People inside the city walls are more protected against flooding, for now, but residents outside the city are not
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast. The storm season starts again this June--and every June. Can coastal communities ever be safeguarded?
In a new book author John C. Mutter combines natural science and physical science to explore how disasters deepen social inequalities
When the Next Hurricane Katrina Hits: Is the U.S. Ready?
The 2005 storm forced New Orleans to improve its flood defenses, but many other shoreline towns are still woefully unprepared
Hurricane Katrina's Psychological Scars Revealed
Mental health worsened in the disaster’s aftermath, but survivors also showed resilience
New Orleans Protection Plan Nearly Identical to Scientific American s 2006 Plan
Six months after Hurricane Katrina drowned New Orleans, Scientific American published an article I wrote, called "Protecting New Orleans." It explained the options that were likely to best protect that city and the entire Mississippi Delta region against future storms...
New Orleans Protection Plan Will Rely on Wetlands to Hold Back Hurricanes
More than six years after Hurricane Katrina plowed into New Orleans and the Mississippi River delta, a plan has finally emerged to protect the area from future storms.
Offshore Wind Farms Could Knock Down Hurricanes
A forest of 78,000 turbines would have drastically reduced the winds and storm surges from hurricanes Katrina and Sandy
How Will a Hurricane Affect the Oil Spill?
Hurricane Alex provided a preview of the likely impacts of a hurricane on the ongoing oil spill
Listening In on Hurricanes
Flying a plane over a hurricane to gather data is expensive--and dangerous. Getting equivalent data, by using undersea hydrophones that record the hurricane-driven churning of the ocean may be a cheaper, safer alternative...
Sandy versus Katrina, and Irene: Monster Hurricanes by the Numbers
Which storm has the highest wind speed, largest area, most snowfall?
New York City Could Look Like New Orleans, Due to Flood Protection
Yesterday New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed a $19.5 billion plan to protect his home town against future sea level rise and other effects of climate change such as heat waves...
Drowning New Orleans
A major hurricane could swamp New Orleans under 20 feet of water, killing thousands. Human activities along the Mississippi River have dramatically increased the risk, and now only massive reengineering of southeastern Louisiana can save the city...
Protecting against the Next Katrina
Wetlands mitigate flooding, but are they too damaged in the gulf?
Mississippi River Mouth Must Be Abandoned to Save New Orleans from Next Hurricane Katrina
Three nationwide design teams reveal realistic plans to massively rebuild the disintegrating delta
The Science of Monster Storms
Extreme weather events are nothing new, but they appear to be gaining strength. Scientists have risked life and limb to help us better understand—and better survive—these storms...
Instant Egghead--How Do Hurricanes Form?
Hurricane season begins in May and lasts through November, producing dozens of powerful hurricanes. In this episode of Instant Egghead, Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti explains how these massive storms get their start...