Research briefs

Flooded nature reserve, Wümmewiesen, Germany
Ecological flood control is effective, technically possible and economically efficient; however the approach is often not used because of the high administrative and legal hurdles.
A thermometer showing high temperatures. A city is blurred in the background.
A new study has revealed the most intense heatwaves ever across the world – and remarkably some of these went almost unnoticed decades ago.
New research shows that methods for slowing climate change — from planting forests to fertilizing the oceans with iron – bring dangerous risk tradeoffs
Marine heatwaves – periods of exceptionally warm ocean temperature lasting from weeks to years – can be accurately predicted up to one year ahead of the event, new research finds.
Researchers link exposure to disaster events and depression in South Africa.
Disruptions in infrastructure services in the event of blackouts, road closures, and taps that fail to produce water make us realise the importance of these assets in our day-to-day living.
Including topography—the hills, cliffs and valleys of a landscape—in ground motion models shows where shaking might be most amplified during an earthquake, researchers demonstrate with detailed new models of the Puget Sound region.
A new study provides the first framework for a snowpack decision support tool that could help water managers prepare for potential flooding during rain-on-snow events, using hourly data from existing snow monitoring stations.
As urban areas increase, so does urban runoff, directly impacting surface water quality and storage. We know the lakes and rivers in and around urban environments contain plastic debris, detergents, pesticides, heavy metals, and other contaminants.
International community–driven efforts lend confidence to fault-slip simulations while highlighting key discrepancies.