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August 2009 Geology and GSA Today media highlights

... calcite and Earth's orbit; Columbia River flood Basalts and the Congo Fan; and rock hyrax middens ... Intense interest has been focused on the huge flood channels that drained some of the canyons, and on ... 15.5 million years ago, coincident with massive flood basalt release in the Columbia River basin, USA. ...

Hurricane Katrina: Phone home

... that can be used to improve model warnings on flood levels. In addition, the researchers measured the ... forecasters need to improve the accuracy of flood forecasting. The microwave data used in this ... reliable measurement of moisture fields near the flood zone for the first time," notes Prof. Alpert, who ...

Next-generation software system for flood warning and risk analysis to be developed

... this background, the establishment of effective flood forecasting and risk analysis systems has become a priority in many flood prone countries. The project at King's ... many unmet technological demands in the field of flood prediction and risk analysis, and will bring ...

April 2009 Geology and GSA Today media highlights

... mass extinction coincides with flood volcanism in the Deccan province of India; the ... oceanic plateaus and the continental Karoo flood basalts had lesser effects on the biosphere. The ... rocks. Ganino and Arndt studied the Emeishan flood basalts that intruded a dolomitic basin, and ...

Research to secure a safe water supply

... water management, maintenance of water quality, flood risk management and climate research. For more ... attenuation using plants. FLOODING flood loss database HOWAS 21 online The flood loss database HOWAS 21 was developed by ...

Public Policy Center hosts flood symposium March 10-12

... to the psychological impact of displacement, from flood mitigation to flood risk insurance. Gerald Galloway will give a ... "Galloway Report." prepared in response to the flood of 1993. The symposium continues Wednesday, ...

More accurate FEMA flood maps could help avoid significant damages and losses

... by replacing Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps with ones that contain high-accuracy and ... Research Council. The benefits of more accurate flood maps will outweigh the costs, mainly because ... restrictions would better match the actual flood risks. Coastal ...

Sequence matters in droughts and floods

... When extremes of drought and flood come in rapid succession, the extent of damage to ... will respond to combinations of drought and flood by studies that look just at a single drought or ... very differently depending on the sequence of flood and drought." In a greenhouse, Dr. Miao's team ...

Vegetation hardly affected by extreme flood events

... available in German . Dessau. Extreme flood events in floodplain grasslands affect carabid ... However, until now, the effects of extreme flood events on the flora and fauna of floodplains have ... flooded seasonally by the Elbe. During the 2002 flood these plots were submerged for at least two ...

Evolving designer ecosystem sheds light on unintended consequences

... of lakes, small ponds, canals and dams combining flood control, water delivery, recreational ... under cultivation. As the area became more urban, flood control became more important, necessitating ... Wash greenbelt, one of the first non-structural flood management structures in the United States. These ...

Wiley-Blackwell to launch Journal of Flood Risk Management

... Inc. today announced the launch of Journal of flood Risk Management. Published in partnership with ... diverse fields that comprise the management of flood risk worldwide. The first issue will publish in ... Life Sciences, Wiley-Blackwell Journal of flood Risk Management will benefit all practitioners ...

Geologist decries floodplain development

... years of serious flooding, with the Great flood of 1993 causing nearly $20 billion of economic ... periods of flooding nearly every year after those flood years more than a decade ago, one thing ... build commercial or residential real estate in flood plains, when they build on sink holes, when they ...

Uncharged organic molecule can bind negatively charged ions

... has been a major challenge for chemists. flood and Li's solution was to create a donut-shaped ... the hole would exclude any solutions. flood also wanted the synthesis of such a molecule to ... The more-or-less symmetrical molecule that flood and Li built contains four triazole rings ...

Ecologist finds dire devastation of snake species following floods of '93, '95

... preserve northwest of St. Louis, when the great flood of 1993 deluged the area, putting the preserve at least 15 feet under water. The flood provided Sexton with a rare opportunity: His collected data and the flood would combine to make the perfect study of how an ...

TAU scientists probe 'deep' questions aboard EcoOcean's environmental research ship

... TEL AVIV Did the great flood of Noahs generation really occur thousands of ... site where historians believe the great biblical flood occurred. EcoOcean and an international team ... the Bible. Says Weil, We found that indeed a flood happened around that time. From core samples, we ...

UC Riverside rice geneticist receives high honor from US Department of Agriculture

... and characterization of genes in rice that are responsible for flood tolerance. Two postdoctoral researchers, Kenong Xu (UC Davis) and Takeshi ... collaborators have focused in particular on Sub1A, a gene responsible for flood tolerance and found only in some low-yielding rice varieties in India and ...

From genes to farmers' fields

... Bailey-Serres, is leading the work to determine exactly how Sub1A confers flood tolerance. "Sub1A effectively makes the plant dormant during ... is huge," he said. "In Bangladesh, for example, 20% of the rice land is flood prone and the country typically suffers several major floods each year. ...

Alpine rivers hold important clues for preserving biodiversity and coping with climate change

... is linked to the edges where the water may move quite slowly, and also to flood plains during flood events. An important aspect of river modelling therefore lies in defining ...

Wetlands expert: China should think outside the flooding box with Three Gorges Dam

... world, intended to combine the generation of clean power with downstream flood control, and enable shipping in China's interior. Critics are concerned ... cause the reservoir level to rise higher than planned, threatening to flood a large city upstream and possibly even send water spilling over the top ...

USGS April 2008 science picks

... Users, such as the National Weather Service, rely on USGS gage data for flood forecasting and to notify emergency managers. Field personnel are ... for public water supply, agricultural needs, ecological restoration, and flood control. The USGS, with more than 100 years of stream-gaging expertise, ...

Heavy rainfall on the increase

... The results will inform other work currently being carried out on flood risk and the impact of extreme weather events. As surface run-off depends ... funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) as part of the flood Risk from Extreme Events (FREE) programme, which aims to improve ...

Scientists expand understanding of how river carbon impacts the Arctic Ocean

... that DOC in Alaskan arctic rivers is remarkably labile during the spring flood period when the majority of annual DOC flux occurs. The research was ... to directly show that dissolved organic carbon in rivers during the spring flood period is highly labile. Rivers sampled for this project were the ...

Gates funding to help poor rice farmers

... the only person in his village who planted the seed before an 8-day flood hit. After the water subsided, his crop recovered and now every other ... recently come from the government of Japan (499.5 million$4.7 millionfor flood tolerance in Southeast Asia), Germanys Federal Ministry for Economic ...

Present-day species of piranha result from a marine incursion into the Amazon Basin

... Atlantic Ocean advanced, its waters finding their way far onto the Amazon flood plain. The saline water invaded the lowland expanse of the great river and ... hypothesis and showed that the piranha populations present in the Amazon flood plain but situated 100 metres above sea-level have been in existence for ...

International conference on CO2 sequestration processes

... half-dozen other nations. A optional Sept. 9-11 field trip will explore natural sites related to carbon and climate, including glaciers, hot springs, flood plains and lava flows. This project is a partnership of Columbia University's Earth Institute; Reykjavik Energy; University of Iceland; and the ...

Salt marshes: A natural and unnatural history

... explain how salt marshes shield and protect coastal areas from storms and floods, stabilizing the shorelines by taking the brunt of storm waves and flood waters. In recent years, the world has begun to see the importance of wetlands. In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina produced a catastrophe in New ...

Cells use import machinery to export their goods as well

... with the membrane and delivers some, but not all, of its contents. Some vesicles, those packing neurotransmitters, for instance, are mobilized by a flood of calcium to spill their haul, signaling nearby cells. By adjusting the levels of calcium inside the cell, the researchers definitively found that ...

Biofuels boom could fuel rainforest destruction, Stanford researcher warns

... to be returned to its natural, forested state might be the wisest use of the land, absorbing more carbon and providing ecological services such as flood mitigation, rainwater recycling and habitat for endangered species, Gibbs said. "There are tradeoffs in all these decisions that need to be made ...

February 2009 Geology and GSA Today media highlights

... Department of Earth Science, MS 126, P.O. Box 1892, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77251-1892, USA. Pages 127-130. Observations related to flood basalts suggest the existence of mantle plumes with large heads and thin trailing tails (cavity plumes). Seismic data suggest the existence of mantle ...

Ecologists report quantifiable measures of nature's services to humans

... beyond emotional arguments and points us toward practical solutions." Some of the best-described ecosystem services include pollination of crops, flood and storm protection, water filtration and recreation. The challenging part is translating these services into something with a measurable value. ...

Sea bed provides information about present climatic change

... This release is available in Spanish . Lately, every drought, flood or hurricane which happens in the planet is connected with climatic change, and therefore the interest of society and scientists is getting to know ...

Oregon's Rogue River Basin to face climate-change hurdles

... by the World Meteorological Organization and United Nations Environment Programme. Many buildings and infrastructure in the Rogue basin are in flood plains, while many rural populations reside year-round in narrow and steeply sloped canyons. Storms and other climate stresses, the report concludes, ...

Most US organizations not adapting to climate change

... structures to withstand only 110 mph winds, when climate change is causing more intense hurricanes that could bring speeds of up to 135 mph, and its flood maps that are based on historical data and not on climate change modeling data. Increases in sea levels and surges associated with severe storms ...

State fund advances titanium powder research, 9 other Iowa State projects

... programs and research projects at Iowa's Regent universities. This year's funding was cut by 20 percent to provide additional state money for flood relief. This is the fourth time Iowa State has awarded competitive grants from the Grow Iowa Values Fund. The grants are to go to research ...

Satellites helping aid workers in Honduras

... by disasters anywhere in the world. With inundated areas typically visible from space, Earth Observation (EO) is increasingly being used for flood response and mitigation. One of the biggest problems during flooding emergencies is obtaining an overall view of the phenomenon, with a clear idea of ...

EPA teams with National Geographic Society and World Resources Institute to map ecosystem services

... Ecosystem services are the goods and services people obtain from natural systems. These benefits include clean air and water, erosion and flood control, soil enrichment, food, and fiber. EPA's Ecological Research Program in the Office of Research and Development will collaborate with the ...

Providing toilets, safe water is top route to reducing world poverty: UN University

... and wastewater infrastructure systems will be overwhelmed more often. Sea-level rise will affect groundwater aquifers in coastal areas and flood low-lying areas, reducing freshwater availability. By 2030 it is estimated that the risk of diarrhoea will be up to 10% higher in some countries ...

Emotion and scent create lasting memories -- even in a sleeping brain

... DURHAM, NC -- When French memoirist Marcel Proust dipped a pastry into his tea, the distinctive scent it produced suddenly opened the flood gates of his memory. In a series of experiments with sleeping mice, researchers at the Duke University Medical Center have shown that the part of ...

Weather woes emphasize need for SSPEED

... intensities and increasing precipitation from severe storms," said Phil Bedient, Rice's Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and an expert on flood warning and storm surges. "We're seeing it. What's causing it? I don't know, but if you look at the last 60 years, we've got the data to prove it." ...

Caltech scientists engineer supersensitive receptor, gain better understanding of dopamine system

... capable of doing a lot. Revved up by even low doses of nicotine, these receptors prompt the neurons on which they are clustered to let loose with a flood of dopamine. This flooding was obvious from the behavior of mice carrying the genetically modified receptors: because dopamine plays an important ...
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