Thursday, September 11, 2008

Waiting for Disaster

Reading Stephen Flynn's The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation. Why didn't we listen to him?

Reading Jeff Masters' weather blog. It's highly educational; pay special attention to the discussion of storm surge severity.

Trying different scenarios in the flood maps web app.

I really should be reading the satellite sensor owner's manual in front of me. But first, to sleep.

1 comment:

  1. Haven't read the book yet although it is on the list. I am very intrigued as I tend to think that our society both on an individual and institutional level has really turned a blind eye to risk.

    We have been watching the news about Ike. My mom's family was from Houston area and my grandfather spent many years working at the Exxon Mobil Baytown refinery, when the oil company wasn't sending him off to supervise the building of refineries in other parts of the world. Even though I no longer have family in the area I am well acquainted with the terrain and the problems and tend to keep an eye on the gulf storms.

    Hurricanes and weather have affected my family in many ways, including the fact that my father's father died in a hurricane in the early 1930's when he was out working a shrimper in the early 30's. We have so much information today and yet we are at such great risk. Whatever happend to "Knowledge brings responsibility"?

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