An initiative of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder

America’s summer of floods: What cities can learn from today’s climate crises to prepare...

Recent floods tell us is that the climate is changing. The statistical distribution of weather events and natural disasters is shifting.

What is a flash flood? A civil engineer explains

Flash floods often catch people by surprise, even though weather forecasters and emergency personnel try to warn and prepare communities.
Maywood Riverfront Park was built on the site of eight former industrial properties in Los Angeles County. Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Flood maps show US vastly underestimates contamination risk at old industrial sites

Flooding in communities near former industrial sites threatens common pollution containment methods already in place.

Climate Change is making flooding worse: 3 reasons the world is seeing more record-breaking...

Climate change and warming temperatures are exacerbating heavy rainfall and flooding events.
Satellite image of the Irrawaddy River delta in Myanmar photo

Rivers can suddenly change course – scientists used 50 years of satellite images to...

Beyond flooding, the unpredictability of the world's rivers is perpetuated by rare avulsions, which can cause them to abruptly change course.
Cattle photo

The Southwest monsoon season is changing, forcing ranchers and Indigenous farmers to adapt

Changing storms in the Southwest are altering timeless food traditions as researchers grapple with how to study the monsoon’s erratic nature.

New flood maps show US damage rising 26% in next 30 years due to...

Flooding is the most frequent and costliest natural disaster in the United States, and its costs are projected to rise as the climate warms.