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Explore the Bing map, or Google map of Moore, Okla. More on the Oklahoma tornado:
Also, see this is a nice interactive map feature that shows all of the deadly tornadoes in the U.S. since 1950.
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News 8 chief photojournalist Kevyn Fowler captured a road collapsing in Freeport, Maine during a storm.
The forces of erosion are usually slow and gradual, wearing away at landforms over the course of years. This video show the quick and dynamic factor that erosion can be...this is easily the most compelling 3-minute video about a single patch of road that I've ever seen.
Tags: physical, water, disasters, geomorphology, erosion.
Another reason why you shouldn't drive on flooded roads. Amazing how quickly this road went from looking fine to having a gaping hole in it.
Very interesting view of the forces of erosion. This would make a good addition to any science discussion that covers erosion and the forces of nature on the land.
Erosion in Action | @scoopit via @APHumanGeog http://sco.lt/...
A 150-yard-long chunk of State Highway 89 collapsed about 5 a.m. roughly 25 miles south of Page
Just a reminder that the Earth beneath our feet (and roads and buildings) are a part of a dynamic system that changes.
Today's 100-year storm surge could be tomorrow's high tide.
This set of maps and articles help to explain why sea level rise is such an issue for many major metropolitan areas. In coastal cities with substantial economic development, much of the current coastal areas where once underwater until landfill projects filled in the bay. During storm surges (or if and when sea levels rise) these will be the first places to flood.
Tags: disasters, water, physical, Boston, weather and climate.
Surging sea represented on an imagery background layer.
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Movie showing ground motion of four earthquakes propagating across a high density seismic array in Long Beach, California. Data was recorded by NodalSeismic,...
Seismic activity is to be expected in the Los Angeles region as the major hazard threat in the area. This area has a great number of sensors which now allows us to visualize seismic waves better than ever before. This video show 4 earthquakes (starting at 0:45, 2:20, 6:00, and 8:35). For more information on the science behind this clip, read the adptly named blog, The Trembling Earth.
Tags: visualization, disasters, physical, Los Angeles.
This project investigates the coastal impacts of hurricanes and extreme storms.
Here is some more post-Sandy geo-spatial imagery. LIDAR (think sonar and radar but with light and lasers) is Light Detection And Ranging that can produce some amazing data.
TED Talks As Vicki Arroyo says, it's time to prepare our homes and cities for our changing climate, with its increased risk of flooding, drought and uncertainty.
Our major cities are suceptible to environmental catastrophes for a whole host of reasons. Cities depend on a smooth of goods, money and services provided by infrastructure that we take for granted and assume will always work 24/7. Presented in the video are some ideas about how we should rethink our cities with a different ecological paradigm to protect our cities more in the future.
Tags: planning, urban ecology, environment adapt, sustainability.
KT: Obama has visited New Jersey to observe the damages sustained from hurricane Sandy. New Jersey got hit harder than most and has been severely flooded and damaged in several regions.
Subway tunnels and parts of the Financial District have been flooded...
The flooding has been as devastating as expected given the height of the storm surge, but this image of Ground Zero still is chilling.
Experts say Hurricane Sandy is wider and stronger than Hurricane Irene, which caused more than $15 billion in damage in 2011, and could rival the worst East Coast storm on record.
This is a quick visual comparison of remote sensing images that lets you slide to compare the superimposed images.
National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service...
When the Pawtuxet River flooded in Rhode Island, I was watching this site to get a sense of how bad the flooding was and to put it in historic context (the National Weather Service has links to live data at many locations). This particular station in NYC at the Battery is important to keep an eye on with Hurricane Sandy because if the strom surge is over 10 feet, the subway system could flood and the issues confronting New York would be devastating. As meterologist Andy Lesage noted, "During Irene it got to 9.5ft, 8-12 inches shy of flooding the subway system so if the Battery gets to something like 10.25+ ft, it will indicate massive damage to the cities' infrastructure." For more see, the Weather Underground and Jeff Masters' analysis.
Tags: disasters,water, physical, NYC, transportation, weather and climate.
One of a number of large wildfires that have affected northern California in 2012, the Chips fire burned more than 75,000 acres by the time firefighters had contained it.
2012 is going to go down in United States history as the year with the most acres burned in a single year (statistics only go back to 1960). The two featured images were taken earlier this month to display a Northern California wildfire; both with the same spatial resolution and acquired for the same instrument (Advanced Land Imager on EO-1 satellite), yet they are quite distinct. One shows an aerial photograph, displaying exactly what standard visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum (showing us what our eyes would normally see). The other image displays a false color (near infrared) image.
Questions to ponder: what advantages does each image have for analyzing the fire damage? Drawbacks? How does the data from both images work together to create a more complete picture of the situation?
Tags: remote sensing, images, environment, land use, disasters, biogeography.
Patrick assesses the future of world order, state sovereignty, and multilateral cooperation.
The 21st century is the dawn of a new era in human history: more people on Earth live in cities than in the countryside. The impacts of this new basic fact are far-reaching. One of those is that cities that are in particular environments are more prone to certain natural disasters and will be increasingly vulnerable as their populations increase (especially megacities in the developing world).
Latest weather radar images from the National Weather Service
With all the tornado warnings, damage and concern, this map shows the spatial configuration of the danger zone. This is the link for the interactive weather map that is continuously updated by NOAA. Here is the high resolution, static version. This fantastic wind map is also worth looking at whenever there are tornadoes or hurricanes.
The disastrous earthquake in Haiti taught humanitarian groups an unexpected lesson: the power of mobile devices to coordinate, inform, and guide relief efforts.
Tags: technology, disasters, Haiti, TED.
We are only beginning to see the applications of smart phones to improve peoples lives. In this TED talk, Paul Conneally explores some of the possibilities (citizen mapping, crowd-sourced disaster recovery, etc.) that is just sitting in the palm of our collective hands.
This is why ICT is important. No. Vital! Our students need to see things like this so that they understand the positive aspects of technology. They need to see that SMS, Facebook & Twitter are so much more than just a way sharing silly photos of themselves. This technology has the power to affect real, positive change.
Augmenting human potential with smartphones
Map of the World, in real time with natural disaster information.
"This is a Emergency and Disasters Information and monitoring services. Hosted by National Association of Radio-distress signalling and Infocommunications.
Coastal and low-lying areas that would be permanently flooded in three levels of higher seas.
This interactive feature is designed to answer a simple, yet profound set of questions. What areas (in over 20 cities around the U.S.) would be under water if the ocean levels rose 5 feet? 12 feet? 25 feet? The following set of maps show "coastal and low-lying areas that would be permanently flooded without engineered protection."
One of the nation’s most influential groups of engineers said it presented detailed warnings that a devastating storm surge in the region was all but inevitable and proposed ways to prepare.
MH: Hey, you know what? A bunch of engineers accurately predicted the kinds of damage the East Coast would face from a strong storm surge. Maybe we should give that science stuff a little consideration in our future plans in designing our cities.
This map "grays out" the inoperable subway lines in New York City that have been flooded or otherwise damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
After cutting a destructive path through the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage along the East Coast this week.
While the damage wasn't as bad as many feared it could have been, place and spatial context are especially important in assessing the impacts of a natural disaster. This is a excellent collection of the many devastating images as a result of Hurricane Sandy. To see some more local images, Rhode Island Department of Transportation put this collection together.
Before and after photo now that the Providence Hurricane Barrier is closed #sandyri #RI twitter.com/RIGEA1/status/…— RIGEA (@RIGEA1) October 29, 2012
Before and after photo now that the Providence Hurricane Barrier is closed #sandyri #RI twitter.com/RIGEA1/status/…
This is a link from the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance which is now on Twitter. UPDATE: This shows the number of power outages in the state.
This interactive map of coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island shows some basic flooding data including: 1) where are the flood warnings (essential the entire coastline), 2) how high the storm surge is, and 3) how high the waves are.
Tags: Rhode Island, water, disasters, geospatial.
WEATHER GANG | With computer models locked in on the eventuality of a punishing blow for East Coast from Hurricane Sandy, analyses suggest this storm may be unlike anything the region has ever experienced.
This weekend's storm for the East coast is especially interesting. I won't pretend to be a meteorologist, so I'll quote one: "The upper-air steering pattern that is part of the puzzle is not all that unheard of. It happens when the atmosphere gets blocked over the Atlantic and the flow over the U.S. doubles back on itself. Sometimes big winter storms are involved. The freak part is that a hurricane happens to be in the right place in the world to get sucked into this doubled-back channel of air and pulled inland from the coast." Stay safe everyone on the east coast.
Tags: weather and climate, physical, disasters.
Since Katrina, the cartoonish pace of vegetation growth in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans resembles something out of a Chia Pet commercial.
The ecosystem is reclaiming parts of New Orleans that have been physically or economically abandoned. This is part elevation, climate and ecosystem; but it is also about urban land uses, disinvestment and socioeconomics.
Tags: urban ecology, environment, ecology, urban, unit 7 cities, disasters, land use.