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Monday, January 1st, 2018

Wet Winters May Not Dampen Small Wildfires

NASA scientists conducting research on the connection between fuel moisture and fires uncovered a paradox: a wet winter corresponds to more small wildfires in the following fire season, not fewer, as is commonly assumed. Large fires behave more “logically,” with fewer large fires after a wet winter and more after a dry one. “This is

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Can Smart Water Systems Prevent Wildfires?

Along with the larger forces of climate change, another contributing factor to the fierce wildfires in California has been the dry soil conditions. Light rainfall, combined with heavy use of aquifers by large farms, has created perfect conditions for an inferno. Stories of homeowners saving their homes by turning on sprinklers remotely are not as

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Ardent Management Consulting to Donate up to 100 hours of Free GIS-based, Professional Aerial Imagery in Support of Fire Recovery Operations in Northern California

RESTON, Va. – Ardent Management Consulting (ArdentMC) has announced today that they have launched a drone initiative to offer free aid in wildfire ravaged areas of Northern California. The two-week initiative will aid in damage assessment in Napa through the use of GIS technology. Wild Fire Relief ArdentMC is dedicated to helping assess damage and restoring

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Imagery Illustrates Flooding, Damage Caused by Hurricane Irma

MIAMI — Woolpert, working under two separate contracts, collected and posted high-resolution, before-and-after imagery of areas in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma to assist with flooding and damage assessment. The imagery is available to the public at maps.woolpert.com/irma. Miami-Dade County contracted with Woolpert for post-storm imagery as Hurricane Irma approached, while Woolpert’s work with the

Monday, September 11th, 2017

CoreLogic Analysis Shows an Estimated 8.5 Million Properties in Florida at Significant Risk of Potential Wind Damage from Hurricane Irma

IRVINE, Calif.- CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released data analysis which shows that an estimated 8,456,455 residential and commercial properties in Florida are at either “Extreme,” “Very High” or “High” risk of wind damage from Hurricane Irma. CoreLogic storm surge analysis shows that an estimated 3,494,735

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

FAA’s Hurricane Harvey Update

The Federal Aviation Administration has continued to handle emergency and relief operations at a number of airports in the Hurricane Harvey area, including at Houston Hobby and George Bush Intercontinental. The FAA is prepared to support the resumption of commercial service flights when airport authorities reopen the airports. Drone Users: In areas where Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs)

Monday, August 28th, 2017

CoreLogic Analysis Shows More Than 200,000 Homes in Texas at Potential Risk of Storm Surge Damage from Hurricane Harvey

According to CoreLogic data analysis, 232,721 homes along the Texas coast with a reconstruction cost value (RCV) of approximately $39.6 billion are at potential risk of hurricane-driven storm surge damage from Hurricane Harvey, based on Category 3 predictions. Current projections do not expect Hurricane Harvey to exceed a Category 3 storm. The table below shows

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Human-Caused Warming Likely Led to Recent Stream of Record-Breaking Temperatures

According to authors of a new study from the American Geophysical Union, it is “extremely unlikely” that 2014, 2015 and 2016 would have been the warmest consecutive years on record without the influence of human-caused climate change. Temperature records were first broken in 2014, when that year became the hottest year since global temperature records

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

World’s Polluters Escape Detection with Outdated Approach

Sustainability data company Ecometrica called on countries and governments to adopt modern direct methods to measure climate-change emissions, following revelations by the BBC that official figures for emissions of climate-warming gases often are flawed, allowing some countries to underreport the level of pollution. “The time has come to move to direct monitoring of emissions and

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Rusting Fool’s Gold in Glaciers a Sign of Increased Carbon

According to a new study published by USC scientists in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, rock and soil breakdown in glaciers generates more acidity and releases more carbon than other forms of natural weathering. Perhaps most interestingly, it is the elevated oxidation of pyrite, popularly known as “fool’s gold,” in the glacial

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