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Jan 12, 2024

First, Do No Harm: Guidance for Community-Engaged Research After Disasters

After disasters, the people impacted are often called upon to participate in scientific research, but survivors have needs that must be met with respect and consideration. 

Dec 5, 2023

How Open Science Can Both Advance and Hinder Equity in Research

Not all aspects of open science currently deliver on the promise of equity. 

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Nov 17, 2023

What Is Open Science? An Intro, Common Misconceptions and Advice

2023 is the year of open science. But what exactly does that mean? 

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Nov 6, 2023

New Model Adds Human Reactions to Flood Risk Assessment

By taking human adaptation into account, a new land change model offers a more realistic assessment of flood risk. 

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Oct 18, 2023

Greener Neighborhoods Can Protect Us – at the Cellular Level

A new study finds that greenspace in urban environments has a positive impact on a key genetic marker associated with exposure to stress. 

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Oct 4, 2023

NSF-Funded Project Will Expand Access to Open-Source Geospatial Program

The effort will update, and expand access to, a geospatial software platform used in efforts ranging from infrastructure planning to understanding wildlife distribution. 

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Jun 27, 2023

New Tool Maps South Florida Fire Risk Pixel by Pixel

NC State researchers designed a computer model, "FireHydro," to allow fire managers to map fire risk in South Florida on a day-to-day basis. 

Dozens of purple blocks represent small farms on a satellite image.

Apr 12, 2023

Researchers Use Geospatial Analytics and AI to Develop Global Food Security Solutions

Integrating AI and geospatial technology can help solve challenges to global food security and poverty that are exacerbated by climate change. 

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Mar 2, 2023

Scientists Use Satellites To Track Earth ‘Greening’ Amid Climate Change

NC State researchers found changes in global “greening” will play a significant role in how much carbon dioxide plants capture and store. 


Nov 30, 2022

New Visualization Tool Helps Weather Forecasters and Researchers More Easily Identify and Study Bands of Heavy Snow

NC State researchers developed a technique to allow weather forecasters and atmospheric scientists to distinguish heavy snow from mixed precipitation. 

Jun 14, 2022

Study: People Are Most Physically Active When Their Environments are Both Highly Walkable and Very Green

New research used wearable sensors and satellite data to identify how a person’s environment affects their level of daily exercise. 

The invasive insect, the spotted lanternfly.

Jun 8, 2022

Invasive Insect That Kills Grapes Could Reach California Wine Region by 2027

An NC State study predicts the spotted lanternfly has a low probability of first reaching the grape-producing counties of California by 2027, and a high probability by 2033. 

Aerial of forests in Great Smoky Mountains.

Mar 3, 2022

During Droughts, Thirstier Mountain Forests Could Mean Less Water Downstream

Increased water use by upstream mountain forests could leave less water for other forests, cities and wildlife during drought. 

Map of the United States showing predicted average flood damage risk by state or district.

Feb 22, 2022

Study: U.S. Flood Damage Risk Is Underestimated

NC State researchers say their method of using machine learning to estimate flood risk offers a way of rapidly updating flood maps. 

NC State University doctoral researcher Will Reckling prepares to launch a drone on Roan Mountain, NC, to map the area for endangered high-elevation plants.

Nov 8, 2021

Keeping Track of Rare Mountaintop Plants with Drones

Drones allow researchers to more safely and efficiently monitor endangered high-elevation plants.