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One Year After Sandy, Mini-Drones Seen as Storm Warning Solution

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October 17, 2013
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With the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy fast approaching, scientists say they are moving closer to developing more effective early warning systems for future storms. Engineers at the University of Florida are building small autonomous companion vehicles that fly into and under hurricanes to provide real time data about their intensity and track.


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Nepal Using Drones in Fight Against Poaching

Nepal Using Drones in Fight Against Poaching

AP (Mar. 24, 2014) — When it comes to tracking poachers, drones are giving wildlife teams a sky-high advantage in Nepal. Illegal poaching in the country has dramatically declined since the GPS-enabled drones were introduced as part of a pilot program in 2012. (March 24) Video provided by AP
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New Forecasting Tool Eyed for Hurricane Season

New Forecasting Tool Eyed for Hurricane Season

AP (May 23, 2013) — After storms like Sandy inundated coastal areas last year, forecasters have developed an experimental model to show potential areas of impact in a deadly "storm surge."
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In the Studio: Prof. Danijel Schorlemmer, Seismologist

In the Studio: Prof. Danijel Schorlemmer, Seismologist

Deutsche Welle (Mar. 21, 2011) — Prof. Schorlemmer from the German Research Centre for Geosciences, GFZ, in Potsdam is an expert in the area of earthquake forecasting.DW-TV: Japan is a society that has played a pioneering role in a wide number of technologies -- including of course earthquake warning systems. But even then, people have just five seconds after the warning comes to brace themselves. Cutting straight to the chase, thousands of detection stations around the world, international networks, decades of research -- why can't we predict earthquakes yet? Danijel Schorlemmer: Well, even though we have thousands of stations, we have a big problem. We only measure the signals on the earth’s surface. Unlike in meteorology, where you can measure all the values you’re interested in, like humidity, wind-speed and so on in 3-D, we only see the earth’s surface. We cannot make measurements in the earth, which would be very important to understand what’s going on. And we’re also lacking a precursor phenomenon, a
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