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Breaking New Ground in Hurricane Modeling

Researchers create first model for hurricane hazard assessment that is both open source and capable of accounting for climate change.

by |January 19, 2018

Improving Tropical Cyclone Risk Assessment

Chia-Ying Lee, a scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, studies the structure and intensity evolution of tropical cyclones and how these are influenced by climate change.

by |January 18, 2018
seismograph could record hurricane intensity

Seismic Sensors Record Hurricane Intensity, Study Finds

New line of information could help predict the storms’ future strength under climate change.

by |January 8, 2018
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What We Know About Medicanes—Hurricane-Like Storms in the Mediterranean

They’re rare but can be dangerous, as demonstrated by Medicane Numa’s destruction in Greece last week.

by |November 21, 2017

Catastrophe and Community

Natural disaster reconstruction will not be easy, but our greatest assets in the rebuilding efforts are our communities and our common values.

by |November 8, 2017
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The Disaster of Disaster Reconstruction

First responders have learned how to reduce the death toll from natural disasters, but America’s long-term response and approach to reconstruction suffers from uncertainty, bureaucracy and inadequate resources of every kind. Until we understand that disaster reconstruction is not part of emergency response, it will remain a disaster.

by |November 1, 2017
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New York Is Still Feeling the Effects of Hurricane Sandy, Five Years Later

In October 2012, Sandy devastated large swaths of the city with floods and fire. How well have we recovered? And will we be ready for the next big storm?

by |October 23, 2017

Mumbai May Be Vulnerable to Future Hurricanes

If a serious cyclone were to strike Mumbai, the results could be catastrophic, says a study underway at Columbia.

by |October 3, 2017

Puerto Rico’s Peril and Potential

The federal response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was far too slow and small to deal with the massive scale of the disaster, but the future potential for Puerto Rico could be achieved by constructing a more resilient, storm-resistant built environment.

by |October 2, 2017
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In Florida and Texas, Keeping the Lights on Means Planning for Climate Change

New York’s lessons from Hurricane Sandy can help in the wake of Harvey and Irma.

by |September 15, 2017