Natural Hazard (Page 2)
Hurricane Isaac and the Value of Coastal WetlandsThe Ocean Foundation | 17 Sep 2012
During the tropical cyclone season, it is natural that discussion about the potential harm to human communities dominates the media, official announcements, and community meeting places. Those of us who work in ocean conservation also think about fishing gear losses and new debris fields following storm surge in coastal areas.
'Pop-up' idea in cause of tsunamiBBC | 24 Aug 2012
Researchers propose a mechanism that may cause the largest tsunami - a "popping up" of wedges of sediment, even from comparatively small earthquakes.
Asia faces biggest disaster riskBBC | 15 Aug 2012
Emerging economies in Asia, including India and the Philippines, face the greatest financial risk from natural disaster, analysis suggests.
UK tsunami threat to be assessed in £2.3 million research projectEurekAlert | 18 Jul 2012
The threat posed to the United Kingdom by tsunamis that are triggered by colossal -- but extremely rare -- underwater landslides will be assessed in a National Oceanography Centre-led research project that has won £2.3 million in funding from the Natural Environment Research Council.
Partnership installs new ocean observation sensor to benefit abalone industryfishupdate.com | 02 Jul 2012
A new network of water sensors in Monterey Bay, off California, USA,' is now aiding the abalone industry by monitoring water quality for harmful algal blooms and other potential hazards, helping to keep the valuable shellfish safe to eat while increasing knowledge of the bay?s environment.
Fielding Brown TidesWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 26 Jun 2012
Scientist/shortstop Louie Wurch peers into the molecular workings of brown tides
NOAA expects 4 to 8 Atlantic hurricanes in 2012Reuters | 24 May 2012
MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) - The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season will be "near normal" with nine to 15 tropical storms and four to eight of those will strengthen into hurricanes, the U.S. government weather agency predicted on Thursday.
NOAA's Inundation Analysis Tool Places Flood Data at Planners' FingertipsNOAA's National Ocean Service | 21 May 2012
NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) will launch an innovative new tool for coastal resource managers this week at the Association of State Floodplain Managers' annual conference in San Antonio. Called the Inundation Analysis Tool, the web-based application employs data collected at NOAA tide gauge stations to provide statistical summaries of the historical frequency and duration of observed high waters.
70 percent of beaches eroding on Hawaiian islands Kauai, Oahu, and MauiEurekAlert | 09 May 2012
(University of Hawaii ? SOEST) An assessment of coastal change over the past century has found 70 percent of beaches on the islands of Kaua?i, O?ahu, and Maui are undergoing long-term erosion, according to a US Geological Survey and University of Hawai'i report released today.
GPS on commercial ships could improve tsunami warningsEurekAlert | 09 May 2012
(University of Hawaii ? SOEST) Commercial ships travel across most of the globe and could provide better warnings for potentially deadly tsunamis. Scientists were able to detect and measure the properties of the tsunami generated by the magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Maule, Chile (February 2010), even though, out in the open ocean, the wave was only about 4 inches high.
First-of-its-kind study reveals surprising ecological effects of earthquake and tsunamiEurekAlert | 03 May 2012
The reappearance of long-forgotten habitats and the resurgence of species unseen for years may not be among the expected effects of a natural disaster. Yet that's exactly what researchers have found on the sandy beaches of south central Chile, after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami in 2010. Their study also revealed a preview of the problems wrought by sea level rise -- a major symptom of climate change.
Rapid tsunami warning by means of GPSEurekAlert | 26 Apr 2012
(Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres) GPS shield offers speed up in tsunami warning as shown by the Fukushima event.
Fewer storms forecast for 2012 Atlantic hurricane seasonReuters | 25 Apr 2012
MIAMI (Reuters) - The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is projected to be less active than in recent years with 11 tropical storms, six of which will intensify into hurricanes, U.S. private forecaster Weather Services International said on Wednesday.
Natural oil seep caused Gulf of Mexico sheen: BSEEReuters | 16 Apr 2012
HOUSTON (Reuters) - An oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico last week came from a natural sea floor seep and not from Royal Dutch Shell offshore production platforms, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Monday.
Can whales predict tsunamis?Guardian Unlimited | 15 Apr 2012
A British photographer witnessed a school of whales vanishing during an underwater earthquake. Could they serve as 'canaries' for humans?