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Mellon Foundation awards FIU $4.63M to help vulnerable communities prepare for, recover from disasters

A cross-disciplinary team of FIU faculty, led by FIU’s Extreme Events Institute and the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab, plan to study and address racial and ethnic disparities related to effects from natural hazards…

Architecture Students Work to Preserve Miami Beach Amid Rising Sea Levels

FIU Architecture students are working in a new advanced design studio course titled “Historic Preservation, Sea Level Rise, and Inspirational Resiliency Visions for Miami Beach in 2070.” While the city has implemented a…

Researchers to study public support for reducing disaster risk in Latin America and the Caribbean

A team of researchers from FIU’s Extreme Events Institute is studying Latin American and Caribbean public support for policies that reduce deaths, injuries, and property losses from disasters – and how experiencing a…

‘Eye of the Storm’ gives you a better understanding about hurricanes, their power and their deadliness

Eye of the Storm is a 12-part video series that focuses on hurricane science, mitigation and preparedness. (Read More)

New video series shares hurricane education

Eye of the Storm is a 12-episode series that focuses on hurricane science, mitigation and preparedness. (Read More)

Hurricane season in a pandemic: what to expect

“We are in a slow onset, slow exit disaster — a global pandemic with national to local impacts,” said Richard Olson, director of the Extreme Events Institute. “Now, entering hurricane season for South…

University uses ‘wall of wind’ to produce life-saving hurricane research

FIU is taking a hands-on approach to ensure research is advanced on how to best build structures to withstand powerful tropical cyclones and the research has real-world applications. (Read More)

Coronavirus could create ‘compound disaster’ in Florida as hurricane season looms

Richard Olson, the Extreme Events Institute director at Florida International University, said the possibility of a major hurricane making landfall during a pandemic creates a “potential compound disaster.” (Read More)

From Disaster Risk Reduction to Policy Studies: Bridging Research Communities

The disaster risk reduction (DRR) research community must demonstrate relevance and connections to the policy studies community in its most inclusive sense and draw in those scholars so that DRR research is more…

Meet Erik Salna, the latest inductee to the Meteorologist Hall of Fame

The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center has inducted Erik Salna into their Meteorologist Hall of Fame. (Read More)

STEM-Weather Day welcomed 2,300 local students to MMC

The FIU Extreme Events Institute and the FIU College of Engineering and Computing partnered with FIU Athletics to organize a day that welcomed 2,300 elementary and middle school students from 21 Miami-Dade County…

‘Scarier’ Than Hurricane Maria: A Deadly Earthquake Terrifies Puerto Rico

The state of chaos that followed the 2017 storm robbed Puerto Ricans of any belief that their leaders could manage another natural disaster. (Read More)

Why we should consider adding Cat 6 to our hurricane categories

The idea of a Category 6 has already seen some discussion in scientific circles, but it’s time for the scientific community, in cooperation with the media, to lead a much broader public discussion….

‘Wall of Wind’ simulates Category 5 hurricanes, benefiting vulnerable homes

FIU’s ‘Wall of Wind’ is essential to civil engineering, testing structures in realistic wind scenarios. (Read More)

What the ‘Wall of Wind’ Can Tell Us About Super Hurricanes

Introducing the Wall of Wind: a hurricane simulator that helps researchers study the impact of Category 5 storms, which are becoming more severe due to the climate crisis. (Watch Now)

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