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News Release 17-087

In wake of hurricanes, floods and wildfires, NSF awards $18.7 million in natural hazards research grants

Scientists study ways to predict and respond to natural disasters such as hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, drought, heat waves

Finding better ways of responding to land-falling hurricanes like Harvey is a PREEVENTS goal.

Finding better ways of responding to land-falling hurricanes like Harvey is a PREEVENTS goal.

Credit: NASA


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In 2009, the White River flooded the town of Pacific, Washington.

In 2009, the White River flooded the town of Pacific, Washington.

Credit: Erkan Istanbulluoglu


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The 2016 Sherpa fire in California's Santa Ynez Mountains burned in winds of more than 65 mph.

The 2016 Sherpa fire in California's Santa Ynez Mountains burned in winds of more than 65 mph.

Credit: Leila Carvalho


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The 2015 earthquake in Nepal resulted in extensive loss of life and property.

The 2015 earthquake in Nepal resulted in extensive loss of life and property.

Credit: USGS


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Drought in the U.S. West has dried waterways and parched farmlands.

Drought in the U.S. West has dried waterways and parched farmlands.

Credit: NOAA


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PREEVENTS scientists are working to find ways of predicting disasters such as volcanic eruptions.

PREEVENTS scientists are working to find ways of predicting disasters such as volcanic eruptions.

Credit: Pavel Izbekov, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks


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