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Media Advisory 15-005

Super storms: Risk and resilience

Media are invited to a briefing on super storms, with focus on tornadoes, hurricanes and solar eruptions

Tornado simulation created at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.

Tornado simulation created by Ming Xue using resources at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.

March 19, 2015

This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.

Hurricanes, tornadoes and solar eruptions can have profound effects on America's economy, public safety and well-being.

A noon lunch briefing next Tuesday at the Senate Visitor's Center on Capitol Hill, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will provide an overview of the current state of storm research.

In particular, panelists will discuss work to improve risk assessment and hazard preparedness in order to mitigate vulnerability to storm impacts. 


A briefing about severe storms


Roger Wakimoto, assistant director for Geosciences, National Science Foundation

Jenni L. Evans, acting director, Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Penn State

Howard B. Bluestein, professor, School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma

Harlan E. Spence, director, Institute for Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire.


Senate Visitor's Center, Room 212-10


Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch will be provided.

RSVP: Please contact for more information and/or to reserve a spot.

NOTE: This is a closed event and reservations are required, and must be received by 9 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015.


Media Contacts
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311, email:

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