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Pakistan floods: Predictable or predicted, but a disaster nonetheless

Unusually heavy monsoon rains in July and August 2010 left large swaths of Pakistan underwater. At least 18 million people were affected by the flood, and it is estimated that, more than six months later, several hundred thousand remain without … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, climate science, geohazards, hydrology, paper reviews, society

Flooding around the world

Based on information from The Flood Observatory and other news sources, here are some tidbits about on-going and recent flood events around the world. Every one of these floods is having significant local and regional impacts, even if they don’t … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, geohazards, geomorphology, hydrology

Flooding on the flanks of Mt. Hood

It’s the middle of January. You’ve traveled to Oregon’s majestic Mount Hood for a weekend of skiing the snow- and glacier-covered slopes. On Saturday morning when you begin to head up the mountain from Portland, it’s warm and raining. “No … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, geomorphology, hydrology

Landslides and flooding in Brazil

While Australia continues to cope with widespread flooding in Queensland and elsewhere and the death toll continues to rise (at least 20 people), in Brazil landslides and flooding in the past week have claimed at least 700 lives. Yet international … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, geohazards, hydrology

A flood is a disaster when people are in the way

At any given moment, somewhere in the world, there is a flood occurring. Most of the time, those floods don’t make the international news circuit. When they do, it is because there are people in harm’s way. But the intensity … Continue reading

Categories: by Anne, geohazards, hydrology