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NSF Disaster News

Disasters can vary in type, cause and impact. Disaster can follow a hurricane or an earthquake, a blackout or a terrorist attack. While natural disasters are more frequent, the human factor is an increasing concern. A disaster's effects may last months or years, and may affect one city or several nations. One factor common to all disasters is the role of knowledge. Knowledge is the most critical defense in understanding, preparing for, and responding to disasters. NSF is dedicated to disaster research and works with the Administration and other federal agencies in a coordinated effort to anticipate and minimize the worst effects of disasters.

The most recent NSF disaster-research news and feature stories are linked below.

UCAR photo of storm -- Measuring low-level moisture is expected to help forecasters pin down the location and timing of storms that might rage from a few minutes to a few hours later

Forecast: Showers and Thunderstorms
Released August 1, 2006
Press Release

view of smoke from wildfire

Communications Team Erects Lifeline for Firefighters Battling California Wildfires
Released July 26, 2006
Press Release

illustration depicting the difference of the Mississippi Delta a few thousand years ago and today -- the thick, muddy delta deposit compacts under its own weight, squeezing water out

Rise in Sea Level, Loss of Wetlands May Account for Unstable Ground in Mississippi Delta
Released July 21, 2006
Press Release

illustration depicting that contact with rodents and their waste puts humans at risk for exposure to hantavirus

Increased Risk of Hantavirus Forecast for U.S. Southwest
Released July 12, 2006
Press Release

Geotechnical engineers inspect a portion of the floodwall along the Industrial Canal

Researchers Release Draft Final Report on New Orleans Levees
Released May 22, 2006
Press Release

photo of Beijing, China shows urban pollution haze

Pollution, Greenhouse Gases and Climate Clash in South Asia
Released May 11, 2006
Press Release

illustration depicting COSMIC satellites

U.S.-Taiwan Constellation of Satellites Launched
Released April 12, 2006
Press Release

illustration of voice over IP

Collaboration Will Investigate Vulnerabilities of Rapidly Growing Internet Phone and Multimedia Systems
Released April 4, 2006
Press Release

video still showing RPI centrifuge

Large Centrifuge Helps Researchers Mimic Effects of Katrina on Levees
Released March 21, 2006
Press Release

coils of hot, electrified gas, known as coronal loops, arc above active sun spots

Scientists Issue Unprecedented Forecast of Next Sunspot Cycle
Released March 6, 2006
Press Release

HIAPER place takes to the skies

New NSF Aircraft to Probe Hazardous Atmospheric Whirlwinds
Released March 2, 2006
Press Release

persona measuring the flat top of the coral marking lowest tide levels before giant earthquake

Study of 2004 Tsunami Forces Rethinking of Giant Earthquake Theory
Released March 1, 2006
Press Release

T. Corbett (Earthscope) finishes installation of GPS station

Instruments on Alaska's Augustine Volcano Provide New Insights into Volcanic Processes
Released February 9, 2006
Press Release

illustration of frog in water and forest in background

Outbreak: Rapid Appearance of Fungus Devastates Frogs, Salamanders in Panama
Released February 6, 2006
Press Release

Panamanian golden frog on a branch

Climate Change Drives Widespread Amphibian Extinctions
Released January 11, 2006
Press Release


Media Contacts
Joshua A. Chamot, NSF (703) 292-7730 jchamot@nsf.gov

Related Websites
Disasters (NSF Special Report Series): http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/disasters/index.jsp

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