Asbarez: UCLA Promise Armenian Institute, Armenian Film Foundation Partner to Support Film and Photography Projects

Asbarez: UCLA Promise Armenian Institute, Armenian Film Foundation Partner to Support Film and Photography Projects . “The Promise Armenian Institute announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Armenian Film Foundation to collaborate on a range of projects that will support Armenian film and photography at the University of California, Los Angeles. On November 18, the Promise Armenian Institute will host ‘Aftermath: the Armenian Earthquake of 1988,’ the first online exhibit of the Armenian Image Archive, which will celebrate the work of Asadour Guzelian.”

WWLP: Artificial intelligence changing accuracy of hurricane forecasts

WWLP: Artificial intelligence changing accuracy of hurricane forecasts. “Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have recently developed a new model that aids in predicting hurricane intensity. It’s one of several models that are used to track hurricane movement and intensity. Although this model will be using the same data that other models use, it differs in its use of ‘neural networks’.”

PCMag Australia: Google Maps Rolls Out Wildfire Tracking Globally

PCMag Australia: Google Maps Rolls Out Wildfire Tracking Globally. “Building on the firm’s wildlife boundary map, launched last year to provide satellite data about California’s infernos, the new wildfire layer is now available globally. Tap on a virtual fire—indicated by a red-and-white flame icon—to see links to resources from local governments (think emergency websites, phone numbers, evacuation details). And when available, Maps will provide details about the fire, such as its containment status and how many acres have burned.”

KUT 90.5: To Save Lives, Researchers Are Creating An Online Library Of Potential Flood Maps

KUT 90.5: To Save Lives, Researchers Are Creating An Online Library Of Potential Flood Maps . “Imagine it’s 2 in the morning, and you are one of the first responders to the scene of a flood. Your vehicle approaches water on the road. If you try to cross it, you could be washed away. So you stop and watch your headlights cut through the rain. You see there’s water around some nearby houses, but it’s dark and you don’t know how far it reaches or how deep it is. What you decide to do next could save lives — and put your own at risk. This situation is not hypothetical to Harry Evans. He says it could describe many floods he worked during his 30 years with the Austin Fire Department.”

Louisiana Department of Environment Quality: EPA and LDEQ Announce Story Map Resource

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality: EPA and LDEQ Announce Story Map Resource. (This link is to a PDF file.) “Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) released a new, interactive resource about the federal and state response to Hurricane Ida. This tool, called a story map, integrates maps, photos, data, and explanations to help inform the public about response activities and environmental impacts to Louisiana communities following the hurricane.”

Phys .org: New research analyzes millions of Twitter posts during hurricanes to understand how people communicate in a disaster

Phys .org: New research analyzes millions of Twitter posts during hurricanes to understand how people communicate in a disaster. “In the face of a potentially disastrous storm like Hurricane Ida, people take to Twitter and other social media sites to communicate vital information. New research published in the journal Risk Analysis suggests that monitoring and analyzing this social media ‘chatter’ during a natural disaster could help decision makers learn how to plan for and mitigate the impacts of severe weather events in their communities.”

Mother Jones: Artists in Louisiana Mobilize on Instagram for On-the-Ground Hurricane Relief

Mother Jones: Artists in Louisiana Mobilize on Instagram for On-the-Ground Hurricane Relief. “In the days after Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, leaving at least 26 dead and ravaging homes, historical sites, power lines, and cultural spaces, artists began self-organizing to shore up the staggering holes left by federal and state emergency response.”

USGS: Online tool updated with new features to help Texans during flooding

USGS: Online tool updated with new features to help Texans during flooding. “An interactive online tool that can help Texans prepare and respond to flooding events has ­newly added capabilities to help inform state and local flood management decisions that can help protect life and property. Emergency managers and the public across Texas now have access to near real-time information on statewide reservoir and traffic conditions at one convenient location to help assess flood risks and identify evacuation routes as a flooding event is occurring.”

National Film Archive of Japan: “Films of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923″ is now available.

National Film Archive of Japan: “Films of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923″ is now available.. “With the aim of sharing knowledge about the historic disaster and its impact on society via moving images, this website offers a selection of films of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 which have survived over the century and now part of the collection of the National Film Archive of Japan.” The site is in Japanese, but Google Translate handled it.

ReliefWeb: UN launches online tool to help humanitarians assess environmental risks in urban areas

ReliefWeb: UN launches online tool to help humanitarians assess environmental risks in urban areas. “The free, cloud-based Urban-Nexus Environmental Assessment Tool (U-NEAT+) offers an easy way to assess a range of potential environmental threats and sensitivities and suggests how to mitigate them. Assessments are recorded in an online questionnaire that can be completed with a smartphone. The tool’s special features dive deeper into specific response areas such as shelter, food security, health, livelihoods, and water, sanitation and hygiene.”

NOLA: Generator failure during Hurricane Ida at Thibodaux hospital prompts scramble to move ICU patients

NOLA: Generator failure during Hurricane Ida at Thibodaux hospital prompts scramble to move ICU patients. “Patients at Thibodaux Regional Health System in Lafourche Parish were bagged by hand, meaning hospital staff manually pushed air in and out of their lungs in place of mechanical ventilation, while they were transported to another floor, according to officials with the Louisiana Department of Health. Other generators in the hospital are still in working order, according to Dr. Joe Kanter, the state’s chief health officer, as workers and patients there continue to ride out the storm. ”

TechCrunch: BreezoMeter, which powers air quality in Apple’s Weather app, launches Wildfire Tracker

TechCrunch: BreezoMeter, which powers air quality in Apple’s Weather app, launches Wildfire Tracker. “BreezoMeter has been on a mission to make environmental health hazard information accessible to as many people as possible. Through its air quality index (AQI) calculations, the Israel-based company can now identify the quality of air down to a few meters in dozens of countries. A partnership with Apple to include its data into the iOS Weather app along with its own popular apps delivers those metrics to hundreds of millions of users, and an API product allows companies to tap into its data set for their own purposes.”