Research briefs

Satellite- and ground-based observations of Australia and British Columbia blazes help increase resolution of models.
An environmentally friendly spray that targets and kills one of cotton's (and the world’s) most damaging agricultural pests - silverleaf whitefly - has been created by scientists at The University of Queensland.
Aerial view of a greened Dar es Saalam informal settlement
The study suggests that increasing temperatures under climate change are likely to be a significant risk to human health in Africa, as many cities may have similar features as Dar es Salaam, increasing the heat vulnerability of informal settlements.
Young people wearing face mask using mobile phone keeping social distance
Social media played an important role in driving public engagement with Covid health measures in Lagos, Nigeria; while enabling authorities and researchers to collect near-real-time data – used to ensure campaigns respond quickly to public concerns.
The COVID-19 pandemic has spiked the overdose death rate from opioid use. For people who rely on medications to treat opioid use disorders, the pandemic and such natural disasters as tornados, hurricanes, and wildfires can disrupt access to medications.
A new study has uncovered the sequence of events that precipitated the disaster, providing information that could further our understanding of heat formation on the North American continent.
Flooded street and house in Eastern South Africa
South Africa experienced catastrophic floods and landslides in the eastern coast of the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Eastern Cape (EC) following exceptionally heavy rainfall.
A flooded street after hurricane Irma hit Florida, USA.
Safe and uninterrupted road travel is crucial in the aftermath of storms so that people can access medical treatment, downed power lines can be removed and communities can begin a return to normalcy.
Deep-learning models can be trained to assess the magnitude of mega earthquakes in real time.
Waves and storm surge crash over Ocean Drive in Newport Rhode Island, USA
Extreme storms can cause devastating erosion and leave beachfront houses teetering on cliff edges. But new research finds storms might also help replenish beaches by bringing in new sand from deeper waters.