University of Washington: Better wildfire and smoke predictions with new vegetation database

University of Washington: Better wildfire and smoke predictions with new vegetation database. “Researchers from the University of Washington and Michigan Technological University have created the first comprehensive database of all the wildfire fuels that have been measured across North America. Called the North American Wildland Fuel Database, the tool incorporates the best available measurements of vegetation in specific locations, and allows fire managers to see where information about fuels is missing altogether.”

CNET: Facebook rolls out tools to help you find real-time info in a crisis

CNET: Facebook rolls out tools to help you find real-time info in a crisis. “The world’s social network has a hub called Crisis Response that lets users learn about critical events happening around the world, as well as request or offer help during a fire, mass shooting, earthquake or other crisis. You can also check whether your friends or family members have marked themselves as safe during a disaster.”

TechCrunch: Scientists turn undersea fiber optic cables into seismographs

TechCrunch: Scientists turn undersea fiber optic cables into seismographs. “Monitoring seismic activity all over the world is an important task, but one that requires equipment to be at the site it’s measuring — difficult in the middle of the ocean. But new research from Berkeley could turn existing undersea fiber optic cables into a network of seismographs, creating an unprecedented global view of the Earth’s tectonic movements.”

Nature: A global wildfire dataset for the analysis of fire regimes and fire behaviour

Nature: A global wildfire dataset for the analysis of fire regimes and fire behaviour. “Here, we present and test a data mining work flow to create a global database of single fires that allows for the characterization of fire types and fire regimes worldwide. This work describes the data produced by a data mining process using MODIS burnt area product Collection 6 (MCD64A1). The entire product has been computed until the present and is available under the umbrella of the Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS).”

Los Angeles Times: Thousands of L.A. apartments aren’t ready for the next earthquake. Is yours?

Los Angeles Times: Thousands of L.A. apartments aren’t ready for the next earthquake. Is yours?. “In 2016, Los Angeles launched a program to find and fix ‘soft-story’ apartment buildings — those perched above parking spaces with little support and at risk of collapse in a major earthquake. The city identified about 11,400 apartment buildings in need of retrofitting. So far, only a quarter have done the work. ”

Phys .org: Data science could help Californians battle future wildfires

Phys .org: Data science could help Californians battle future wildfires. “This year, I helped found the Crisis Technologies Innovation Lab at Indiana University, specifically to harness the power of data, technology and artificial intelligence to respond to and prepare for the impacts of climate change. Through a grant from the federal Economic Development Administration, we are building tools to help federal agencies like FEMA as well as local planners learn how to rebuild communities devastated by wildfires or hurricanes.”

Manila Times: Phivolcs launches web tool for tsunami hazards

Manila Times: Phivolcs launches web tool for tsunami hazards. “THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) launched a web-based tool that could provide information on tsunami hazards in an area. The GeoAnalytics is a web-based application that shows tsunami exposure analysis and visualization tool of a barangay or village, municipality and province, which can be used in disaster risk management.”