Scientists Assess Laboratory Damage In The Wake Of Hurricane Harvey

After a weekend spent bracing against record-breaking rains and catastrophic flooding, many scientists remain in suspense about how Hurricane Harvey will affect their research. Many are still unable to return to their labs and field sites to assess potential damage. Marine researchers are facing “substantial” water damage to one of two major laboratory buildings at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas, according to Communications Coordinator Sally Palmer. “We’re hoping that at least some of the instruments are still there somewhere, but haven’t been able to check yet,” Palmer tells ScienceInsider. In the meantime, Palmer says that—like many other institute employees—she is dealing with some storm damage on the homefront, where winds knocked down the backyard fence at her residence.

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