Research briefs

In recent months, rivers overflowing their banks have caused property damage and loss of life in France, Italy, Mexico, and South Africa, underscoring the increasing perils of climate change.
Johns Hopkins University
An interdisciplinary collaboration used 600 years of tree rings from the San Joaquin Valley to reconstruct plausible daily records of weather and streamflow scenarios during that period, revealing vast variability in climate extremes.
Cornell University
Adding multiple smaller wetlands to the landscape can make large reservoirs more effective at flood control, according to a new study from Tulane University published in Environmental Research Letters.
Tulane University
Aerial view of flooded houses with dirty water of Dnister River in Halych town, western Ukraine
The analysis by researchers from the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research (PIK) shows that state-of-the-art climate models significantly underestimate how much extreme rainfall increases under global warming.
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
El Niño
Physicists from Giessen and Potsdam develop a method for the early prediction of El Niño events with high hazard potential.
Justus Liebig University Giessen
Submarine telecommunication cable
Geophysicists at ETH Zurich have shown that every single wave of a magnitude 3.9 earthquake registers in the noise suppression system of fibre-optic networks. This method can be used to set up close-​meshed earthquake and tsunami early warning systems.
ETH Risk Center
A new study published in the journal Nature Communications now finds: Accounting for the long-term impacts of these storms raises the global Social Cost of Carbon by more than 20 percent, compared to the estimates currently used for policy evaluations.
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Flood - Queensland, Australia, 2011
As the country braces for a record hot summer, SEI research highlights the importance of integrating community networks and knowledge, with formal disaster planning.
University of Sydney
A family fetches water from a stream during a drought in Madagascar
Madagascar, in particular the most populated region around the capital of Antananarivo experienced in 2023 its hottest October ever, breaking many high and low temperature records.
World Weather Attribution
New study develops theoretical framework to re-evaluate initial estimates of mortality attributable to record summer temperatures in 2022.
Barcelona Institute for Global Health

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