Category Archives: geohazards

Earthquake warning systems are hard, but not having one is worse.

The premise of earthquake early warning systems is simple. An earthquake produces several different kinds of seismic waves that race away from the rupture point. Because they are different kinds of vibrations, they travel at different speeds; and the farther … Continue reading

Categories: earthquakes, geohazards, geophysics, links, society

A Seismic Summary of 2017

Why 2017 was a quiet year – and an examination of the provocative hypothesis that 2018 may not be. Continue reading

Categories: earthquakes, geohazards, geophysics, tectonics

Hurricane Harvey and the Houston Flood: Did Humans Make it Worse? (Part 2: Urbanization)

There’s been a lot of speculation and discussion about the role of urbanization in contributing to the flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Fortunately, urban hydrology is my specialty, so even though I’ve never been to Houston, I feel like … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, geohazards, hydrology, society

Hurricane Harvey and the Houston flood: Did Humans Make it Worse? (Part 1: Climate Change)

This Friday at noon, the Kent State University Department of Geology is hosting a panel discussion on the human role in the catastrophic flooding experienced by Houston and surrounding communities in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. I will be one … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, climate science, geohazards

#365climateimpacts: A crazy February heatwave and a tornado warning on March 1 (February 16-March 3)

Here are two more weeks of daily climate change impacts stories, as part of my #365climateimpacts project. I didn’t have to go very far from home to find inspiration for this fornight of tweets. We had an incredibly unusual heat … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, climate science, geohazards, hydrology, ice and glaciers