Research briefs

Damaged bridge after the floods in the Ahr valley in Germany in 2021.
Measurement method developed at the University of Bonn could be suitable for flood warning systems.
A tourist in Athens (2012)
The warming during the summer months in Europe has been much faster than the global average, shows a new study by researchers at Stockholm University published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres.
Shiveluch Volcano
Researchers have found that the composition of specific gases released from volcanic fumaroles (gaps in the Earth’s surface) can provide an indicator of what is happening to the magma deep below, and could forewarn of increased volcanic activity.
Big crack in a road following an earthquake.
Using machine learning techniques on ten years of seismic data from Oklahoma and Kansas, researchers identified faults that could generate large earthquakes.
North Devon cliffs
A new study shows that rock coasts, traditionally thought of as stable compared to sandy coasts and soft cliffs, are likely to retreat at a rate not seen for 3,000-5,000 years.
Hurricane evacuation route
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, transportation planners called for a new focus on evacuation planning to meet the needs of carless and vulnerable populations; but a new study reveals only marginal improvements for America’s 50 largest cities.
New research shows how serious storm events - such as cyclones, typhoons, and hurricanes - lead to the deterioration of democracy in island nations as political agents seize a window of opportunity that is a breeding ground for autocracy.
Woman walking through the flooded street in Nigeria with a yellow rain cape.
From May until October 2022, large parts of West Africa experienced large-scale flooding caused by above average seasonal rainfall and water management.
Brain disease diagnosis with medical doctor seeing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) film diagnose.
People with neurologic diseases like headache, dementia, multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease may experience worsening symptoms due to climate change, according to a scoping review of research.
Thunderstorm over fields in South Africa.
Changing weather patterns have profound impacts on agricultural production around the world. Higher temperatures, severe drought, and other weather events may decrease output in some regions but effects are often volatile and unpredictable.