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2013-11-14 23:22:41

Scientists have developed a new computer modeling technique that offers the promise, for the first time, of producing continually updated daylong predictions of wildfire growth throughout the lifetime of long-lived blazes. The technique, developed by a research team led by NCAR, combines detailed computer simulations with newly available satellite observations. Boulder, CO (PRWEB) November 14, 2013 Scientists have developed a new computer modeling technique that offers the promise, for...

Forest Fire Predictor Model
2013-11-14 16:16:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just as forest fire season appear to be winding down, scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of Maryland have developed a new computer model that can constantly update daylong predictions during extensive blazes, according to a new report in an online issue of Geophysical Research Letters. “With this technique, we believe it’s possible to continually issue good forecasts throughout a...

Managing Nature's Runaway Freight Trains
2013-10-28 08:41:04

The Geological Society of America Last month's torrential rains and flooding in Colorado made headlines, but there's another, far more common and growing weather-related threat western states are facing in the wake of longer and worsening fire seasons: flash floods and debris flows. These runaway freight trains made of rock, mud, and water can barrel down mountain channels with little or no warning and take out roads, homes, and anything else in their path. Denuded, flame-dried soils of...

Wildfire Smoke Poses Health Risks
2013-10-28 05:11:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The increasing number of wildfires occurring throughout the US in recent summers has been sending carbon monoxide and other toxins into the atmosphere, causing respiratory issues among people living far from the affected areas, scientists with an environmental group warned late last week. According to Wendy Koch of USA Today, more than 200 million Americans (or two-thirds of the country’s population) lived in regions that had...

Fire Detection Satellite Designed By UC Berkeley Scientists
2013-10-22 12:24:33

University of California, Berkeley Improved and cheaper sensors, faster analysis software make satellite feasible As firefighters emerge from another record wildfire season in the Western United States, University of California, Berkeley, scientists say it's time to give them a 21st century tool: a fire-spotting satellite. Such a satellite could view the Western states almost continuously, snapping pictures of the ground every few seconds in search of hot spots that could be newly...

Climate Change Produces Complicated Consequences For North America's Forests
2013-10-15 11:35:58

Dartmouth College Dartmouth-led study is the most comprehensive review of warming's impacts on forest pests, diseases Climate change affects forests across North America – in some cases permitting insect outbreaks, plant diseases, wildfires and other problems -- but Dartmouth researchers say warmer temperatures are also making many forests grow faster and some less susceptible to pests, which could boost forest health and acreage, timber harvests, carbon storage, water recycling and...


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conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin