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2011-01-26 14:22:23

As the residents of Queensland, Australia, turn to the mammoth task of cleaning up after the devastating floods over the last weeks, data from ESA's Earth observation satellites are showing potential for delivering more timely warnings. The floods in Queensland have been the worst in decades "“ and with high waters now hitting parts of the southern state of Victoria, this disaster is not over yet. Although the heavy rains in Australia have been triggered by La Niña,...

2011-01-19 10:56:00

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Considering purchasing property, but concerned about the flood potential? Need to estimate the cost of flood insurance? Tired of searching the Internet for reliable flood hazard information? The first-ever FloodMap Mobile app for smartphones answers these questions and many more, instantly summarizing flood risk information from FEMA, the nation's authority on flood mapping. With the FloodMap Mobile app, users have at their fingertips a full...

2011-01-12 10:33:01

Scientists stated on Wednesday that global climate changes are a likely trigger of the recent intense monsoon rains that have resulted in the deadly flooding of the Australian state of Queensland. The Queensland floods have killed 16 people since the downpours started in December, inundating towns, crippling the coal mining industry, and now swamping the state's main city of Brisbane. One of the strongest La Nina patterns ever recorded is being blamed for the rain.  La Nina is a cooling...

2010-11-30 14:15:00

Announces Nearly $500,000 in Flood Protection Grants to Benefit 19 Communities HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today stressed the importance of protecting communities and citizens from flooding threats -- and especially since Pennsylvania is among the most flood-prone states -- as he announced the latest round of flood protection grants for projects in 15 counties. The Governor said this latest investment totaling $477,934 builds on the...

2010-11-12 11:40:00

BEIJING, Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Tri-Tech Holding Inc. (Nasdaq: TRIT), a premier Chinese company that provides leading turn-key solutions in China for water resources, water and wastewater treatment, industrial safety and the pollution control markets, announced today that Tri-Tech and its subsidiary Yanyu will participate in the( )5th International Water Summit Forum of China in Beijing on November 17 and 18, 2010. The forum is hosted by the Water Resources Division...

2010-11-07 07:28:30

As winter approaches, northern dwellers will get assistance from space to help them face the harsh weather. Satellite information on snow cover is now available through ESA's GlobSnow project soon after it snows. As well as posing a hazard to communities through transportation shutdowns and floods, snow cover is one of the most important elements influencing the planet's climate, meteorology and water systems. Understanding snow conditions helps us to predict floods and advance climate...

2010-09-29 09:45:00

Researchers have created a computer model that predicts how a disaster's impact on critical infrastructure would affect a city's social and economic fabric, a potential tool to help reduce the severity of impacts, manage the aftermath of catastrophe and fortify infrastructure against future disasters. "The model works for any type of disaster that influences the infrastructure," said Makarand Hastak, head of construction engineering and management and a professor of civil engineering at...

2010-09-09 11:10:01

System provides valuable information during hurricane season, oil disaster Gregory Stone, director of LSU's WAVCIS Program and also of the Coastal Studies Institute in the university's School of the Coast & Environment, disagrees with published estimates that more than 75 percent of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident has disappeared. Stone recently participated in a three-hour flyover of the affected area in the Gulf, where he said that subsurface oil was easily visible from...

2010-09-02 12:26:25

Devastating around a third of the country, it is estimated that the floods in Pakistan have affected up to 20 million people. As part of the effort to support humanitarian relief, satellite data are being used to generate essential maps of the flooded areas. Pakistan's floods are arguably the worst in living memory, leaving many hundreds dead and millions homeless or marooned as villages and infrastructure have washed away. The fear now is that more will die from water-borne diseases. The...

2010-08-31 07:25:00

WINDSOR, Colo., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- As our society and aging infrastructure become increasingly more vulnerable and impacted by extreme rainfall, the requirement for timely, accurate and informative rainfall information presented in a meaningful context is paramount to saving lives, protecting property and efficiently managing water. An innovative new way of looking at rainfall data is providing a wide variety of users a powerful perspective of how unusual, or common, recent rainstorms...

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2012-08-03 11:43:48

Four major events occurred yesterday, the first being the formation of Tropical Storm Ernesto, which is now located just east of the Windward Islands with winds near 45 knots. The second was the heat in the Southern Plains as many places saw temps over 100F with heat index values near 105-110 for the region. High temperatures are again one of the main story makers across the country. 100 degree temperatures continue to plague Texas and Oklahoma. Eleven out of the last 14 days in...

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