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Shifts in Deep Geologic Structure May Have Magnified Great 2011 Japan Tsunami

A new study looks at why the 2011 Tohoku tsunami off Japan was unexpectedly huge.

by |March 16, 2020

Tech Tips for Working Remotely During COVID-19

We’ve compiled this list of free tools that you can use to help you work independently and collaboratively with your team.

by |March 16, 2020

How One Manhattan Neighborhood Woke Up to Coronavirus

Snapshots of how one neighborhood is reacting to the outbreak.

by |March 13, 2020

Rain, More Than Wind, Led to Massive Toppling of Trees in Hurricane Maria, Says Study

The surprising finding suggests that future hurricanes stoked by warming climate may be even more destructive to forests than scientists have already projected.

by |March 9, 2020

Using Big Data to Combat Catastrophes

The PRISM project aims to harness large, multi-sectoral datasets in order to identify risk factors for catastrophic events.

Pod of the Planet Ep.2: Disasters Won’t Wait

Communicating science is tough and we thought asking all our guests to come up with a haiku describing their work might be a good place to start, because who doesn’t like a good haiku?

by |February 12, 2020

The Politics and Cost of Adapting to Climate Change in New York City

It’s not clear what might place climate adaptation on our national agenda, but it’s less costly to anticipate and avoid disaster than recover from it.

by |January 21, 2020

Completing My Fieldwork and Returning to Dhaka

My last days in the field brought us to monuments in a makeshift home near the ocean, a flooded field next to a school, and adjacent to a jute mill. Most of us now head back to Dhaka, the capital. Céline will stay on a few more days, then Hasnat with Saif and Nahin will continue until all the monuments are resurveyed.

by |January 13, 2020

Long Days in the Field in Southern Bangladesh

We continued our GPS surveys of monuments to measure land subsidence. While the work general went very well, we faced challenges from obscured or tilted monuments. We also struggled with large traffic delays, particularly at unpredictable ferry crossings.

by |January 10, 2020

Installing GPS Around Barisal, Bangladesh

Getting to remote sites started to prove challenging, and involved many forms of transportation by land and water.

by |January 9, 2020