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$1.8 Million Grant Will Support Public Health, Safer Shipping & Boating, Better Hurricane Predictions and Healthier Gulf Ecosystems

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The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association (GCOOS-RA) has been awarded $1.8 million a year for the next five years to support data collection and distribution in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Visual Cloud Computing Methods Could Help First Responders in Disaster Scenarios

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Visual data created by numerous security cameras, personal mobile devices and aerial video provide useful data for first responders and law enforcement. That data can be critical in terms of knowing where to send emergency personnel and resources, tracking suspects in man-made disasters, or detecting hazardous materials. Recently, a group of computer science researchers from the University of Missouri developed a visual cloud computing architecture that streamlines the process.

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Kids Coping with Disaster Need Guidance. UCLA App Helps Parents Give It

A new UCLA app helps families cope with the trauma of natural disasters, including wildfires and extreme weather events like heat waves.

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Red Tide Forecasting in the Gulf of Mexico on Every Beach, Every Day? Soon There Will Be an App for That

A new three-year $1.1 million grant from NASA is helping several organizations fine-tune current red tide forecasts in the Gulf of Mexico with the goal of offering public health managers, coastal residents and visitors a forecast that better reflects coastal conditions on more localized scales.

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Wildfire -- It's Not Spreading Like Wildfire

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A new analysis of global data related to wildfire, published by the Royal Society, reveals major misconceptions about wildfire and its social and economic impacts.

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What Weather Can You Expect This Summer? Experts Say Don't Be Caught Off Guard

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A Warning System for Tsunamis

Scientists at the Australian National University have developed the Time Reverse Imaging Method to take real-time data from the ocean sensors and use that information to recreate what the tsunami looked like when it was born. Once scientists have the tsunami source pinpointed, they can use it to make better predictions about what will happen once the waves reach shore. This new method is fast enough to compete with existing algorithms but much more accurate.

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Security Threat at Manchester United, Wildfires in Alberta, and How the Public Responds to Authorities in a Crisis

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What Makes the Public More Likely to Second-Guess Authorities During a Crisis?

In a digital age when people have many information sources, during a crisis they won’t always seek guidance from the government or other official channels. Why not?

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Culverhouse Insurance Research Center Produces Alabama Tornado Preparedness Guide

Five years ago, more than 200 people lost their lives and more than 2,000 injuries were reported from the April 27 tornado outbreak that swept across the state of Alabama. On that day, 35 of 67 Alabama counties suffered damage and 23,552 homes were damaged or destroyed. The Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research at The University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce released the 2016 TORNADO PREPAREDNESS GUIDE & INSURANCE TIPS.

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Learning to Live with Fire, Necessity for Forest Communities

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Evacuation From Wildfire Just the Beginning, Psychological Impact Could Have Long Term Consequences Says UAB Expert

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Experts Available to Discuss Fort McMurray Wildfire and Its Effects

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Scientist Will Use Satellite Data to Study Lightning That Sizzles

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Dr. Phillip Bitzer of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) wants to learn more about long-stroke lightning that makes things sizzle.

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Insect Outbreaks Reduce Wildfire Severity

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A surprising new study suggests that major insect outbreaks--contrary to current thinking and forest management guidelines--can reduce forest fire damage.

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Cutting-Edge Telepresence Technology Helped Investigators Find the El Faro "Black Box"

Federal investigators found the “black box’’ that could reveal why the El Faro cargo ship sank off the Bahamas in a hurricane last fall. The University of Rhode Island played a key role in the discovery. URI’s acclaimed Inner Space Center at the Graduate School of Oceanography provided telepresence technology—and its expertise—to assist with the search.

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Forget Fukushima: #Chernobyl still holds record as worst #nuclear accident for #publichealth

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Landslide Risk Remains High a Year After Magnitude-7.8 Nepal Earthquake

With the monsoon fast approaching, the landslide risk in Nepal remains high a year after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people, according to a University of Michigan-led research team.

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Bringing the Landslide Laboratory to Remote Regions

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Thanks to millions of years’ accumulation of the wind-deposited, highly-porous sediment from which China’s Loess plateau takes its name, the region has been called the most erosion-prone on Earth. However, despite the prominent geomorphic role gravity erosion plays on the slopes, the process isn’t well understood due to the complexity of soil failure occurrence and behavior, Researchers at Dalian University of Technology present their findings in this week’s Review of Scientific Instruments.

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‘Category 77 Hurricane’ Winds Found Near Supermassive Black Hole

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New research by astrophysicists has revealed the fastest ultraviolet winds ever detected near a supermassive black hole more than 10 billion light-years away.