Research briefs

Haiti - earthquake damage
A new application of machine learning boosts scientists’ ability to use data from satellite navigation systems to detect and warn of earthquakes.
Palms in a storm at the coast.
UChicago research offers first concrete explanation for difference, and show it is getting even stormier over time
Projected flooding from storm surges, erosion, and sea-level rise may disrupt vital operations of the state’s largest airports in the coming decades
Two people standing in front of a collapsed building after the Haiti earthquake in 2010.
Earthquakes are notoriously hard to predict, and so too are the usually less-severe aftershocks that often follow a major seismic event.
Mozambique - aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Idai, 2021
A new invited perspective from a researcher at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health illustrates the increases in adverse public health outcomes following tropical cyclones, especially in communities with existing health conditions.
Landslide-affected road
Satellite observations have revealed that weak seismic ground shaking can trigger powerful landslide acceleration – even several years after a significant earthquake.
A satellite image of a cyclone shot from space.
Tropical cyclones have been growing stronger worldwide over the past 30 years, and not just the big ones that you hear about.
Arctic sea with ice
A warming climate is causing a decline in sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, where loss of sea ice has important ecological, economic and climate impacts.
USA Gulf coast
This NASA study describes new results showing average sea level rise approaching the 1-foot mark for most coastlines of the contiguous U.S. by 2050. The Gulf Coast and Southeast will see the most change.
Bushfire, Australia
This study finds that when severe weather events occur in close succession they can have major impacts on the environment, with a greater interactive effect than that of each individual event combined.