superstorm sandy

The scientific side effects of Superstorm Sandy

When Superstorm Sandy swept across much of the eastern seaboard it left massive damage. On Fire Island, New York, the storm left behind a breach or a land gap that threatened local communities. The National Park Service was left with a decision, close the gap or wait and see what happens. Five years later, we […]

SciTech Now Episode 405

In this episode of SciTech Now, a look into the scientific side effects of Superstorm Sandy; the development of a blight-resistant American chestnut tree; meet researchers in Tampa, Florida who are using mathematical modeling to help fight drug-resistant cancers; and a biologist studying seahorse pregnancy.

Forecasting hurricanes

Despite well-known storms like Superstorm Sandy, the intensity of hurricanes has actually decreased significantly in the past 20 years. A team of researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey is using underwater robots, satellites and high frequency radar systems to investigate this phenomenon.