Research briefs

To assess how climate warming will change risks such as crop failures and wildfires, it’s necessary to look at how the risks are likely to interact.
Human-caused climate change will make strong tropical cyclones twice as frequent by mid-century, putting large parts of the world at risk. The analysis also projects that maximum wind speeds associated with these cyclones could increase up to 24%.
GPS satellite in the Earth's orbit
A new method for detecting tsunamis using existing GPS satellites orbiting Earth could serve as an effective warning system for countries worldwide, according to a new study by an international team led by UCL researchers.
Study simulates San Francisco's worst storms in future climate conditions, finds up to 37% wetter extreme events.
Deforestation of tropical forest, due to climate change
As the climate continues to warm, researchers predict wild animals will be forced to relocate their habitats — likely to regions with large human populations — dramatically increasing the risk of a viral jump to humans that could lead to a next pandemic.
Rain pouring down on an umbrella in rainbow colors.
Precipitation extremes are very likely to become more frequent in most locations, according to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released in February 2022.
Children wearing virtual reality devices
A new virtual reality experience developed by the University of South Australia is educating children about bushfires and helping them learn how to be safer in such incidents. They participate in problem-solving activities to save themselves and the dog.
Researchers have created simulations from coupled climate and hydrologic models that demonstrate widespread increases in the occurrences of flash flooding events across most of the United States.
A new study by University of Saskatchewan (USask) hydrology researchers found that exposure to wildfire smoke can cause glaciers to melt faster, affecting mountain runoff that provides major freshwater resources for life downstream.
Study recommends the revival of cultural burning, while moving towards Indigenous-led fire stewardship to better manage wildfire risks and promote healthy ecosystems.