Editor’s Selections: Aviation Noise, Accelerating Erosion, and a Trio of Natural Disasters

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By Sarah Kendrew

Sarah Kendrew Sarah Kendrew selects interesting and notable ResearchBlogging.org posts in the physical sciences, chemistry, engineering, computer science, geosciences and mathematics. She blogs about astronomy at One Small Step.

This week on ResearchBlogging I was particularly enthralled by the Geosciences contributions, which covered a bunch of interesting topics in Earth and climate science. So especially for Valentine’s Day 2011, here is some love for your inner geo-geek, with a dollop of engineering.

  • Noise in Aviation. FrauTech describes results from a study by the German Aerospace Centre into the effect of aircraft, road and rail noise on sleep patterns. She goes on to talk about engineering efforts to reduce the noise from jet engines.
  • Harnessing Nature to cure its (man-made) ills. On the Berkeley Science Review blog, Josh Shiode talks about a new method to sequester CO2 by harnessing the power of erosion recently described in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Erosion of rocks by seawater captures CO2 from the atmosphere over geological timescales. What if we could accelerate this process?
  • Friday focal mechanisms: Chile’s persistent seismic gap. In many parts of the world understanding the physics of earthquakes is a matter of life and death. In this post, Chris Rowan talks about new research into the tectonic features responsible for earthquakes in Chile, where some of the biggest quakes on record have struck.
  • Pakistan floods: Predictable or predicted, but a disaster nonetheless. Another excellent post along the theme of natural disaster prediction on the Highly Allochthonous blog; this one with an additional policy angle. Were last summer’s catastrophic floods in Pakistan predicted by meteorologists, and were their warnings heeded by policy makers? Anne Jefferson describes recent research into the science and politics of the 2010 Pakistan floods.
  • A deadly heat wave is finally hindcasted. I remember very well the European heatwave of the summer of 2003 – as a healthy 20-something the heat was a nice change from dreary rain, but the suffering of the sick and elderly in these uncommon conditions was in the news every day. So I enjoyed reading in this article on the AGU’s GeoSpace blog that scientists have managed to forecast-in-hindsight this exceptionally hot European summer and its geophysical drivers.

Thanks for the many great posts, and I’ll be back next week with new picks.

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