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In wake of hurricanes, floods and wildfires, NSF awards $18.7 million in natural hazards research grants

Scientists study ways to predict and respond to natural disasters such as hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, drought, heat waves

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All eyes on Hurricane Irma: Using models for risk assessment and storm surge predictions

CEEES students utilize storm prediction models to track wave and surge conditions from Hurricane Irma.

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China's Delayed Moon Mission Sparks Debate over Lunar Samples

This photograph from the Apollo 15 mission captures a possible landing locale for China’s Chang’e-5 lunar sample return mission. Credit: NASA

The Chang’e 5 spacecraft could return invaluable new moon rocks to Earth, but who will get to study them?

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Location. Location. Location. It’s Important in Storm Surge and Inundation Prediction Too

nwelding • Date: August 31, 2017

As part of a National Science Foundation grant, Andrew Kennedy and collaborators from Oregon State University and the University of Southern California are studying ways to create more accurate computational models of coastal storm surge and tsunami inundation in developed coastal areas, using the structures, materials, and methods of construction that are particular to the section of coast at risk. This would enable more accurate predictions of damage that would be specific to the those densely populated areas and their built environments.

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Hixon to Receive 2017 Department of Energy Early Career Award

nwelding • Date: August 17, 2017

The Office of Science of the Department of Energy has named Amy E. Hixon, an assistant professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, a 2017 Early Career Award winner. She is one of only 59 honorees across the country.

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