Wall of Wind competition inspires high school students to become engineers, tackle real-world problems

FIU hosts its Wall of Wind Mitigation Challenge, in which teams of local high school students develop innovative wind mitigation concepts and solutions within guidelines set by FIU’s wind engineers. (Read More)

Extreme Events in Central America, Free Live Conference, Thursday, February 25, 2021, 9:00 am – 4:45 pm

Join us for this one-day conference that will examine how Central America can reduce risk, increase resilience and manage the increasing impact of extreme events which have become the “new normal” for the…

FIU Wall of Wind receives a $5.62 million NSF grant for hurricane research

FIU’s Wall of Wind (WOW), a large-scale hurricane simulator capable of generating 157 mph wind speeds with rain intrusion, received a $5.62 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue as…

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…

Case Study: Sustainable Outreach at the FIU Wall of Wind

For nearly a decade, the Wall of Wind experimental facility at Florida International University has been the center of multiple successful — and sustainable — outreach programs. (Read More)

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)

Eye of the Storm Virtual Video Series

The International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC) at Florida International University (FIU) and Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) invite families across the nation, especially those in hurricane-prone regions, to explore this free virtual…

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)

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