DENVER – For homeowners and renters who sustained damages caused by Colorado’s flooding, the next step after contacting their insurance company is to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Following a Sept. 14 presidential disaster declaration, homeowners, renters and business owners in Adams, Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that began on Sept. 11, 2013 may now apply for state and federal disaster assistance.Language English
DENVER – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Adams, Larimer and Weld counties who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that began on Sept. 11, 2013 may now apply for state and federal disaster assistance.
Individual Assistance was extended after ongoing damage assessments by officials from the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Disaster assistance for qualified applicants may include:Language English
DENVER – The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management announced today that 12 additional counties have been added to the September 12, 2013, presidential emergency disaster declaration for the Colorado flooding in Boulder, El Paso and Larimer counties.Language English
WILLISTON, Vt. – You’ve made an emergency plan and set up a phone tree for your family members to call during a disaster. You’ve even put together a disaster kit with water, food, a flashlight and portable radio.
But have you planned for what you’ll do with your dog or cat if a flood or other disaster strikes?
September is National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging people to remember their pets as they make plans to cope with an emergency.Language English
Surveying Ice and Fire: The First Map of All of Iceland's Glaciers and Subglacier Volcanic Calderas Released
For the first time, all of Iceland’s glaciers are shown on a single map, produced by the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), in collaboration with the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Iceland Geosurvey. The map is the first to incorporate historical data and coverage from aerial photographs and remote sensing satellites, such as Landsat and SPOT, to show the change in the areal extent of glaciers during the past century.
Iceland has about 300 glaciers throughout the country, and altogether, 269 glaciers, outlet glaciers and internal ice caps are named. The glaciers that lack names are small and largely newly revealed, exposed by melting of snow pack due to warmer summer temperatures. The number of identified glaciers has nearly doubled at the beginning of the 21st century.
"Iceland's glaciers have also been revealed to be quite dynamic during the past century," said Oddur Sigurðsson, the senior author of the new map and a glaciologist with the IMO. "At the maximum of the Little Ice Age (about 1890 in Iceland), it's glaciers reached their greatest areal extent before receding to their present-day positions, interrupted with a few cooler periods during this century-long recession. Iceland's glaciers continue their retreat and lose volume; its ice caps are losing an average of 1 m of ice each year from their surfaces."
Subglacier volcanic calderas and their locations with respect to the glaciers are an important feature of the new map. Many of Iceland‘s glaciers lie over active volcanoes, including Eyjafjallajökull, the now well-known volcano an eruption from which in 2010 disrupted air travel between North America and Europe and within Europe.
Knowing which volcanic calderas lie beneath glaciers and their history of volcanic activity is important for disaster preparation and mitigation. When a volcano erupts beneath a glacier, it often results in the unleashing of very large volume floods known by scientists as a jökulhlaup ("Glacier-outburst flood").
This volcano-glaciological hazard is well known to Icelanders. The largest jökluhlaups occur when the Katla volcano under the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap (just to the east of Eyjafjallajökull; see graphic, an excerpt from the map) erupts, resulting in a flood that exceeds the normal flow of the Amazon River, Earth's largest river in terms of volume of water!
Richie Williams, emeritus senior research geologist with the USGS and collaborator on the map notes that, "The more than 40 years of scientific research in Iceland by USGS scientists, in collaboration with numerous Icelandic scientists and institutions, has produced many important scientific publications in volcanology, geothermal activity, volcanic geomorphology, glaciology, and geologic hazards."
Surge-type glaciers also make their debut on this cartographically unique map. Surge-type glaciers are those that, for reasons not completely understood scientifically, suddenly move forward, advancing several hundred meters or even several kilometers in a few months.
Brúarjökull, a surge-type glacier on the northern margin of Vatnajökull, Iceland's largest ice cap, surged forward 8 km in 1963/1964. Eyjabakkajökull, a surge-type glacier just to the east of Brúarjökull, surged about 2 km in 1972/1973, a change that was captured on the first Landsat images acquired of a surging glacier.
The map of Iceland's glaciers is the result of many decades of research and data collection from all across Iceland, the area of which is about the same as the Commonwealth of Virginia. Maps compiled by the Danish Geodetic Survey in the first third of the 20th century, aerial mapping missions for the U.S. Army Map Service at the end of World War II, satellite images from Landsat and SPOT during a period of four decades, all contributed to the map´s compilation.
The USGS and many Icelandic scientific institutions, including the Icelandic Meteorological Office, have a more than 40-year history of cooperative research, including a long-standing Memorandum of Understanding for research on a wide variety of subjects, including glaciers, volcanoes, tectonics, and geothermal energy. Iceland is the world leader in geothermal exploration and technology, a major source of "green" energy.
The map is entitled "Map of the Glaciers of Iceland" ("Jöklakort af Íslandi" in Icelandic); the map Legend is in both Icelandic and English and is available from the Icelandic Meteorological Office or Iðnú ehf. More information on glacier research in the USGS can be found online.
Celebrate the second annual Geologic Map Day! On October 18, as a part of the Earth Science Week 2013 activities, join leading geoscience organizations in promoting awareness of the importance of geologic mapping to society.
Geologic maps are vital to education, science, business, and public policy concerns. Geologic Map Day will focus the attention of students, teachers, and the general public on the study, uses, and significance of these tools, by engaging audiences through educational activities, print materials, online resources, and public outreach opportunities.Geologic map of the Holy Cross quadrangle, Colorado
In conjunction with Geologic Map Day, the USGS is promoting several new events. The first "Best Student Geologic Map Competition" will be held at the annual Geological Society of America meeting. Students in university (either undergraduates or graduate students) from around the world who have completed a geologic map are eligible to compete and we will be posting short videos of university students who have mapping in the field this summer. We hope these videos will inspire younger students in high school to consider the Earth Sciences as their future major.
Be sure to check out the Geologic Map Day poster included in this year's Earth Science Week Toolkit. The poster and other materials in the kit show how geologic maps can be used to understand natural hazards as well as providing step-by-step instructions for a related classroom activity. Additional resources for learning about geologic maps can be found on the Geologic Map Day web page.
Geologic Map Day partners include the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the Association of American State Geologists, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the Geological Society of America, and Esri.
Focusing on the theme of "Mapping Our World," Earth Science Week 2013 will be celebrated October 13-19. To learn more, please visit www.earthsciweek.org/. To order your Toolkits, please visit www.earthsciweek.org/materials/. You may also call AGI Publications to place your order at 703-379-2480.
For more information, go to: http://www.earthsciweek.org/geologicmap/
The Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces Brief Delay in Release of Preliminary Flood Risk Maps for York and Cumberland Counties in the State of Maine
BOSTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is announcing today that they are briefly delaying the issuance of the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for York and Cumberland Counties for the State of Maine that was planned for Monday, September 16, 2013. Over the past several years, FEMA has been working closely with state and local partners on these latest map revisions. The reason for this brief delay is to allow time to ensure that FEMA has a viable engagement plan, given possible financial challenges associated with a new and uncertain fiscal year.Language English
BOSTON – September is National Preparedness Month and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is hosting a live Twitter chat on campus readiness to discuss how colleges and universities throughout the nation can prepare for disasters, alert students and faculty during emergencies and share best practices.
FEMA, in partnership with DePaul University in Chicago, Boston College, Florida State University, and Virginia Tech, will facilitate the discussion, highlighting innovative ways that campuses can prepare for disasters.Language English
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NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey kick off a quest for an innovative and affordable space-based system to extend the Landsat data record for decades to come with a public forum and call for ideas Wednesday, Sept. 18.
The Sustainable Land Imaging Architecture Study Industry and Partner Day will take place from 1-4:30 p.m. EDT in the NASA Headquarters Webb Auditorium, 300 E St. SW, Washington. Following this public forum, NASA will release a request for information to formally seek new ideas on the design of such a system.
In April the Obama Administration directed NASA to conduct the study as part of its initiative to create for the first time a long-term, sustainable spaceborne system to provide Landsat-quality global observations for at least the next 20 years. The Sustainable Land Imaging Program, announced in the President's proposed fiscal year 2014 budget, directs NASA to lead the overall system architecture study with participation from USGS.
Representatives of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, NASA and the USGS will present details of the study process and planning timeline during the public forum.
"We are looking for system design solutions that spur innovation and increase efficiencies, making use of aerospace expertise from across the government and commercial aerospace sector," said David Jarrett, study lead in the Earth Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. "We will evaluate a range of solutions, including large and small dedicated spacecraft, formation flying, hosted payloads, and international and private sector collaborations."
"Landsat data are used by a broad range of specialists to assess some of the world’s most critical issues — the food, water, forests, and other natural resources needed for a growing world population.” said Matt Larsen, USGS Associate Director for Climate and Land Use Change. "We are happy to participate in the NASA study to help develop and refine the long-term future of this program, while at the same time recognizing that it is vital that we maintain our Landsat observational capabilities over the short-term to ensure that no data gap occurs."
The objective of the Sustainable Land Imaging study is to design space-based systems that can provide continuous Landsat-quality data for at least 20 years and be sustained in a tight federal budget environment. The system is planned to continue the 41-year-old Landsat data record, which was assembled with a series of single satellites implemented one at a time.
The most recent addition to the long-running series, Landsat 8, launched in February 2013, is performing well. However, Landsat 7, launched in 1999 and now operating with limited redundancy and a waning fuel supply, could fail or run out of fuel in the next few years. Both satellites were developed and launched by NASA. The spacecraft are now operated by the USGS, which is responsible for generating, archiving, and distributing a range of standard products based on the space-borne measurements.
The Landsat program provides continuous global, moderate-resolution measurements of land and coastal regions, providing mankind's longest record of our planet from space. Landsat data provide a consistent and reliable foundation for research on land use change, forest health and carbon inventories, and changes to our environment, climate, and natural resources.
The free and open availability of Landsat data enables the measurements to be used routinely by decision makers both inside and outside the government, for a wide range of natural resource issues including water resource management, wildfire response, agricultural productivity, rangeland management, and the effects of climate change.
Media interested in attending the public forum must contact Steve Cole no later than 11 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, Sept. 18.
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