Could we deliver aid before a disaster strikes?

By Burton Bollag  August 1, 2018 WASHINGTON — As a young expert in disaster risk reduction with the German Red Cross, Thorsten Klose-Zuber visited Bangladesh in 2010, where he witnessed the devastating floods that can occur when monsoons and tropical storms hit this overcrowded, low-lying country. When floods inundate grazing land, smallholder […]

Indian Ocean influences on Australian climate

Understanding the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) Sea surface temperatures Indian Ocean sea surface temperatures impact rainfall and temperature patterns over Australia. Warmer than average sea surface temperatures can provide more moisture for frontal systems and lows crossing Australia. Indian Ocean Dipole Sustained changes in the difference between sea […]

Climate spirals

Effectively communicating climate change is a challenge. The animated climate spiral is a different way to show the historically observed changes and resonates with a broad audience. The original version quickly went viral, being seen millions of times on facebook and twitter. A version was even used in the opening ceremony of […]

US Raises Odds of El Nino This Year

JULY 12, 2018 (Bloomberg) — It’s increasingly likely an El Nino will form this year in the equatorial Pacific to roil global weather patterns and threaten natural gas and agricultural markets, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center said in a report. There’s now a 70 percent chance of El […]