Research briefs

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.
Study explores effects of summertime heat waves on workforce health in Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Los Angeles
Young visually impaired woman with a headphone using a computer
To investigate the effects of inequality on environmental risk reduction and disaster prevention programs, researchers in Brazil conducted an exploratory qualitative study focusing on visually impaired people.
A study co-authored by U of T researcher Matthew Adams suggests that wildfire smoke in Brazil affected women in the first trimester of pregnancy, increasing the risk of low birth weight in full-term babies.
Living near regions prone to wildfires may boost risk of developing lung cancer and brain tumors.
An Indian family standing outside their house after cyclone Fani devastated the neighborhood.
Super cyclone Amphan” hit the Bay of Bengal in May 2020, exposing hundreds of thousands of people to flooding.
The world’s ocean is steadily losing its year-to-year memory due to global warming, according to a study published in Science Advances co-authored by a University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa atmospheric scientist.
A satellite image of a cyclone shot from space.
A new study has revealed super cyclones, the most intense form of tropical storm, are likely to have a much more devastating impact on people in South Asia in future years.
A farmer testing soil by hand
Agricultural water scarcity is expected to increase in more than 80% of the world’s croplands by 2050, according to a new study. Examining water requirements, it predicts whether the water available will meet the needs under climate change.
Landed plane waiting at the airport during a rainy day
Sudden changes on weather in a very small area and particularly intense could seriously threaten the security of flights. To be able to predict these phenomena could save lives, and prevent damages on properties.