Firenadoes and drifting embers: The secrets of extreme wildfires
By Alexandra Witze | Mar 14, 2019
Researchers probe the weather-like physics of deadly infernos.
Making 3D Terrain Maps
By Tom Patterson | Mar 19, 2017
On this site you will find ideas and advice about creating obliquely viewed 3D terrain maps for use on static computer displays or as hard-copy output.
Climate activists with cheap balloons could create a DIY geoengineering nightmare
By James Temple | Feb 13, 2019
That scenario poses new questions about the ability to regulate the technology.
An earthquake lasted 50 days, but no one felt it. Here's why.
By Robin George Andrews | Feb 12, 2019
Back in the summer of 2016, a big earthquake struck northwestern Turkey. That's not so unusual, considering that the region sits atop a highly active branching fault network that has a history of producing some seriously powerful tremblors.
This is the alpha version of Terrapattern, a visual search tool for satellite imagery. The project provides journalists, citizen scientists, and other researchers with the ability to quickly scan large geographical regions for specific visual features.
2018's Billion Dollar Disasters in Context
By Adam Smith | Feb 7, 2019
NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) tracks U.S. weather and climate events that have great economic and societal impacts.
Earth Had Its 4th Warmest Year on Record in 2018, Say NOAA and NASA
By Dr. Jeff Masters | Feb 6, 2019
In its annual climate summary released on Wednesday, delayed several weeks because of the government shutdown, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) reported that Earth experienced its fourth warmest surface temperature in records going back to 1880.
The Funeral Directors Deployed to America's Deadliest Disasters
By Michael Waters | Feb 5, 2019
Last November, as wildfires ravaged the town of Paradise, California, Robert Vigil received an urgent call from the Department of Health and Human services (HHS).
A new predictive model for more accurate electrical grid mapping
By Dimitry Gershenson, Brandon Rohrer and Anna Lerner | Jan 25, 2019
When planning connectivity deployments in emerging markets, it's important to have a clear picture of where existing power lines are placed.
Modern Weather Forecasts Are Stunningly Accurate
By Robinson Meyer | Jan 30, 2019
The polar vortex is just the latest example of how reliable five-day forecasts have become.