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Teaming Up for Coastal Resilience and Climate Justice in NYC

The Resilient Coastal Communities Project will help address the growing risks of storm surge, flash flooding and sea level rise, in an inclusive and holistic manner.

by Paul Gallay, Annel Hernandez, and Eddie Bautista |January 31, 2022
Nooksack River in Washington State

Atmospheric Rivers Spur Debates on Flood Management in Washington State

After receiving unprecedented amounts of rainfall late last year, communities in northwestern Washington are asking questions about how to prevent flood damage in a warmer and wetter climate.

by |January 31, 2022

When Record-Breaking Is the Norm: Mitigating the Impacts of Extreme Rainfall Events in a Changing Climate

Rainfall extremes this year affected millions.

by Kai Kornhuber, Mona Hemmati and Andrew Kruczkiewicz |September 20, 2021

Populations Exposed to Flooding Growing Much Faster Than Thought, Says Study

Human migration and increasing inundations are causing more people to be vulnerable.

Buildings on the banks of a river fall into a rushing flood.

Devastating Flood in Himalayas Highlights Risks of Development in the Era of Climate Change

Climate change and hydroelectricity power projects compounded the devastating destruction of the February 7 flood in Uttarakhand.

by |February 16, 2021

Class Determines Vulnerability to Catastrophic Glacial Flooding in Northwest Pakistan

A recent study illustrates how low-status residents are left behind at the frontlines of worsening glacial flooding.

by |February 4, 2021
car submerged in flood water

Increasing Numbers of U.S. Residents Live in High-Risk Wildfire and Flood Zones. Why?

A variety of factors conspire to put people and property in harm’s way.

by |January 22, 2021

Future Brahmaputra River Flooding as Climate Warms May Be Underestimated, Study Says

A new study looking at seven centuries of water flow in south Asia’s mighty Brahmaputra River suggests that scientists are underestimating the river’s potential for catastrophic flooding as climate warms.

by |November 30, 2020
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Seismic Monitoring May Improve Early Warnings for Glacial Lake Outburst Floods

A new study finds that real-time monitoring of ground motion could have detected a sudden and catastrophic flood in Bhutan five hours before it destroyed a village.

by Sarah Fecht and Ben Orlove |September 16, 2020

Iceland’s Most Active Volcano is Likely Headed for Another Eruption

Monitoring and data suggest the next eruption of the glacial volcano could be anywhere from days away to within the next year. Grímsvötn last erupted in 2011.

by |August 4, 2020