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27th March 2014

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New NIST roadmap outlines research path to reduce storm impacts
A new ‘roadmap’ report announced by NIST identifies research areas that need to be addressed to reduce impacts from windstorms and coastal inundations, such as those caused by surges.

The impetus for the project was the extensive property losses and casualties that have occurred during the last several decades as a result of powerful hurricanes such as Katrina in August 2005 and severe tornadoes such as the massive storm that struck Joplin, Mo., in May 2011.

The roadmap includes:

  • A vision for communities resilient to these hazards;
  • A list of grand challenges facing those working toward reducing impacts (such as designing 'smart' buildings with wind performance monitoring systems built into the structural system and developing computer models that incorporate changing and future conditions when predicting storm surge and tsunami risks);
  • Descriptions of 30 priority R&D topics that must be addressed in the effort; and
  • A proposed program of prioritized R&D activities and their associated benefits.


VIMS model now capable of street-level storm-tide predictions
A study led by Professor Harry Wang of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science demonstrates the ability to predict a hurricane’s storm tide at the level of individual neighborhoods and streets — a much finer scale than current operational methods.

The study, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, shows that with the right input, the team’s high-resolution computer model was able to simulate water levels to within 6-8 inches of those observed in New York City and surrounding areas during Hurricane Sandy’s approach and landfall in late October 2012.


WHO provides a sitrep on Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever in Guinea
The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea has notified WHO of a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in south eastern Guinea. The cases have been reported in Guekedou, Macenta, and Kissidougou districts. As of 25th March 2014, a total of 86 suspected cases including 60 deaths (case fatality ratio: 69.7%) had been reported. Four health care workers are among the victims. Reports of suspected cases in border areas of Liberia and Sierra Leone are being investigated.

WHO and other partners are deploying additional experts to provide support to the Ministry.

Read the WHO report.

Vision Solutions introduces Double-Take for AIX 4.1
Vision Solutions has announced the release of version 4.1 of its Double-Take for AIX product family for IBM Power Systems running AIX in physical, virtual and cloud environments. The Double-Take for AIX product family provides easy, automated high availability with Double-Take Availability for AIX, reliable disaster recovery protection for data and applications with Double-Take RecoverNow for AIX and migrations with near-zero downtime using Double-Take Move for AIX.

Key enhancements in Double-Take for AIX 4.1 include:

  • Enhanced replication performance;
  • Support for unattended, lights-out monitoring with email alerts;
  • Additional ease-of-use features, including new, automated procedures for common administrative tasks, faster status collection and display, support for secure connectivity to the browser-based user interface through SSL and the ability to create admin groups that share configurations;
  • The option to streamline the deployment of Double-Take RecoverNow for AIX on IBM PureFlex Systems using a virtual appliance.

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Date: 27th March 2014 • Region: Various

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