ScienceCast 187: Predicting Floods

published 6 years ago

Predicting floods presented by science at NASA. In the pantheon of natural disasters floods are among the worst. By any metric from financial ruin to humans whole bloods rank alongside earthquakes hurricanes and tsunamis. In fact the most deadly disaster of the twentieth century was the China floods of 1931. Which may have resulted in more than 1000000 deaths. Predicting floods is notoriously tricky. They depend on a complex mixture of rainfall soil moisture the recent history of precipitation and much more. Snow melt and storm surges can also contribute to unexpected flooding. Thanks to NASA however the predictions are improving. A computer tool known as the global flood monitoring system orgy FMS which maps flood conditions worldwide is now available online ...

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