Department of Geography

A hydoelectric dam is damaged, nestled in the Himalayan mountain scape.

Cause and scope of the Uttarakhand disaster

In February, the Uttarakhand region of India experienced a humanitarian tragedy when a wall of rock and ice collapsed and formed a debris flow.


A town in the forest where buildings are burned down, trees are blackened ash, with smokey air.

Evacuating under dire wildfire scenarios

A study proposes a new framework for simulating dire scenarios, defined as when there is less time to evacuate an area from a wildfire than is required.


A view overlooking salt lake valley from the University of Utah campus at sunset. On the horizon, you can see faint mountains that are obscured by hazy air, showing an example of air pollution that builds up in the valley.

Air pollution spikes reduce test scores

More frequent peak air pollution exposure was associated with reduced math and English language arts test scores for third graders in all primary public schools in Salt Lake County.


Seismic monitoring may improve early warnings for glacial lake outburst floods

Seismic stations may provide a real-time, remote monitoring system to give early warnings of glacial lake outburst floods that devastate downstream communities. Global warming is drastically increasing the risk of these floods.


First daily surveillance of emerging COVID-19 hotspots

As COVID-19 outbreaks sweep across communities, local officials are forced into a whack-a-mole approach to battling the virus. Geographers hope a new method will provide timely data to inform public policy.


Persistent inequitable exposure to air pollution in Salt Lake County schools

A new study utilized a community-university partnership of nearly 200 PM 2.5 sensors through the Air Quality and U network. U researchers revealed persistent social inequalities in Salt Lake County schools.


Australia on fire: What are the impacts?

The wildfires in Australia are among the most severe in history.


ESCAPING WILDFIRES

New study the first to map escape routes for wildland firefighters from the air


TROUBLED EDENS

“Troubled Edens,” the latest film by KUED’s John Howe, explores the numerous challenges facing these beloved parks.


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STUDENT-LED GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP ON CAMPUS One in four college students is grieving the death of a loved one. On a campus where over 30,000 students are currently enrolled, this means that there are over 7,500 students grieving. As anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one knows, the world keeps on turning […]