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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Preliminary Interpretation of Pre-2014 Landslide Deposits in the Vicinity of Oso, Washington

Categories: Environment,Geology/Mining,Headlines,Maps/Geography,Weather/Disasters

Presents a 2013 interpretation of the topography of the area where the tragic March2014 mudslide occurred.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


Crude Oil Causes Developmental Abnormalities in Large Marine Fish

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

Agency press release about research studies which reveal that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has caused severe defects in the developing hearts of bluefin and yellowfin tunas, which spawn in the northern Gulf waters.  Also includes link to full text of study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Alaskan National Park Glaciers: Status and Trends: Fourth Progress Report

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel,Weather/Disasters

Presents results from mapping of all glacier extents and from measurements of surface elevation change for Alaskan glaciers.  Discovered that glaciers decreased 5% to 11% from 1950/51 to 2005/07.  From the National Park Service


The 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunamis: A Modern Perspective and Enduring Legacies

Categories: Geology/Mining,History,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

Recalls the worst earthquake to ever strike the U.S. and examines advances in knowledge and technology that have helped to improve earthquake preparation and response.  From the U.S.Geological Survey


Drought in the United States: Causes and Current Understanding

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

Includes discussion of what drought is and why it occurs, a description of recent severe droughts in the U.S., the role of climate change in drought conditions, and drought forecasts for the U.S.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Hurricane Preparedness: Community Vulnerability and Medically Fragile Populations

Categories: Homeland Security,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

Discusses how people perceive dangers from storms like hurricanes and why they respond  to calls for evacuation the way they do.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Agriculture Department Announces Regional Hubs to Help Agriculture, Forestry Mitigate the Impacts of a Changing Climate

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

Press release which announces the creation of seven Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change.  The hubs, nearest of which is Raleigh North Carolina, will lead research efforts on dealing with the threats of floods, droughts, fire, and invasive pests aggravated by climate change.  From the Department of Agriculture.


NEX-DCP30 Climate Viewer

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Weather/Disasters

Allows the user to visualize projected climate change for any county in the U.S.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


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