Research briefs

Microscopists training, Vanuatu
This study evaluates barriers to the implementation of early warning systems for proactive responses to outbreaks of climate-related diseases in the Tropics.
Cataract Dam, NSW Australia
Industry-funded research says existing models for potential maximum rainfall are out of date and suggests existing dams are at greater risk due to spillway inadequacy.
This study reviewed the extreme heat wave events of the summer of 2022 as well as the progress in related studies in recent years, and discussed possible future directions for high temperature study.
Monsoon rains in south western USA
This study shows a warmer climate with similar conditions to the middle Pliocene brings with it potential for more intense monsoons. The research indicates that higher temperatures could cause stronger and more widespread summer rainfall in southwest USA.
Fuskushima decontamination
The Great East Japan Earthquake on 11 March 2011, and the resulting Fukushima nuclear accident, triggered a compound disaster. Researchers are investigating how to prevent the next compound disaster, using 20th century environmental inventories.
Tropical Storm Fiona - September 2022
Researchers at the University of Arizona have found that extreme heat often follows tropical cyclones – complicating disaster recovery even further.
Prison inmate with handcuffs.
A research team led by scholars from Brown University found higher death rates among people in prisons without air conditioning compared to those in climate-controlled institutions.
New study suggests while overall rainfall is decreasing, an increase in “high-intensity” rainfall has led to more water being stored deep underground.
Houses with wildfire smoke in the background
CSU engineers have developed a model that can predict how wildfire will impact a community down to which buildings will burn. They say predicting damage to the built environment is essential to developing fire mitigation strategies and steps for recovery.
Latest research suggests that disaster planning assessments should include whether a fault is able to produce supershear quakes, which are potentially more destructive than other types.