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NOAA East African Coast Tsunami Animation

This NOAA visualization tracks the tsunami waves until they reach the East African coast of Somalia. This Quicktime animation can be paused, rewound and advanced.

Simplified modeling method to estimate lava flow

This resource provides an abstract. A numerical model that produces early predictions for the projected path of a lava flow was created. The two dimensional model is based on a generalized set of equations to describe lava flow propagation. Using real data from the 1991 1993 Mount Etna eruption in Italy, the model effectively reproduced the actual lava flow. This preliminary result indicates the usefulness of this method for forecasting lava flow paths for risk mitigation and predicting the damage from future eruptions.

Background on the 1900 Galveston Hurricane

A report on the 1900 hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas is available on the AGU Web site. It is a chapter from the book, Hurricane!: Coping with Disaster (AGU, 2003), covering the event itself and lessons learned from it.

Soils of the World

This site features a global map showing the major occurrences of the seven different soil orders of the world; alfisols, ultisols, mollisols, spodosols, vertisols, oxisols, and aridisols. Users can observe how the soil orders are correlated with global climate zones. Clicking on each soil order in the map legend yields a photograph of an example soil profile for that order.

NOAA Photo Library: America's Coastlines

America has 95,000 miles of coastline. In this collection of images from NOAA, the user can view images of America's coasts and adjacent coastal regions. Images include early Nineteenth Century sketches and drawings and modern photographs of waves, rocky shores, sandy beaches, marshes, mangroves, seaside villages, and port cities.

Improving hurricane prediction

The authors report that a high resolution general circulation model now being used at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and Ames Research Center doubles the resolution of most global weather models and dramatically advances scientists' ability to predict the course of hurricanes. They demonstrate the model's abilities by testing it on four storms: Gustav and Isadore in 2002 and Bonnie and Charley in 2004.

Oceanic carbon may help track hurricanes

This resource is an abstract. The authors demonstrate for the first time that satellite images of dissolved organic matter may also help researchers approximate the mixing of surface-level ocean water during a hurricane or typhoon. They speculate that the observations can be used to estimate the depth of waters churned up by a strong, wind-driven storm, which could improve hurricane tracking.

Map of Offshore Wind Energy Activity in North America

This map, from the North American Offshore Wind Project shows a Google map of all locations considered for having offshore wind energy. The location markers also provide information as to which projects are operational, proposed, suspended, or that have notable activity.

Learn Anytime Energy Index

This site provides a collection of basic visualizations regarding energy sources and their formation, production, and use. It includes introductory information on both fossil fuels and renewable energy as well as information regarding household energy use.



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