Venice test brings up floodgates for first time

The system of 78 mobile barriers has taken years to construct and its design goes back to the 1980s.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 10, 2020 ~2 min

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Climate change to make extreme waves more frequent

"An increase in the risk of extreme wave events may be catastrophic, as larger and more frequent storms will cause more flooding and coastline erosion."

Teju Hari Krishna-U. Melbourne • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~4 min

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Letting rivers run wild could reduce UK flooding – new research

Efforts to engineer Britain's rivers over the past 75 years have only made flooding worse.

George Heritage, Honorary Research Fellow in Hydromorphology, University of Salford • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~6 min

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When dams cause more problems than they solve, removing them can pay off for people and nature

Thousands of dams across the US are aging and overdue for maintenance. Taking them down can revive rivers, restore fish runs and create new opportunities for tourism and outdoor activities.

Jon Honea, Assistant Professor of Science, Emerson College • conversation
May 29, 2020 ~9 min

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As sea levels rise, are we ready to live behind giant walls?

A new study suggests raising dykes along a third of Europe's coastline, but there are more cost-effective options.

Hannah Cloke, Professor of Hydrology, University of Reading • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~6 min

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Can your community handle a natural disaster and coronavirus at the same time?

If the forecasts are right, the US could be facing more natural disasters this year – on top of the coronavirus pandemic. Local governments aren't prepared.

Mark Abkowitz, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies, Vanderbilt University • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Japan’s experience with earthquakes can help teach us to learn to live with floods

Japan took a fresh approach to ensuring their society was more resilient to the frequent earthquakes they experience. We could learn from its experience.

Mohammad Heidarzadeh, Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Brunel University London • conversation
March 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Floodwater tool could boost first responder efforts

A new algorithm that predicts almost real-time flow of floodwater during hurricanes could improve emergency response and planning.

Texas A&M University • futurity
March 3, 2020 ~5 min

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Ancient records of Bering Strait flooding offer fresh insights

Tamara Pico, a postdoctoral fellow, is using records of flooding in the Bering Strait to make inferences about how the ice sheets that covered North America responded to the warming climate, and how their melting might have contributed to climate changes.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Feb. 26, 2020 ~6 min

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A military perspective on climate change could bridge the gap between believers and doubters

US military leaders have to plan for operations all over the world, so they can't afford to ignore climate change or debate its causes.

Michael Klare, Professor Emeritus and Director, Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies, Hampshire College • conversation
Feb. 18, 2020 ~8 min

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