Atmospheric and oceanic features are simultaneously strengthening and suppressing hurricane activity this year.
Hazards & Disasters
A Giant Rockslide on a Bed of Steam
Detailed observations of the giant Sevier gravity slide in Utah show that the exceedingly low basal friction required for its rapid emplacement was developed by trapped thermally pressurized fluids.
Heat Waves: A Growing Threat to Society and the Environment
With heat waves expected to worsen in the 21st century it is essential to take stock of our current understanding, knowledge gaps, and to set research priorities.
Raising Hazard Awareness at the Foot of One of the World’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes
In the shadow of a deadly eruption in 2021, students in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, are learning about future hazards.
Satellite View of African Easterly Waves and Hurricane Formation
Researchers present a new analysis of surface winds and enthalpy fluxes from satellite retrievals for African easterly waves that intensify into Atlantic hurricanes.
Using Cave Formations to Investigate Ancient Wildfires
From sediment cores to speleothems, environmental archives are helping us to understand the history of wildfires.
Rougher Faults May Generate More Earthquake Aftershocks
Lab experiments on pieces of granite reflect natural aftershock dynamics and highlight the role of rock roughness along a fault.
Zooming in on the Nucleus of Earthquake Fault Slips
Controlled arrest and re-nucleation of laboratory earthquakes reveals nucleation processes unapproachable by traditional linear elastic fracture mechanics.
The Mental Toll of Climate Change
Researchers are more quickly acknowledging the many ways in which the global climate crisis is affecting our mental health.
A Common Language for Reporting Earthquake Intensities
Scientists are working together to establish a standardized international scale for measuring and reporting the intensities and impacts of earthquake shaking.