, as many migrants attempt to cross before the measure expires on Thursday night. Some have said they worry about tighter controls and uncertainty ahead. Immigration is once again a major focus of the media as we examine the humanitarian, political, and public health issues migrants must go through.

       
Newswise: Broad Climate Change Concern in Florida Linked With Recent Extreme Weather
Released: 10-May-2023 8:30 AM EDT
Broad Climate Change Concern in Florida Linked With Recent Extreme Weather
Florida Atlantic University

An increasing number of Floridians agree that human actions are causing climate change, including a record number of Florida Republicans. Virtually all respondents (90 percent) believe climate change is happening, with 65 percent attributing the causes to human actions, including 49 percent of GOP voters. Belief in and concern about human-caused climate change appears to be translating into support for policies to reduce emissions and reduce impacts. The explanation for this emerging consensus may be grounded in people’s lived experiences with weather events.

Newswise: Idaho Researchers Develop Tool to Help Restore Electricity After Natural Disasters
Released: 9-May-2023 9:05 AM EDT
Idaho Researchers Develop Tool to Help Restore Electricity After Natural Disasters
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

Storm-DEPART helps utilities refine their damage estimates by combining utility infrastructure data with weather data from the National Hurricane Center to efficiently deploy restoration resources.

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Released: 21-Apr-2023 3:10 PM EDT
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE Live Event for April 21: Sleeping pill reduces levels of Alzheimer’s proteins
Newswise

Researcher will discuss the study which involved a sleeping aid known as suvorexant that is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for insomnia, hints at the potential of sleep medications to slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

       
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Released: 20-Apr-2023 8:30 AM EDT
FAU, Virtual Planet and City of West Palm Beach Unveil Groundbreaking Virtual Reality Experience
Florida Atlantic University

The multidisciplinary team created a virtual simulation of the devastation that a Category 5 hurricane and sea level rise could have on West Palm Beach. The simulation, produced with 3D technology, reveals the destruction that could occur in Osprey Park and the surrounding communities, highlighting the threat to the coastline and potential solutions for coastal areas.

Newswise: Earth Day 2023: Virginia Tech experts available to discuss environmental issues, research
Released: 17-Apr-2023 2:05 AM EDT
Earth Day 2023: Virginia Tech experts available to discuss environmental issues, research
Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech media relations office has the following experts available for interviews surrounding the environment, energy, and sustainability. To schedule an interview, please contact [email protected]. Rising seas threatens U.S. coastlines and cities A recently released report from the U.N. on climate change found that rising sea levels are "unavoidable for centuries to millennia due to continuing deep ocean warming and ice sheet melt, and sea levels will remain elevated for thousands of years.

Newswise: More Frequent Hurricanes Raise Risk to U.S. East and Gulf Coasts
Released: 7-Apr-2023 7:50 PM EDT
More Frequent Hurricanes Raise Risk to U.S. East and Gulf Coasts
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

New research finds that global warming will bring stronger and more frequent hurricanes to U.S. coasts, up by a third compared to current levels.

Released: 6-Apr-2023 9:55 AM EDT
Costs of Natural Disasters Set To Spiral with Continued Rise in CO2 and Global Temperature, Study Shows
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Researchers estimated that climate change-related natural disasters have increased since 1980 and have already cost the United States more than $2 trillion in recovery costs. Their analysis also suggests that as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and the global temperature continue to rise, the frequency and severity of disasters will increase, with recovery costs potentially rising exponentially.

   
Released: 23-Mar-2023 9:50 AM EDT
Housing plays key role in disaster preparedness
Ohio State University

Researchers focus a lot of attention on how disasters such as hurricanes and floods affect people’s housing in the United States. But a new national study found that housing is also important before disasters happen: People with homes not meeting federal quality classifications and those who are housing insecure tend to be less prepared to face natural calamities.

Released: 13-Mar-2023 1:45 PM EDT
Risk of death for people with dementia increases after a hurricane exposure
University of Michigan

The risk of death rises among older adults with Alzheimer's or other dementias in the months following exposure to a hurricane, a new University of Michigan study shows.

Released: 1-Mar-2023 3:20 PM EST
Tracking Trash: Researchers use aerial imaging to capture rapidly changing hurricane debris data
Florida State University

Juyeong Choi, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, will lead a $75,000 National Science Foundation-funded study examining debris collection and illegal dumping in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, a Category 4 storm that hit southwestern Florida in 2022.

Newswise: One is bad enough: climate change raises the threat of back-to-back hurricanes
Released: 27-Feb-2023 7:20 PM EST
One is bad enough: climate change raises the threat of back-to-back hurricanes
Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Getting hit with one hurricane is bad enough, but new research from Princeton University’s engineering school shows that back-to-back versions may become common for many areas in coming decades.



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