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Kudos for smarter stormwater systems

Branko Kerkez’ article honored|Medium Read
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CYGNSS satellite constellation enters Science Operations phase

The Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS), a constellation of eight microsatellites that will take detailed measurement of hurricane windspeeds, has moved into its science operations phase.|Medium Read
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U-M team’s power grid work earn kudos at national conference

Society for Risk Analysis recognizes Michigan researchers for work predicting storm damage.|Short Read
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Hurricane tracking satellites successfully launched

NASA has successfully launched a constellation of eight hurricane-tracking microsatellites in a $151 million mission that’s led by the University of Michigan.|Medium Read
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Hurricane-tracking satellite fleet readies for launch

Launch is fast approaching for a $151 million, University of Michigan-led NASA satellite mission that will help improve forecasts of hurricane track, intensity and storm surge.|Medium Read
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$2.5M to launch a new era in ‘natural hazards engineering’

A $2.5 million project funded by the NSF will create a computational framework to define a set of standards for disaster researchers.|Medium Read
Model of power outages created by researchers at the University of Michigan, Ohio State University and Texas A&M University.

UPDATED: Hurricane Matthew could leave 9 million in the dark

According to the latest power outage forecasts hurricane Matthew could knock out power for 9.6 million people in the United States in a wide swath stretching from Miami to the Carolinas.|Short Read
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Large seawalls are effective at cutting tsunami deaths

Seawalls higher than approximately 16 feet can effectively reduce tsunami-related damage and death, according to a new study that applies big-data analytics to more than 200 years of tsunami records from the Pacific coast of Japan’s Tohoku region. |Medium Read
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Faster evacuation: Studying New Orleans to improve disaster planning

As the tenth U.S. hurricane season since Katrina rolls on, a University of Michigan professor is using advanced data analytics and optimization techniques to find better ways to evacuate regions before disaster strikes.|Medium Read
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Hurricane Joaquin: millions could lose power

Power outage forecasts by researchers at the University of Michigan and Texas A&M University show that depending on where hurricane Joaquin makes landfall in the U.S., the lights could go out for as many as 7 million.|Medium Read
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WunderStation named one of the seven wonders of the modern world

Slate recently named the collaborative weather forecast created by the Weather Underground as one of the top technological marvels of the contemporary age.|Short Read
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Pollen and clouds: April flowers bring may showers?

Researchers have found that pollen grains might seed clouds, demonstrating an unexpected way that trees and plants might be affecting the climate. |Medium Read