Natural Disasters

News about UB’s research and advocacy in extreme events and disaster response. (see all topics)


Like Beanie Babies and Steve Urkel, the systems we use to transmit information through water bring to mind the 1990s.


The flying insects, designed for agriculture and disaster relief, will rely on technology used by driverless cars.


A new UB study seeks to understand two active volcanoes in the U.S. — and how communities around them can prepare for disaster.


No city wants to be the next Hurricane Katrina and have thousands of people left behind, says UB's Daniel Hess.


UB professor considers trip to Nepal with research team to study performance of building structures.


It’s one thing to simulate an earthquake on a model structure inside a laboratory. It is another to rattle a standing California building with 50 tons of force.


Developed by UB student Nagavenkat Adurthi, the model could help predict space collisions, where volcanic ash spreads and more.


The University at Buffalo has announced the launch of RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water), an ambitious, university-wide, interdisciplinary research institute that will focus on the most difficult and complex environmental issues, as well as the social and economic issues with which they are intertwined.


The University at Buffalo is launching the Institute for Bridge Engineering, which will develop plans for bridges that are resistant to natural and manmade hazards, as well as examine ways to build safer, more cost-effective bridges using advanced materials, smart technology and other devices and train the next generation of bridge engineers.


Land-based lava pillars in Iceland may have formed through an unusual reaction typically seen deep under the sea, a new UB study finds.