Natural Disasters Archives - State of the Planet

Refugee camps built in the Bangladeshi hillside

Assessing Landslide Risk in Rohingya Refugee Camps

NASA and Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society partner with humanitarian organizations to provide near real-time data on land use, rainfall and elevation.

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Should New York Build a Storm Surge Barrier?

A recent event at Columbia University debated the pros and cons.

by |October 24, 2019
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Hurricane Sandy May Have Worsened Gentrification in Brooklyn and Queens

A study finds evidence for land speculation in Coney Island and the Rockaways, in some of the neighborhoods hardest-hit by the storm.

by |October 3, 2019
Kytt MacManus, standing left, and Dorothee Grant, sitting right, look at a computer monitor as they study images of nightime lights data.

Bright Lights, Big Cities: An Intern Takes on the World of Remote Sensing

Intern Dorothee Grant is using daytime and nighttime lights satellite data to help map urban areas at large spatial scales.

by |October 1, 2019
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Adam Sobel Testifies on Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Uncertainty is Not Our Friend

In a hearing of the House Science Committee, the meteorologist weighed in on heatwaves and hurricanes, and underscored the need for action.

by |September 26, 2019
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Building Resilience in Vieques, Puerto Rico

In the two years since Hurricane Maria, the Urban Design Lab has been working with the small island community to design resilient homes, community centers, and sustainable infrastructure.

by |September 20, 2019

Economists Are Downplaying Many Major Climate Risks, Says Report

Researchers warn that world leaders are being misled by economic assessments of future climate-change impacts.

by |September 20, 2019

Is New York Ready for the Next Superstorm?

For New York City climate resistance is not an option, but a matter of municipal survival.

by |September 9, 2019

North to Patuakhali and Barisal for the End of Our Fieldwork

We added a campaign monument to the tide gauge at Khepupara on the way to our last GPS and SET installation site at Patuakhali. We faced challenges such as bad roads and broken bridges, and leeches, but got the work done. The field work was now coming to a close.

by |August 5, 2019

What Moody’s Recent Acquisition Means for Assessing the Costs of the Climate Crisis

The acquisition of Four Twenty Seven, a leading provider of insight on economic climate risk, stands out as an indicator that the climate crisis is seen as a material risk that corporations and governments must consider.

by |August 5, 2019