Mapping floods on every street in the world

Accurate, street-level data on flooding risk is tremendously useful when preparing for natural disasters. But this data can be very hard to come by, especially in poorer nations. Enter the World Flood Mapping Tool, a new site developed by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). The tool contains detailed 3D … Continue reading Mapping floods on every street in the world

Why Australia’s climate shock needs a ‘Moon shot’ | Cosmos Weekly Taster

This article on Fire Shield and bushfire prediction first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 24 September 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekly. The incredibly ambitious Apollo Moon shot program only succeeded because it had the backing of the American public. It was a time of crisis. The Cold War was on the … Continue reading Why Australia’s climate shock needs a ‘Moon shot’ | Cosmos Weekly Taster

Satellite mapping is preparing Australian cities for a warming earth

Imagine you’re an urban planner, worried about your city’s resilience in the face of the growing threat of climate change. You’ve seen research that shows urban environments – particularly neighbourhoods without tree canopy cover – are up to 10°C warmer than the surrounding area, so you’re trying to plant more trees and expand green spaces. … Continue reading Satellite mapping is preparing Australian cities for a warming earth