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Floods and Coastal Erosion May Expose Contents of UK Landfills, Study Finds

The contents of historic coastal landfill sites could pose a significant environmental threat if they erode, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). There are 1264 historic coastal landfill sites in England and Wales, all of which…

3D Laser Mapping Monitors Coastal Instability

February 23, 2016 - in Corporate, Stormwater, Surveying/Mapping

Unstable and rapidly eroding coastlines can cause risk to local infrastructure, and as such, it is important to gain a deeper insight and knowledge into…

Study Shows Sea Level Rise to Threaten West Coast Tidal Wetlands Over the Next 100 Years

August 17, 2015 - in Corporate, Surveying/Mapping, Water

CORVALLIS, Ore., Aug. 14, 2015—The U.S. Geological Survey and Oregon State University released a report this week examining Pacific Northwest tidal…

Assessing the Vulnerability of European Cities to Climate Change

June 8, 2015 - in Analysis, Corporate, Maintenance

June 8, 2015—The European Environment Agency (EEA) published today a series of interactive maps, illustrating various climate threats European cities face as well as cities’ capacity to respond to these threats. This new ‘map book’ provides background…

Europe’s Transport Network Proves Vulnerable to Climate Change

December 15, 2014 - in Corporate, Planning, Transit, Transportation

Transport is vital to the smooth running of the economy. When movement of people, goods or services is hindered, the indirect costs to the economy can be many times higher than the direct cost of damaged transport infrastructure. Despite these risks, adapting…

Our Grids Narrowly Missed Solar Blasts in 2012

March 20, 2014 - in Security

Fierce solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites in space narrowly missed Earth in 2012, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. The bursts would have wreaked havoc on the Earth's magnetic field, matching the severity…

NIST Revises Smart-Grid Guidance with Focus on Security

November 6, 2013 - in Energy, Projects

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is revising its smart-grid guidance to address technological and policy changes over the past three years that have made the grid more susceptible to vulnerabilities and threatened utility customers' privacy.…

Researchers to Hack Sensors to Demonstrate Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability

July 26, 2013 - in Energy, Oil & Gas

Cybersecurity researchers next week will demonstrate how hackers can potentially wreak havoc on critical U.S. infrastructure, even causing explosions by altering the readings on wireless sensors used by the oil and gas industry. The presentations at the Black…

New Online Tool Helps Predict Hurricane-Induced Coastal Change

July 1, 2013 - in Emergency, Planning, Projects

The probability of hurricane-induced coastal change on sandy beaches from Florida to New York has been assessed for the first time in two U.S. Geological Survey studies released today. The two reports -- one assessing the coastline from Florida to North Carolina,…

Experts Comment on Canada’s Infrastructure Vulnerability to Natural Disasters

June 24, 2013 - in Maintenance

Canada's infrastructure has become more vulnerable to natural disasters such as the flooding in southern Alberta due to the rising cost of upkeep and increasing frequency of dangerous weather due to climate change, say experts attending a major conference…