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Traditional floodplain forest restoration may decrease bird diversity
There may be a problem with lower Mississippi floodplain forests that have been replanted with common oaks. While the idea was that nature would do the rest, some types of trees may not recover on their own -- and new research suggests that this lower tree diversity may lead to lower bird diversity. (2002-04-01)

Fisheries forecasting in the Niger inner delta
Optimal management of fishing zones requires assessment of the stocks potentially available as early as possible into the fishing season, or even before it begins if possible. The problem is how periods of fish scarcity or abundance might be predicted. In flood plains, annual catches depend on river flood levels. The inner delta of the Niger, one of the most extensive flooded areas on Earth, is such a case. IRD scientists have investigated the possibility of forecasting catches in such an environment. (2002-03-29)

Mitigating Severe Weather Impacts in Urban Areas
The best methods for reducing damage from floods will be presented at a national symposium at Rice University April 15-17, (2002-03-22)

Hurricane floods pose risk to environment, health, new research on 1999 storm reveals
Flooding from hurricanes such as Floyd, which dumped up to 20 inches of water on parts of eastern North Carolina, poses a significant threat to both environmental and human health by washing industrial animal operation wastes into areas with vulnerable populations, according to a new study. (2002-03-07)

Climate change may bring more winter floods, and a drier growing season in California
A new study finds that climate warming over the next century will bring potential flooding in winter, as a result of increased streamflow throughout California. The study also finds less water would be available during the summer months. (2002-01-17)

Sea Grant project to be highlighted at Ocean Commission meeting
A 125-year old Charleston single-house that has become a successful public-education partnership led by the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium will be center-stage on Tuesday (Jan. 15, 2002). The (2002-01-11)

Floods ain't what they used to be; Study shows wing dams have made them worse
Like so many other things, floods just aren't what they used to be. In the Midwest, they are worse than ever, according to Robert Criss, Ph.D., and Everett Shock, Ph.D., both professors of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. And they say that recent flood magnitudes and frequencies cannot be blamed on global warming or climate change, the popular notions. They point to human engineering of the rivers to try to control them for navigation. (2001-12-03)

What drives the costs of flood disasters?
Politics, more than climate, influences the federal costs of flood disasters. Researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado found a 46% increase in disaster declarations during presidential reelection years, independent of the amount of precipitation or flood damage and the president's political party. (2001-11-02)

Sea Grant, NOAA national severe storms lab develop new weather technology
When a hurricane or severe storm hits North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia weather forecasters now anticipate delivering more accurate flood and flash flood warnings. Scientists are testing new advanced weather technology in a pilot program from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), NOAA's National Sea Grant College Program and North Carolina and South Carolina Sea Grant state programs. (2001-09-19)

E-BioSci: Europe's gateway to the life sciences
E-BioSci is a new, next generation scientific information service initiated by EMBO to meet the future needs of researchers in the life sciences and funded by the European Commission with 2,4 million Euro over three years. (2001-09-06)

Evidence for El Niño and cultural development
In the July issue of the journal Geology, a team of researchers has suggested that the climate phenomenon known as El Niño has been a contributing factor in the rise and fall of ancient civilizations in Peru. (2001-06-17)

Researchers test breakaway walls for coastal homes, buildings
Nothing can prevent a tropical storm from pounding coastal communities, but a team of North Carolina State University researchers is testing new designs for (2001-05-23)

Penn researchers explain the mechanics behind the delayed effects of brain trauma; findings may chart paths to therapeutic relief
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have determined how calcium ions fill neurons following head trauma, causing long-term memory dysfunction. They have found that a rapid flow of sodium ions through damaged sodium channels triggers the calcium influx. Their study also suggests a possible course of therapeutic treatment. (2001-03-27)

Canadian health care system wary of incursion of for-profit enterprise
For the last 40 years the Canada has maintained a a national, publicly administered, health insurance scheme for all citizens. However, two articles in the Canadian Medical Association Journal show that the system is facing both domestic and international pressures. (2001-03-19)

Stowaways from space provide link between impact, biggest extinction in Earth history
An asteroid or comet similar to the one that wiped out the dinosaurs smacked into Earth 251 million years ago, releasing about 1 million times the energy of the largest earthquake of the last century and triggering the biggest extinction in Earth history. (2001-02-21)

Economic costs of extreme weather, state by state
Florida leads with the highest annual average costs for major weather disasters; Louisiana and Texas rank second and third in the 2001 edition of the Web-based Extreme Weather Sourcebook, created at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. New data on lightning and other severe weather appear in this 2001 update. (2001-01-15)

Improved rain predictions could improve flood forecasting
Forecasts for heavy rains in the Middle Atlantic region of the U.S. often come too late to predict flooding accurately, but evaluations of past storms with different forecasting methods may improve flood prediction, according to two Pennsylvania meteorologists. (2001-01-15)

Researchers push back the clock on native farming history
Archeology and physical geography researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered the earliest evidence yet of agricultural activity in southwestern Ontario dating back 1,400 years. (2000-12-11)

Finding a market for 'ecosystem services'
It's easy to put a price tag on timber harvested from the forest, but can we put an economic value on the less tangible services ecosystems provide, such as water purification and flood control? A workshop recently was held at Stanford to discuss novel ways to market (2000-11-28)

UB research offers first evidence that massive lava flows triggered apocalyptic climate changes
A University at Buffalo geologist has used computer models to show that huge lava flows -- called flood basalt eruptions -- that exited the earth's crust relatively slowly, rather than explosively, were capable of dramatic global-scale climate shifts and mass extinctions. (2000-11-15)

Population, wealth boost cost of U.S. flood damage
Societal changes, much more than increased precipitation, spurred a steep rise in the nation's flood-damage costs over the past century, says a new study. (2000-10-18)

CDC funds will enable UNC-CH to help minimize domestic violence in flood areas
Natural disasters like last year's Hurricane Floyd continue to haunt some N.C. flood victims long after the last emergency vehicle has rolled away and exhausted personnel have gone back home. Now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $270,000 to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty and staff to continue and boost their efforts to help flood victims avoid such problems in Lenoir, Wayne, Duplin and Sampson counties. (2000-10-17)

New space views of Southeast Asian floods aid United Nations disaster relief efforts
Disaster relief agencies dealing with the worst flooding along the Mekong River since 1961 are getting help from a new global flood monitoring system developed by researchers at Dartmouth College. Created with support from NASA's Earth Observing System program, Dartmouth's Flood Observatory uses satellite images from NASA's Terra spacecraft. (2000-10-10)

Delving into the nanoscopic
Dr. Hagai Cohen of the Weizmann Institute Chemical Services and Prof. Israel Rubinstein of the Materials and Interfaces Department have developed a novel method for evaluating ultrathin films, specifically, non-conducting films on conducting substrates. Recently appearing in Nature, their study builds upon X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), a common surface analysis technique. (2000-09-24)

Tips on hurricane preparedness
When a hurricane threatens the US, there are steps that coastal residents can take to prepare themselves for the storm. Proper preparation can significantly reduce the loss of life and property during a hurricane, according to experts at the LSU Hurricane Center. (2000-08-22)

UNC-CH researchers to study social effects of N.C. hurricane
Hurricane Floyd's human, economic and environmental effects will be the focus of new studies recently funded by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Odum Institute for Research in Social Science. The institute, which supports and encourages such research, has awarded nearly $30,000 to eight projects related to the storm's impact. (2000-06-07)

USGS measures a century of floods
When there is a flood, the U.S. Geological Survey is usually there to measure it. The USGS has measured floods and supplied streamflow data to the nation for more than 110 years and now has released a new fact sheet listing the most significant floods of the 20th century. (2000-05-10)

Tackling tough environmental issues: three talks
As ecological knowledge gets more sophisticated, the challenges of societal response get more complex. What questions need answers to ensure a healthy environment? Three scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research tackle tough questions in talks at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meetings in Washington, D.C. (2000-02-18)

Most recent natural disasters were not the century's worst, USGS says
Nature has dealt staggering blows to the Earth and its people in 1999. But these were not the worst disasters of the century, either in the power of the events or in the loss of life and property that they caused. (1999-12-29)

As Hurricane Floyd moves up the Atlantic Coast . . . .
As Hurricane Floyd continues to bring heavy rain and dangerous storm surges to the Atlantic Coast, USGS scientists are tackling the challenges that a storm of this intensity brings to coastal resources -- from flood-swollen rivers, to saturated hillsides, to vulnerable barrier islands, to altered wildlife habitats. (1999-09-17)

USGS responds to Hurricane Floyd in Virginia
Heavy rains have occurred as Floyd moved into eastern and central Virginia. Currently, streamflows in some rivers in southeastern Virginia are already above flood stage. These include the Meherrin, Nottoway, and Blackwater Rivers. Numerous smaller streams in these areas are also causing local flooding. (1999-09-17)

Clemson researchers link federal flood insurance program to accelerated coastal development
The dramatic boom in the sale of land along the South Carolina coast is not due solely to the soothing effects of the surf. According to researchers at the Strom Thurmond Institute at Clemson University, the land rush on the coast began in 1972, when South Carolina adopted the federal flood insurance program. (1999-09-17)

Hurricane Floyd brings record flooding to southeast Virginia
Torrential rains from Hurricane Floyd have resulted in widespread flodding in southeast Virginia. Local residents note that the current flooding exceeds that of the 1940 flood. Current streamflow of the Blackwater River is in excess of a 100-year flood (a discharge that has a 1 percent chance of occurring any year). (1999-09-17)

USGS Maryland office gears up for Floyd
As Hurricane Floyd heads for the Chesapeake Bay, teams of scientists are gearing up to do water-quality sampling and flood measurements. (1999-09-16)

Federal, private funding to establish inflammatory disease center at UNC
Growing awareness of important links between inflamed gums and other mouth tissues and such life- threatening conditions as heart disease and stroke has led the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and several private companies to award $12.7 million to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers. (1999-08-31)

USGS scientists continue to monitor Dennis' approach
USGS scientists, managers and experts from a diverse spectrum of scientific disciplines are on high alert Friday as Hurricane Dennis seems poised to make landfall along the southeastern coast of the United States sometime this weekend. On Friday, the USGS formed an emergency storm- response team. (1999-08-27)

USGS readies for hurricanes, tropical storms
As Hurricane Dennis approaches the east coast of the United States, the U.S. Geological Survey is gearing up to monitor and measure the effects of the storm and communicate this critical information to local, state, and federal officials involved in saving lives and property during major storms. (1999-08-26)

USGS scientists tracking Hurricane Bret's effects
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey in Texas are working with local, state and federal officials to provide near real-time flood data in the wake of Hurricane Bret to emergency managers and others who then use the data to make decisions on evacuations and water management. (1999-08-23)

The high cost of natural disasters
Natural disasters in the United States, including floods, hurricanes, coastal erosion, wildfires, and earthquakes, on the average cause roughly $20 billion annually, according to Rutherford H. Platt, of the University of Massachusetts. Platt explores the political issues surrounding natural disasters in (1999-06-28)

New results from monsoon study move research a step closer to forecasting, reducing losses
An international field campaign has moved researchers closer to being able to forecast the devastating East Asian summer monsoon . New results will be presented at the American Geophysical Union meeting. (1999-06-01)

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