Located hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, the Midwest remains vulnerable to flooding from North Atlantic tropical cyclones, according to University of Iowa researchers and their colleagues.
In an article titled “Next Season’s Hurricanes” published in the Feb. 7 issue of the journal Science, a University of Iowa researcher and his colleague suggest that weather forecasts can and should be made more consumer-friendly.
Typhoon Haiyan’s trail of destruction in the Philippines last weekend is drawing attention to the difficulty of providing relief services in a place where roads, ports, and airports are all but destroyed. A UI researcher works to find more efficient methods for governments, agencies, NGOs, and businesses to transport relief supplies to disaster areas.
A study published in the prestigious Journal of Climate, the official publication of the American Meteorological Society, finds that tropical storms that make their way into the North Atlantic, and possibly strike the East Coast of the United States, likely will become more intense during the rest of this century.
How do you recover from a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy, which is estimated to have caused billions of dollars in economic losses, as well as emotional damages from the rising death toll? An upcoming UI workshop will examine several recent worldwide disasters in an attempt to answer that question.