Research briefs

Close-up of a farm grain crop
Droughts, floods, and other extreme events are making farming more challenging and threatening crop yields worldwide.
A new study shows that the frequency of polar vortex disruptions that is most favorable for extreme winter weather in the United States is increasing, and that Arctic change is likely contributing to the increasing trend.
Researchers found that by taking steps like closing up their houses and using filtration indoors, people were able to cut the infiltration of PM2.5 particulate matter to their homes by half on wildfire days.
Impact of the 2011 tsunami in Japan
Documenting and examining recent events does not provide enough information to fully characterize coastal hazards
Intensive pumping of aquifers during drought can speed up deterioration of groundwater quality, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.
New research shows being prepared can help reduce the long-term impacts of a disaster.
Most people are likely to experience an extreme pandemic like COVID-19 in their lifetime, a new study shows.
Portland, OR, USA - Sep 12, 2020: An orange smoke-filled sky is seen above Portland's downtown skyline on Saturday afternoon during the Oregon wildfires.
The same clean air policies that can reduce fossil fuel emissions and help reign in climate change can also add up to 5 years onto people’s lives in the most polluted regions, while globally adding more than 2 years onto lives on average.
Hood River faces an uncertain future of climate impacts, but a new Portland State University study lays out strategies that the watershed can adapt to become more resilient to the inevitable changes.
Flood risk prediction and mitigation could help avoid tragedy when disaster strikes.