Natural disasters each year cause tremendous damage and loss of life around the world. While we cannot prevent the Earth from unleashing its fury, we can seek to better understand the natural hazards that loom over us. We have great insight into the how natural hazards work due to steady improvements in research tools and data analysis. Early warning systems alert communities to the rumblings of volcanoes soon to erupt and deadly tsunamis in the wake of large earthquakes. Researchers use geophysical satellites to better understand the impact of drought on aquifers and the deformation surrounding earthquakes. The goal is simple – to improve our ability to assess risk and adopt preventative measures before disaster strikes. This page provides an overview of natural hazard research and current events in Science and elsewhere, including our new special feature package.