Today in disaster resilience (9 June 2023)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

China – Floods and Landslides in South West Leave 17 Dead, 6 Missing

Japan – 2 Dead, 4 Missing, Homes Destroyed After Tropical Storm Mawar Dumps Heavy Rain

Europe is struggling with a precarious water situation ahead of another drought-riven summer

Devastating floods hit Ecuador, extensive damage reported in Esmeraldas

Widespread floods and landslides hit Haiti, leaving 15 people dead and 8 missing

Increased degassing activity at Taal volcano, vog reported in Balete, Laurel, and Agoncillo, Philippines

Hazardous magmatic eruption possible at Mayon volcano, Alert Level raised to 2, Philippines

Türkiye – 2 Fatalities Reported After Floods in Black Sea Provinces

Algeria – 6 Dead After Further Heavy Rain and Floods

What we’re watching: Weekly disaster update, June 5

Ukraine dam: Thousands flee floods after dam collapse near Nova Kakhovka

Wildfires in Western Canada engulf 400 000 ha (1 million acres), impacting air quality across North America

4 killed, 32 injured after M4.9 earthquake hits Haiti

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Jun 2023: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Semeru, Reventador

Record-breaking wildfire-related smoke event affects at least 61.8 million

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Fires, floods and disappearing beaches: can Mediterranean holidays survive?

Snow or Ice Extent – Graphing Tool

JMA reports warmest spring in Japan since record-keeping began in 1898

This mannequin sweats, and it’s helping ASU researchers understand heat stress

Resources at “breaking point” to deal with heatwaves this summer warn local authorities, first responders, utility companies and transport sector

Broken record: Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels jump again

Just resilience for Europe: Towards measuring justice in climate change adaptation

Using electric water heaters to store renewable energy could do the work of 2 million home batteries – and save us billions

Addressing Loss and Damage: What can we learn from countries’ National Adaptation Plans?

El Niño may push heating past 1.5C but urgent action could avert catastrophe

Uninsurable America: Climate change hits the insurance industry

Too late now to save Arctic summer ice, climate scientists find

Researchers deploy sensors in Miami’s neighborhoods to provide new assessment of dangerous heat conditions

The massive smoke plume choking the northeast U.S. is what climate change looks like

Locally led adaptation: Promise, pitfalls, and possibilities

Flash Droughts Are Getting Flashier

UN climate talks might avoid fossil fuel phase-out, says Cop28 official

Pakistan’s Flood Problem Is Supercharged by Climate Change. Recovery Means Going Beyond Damage Control

The Climate Crisis Was Always Real. Now It’s in Your Lungs

Global greenhouse gas emissions at all-time high, study finds

El Niño planet-warming weather phase has begun

Disaster risk reduction

Another major insurer is halting new policy sales in California

A probabilistic approach to levee reliability based on sliding, backward erosion and overflowing mechanisms: Application to an inspired Canadian case study

Flood susceptibility mapping using support vector regression and hyper-parameter optimization

In Defense of Metrics: Metrics Sufficiently Encode Typical Human Preferences Regarding Hydrological Model Performance

Identifying and testing the probability distribution of earthfill dam breach parameters for probabilistic dam breach modeling

Integrity of Sydney’s main Warragamba dam at risk from extreme flooding, says study

Pyekfmm: A Python Package for 3D Fast‐Marching‐Based Travel‐Time Calculation and its Applications in Seismology

Key Recommendations on Wildfire Prevention in the Mediterranean

What caused the wildfires in Canada?

Why insurance companies are pulling out of California and Florida, and how to fix some of the underlying problems

Emergency management

Japan vending machines to automatically offer free food if earthquake hits

Italy Flood 2023, DREF Operation MDRIT004

Symptoms linger 2 years after COVID-19 for 1 in 6 unvaccinated people

Finding Common Ground for Disaster Response

Dominican Republic | They do the first crisis management tabletop exercise

FloodMapp revolutionizes flood response in Texas, US

Aerial Methods For Fighting Fires

Wildfires: almost 300 European firefighters mobilised to support Canada

Ukraine dam disaster: Lack of clean water, spread of disease, major risks

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Wildfires are a paradox of destruction and new life

The role of bots in spreading conspiracies: Case study of discourse about earthquakes on Twitter

Heat Action Day

Social Media and Morality

Norway to prioritise security, citizens’ preparedness

Putting communities in the driver seat: Good practices from the Philippines


Psychology and disasters

Climate-related damage to people’s homes can have significant effects on their health, well-being – study

Global mental health and climate change: A geo-psychiatry perspective

Sociology and disasters

Social Capital and Disasters

Wildfire preparedness and response must include planning for unhoused people and other vulnerable populations

Chicago Watches the Heat Kill Its Disadvantaged Residents Leveraging the positives from the pandemic to strengthen infectious disease care in low-income and middle-income countries


Today in disaster resilience (2 June 2023)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Earthquake reported at Sunbury near Melbourne, impact felt in city’s CBD

Algeria – 2 Dead After Flash Floods in 9 Provinces

Nova Scotia officials declare emergency over rare and ‘very aggressive’ wildfires

Massive wildfire in Scottish Highlands has burned nearly six square miles of land

Major tornado outbreak in Liaoning, China

Major flooding hits Ankara amid extreme rainfall

Historic rain event triggers widespread flooding in Valle De Oro, Texas

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Jun 2023: Santiaguito volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Ibu, Villarrica

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Adaptation Gap Report

Antarctic Sea Ice Is at Record Lows. Is It an Alarming Shift?

Antarctic Ocean Circulation Has Slowed Dramatically, Study Finds

Up to 70% of California beaches could disappear by end of the century

Climate change risk, resilience, and adaptation among rural farmers in East Africa: A literature review

New maps reveal places at risk from sea-level rise

With forecasts for a sweltering summer, L.A. vows to improve response to extreme heat

Chapter 1 – Evaluation of community response and resilience on climate change: a bibliometric analysis

Africa is getting hotter

Climate change risk to price stability: Higher average temperatures increase inflation

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would save billions of people from dangerously hot climate

“This is nuts:” European power prices go negative as springtime renewables soar

Earth past its safe limits for humans, scientists say

Global projections of flash drought show increased risk in a warming climate

‘Safe and just’ climate boundary has already been breached, says contested study

The sinking city: Alexandria’s race against climate change–dd3efaca2db9

Divergent urbanization-induced impacts on global surface urban heat island trends since 1980s

Shanghai records its highest May temperature in more than 100 years

Why 40°C is bearable in a desert but lethal in the tropics

Disaster risk reduction

Evaluation of Station Timing Errors from Demeaned Arrival Time Delays

2023 hurricane forecast: Get ready for a busy Pacific storm season, quieter Atlantic than recent years thanks to El Niño

Deciphering human influence on annual maximum flood extent at the global level

Disaster Insurance Reimagined

Extending global river gauge records using satellite observations

I’m a seismologist and for my birthday, I got an earthquake

Towards an Integrated Approach to Wildfire Risk Assessment: When, Where, What and How May the Landscapes Burn

‘Building back better’ is neoliberal post-disaster reconstruction

The Indigenous community fighting fire with fire

Against a backdrop of increasing hazards like floods and droughts in parts of the world and growing pressure on water resources, the World Meteorological Organization will strengthen implementation of its plan of action for hydrology

How reproducible and reliable is geophysical research?

How busy will Atlantic hurricane season be? Depends on who wins unusual battle of climatic titans

Earthquakes can change the course of rivers – with devastating results. We may now be able to predict these threats

Melbourne earthquake 2023: are they becoming more common? A seismology expert explains

‘Wilderness Urban Interface’ wildfires are on the rise across North America

New Research Overlays Sociodemographic, Green Infrastructure And Stormwater Flood Risk Data To Assess Equitable Distribution Of Green Infrastructure

Price growth for homes in high flood risk zones up to 50% lower than those in unexposed areas

Big Tech and Artificial Intelligence can support Early Warnings for All

Emergency management

How a Medical Reserve Corps Unit Addresses the Needs of Vulnerable Populations During an Evacuation

Early warnings for all initiative

Anticipatory action helps flood-affected communities in Cameroon’s Far North

Uganda and Kenya Conclude Simulation Exercise on Managing Cross-Border Disaster Displacement

Wildfire Peer Reviews

How satellites are being used in the battle against wildfires

Over 1 million people internally displaced in Somalia in record time

Technology could be key to future wildfire prevention, fighting: companies

Portugal collaborates with Finland to reduce forest fire risks

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Earthquakes in Australia

Effects of Time Pressure, Reward, and Information Involvement on User Management of Fake News on a Social Media Platform

How ENSO leads to a cascade of global impacts

The Wildfire Module asks students to consider the question, “How will wildfire risks and impacts change over the next 100 years?”

Psychology and disasters

Trolled in science: “Hundreds of hateful comments in a single day”

Disaster Mental Health Risk Reduction: Appraising Disaster Mental Health Research as If Risk Mattered

Trauma-Aware Education: Essential information and guidance for educators, education sites and education systems

Attitudes and beliefs towards COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccination among rheumatology patients in a Los Angeles County safety net clinic

Risk-efficacy framework – a new perspective on threat and efficacy appraisal and the role of disparity

Sociology and disasters

Mapping a threat: Climate change’s deadly summer heat may deepen disparities in Chicago

The Potential and Roles of Ethnic Minorities in Disaster Risk Reduction: IDRiM2022 Conference Session Report on Muslim Communities in Japan

Behind Political Affiliation: How Moral Values, Identity Politics and Party Loyalty Have Affected COVID-19Vaccine Uptake

Envisioning environmental equity: climate change, health, and racial justice

Constructing a social vulnerability index for flooding: insights from a municipality in Sweden

Women’s and girls’ vulnerability to gender-based violence in the aftermath of disasters

Today in disaster resilience (26 May 2023)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Catastrophic floods in Italy force thousands of people to leave their homes

More than 450 fatalities in Myanmar after Tropical Cyclone “Mocha” makes landfall

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Flooding Rivers Damage Homes and Impact Livelihoods

Somalia – Flooding Displaces Thousands, Prompts Urgent Humanitarian Response

Mexican volcano spews smoke into starry sky

Intense eruption at Popocatepetl, ash to 10 km (32 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico

Rain, even smoke help fight wildfires in Alberta; new blaze brings evacuation in British Columbia

Mawar closes in on category 5 strength while nearing Guam

Millions in Mexico warned to prepare for evacuation as Popocatépetl volcano spews ash

Category 5 Super Typhoon Mawar rapidly intensifies to 175 mph winds

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 May 2023: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Sangay

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Is there warming in the pipeline? A multi-model analysis of the Zero Emissions Commitment from CO2

Transport produces a large and rising share of Australia’s harmful carbon pollution (19 percent)

The nine hours in which Spain made the 100% renewable dream a reality

Redefining “Glacial Pace”

In Years After El Niño, Global Economy Loses Trillions

Global Ocean Heat and Salt Content: Seasonal, Yearly, and Pentadal Fields

A multimodel analysis of post-Glasgow climate targets and feasibility challenges

Can coal-hungry Botswana ramp up solar to meet renewables target?

Study finds 2 billion people will struggle to survive in a warming world – and these parts of Australia are most vulnerable

Quantifying the human cost of global warming

Transport Minister Michael Wood: ‘Real possibility’ some NZ roads will be abandoned

What Bangladesh can teach the world about climate disaster preparation

More nations plan for ‘health disasters’ fuelled by climate change

Global heating will push billions outside ‘human climate niche’

Nearly 150,000 Indians have died in the past 51 years because of extreme weather: WMO

Minimizing the risk of rising sea levels

Were Italy’s floods caused by climate change? Experts analyse what happened as 36,000 left homeless

World Meteorological Congress approves Global Greenhouse Gas Watch

Adapting to the impacts of extreme heat in Bangladesh’s labour force

‘Gobsmacking’: Antarctic sea ice shrinks

World organisations, world events and world objects: how science, politics, and the mass media co-produce climate futures

The CoralHydro2k database: a global, actively curated compilation of coral δ18O and Sr ∕ Ca proxy records of tropical ocean hydrology and temperature for the Common Era

How Blackouts during Heat Waves Amplify Mortality and Morbidity Risk

Accelerating Climate Action Will Help Honduras Achieve Inclusive and Resilient Growth

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would save billions from dangerously hot climate

Strategic city planning can help reduce urban heat island effect

Recent reduced abyssal overturning and ventilation in the Australian Antarctic Basin

Origin, importance, and predictive limits of internal climate variability

Forcing and impact of the Northern Hemisphere continental snow cover in 1979–2014

Sweltering heat wave hits Sri Lanka; climate change will likely bring more

Burning Hot: 50 Years of Fire Weather Across the United States

Disaster risk reduction

FEMA Announces Additional $160M to Build Climate and Disaster Resilience Nationwide

Key Recommendations on Wildfire Prevention in the Mediterranean

A review of Earth Artificial Intelligence

Threatening 22 million people, Mexico’s Popocatepetl is a very closely watched volcano

How AI is making weather forecasts more accurate

Hazard definition and classification review

A continent-wide detailed geological map dataset of Antarctica

The NZ regions most at risk of tsunamis

‘Painting with fire’: how northern Australia developed one of the world’s best bushfire management programs

Economic costs of weather-related disasters soars but early warnings save lives

Using AI, researchers have created a new tsunami warning system

Cluster Analysis of Slope Hazard Seismic Recordings Based Upon Unsupervised Deep Embedded Clustering

Years ago Italy created a task force entrusted with preventing flooding. Why didn’t it work?

Tonga volcano eruption created ‘super plasma bubble’ in atmosphere, disrupting precise GPS

Unpublished list reveals 3,400 San Francisco buildings may be at severe earthquake risk

“Beyond Adaptation”: Coming to Terms with Loss & Damage

Application of MEMS Data to Fast Inversion of Rupture Process: Tests with Recordings from the IRREEW Network

Emergency management

Elite smokejumpers serve as a first line of wildfire response

Public Submissions – Independent Review of Commonwealth Disaster Funding

As FEMA struggles to keep up with climate disasters, extremist groups see an opportunity

Eruption of Tonga underwater volcano found to disrupt satellite signals halfway around the world

Bases take part in RoC multi-national firefighting exercise

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Pyrosketchology is an approach for building awareness of the fire environment through observations, sketching and nature journaling practices

Challenges, Strategies, and Impacts of Doing Citizen Science with Marginalised and Indigenous Communities: Reflections from Project Coordinators

US Fire and Smoke Map

Helping more people stay safe with flood forecasting

Social media-based urban disaster recovery and resilience analysis of the Henan deluge

Continental US Hurricane Strikes Poster

Psychology and disasters

Mental Health and Trauma

Why Some People Expect Catastrophes in Everyday Situations

Sociology and disasters

Uneven paths: Soft Policy’s benefits to recovery in Louisiana Parishes after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita’s_benefits_to_recovery_in_Louisiana_Parishes_after_Hurricanes_Katrina_and_Rita

Secession by flooding: How rain is dividing up our good country Uganda

As world’s poor face ‘compounding crises’, what could curb risks?

Children in East Asia and the Pacific face the greatest exposure to multiple climate disasters

Household Flood Severity and Migration Extent in Central Java: Analysis of the Indonesian Family Life Survey

Today in disaster resilience (19 May 2023)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Myanmar, Bangladesh and India – Thousands Evacuate as Powerful Tropical Cyclone ‘Mocha’ Makes Landfall

Croatia – Flooding in Multiple Counties After Record Rain, Authorities on Alert as Rivers Rise

Ethiopia – Flooding Continues in Several Regions, Displacing Thousands and Threatening Food Security

Devastating floods in Italy claim lives and leave thousands homeless

B.C. residents pack bags as wildfires rage

Italy – (Updated) 8 Dead After More Flooding in Emilia-Romagna

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 May 2023: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Reventador

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Flooding Rivers Damage Homes and Impact Livelihoods

Somalia – Flooding Displaces Thousands, Prompts Urgent Humanitarian Response

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Flood risks remain as B.C. heat wave smashes temperature records

Hybrid forecasting: blending climate predictions with AI models

Oceans have been absorbing the world’s extra heat. But there’s a huge payback National Integrated Heat Health Information System

Change in Antarctic ice shelf area from 2009 to 2019

The effect of uncertainties in natural forcing records on simulated temperature during the last millennium

Green energy flag-bearer South Australia says gas must ‘stand behind’ renewable switch

The Link Between the Madden-Julian Oscillation and Rainfall Trends in Northwest Australia

Exploring risks and benefits of overshooting a 1.5 °C carbon budget over space and time

Coping with climate shocks: Ecosystems versus economic systems

U.S. heat wave frequency and length are increasing

May 2023 ENSO update: El Niño knocking on the door

World’s biggest carbon capture plant running at one third capacity, Chevron Australia reveals

French activists protest climate crisis with fire

Global warming to bring record hot year by 2028 – probably our first above 1.5°C limit

Taking the Pulse of Global Change with World Heritage Data Sets

April Heat Wave in South Asia Made 30 Times More Likely by Climate Change

Managing wildfires in the context of climate change

Global temperatures set to reach new records in next five years

Heat Waves: A Growing Threat to Society and the Environment

El Niño and La Niña have become more extreme and frequent because of climate change, study finds

Disaster risk reduction

Addressing water-related conflict and disasters

Research aims to improve predictions of heavy rainfall events

Flood gauges to be upgraded as part of $263 million disaster warning network

Your guide to the High-Level Meeting of the UNGA on the Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR

Public review of the Words into Action guide on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems

Lateral Variations of Attenuation in the Crust of Alaska Using LgQ Tomography

Anthropogenic factors on the West African coast are contributing more than global climate change to the rapid increase in vulnerability and flood risks in the region

New tool could help track deadly eruption hazard

Panta Rhei benchmark dataset: socio-hydrological data of paired events of floods and droughts

Integrated field, model, and theoretical advances inform a predictive understanding of transport and transformation in the critical zone

Analysis of spatial and temporal trend of hydro-climatic parameters in the Kilombero River Catchment, Tanzania

Water conservation suffers as reservoir operation and floodplain development become entrenched in a vicious cycle

One in six properties in England will be affected by flood risk by 2050, study suggests

Floodplains most sensitive to extreme magnitude events have a tendency for populations to be most densely settled in these rarely flooded zones

Countries most exposed to individual and concurrent extremes and near-permanent extreme conditions at different global warming levels

Continuously Updated Digital Elevation Models (CUDEMs) to Support Coastal Inundation Modeling

As danger season begins, congress must pass stronger wildfire policies

As we fight the Alberta and B.C. wildfires, we must also plan for future disasters

Emergency management

In war-torn northwest Syria, earthquake survivors struggle to find medical care

Performance of the flood warning system in Germany in July 2021 – insights from affected residents

Home insurance coverage falters as California wildfires worsen

High-quality satellite imagery swiftly reveals post-earthquake details

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Next Supercontinent

Staying Safe During Extreme Heat

Raising Hazard Awareness at the Foot of One of the World’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes

Psychology and disasters

Mental health risks for cultural heritage professionals within the framework of disaster risk reduction: An exploratory study on the emotional impact of ruins after the 2016 earthquake in central Italy

How a disaster expert prepares for the worst

How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time

Fixing broken flood gauges is important. But most of us don’t evacuate even when we know the water is coming

Sociology and disasters

What is social sustainability?

Extreme humid heat in South Asia in April 2023, largely driven by climate change, detrimental to vulnerable and disadvantaged communities

Today in disaster resilience (12 May 2023)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Alberta announces state of emergency as 25,000 flee out-of-control wildfires in western Canada

DR Congo – Dozens Feared Dead After Floods Cause “Immeasurable Damage” in South Kivu

Heavy rains affect nearly 500 000 people, devastate crop fields in Jiangxi, China

Tornado strikes Anamur district, Turkey, injuring over a dozen people and destroying banana greenhouses

Intense explosive activity, multiple pyroclastic flows trigger evacuations around Fuego volcano, Guatemala

DR Congo – Death Toll From South Kivu Floods Rises to Almost 400

Swiss village of Brienz told to flee imminent monster rockslide

DR Congo – Many Feared Missing After Landslide in North Kivu

New Zealand – More Floods in Auckland After 50mm of Rain in 1 Hour

Very strong M7.6 earthquake hits Tonga

Devastating wildfires engulf southern Russia, claiming lives and property

Flood levels in Somerset villages ‘highest on record’ as floating cars abandoned

Sierra Leone – 7 Fatalities After Floods Hit Freetown

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 May 2023: Popocatépetl volcano, Krakatau, Semeru, Ibu, Dukono

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency 2022

Political strategies for climate and environmental solutions

How will climate change impact wildfires in Scotland?

April Mediterranean heatwave ‘almost impossible’ without climate crisis

Solar Installation Growth Expected To Reach 700 GW By 2025

How will climate change affect Latin America? Scientists respond to IPCC report

Thermal structure of proglacial lakes in Patagonia

As Torres Strait Islands face a ‘climate crisis’, there are calls for the government to ‘see for themselves’

Why making El Niño forecasts in the spring is especially anxiety-inducing

Extreme April heat in Spain, Portugal, Morocco & Algeria almost impossible without climate change

IPCC data on coastal flood risk on BlueEarth

Exceptional stratospheric contribution to human fingerprints on atmospheric temperature

Quantifying the contribution of forcing and three prominent modes of variability to historical climate

Black summer bushfires may have caused rare ‘triple dip’ La Niña, study suggests

Greenland glacier discovery shows sea level projections are too low

Climate Change Tracker

Record number of serious outdoor fires tackled in England in summer 2022

May 2023 ENSO update: El Niño knocking on the door

The UN Campaign for Individual Action

Climate Central analysis shows that human-caused climate change made the record-breaking spring heat forecast in parts of the western U.S. and Canada up to 5 times more likely

Global Mean Sea Level rise rate

Disaster risk reduction

Deterministic & probablistic risk

Qualitative assessment of resilience in construction projects

When it rains, it really does pour

Europe’s advanced new weather satellite will support Early Warnings for All

Beyond avoided losses: capitalizing on the secondary benefits of investments in urban flood protection

Lismore floods aftermath debate asks if land management could slow flow of water

The US National Risk Index has undergone a large data update, which changes the way FEMA assesses risk

The Destructive Earthquake Doublet of 6 February 2023 in South‐Central Türkiye and Northwestern Syria: Initial Observations and Analyses

Risk, Reward, and Resilience Framework: Integrative Policy Making in a Complex World

GEB v0.1: a large-scale agent-based socio-hydrological model – simulating 10 million individual farming households in a fully distributed hydrological model

NT water allocation draft risks ‘irreversible damage’ to country and culture, critics say

Providing weekly forecast estimates of the magnitude and timing of annual production and fuel across coterminous U.S. rangelands

When impervious cover doesn’t predict urban runoff: Lessons from distributed overland flow modeling

Tjuwanpa Women Rangers’ Burning Story

High-Level Meeting on the Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework

Emergency management

‘It’s still killing and it’s still changing.’ Ending COVID-19 states of emergency sparks debate

Alberta wildfire evacuees frustrated by a lack of information and timelines for return

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How to create local climate change projects with your students

WildfireSAFE Mobile Application

Video: Hidden Volcano Abyss

‘Like Nagasaki’: devastating wildfires will only get worse, new book warns

Psychology and disasters

Solidarity under heterogenous adaptation costs: Experimental evidence on coping after climate hazards

Better prepared but less resilient: the paradoxical impact of frequent flood experience on adaptive behavior and household resilience

Mental health of vulnerable groups experiencing a drought or bushfire: A systematic review

Sociology and disasters

Post-Disaster Recovery Challenges of Public Housing Residents: Lumberton, North Carolina After Hurricane Matthew

CAPE Vulnerability Index

Understanding how people’s lives are impacted by gender norms, roles and relations within a given culture and society is critical to understanding and reducing disaster risk

Community coherence during COVID-19 -a pilot study

Fostering Socio-Ecological Resilience to Wildfire by Interconnecting Knowledge Systems at Cal Poly Humboldt

From labelling weakness to liberatory praxis: a new theory of vulnerability for disaster studies

In the Arena: Contesting Disaster Creation in Cities

Residual Governance: How South Africa Foretells Planetary Futures

Capacitating urban governance and planning systems to drive transformative resilience

Today in disaster resilience (5 May 2023)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Rainy season ravages Ecuador, leaves 79 people dead, 39 missing and 14 184 homes damaged

Uganda – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Kasese, Mbale and Rukungiri

Pakistan – Deadly Floods in Balochistan Province

Kenya – Floods Displace Thousands of Households in Mandera and Kisumu

Destructive floods and landslides hit Rwanda, leaving over 100 fatalities

Widespread floods hit Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Canada – Two Missing After Floods in Quebec

Updated: Uganda – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Kasese, Mbale and Rukungiri

Residents of Baie-Saint-Paul, Que., face flooded basements, washed out roads and a huge cleanup

Rwanda – Death Toll Rises as Flooding Continues

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 May 2023: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Katla, Reventador

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s adoption of electric vehicles has been maddeningly slow, but we’re well placed to catch up fast

‘Endless record heat’ in Asia as highest April temperatures recorded

Researchers from ISGlobal and LSHTM Call for Incorporating Heat Stress Indices into Communication of Dangerous Heat Waves

Indigenous knowledge can help address climate change

How Sicily Is Tackling Wildfires Amid a Global Climate Crisis

In the Pacific Northwest, 2021 Was the Hottest Year in a Millennium

Sizzling Cities: Planning for urban heat resilience in South Asia

Wildfires, Global Climate Change, and Human Health

Hawaiʻi Sea Level Rise Viewer

Remarkable new tech has revealed the ancient landscape of Arnhem Land that greeted Australia’s First Peoples

Climate change and crumbling infrastructure create a ‘perfect storm’ for Americans living in flood zones

Disaster risk reduction

Earthquake research shaking up tailings dam safety

Projected losses from a major California earthquake soar. What’s behind seismic inflation?

What are overlooked disasters and why we shouldn’t miss them

Historic flooding in Fort Lauderdale was a sign of things to come – a look at who is most at risk and how to prepare

Spreading like wildfire: the rising threat of extraordinary landscape fires

Five recommendations for integrating equity into benefit-cost analysis for flood risk management

Using Cave Formations to Investigate Ancient Wildfires

Designing inclusive, accessible early warning systems: Good practices and entry points

Deadly volcanic flow insights could aid forecasting

Emergency management

The role of access to finance in disaster recovery: Evidence from coastal communities in India

Cyclone Gabrielle: Civil Defence’s emergency response in Hawke’s Bay to be reviewed

‘We only got 30 minutes’: Entire Indigenous community flees northern Alberta wildfire

Nearly $4 Billion in Flood Insurance Payments Reach Policyholders After Hurricane Ian

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Role of Virtual Communication in Building an Intertwined Relation Between Business Resilience and Community Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Climate Data Primer

Hurricane preparedness

Psychology and disasters

Residents of Quebec town still struggle with aftermath of 2019 dike break, flooding

Chapter 10: Supporting children and families affected by disasters

Building resilience to the mental health impacts of climate change in rural Australia

Community experiences of the 2022 Australian floods

Cumulative and compounding effects of pre-pandemic vulnerabilities and pandemic-related hardship on psychological distress among pregnant individuals

Who helps the helpers? Earthquakes put spotlight on aid workers’ needs

Sociology and disasters

Three A’s of social capital in crises: Challenges with the availability, accessibility and activatability of social support

New Report Shows Extreme Heat Impacts Lower Income, More Racially Diverse Residents Most

Valuing adaptive programming: a study of resilience processes and outcomes

The blame game: disaster, queerness and prejudice

Spinning in circles? A systematic review on the role of theory in social vulnerability, resilience and adaptation research

Migration is a development challenge

How India’s caste system keeps Dalits from accessing disaster relief

Today in disaster resilience (28 April 2023)

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Large rare tornado hits Myanmar – over 200 homes destroyed, 8 fatalities, and 128 injured

Angola – Thousands of Homes Damaged or Destroyed After Days of Heavy Rain

Severe shaking after M5.9 earthquake, series of aftershocks hit North Island, New Zealand

Historic heatwave engulfs the Iberian Peninsula

Large tornado hits earthquake-relief camp in Turkey

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Apr 2023: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Karangetang

Brazil – Thousands Displaced After Floods and Landslides in Bahia

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Thai authorities issue extreme heat warnings as temperatures soar

Majority of Australians keen to switch from gas to electric to lower emissions, survey finds

The summer of 2021 was the Pacific Northwest’s hottest in a millennium

Report highlights climate change danger to children’s education in Pacific

Poles Have Lost Enough Ice to Form an Ice Cube 12 Miles High, Study Finds

‘We have already lost’ in 2 key climate change signals, according to UN report

As Earth’s climate warms, glaciers and ice sheets are retreating, cracking, and adding to sea level rise at record speeds

How will I experience climate change?

Here Are the Places Most at Risk From Record-Shattering Heat

Half the global population saw all-time record temperatures over past decade

WMO annual report highlights continuous advance of climate change

In hot water: here’s why ocean temperatures are the hottest on record

As Sea Levels Rise, the East Coast Is Also Sinking

The most at-risk regions in the world for high-impact heatwaves

Human-induced climate change increased drought severity in Horn of Africa

AR6 Synthesis Report: Climate Change 2023

Drought-hit Spanish town gets water trucked in as temperatures peak

‘Statistically impossible’ heat extremes are here – we identified the regions most at risk

Record renewables help bring down Australia’s energy prices and emissions

The Global Transboundary Climate Risk Report 2023

Extreme climatic events and human biology and health: A primer and opportunities for future research

Disaster risk reduction

Explore the ocean with MyOcean Pro

A Community Disaster Resilience Index for Chile

The classic Mediterranean vacation spot that sits over a live volcano

Missing Maps: Using mapping for humanitarian good

Mechanisms of hydrological responses to volcanic eruptions in the Asian monsoon and westerlies-dominated subregions

Ghana catalyzes new action to address disaster risks and growing climate crisis

Emergency management

Inter-Agency Coordination in Disaster Management

How deadly lessons from Fukushima changed Japan and the world

What we’re watching: Weekly disaster update, April 24

Safeguarding First Responders on duty

France to mobilise wildfire-fighting forces one month early

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Volcano Crisis Communication

About Journal of Disaster Studies

Rivercraft 2: the game engaging young people on flood risk

Psychology and disasters

Beyond burnout II: A case series of doctors seen in a new publicly funded doctors’ mental health service

Trauma-Informed Social Media: Towards Solutions for Reducing and Healing Online Harm

Sociology and disasters

Behavioral changes during the COVID-19 pandemic decreased income diversity of urban encounters

The Resilience of a Resettled Flood-Prone Community: An Application of the RABIT Framework in Pasig City, Metro Manila

Ageism and the pandemic: How Canada continues to let older adults suffer and die from COVID-19

Building urban infrastructure resilience through network governance

Preconditioning the 2023 Kahramanmaraş (Türkiye) earthquake disaster

Today in disaster resilience (21 April 2023)

Please find below links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disasters

7 fatalities, 6 missing after widespread floods hit Tanzania

Wildfires along French-Spanish border force hundreds to evacuate

Ukraine – Floods in 8 Regions Impact Hundreds of Households

Massive landslide caused by lightning hits Pakistan, burying about two dozen trucks

Rapidly melting snow causes widespread flooding in Minnesota, U.S.

Tornadoes kill 3 in central US; new storms possible Thursday

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Apr 2023: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Ibu, Dukono

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Is sea-level rise exaggerated?

Disaster risk is magnified by climate change; it can increase the hazard while at the same time decreasing the resilience of households and communities

El Nino watch has been issued by NOAA

How is climate change affecting wildfires? Expert discusses link, concerns

Drastic climate action is the best course for economic growth, new study finds

Antarctica’s heart of ice has skipped a beat. Time to take our medicine

Wave Climate Variability and Trends in Tuvalu Based on a 44-Year High-Resolution Wave Hindcast

The next El Niño: when is it coming and how strong might this one be for Australia?

Human-induced weakening of the Northern Hemisphere tropical circulation

Florida lawmakers set aside $2.5M to buy out homes on St. Johns County beach with severe erosion

AGL juggles closure times as NSW waves goodbye to Australia’s oldest coal plant

Ocean conditions in uncharted territory as water temperatures reach record high

New Research Sparks Concerns That Ocean Circulation Will Collapse

Sprawling heat wave envelops large swath of Asia

More Heat Waves and fewer Cold Waves are the new normal in India

Faster than forecast, climate impacts trigger tipping points in the Earth system

Accelerating melt of ice sheets now ‘unmistakable’

‘Frightening’: record-busting heat and drought hit Europe in 2022

European State of the Climate 2022

Fear and Wonder podcast: how climate change is affecting rainfall, droughts and floods

Killer heatwaves endanger India’s development

Disaster risk reduction

As heatwaves and floods hit cities worldwide, these places are pioneering solutions

A dive into the deep past reveals Indigenous burning helped suppress bushfires 10,000 years ago

Dynamic World, Near real-time global 10 m land use land cover mapping

The quest to build wildfire-resistant homes

The evolution of Australian island geographies and the emergence and persistence of Indigenous maritime cultures

Breakthrough fix identified for earthquake-prone buildings

Deep time spatio-temporal data analysis using pyGPlates with PlateTectonicTools and GPlately

Ancient Earth globe

Emergency management

Lessons observed: Looking back on decades of emergency management

An inventory tool to assess displacement data in the context of weather and climate-related events

Geographies of COVID-19

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Exploring Temporal and Multilingual Dynamics of Post-Disaster Social Media Discourse: A Case of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident

State agency requests community input for Hawaii’s hazard mitigation plan

Psychology and disasters

The importance of mental health care in emergency management highlighted by Tony’s Trek

Physical and mental health status of women in disaster-affected areas in Bangladesh

What buffered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on depression? A longitudinal study of caregivers of school aged children in Ireland

Building resilience to the mental health impacts of climate change in rural Australia

CAPE Vulnerability Index

Sociology and disasters

Just adaptation and the role of social capital

Rural communities challenges and ResilientSEE: Case studies from disasters in Florida, Puerto Rico, and North Carolina

The wider the gap between rich and poor the higher the flood mortality

An exploratory study on the life recovery experiences of flood affected farmers in South Punjab-Pakistan

Revealing Naarm: Interactive map reveals hidden Indigenous histories of major sites

Cyclone Ilsa: how disasters, the housing crisis and underinsurance can conspire to worsen inequality

The double burden of inequality and flood losses

How social infrastructure saves lives: a quantitative analysis of Japan’s 3/11 disasters

Natural Hazards, Social Policy, and Electoral Performance: Evidence from the 2017 Earthquake in Mexico City

Today in disaster resilience (14 April 2023)

Please find below links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Two destructive tornadoes hit New Zealand

Burundi – Damage and Fatalities After Floods in 4 Provinces

Massive eruption at Sheveluch volcano produces strongest ashfall in 60 years, Russia

Cyclone Ilsa: Powerful storm hits Western Australia

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Apr 2023: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru

USA – Flash Floods in South Florida After 650mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Iran – 3 Killed, Hundreds Displaced After Floods in North West

Philippines – 5 Dead, 1 Missing After Floods and Storms in South

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Wind and solar power generators wait in yearslong lines to put clean electricity on the grid, then face huge interconnection fees they can’t afford

Heat-driven shifts in wind patterns could increase hurricane risks along US coastlines, researchers say

‘Headed off the charts’: world’s ocean surface temperature hits record high

Washington state’s 2021 heat wave contributed to 159 excess injury deaths over three weeks

“We must work for water, for water to work for us” – UN Climate Change Executive Secretary addresses water-climate challenge

Climate models warn of possible ‘super El Niño’ before end of year

The suite of substances that can tackle carbon dioxide

NOAA says methane is now over 2.5 times pre-industrial levels

Does climate breakdown mean we’re doomed? No: if we’re brave, big change can happen fast

Global warming is disrupting an Antarctic current system that life on Earth relies on

Getting real: what would serious climate action look like?

Simulated volcanic eruptions may be blowing up our ability to predict near-term climate

New study reveals ‘invisible’ glacier loss in the greater Himalaya

How cities use energy to regulate temperature – just like mammals

Disaster risk reduction

Machine Learning Model Doubles Accuracy of Global Landslide ‘Nowcasts’

Characterising the coincidence of soil moisture – precipitation extremes as a possible precursor to European floods

Novel Google Maps and Google Earth application for chemical industry disaster risk assessment during complex emergencies in Eastern Ukraine

Why are earthquakes unpredictable?

Addressing challenges in uncertainty quantification: the case of geohazard assessments

After years of large cyclones, some Vanuatu residents believe they are more prepared than ever for future disasters

Is an active hurricane season ahead for 2023? AccuWeather issues early forecast

Babbling brook to thunderous torrent: Using sound to monitor river stage

One Surface Model to Rule Them All?

Early Warning Systems and Their Role in Disaster Risk Reduction

Kontur is a geospatial data and real-time risk management solutions provider for business, government and humanitarian organizations

Can artificial intelligence predict weather months in advance?

Memphis area seeing an increase in days with the possibility of tornadoes, study finds

Project SIREN – Crowd-Sourcing to Save 70 Years of Italian Hydrological Measurements

Cities will need more resilient electricity networks to cope with extreme weather

Addressing challenges in uncertainty quantification: the case of geohazard assessments

Severe Storm, Supercell, and Tornado Trends

Emergency management

Federal government to pay 100% of Arkansas’ tornado costs for 30 days, Sanders says

Severe Tropical Cyclone Ilsa makes landfall on WA’s Kimberley-Pilbara coast as category five system

Anatomy of monster storm: how Cyclone Ilsa is shaping up to devastate the WA coast

Disaster education, communications and engagement

10 questions to ask when reporting on natural disasters

Digitalization in Disaster Risk Reduction: The Use of Smartphones to Enhance the Safety of Informal Settlements in Iringa, Tanzania

Be Ready for Earthquakes: California’s April Earthquake Preparedness Month

Global training in disaster risk reduction

We need your help! Gender and Sexual Minorities in Disasters Reference Guide

Preparing for hurricane season: Lessons learned from risk communication to behavioral change

Psychology and disasters

Lucy Easthope: “We are all disaster survivors now”

What I Saved from the Disaster

Climate Anxiety and High School: How Young People Are Coping

Sociology and disasters

Uneven paths: Soft Policy’s benefits to recovery in Louisiana Parishes after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Governance of Disaster Management

When the Water Rises: Lives and Livelihoods of Flood-Prone Communities of Sierra Leone

Flooded City: Affects of (Slow) Catastrophe in Post-Harvey Houston

Repetitive floods intensify outmigration and climate gentrification in coastal cities

Stratifying Disaster: State Aid, Institutional Processes, and Inequality in American Communities

Today in disaster resilience (7 April 2023)

Please find below links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Death toll from US tornadoes rises to 26 as clean-up efforts begin

Very strong M7.0 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

Indonesia – Floods in Central Kalimantan Damage 4,000 Homes

Latvia – Augšdaugava Communities Isolated After Daugava River Floods

Pakistan – 11 Dead as Rain and Flash Floods Cause Houses to Collapse in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Democratic Republic of the Congo – 20 Killed in North Kivu Landslide

Ethiopia – 240,000 Impacted by Heavy Rains and Floods, 29 Dead, Says UN

Kenya – More Fatalities After Floods in South

Italy – Deadly Flash Floods in Calabria

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia has a carbon price for industry – and it may infuse greater climate action

‘Slipping through our fingers’: New Zealand scientists distraught at scale of glacier loss

Back-to-Back Hurricanes Could Become Common by 2100

‘Losing your home is a massive thing’: how the climate crisis came to Norfolk

‘Tornado alley’ is shifting farther into the US east, climate scientists warn

Climate risks could prompt a rethink of planned SEQ dam upgrades

Underestimated mass loss from lake-terminating glaciers in the greater Himalaya

For Uganda’s Vanishing Glaciers, Time Is Running Out

In Fiji, the climate crisis is no longer off in the future – it’s a daily reality

Disaster risk reduction

A new book examines the extent of biodiversity loss caused by Australia’s Black Summer wildfires and what lessons our country must learn

Historical Hurricane Tracks – GIS Map Viewer

In 5 charts: continued high losses from natural catastrophes in 2022

Extreme flooding controlled by stream network organization and flow regime

International Journal of Wildland Fire

New UNC study quantifies $562M in financial risk from Hurricane Florence using novel modeling approach that evaluates risk of mortgage default and property abandonment

Satellites reveal hotspots of global river extent change

Why the U.S. leads the world in weather catastrophes

Flood risk in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: A consideration of flood defences in a broadscale hydraulic model

The timing of decreasing coastal flood protection due to sea-level rise

A systematic review of natural flood management modelling: Approaches, limitations, and potential solutions

Importance of catchment hydrological processes and calibration of hydrological-hydrodynamic rainfall-runoff models in small rural catchments

Flood vulnerability and risk assessment of historic urban areas: Vulnerability evaluation, derivation of depth-damage curves and cost–benefit analysis of flood adaptation measures applied to the historic city centre of Tomar, Portugal

Disaster risk out of control despite global agreement to stop them

UC geography study finds detention basins often work best

Emergency management

The UN Secretary-General has called for every person on Earth to be protected by early warning systems within five years by 2027

England’s automated flood alerts to be permanent despite inaccuracy warnings

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Indigenous knowledge offers solutions, but its use must be based on meaningful collaboration with Indigenous communities

Psychology and disasters

Personality Traits and Types of Housing Recovery after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

The effects of secondary stressors, social identity, and social support on perceived stress and resilience: Findings from the COVID-19 pandemic

Geopsychiatry and social psychiatry

Survey: 37% of evacuees who fled Fukushima may have PTSD

Sociology and disasters

Social Safety Theory: Conceptual foundation, underlying mechanisms, and future directions

Tornado destruction highlights low-income disaster preparedness challenges

Bonding, bridging, linking social capital as mutually reinforcing elements in adaptive capacity development to flood hazard: Insights from rural Bangladesh

This study illuminates how congregations adapted to an unfolding crisis in real-time and reveals areas of organizational learning and vulnerability

Trust but verify: Validating new measures for mapping social infrastructure in cities

New Conceptual Model of Social Sustainability: Review from Past Concepts and Ideas