SXSW 2019

Science in Dangerous Places for Public Rewards


Scientists flock to volcanic eruptions and earthquake ravaged areas, endure gale-force hurricane winds and chase tornadoes to collect the data that may one day save people’s lives, but often risk their own lives in the process. Hear from scientists who get up close and personal with some of Earth's most destructive forces and their aftermath to collect information and develop technologies to warn people of future threats and teach them how to prepare for the impact. Perhaps the most important part about researching natural disasters is warning people about future risks — learn more about how these scientists communicate the danger and splendor of Earth's processes to the public.

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  1. Prediction and modeling power for weather and other natural disasters has greatly improved since past historic events.
  2. Data collection in the field will help predict natural disasters and save human lives in the future.
  3. Studying communities in post-disaster settings can help areas plan better for future events.



Kimberly Nelson, Public Affairs Specialist, National Science Foundation

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Social & Global Impact
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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