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Media Advisory: ARkSTORM!
Released: 2/23/2010 11:00:00 AM

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
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Phone: 650-793-1534

Menlo Park, Calif. -- An upcoming emergency-preparedness exercise that looks at how California would be affected by a series of “Atmospheric River” storms is the subject of a lecture at Menlo Park Thursday, February 25, 2010.  USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project manager Dale Cox will detail how scientists are preparing for the ARkSTORM exercise, which will take place May 17-19, 2011.

The scenario is based on a series of "Atmospheric River" events slamming into the west coast with hurricane force over several weeks.  Storms of this magnitude are projected to become more frequent and intense as a result of changing climate conditions.  Floods, landslides, coastal erosion, and inundation hazards will be characterized and translated into infrastructural, environmental, agricultural, social, and economic impacts.

Who: Dale Cox, USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project manager

When: Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Lecture preview -- 12:00 noon
Media availability for questions and interviews -- 1:00 p.m.
Public lecture -- 7:00 p.m.

Where: Building 3, 2nd-floor Auditorium
U.S. Geological Survey
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, California

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