Malibu, CA, 1996 - Photo credit: FEMA
The Science of Natural Disasters
For more than 100 years, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography have explored, examined, and studied the natural world in an attempt to understand the complicated mechanisms of the earth. Natural disasters take an alarming toll on the inhabitants of the planet in areas hit hardest by physical events that result in violent and devastating impacts. Researchers at Scripps and elsewhere in the world dig deep and spend years and decades searching for clues to unravel the mysteries of the earth's natural, and often destructive, phenomena.
The planet has been struck in recent times by natural events, such as wildfires, tsunamis, earthquakes, and hurricanes. An understanding of some of the scientific research efforts under way by ocean and earth researchers around the world can provide a clearer understanding about how our complicated, integrated, and action-packed Earth actually works.
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