International Floods

There were 16 international floods reported across 17 countries throughout October 2018. At least 1,000 people died and over 420,000 people were displaced. Internationally significant floods included: USA A total of 17 people have died and 6,700 displaced after Hurricane Michael tore through the Florida Panhandle. As the hurricane passed […] Read more »

Venice Marathon Continues During Flood

The city of Venice was recently inundated by an exceptional high tide as a result of heavy rain and wind. Tourists and locals donned their knee high boots to traverse the flood waters as Venice was essentially transformed into a swimming pool. It wasn’t enough however, to deter the 13,000 runners […] Read more »

Crowdsourced Data Improves Flood Forecasting

Citizen science hydrologic data may be beneficial in enhancing models that forecast stream flow. Hydrogeologist Chris Lowry at the University of Buffalo founded the initiative CrowdHydrology in 2011 which uses crowdsourcing to gather hydrologic data. Lowry is now attempting to use the data gathered from CrowdHydrology into the National Water Model to possibly predict floods […] Read more »

Floods Most Frequent Natural Hazard

In a UN 20-year review of the economic losses from climate-related disasters, floods were found to be the most frequent natural disaster followed by storms. The report found that there has also been a significant increase of 151% in direct economic losses due to climate-related disasters. Floods were found to affect […] Read more »

Runoff Extremes to Get Worse

A new paper published in Nature Communications suggests that current projections of storm runoff extremes may be underestimated. The study suggests that flash floods due to storm runoff extremes are likely to become more frequent and damaging. This study, unlike previous studies,considers both natural and anthropogenic driven changes in surface temperature and atmospheric […] Read more »

IPCC Dire Warning on Global Warming

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released an alarming report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.  The extensive report is presented in five chapters and outlines potential mitigation pathways of the climate scenario, impacts on humans and natural systems, how to strengthen global responses, and […] Read more »

New Scale for Storm Surge Risk

New research which was published by the American Meteorological Societyproposed a new scale for calculating storm surge risk. This study comes after storm surge risk was removed from the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, leaving no method of calculating storm surge risk. The study used the storm surge variables of water height and velocity […] Read more »

Engineering Strategies for Tsunami Prevention

The tsunami which recently devastated Indonesia’s island province of Sulawesi has prompted review into existing and theoretical engineering solutions for preventing the impact of deadly tsunamis. The most obvious solution which was used by ancient civilisations is to build a wall. Still used in modern engineering, this form of protection has […] Read more »

Researchers Model Sydney’s Tsunami Risk

A new study published in Scientific Reports has modelled Sydney’s tsunami risk and the possible consequences if one were to make impact with the Harbour City.  The researchers modelled the effects of tsunamis of varying magnitudes and each event was assigned Average Recurrence Intervals (ARI) which indicate how often tsunamis of different sizes […] Read more »

Editorial October 2018

Research shows that coastal-living Australians rate the risk of tsunami inundation far lower than other natural hazard risk such as flooding and bushfires. This is the case even though there has been significant destruction wrought by tsunamis in the Asia-Pacific region including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the recent […] Read more »