Today in disaster resilience (18 May 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Schools, University of Tasmania reopen after record flood as clean-up continues http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-13/university-of-tasmania-to-reopen-after-flood-damage/9756404

Kīlauea Volcano Erupts https://www.usgs.gov/news/k-lauea-volcano-erupts

B.C. town submerged by worst flood in 70 years, 30 people rescued https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/b-c-town-submerged-by-worst-flood-in-70-years-30-people-rescued-1.3926926

Tasmanian flood damage bill hits $20m as insurance claims pour in after wild weather http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-14/hobart-floods-insurance-claims-come-pouring-in/9758208

Some New Brunswick residents facing tough choice after floods: clean up, or move https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/05/14/new-brunswick-floods-leave-residents-with-costly-and-stressful-cleanup.html

China – Days of Heavy Rain Cause Deadly Floods in Guangxi http://floodlist.com/asia/guangxi-floods-may-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Sri Lanka – Thousands Hit by Floods in Galle and Kalutara http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-galle-kalutara-may-2018

Shinmoedake volcano eruption ejects ash up to 7.6 km (25 000 feet), Japan https://watchers.news/2018/05/15/shinmoedake-volcano-eruption-ejects-ash-up-to-7-6-km-25-000-feet-japan/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Kenya Dam burst and floods death toll reached 48, 40 still missing https://watchers.news/2018/05/14/kenya-dam-burst-and-floods-death-toll-reached-48-40-still-missing/

At least 61 killed as fierce dust storms strike India, death toll over 200 https://watchers.news/2018/05/14/dust-storms-india-2018/

The Finnish regions of Lapland and Saimaa are likely to see flooding in the coming weeks, as warm temperatures set spring thaws in motion https://www.sott.net/article/385520-Finnish-Lapland-braces-for-worst-spring-flooding-in-20-years

Somalia: Flood Response – May 2018 (as of 15 May 2018) https://reliefweb.int/report/somalia/somalia-flood-response-may-2018-15-may-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Afghanistan – Over 30 Dead After Flash Floods in 11 Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-floods-may-2018

USA – Deadly Storms Hit North East, Flash Floods in Maryland http://floodlist.com/america/usa/usa-storms-north-east-flash-floods-maryland-may-2018

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 May 2018: Popocatépetl volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Kilauea https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68984/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-17-May-2018-Popocatepetl-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Kilauea-Sakuraj.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The world’s population must globally move to zero emissions across agriculture, air travel, shipping, heating homes https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/26/were-doomed-mayer-hillman-on-the-climate-reality-no-one-else-will-dare-mention?CMP=share_btn_tw

A Hawaiian island got about 50 inches of rain in 24 hours. Scientists warn it’s a sign of the future http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-hawaii-storm-kauai-20180428-story.html?outputType=amp&__twitter_impression=true

The military paid for a study on sea level rise. The results were scary https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/04/25/climate-change-could-make-thousands-of-tropical-islands-uninhabitable-in-coming-decades-new-study-says/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c8933efbbbdb

Mapped: African heatwaves could increase ‘five-fold’ with 3C of global warming https://www.carbonbrief.org/mapped-african-heatwaves-could-increase-five-fold-with-3c-of-global-warming

We May Be on the Verge of a Human-Made Climate Disaster https://www.alternet.org/environment/climate-disaster-looms

Australia beats 100MW rooftop solar installs for 7th month in a row https://onestepoffthegrid.com.au/australia-beats-100mw-rooftop-solar-installs-7th-month-row/

‘Glaring inconsistency’: National emissions jump may be underestimated https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/glaring-inconsistency-national-emissions-jump-may-be-underestimated-20180514-p4zf75.html

Six languages for a risky climate: how farmers react to weather and climate change https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-018-2217-z

Climate change is already making droughts worse https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-climate-change-is-already-making-droughts-worse?utm_content=buffer4a285&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Climate Change and Drought: From Past to Future https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40641-018-0093-2

Future climate risk from compound events https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0156-3.epdf?

2016 Arctic heat would have been virtually impossible without global warming https://www.climate.gov/news-features/featured-images/2016-arctic-heat-would-have-been-virtually-impossible-without-global

Adventurer scientists swarm the melting Thwaites Glacier for clues to how fast sea level will rise https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/antarctic-quest-seeks-to-predict-the-fate-of-a-linchpin-glacier/

Arctic Heat Surges Again, and Studies Are Finding Climate Change Connections https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08052018/arctic-heat-wave-climate-change-sea-ice-loss-amplification-north-pole?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

New study finds variations in global warming trend are caused by oceans https://phys.org/news/2018-05-variations-global-trend-oceans.html

A Drone’s Eye View: UAV applications for a resilient Seychelles https://www.gfdrr.org/en/feature-story/drones-eye-view-uav-applications-resilient-seychelles

Emerging trends in global freshwater availability https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0123-1

Worst-case climate change scenario is even worse than we thought https://www.newscientist.com/article/2168847-worst-case-climate-change-scenario-is-even-worse-than-we-thought/

Short-term rainfall deficiencies increase in southeastern Australia http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/drought/

‘Adapting to uncertainty’ needed in face of climate shocks – experts http://www.eco-business.com/news/adapting-to-uncertainty-needed-in-face-of-climate-shocks-experts/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Disaster risk reduction

Landslides and monsoon variation in India https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/04/26/landslides-monsoon-variation-1/

From property damage to lost production: How natural disasters impact economics https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180411174141.htm

Houston City Council unanimously backs plan to build homes in flood plain https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/City-Council-unanimously-backs-plan-to-build-12863712.php

Cornellians pitch in to update federal flood guide http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/05/cornellians-pitch-update-federal-flood-guide#.WvicAVK7dAM.twitter

Earthquake prediction is a fool’s errand http://all-geo.org/highlyallochthonous/2018/05/earthquake-prediction-is-a-fools-errand/

Will your property flood next year? These tech startups have answers https://www.edf.org/blog/2018/05/10/will-your-property-flood-next-year-these-tech-startups-have-answers?

Developing a global operational seasonal hydro-meteorological forecasting system https://www.geosci-model-dev-discuss.net/gmd-2018-118/

The only way to reduce risk is to understand it http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2018/The-only-way-to-reduce-risk-is-to-understand-it.html#.WvmXObnen4Q.twitter

Earthquake science could have predicted North Korea’s nuclear climbdown https://theconversation.com/earthquake-science-could-have-predicted-north-koreas-nuclear-climbdown-96378?

Why Does Ebola Keep Showing Up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-does-ebola-keep-showing-up-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo/

Fears of flooding as Mumbai plans to open salt pans for social housing https://www.zilient.org/article/fears-flooding-mumbai-plans-open-salt-pans-social-housing

Addressing gender inequality in early warning systems https://floodresilience.net/blogs/reaching-the-last-mile-addressing-gender-inequality-in-early-warning-systems

A near-real-time tool to characterize global landslide hazards https://eos.org/research-spotlights/a-near-real-time-tool-to-characterize-global-landslide-hazards

Buyer beware: Evaluating property disclosure as a tool to support flood risk management https://www.cigionline.org/sites/default/files/documents/PB%20No.131.pdf

Transforming Development and Disaster Risk http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/5/1458

Assessing the Real Cost of Disasters https://www.oecd.org/gov/risk/assessing-the-real-cost-of-disasters-9789264298798-en.htm

How a New Flood Strategy Helped a Colorado City Skirt Disaster http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2018/05/14/how-a-new-flood-strategy-helped-a-colorado-city-skirt-disaster

In Flood-Weary Kansas City, Modifications Save Buildings and Dollars http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2018/05/14/in-flood-weary-kansas-city-modifications-save-buildings-and-dollars

Ash could paralyze Tokyo if Mount Fuji erupts, government report warns https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/05/01/national/ash-paralyze-tokyo-mount-fuji-erupts-government-report-warns/#.WvtZo–FPIW

India to soon begin forecasting reach of tsunami waves in-land https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/science/india-to-soon-begin-forecasting-reach-of-tsunami-waves-in-land/articleshow/64052209.cms

What Houston Is Learning About Underground Tunnels To Mitigate Flooding https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/in-depth/2018/05/12/284919/what-houston-is-learning-about-flood-tunnels-in-other-cities/

How to stop a humanitarian disaster before it happens https://grist.org/article/how-to-stop-a-humanitarian-disaster-before-it-happens/

Helping vulnerable homeowners move out of harm’s way to break the cycle of flood-rebuild-repeat https://www.nrdc.org/experts/rob-moore/title

Damage from flooding doesn’t have to be inevitable https://theconversation.com/damage-from-flooding-doesnt-have-to-be-inevitable-95847

Forgetting the Flood?: An Analysis of the Flood Risk Discount over Time http://opim.wharton.upenn.edu/risk/library/J2013LandEcon_Atreya.pdf

We’re making hurricanes worse. We’re also not preparing for them https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/were-making-hurricanes-worse-were-also-not-preparing-for-them/2018/05/11/bd0647e8-549b-11e8-abd8-265bd07a9859_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6f2ce8118a85

Satellite Data Archives Reveal Unrecorded Himalayan Floods https://eos.org/articles/satellite-data-archives-reveal-unrecorded-himalayan-floods#.Wvye3y87–A.twitter

Flood Protection Infrastructure: The Fine Line Between Disaster Generation and Disaster Prevention http://www.i-s-e-t.org/single-post/2018/05/16/Flood-Protection-Infrastructure-The-Fine-Line-Between-Disaster-Generation-and-Disaster-Prevention

Less talk, more action: It’s time to get serious about floodplain management http://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2018/05/16/less-talk-more-action-its-time-to-get-serious-about-floodplain-management/

Concern piloted a Flood Resilience Measurement Tool (FRMT) https://floodresilience.net/blogs/a-flood-resilience-measurement-tool-concern%E2%80%99s-experience-in-afghanistan

Your Sea Wall Won’t Save You https://placesjournal.org/article/your-sea-wall-wont-save-you/#.Wsj6V8vVnmc.twitter

Understanding New Zealand’s largest fault https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/2018644982/understanding-new-zealand-s-largest-fault

Federal researchers forecast long, hot wildfire season for most regions in Canada https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-federal-researchers-forecast-long-hot-wildfire-season-for-most/

 

Emergency Management

Centre to launch National Disaster Database https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/centre-to-launch-national-disaster-database/articleshow/63954927.cms

Female firefighters defy old ideas of who can be an American hero https://theconversation.com/female-firefighters-defy-old-ideas-of-who-can-be-an-american-hero-95342

A tiny town in Washington state fears a massive earthquake will wipe it out. But one man is leading the fightback http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43841897

Margaret River locals says short-stay, party-house tourists wouldn’t know what to do if a fire hit https://thewest.com.au/news/bushfires/margaret-river-locals-says-short-stay-party-house-tourists-wouldnt-know-what-to-do-if-a-fire-hit-ng-b88778290z

The privacy implications of high-resolution aerial imagery of disaster areas https://werobotics.org/blog/2018/05/10/aerial-imagery-disasters-and-data-privacy-any-applied-research/

New Report Looks at Past Disasters to Prepare for the Future http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2018/05/08/new-report-looks-at-past-disasters-to-prepare-for-the-future

Mapping Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Migration With Mobile Phone Data https://www.citylab.com/environment/2018/05/watch-puerto-ricos-hurricane-migration-via-mobile-phone-data/559889/?utm_source=twb

Community resilience and crisis management: policy lessons from the ground http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/pap/2016/00000044/00000004/art00005;jsessionid=1bfvzspe5t9nt.x-ic-live-01

Preparing for a natural disaster: the guide to using RediPlan for carers of people with dementia https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/58224

Hurricane Maria caused the largest blackout in American history and the second largest blackout in the world https://rhg.com/research/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-worlds-second-largest-blackout/

Direct-to-Consumer Telemedicine Can Deliver Routine Care to Affected People Following Natural Disasters https://www.rand.org/news/press/2018/04/25.html?adbsc=social_20180428_2305981&adbid=990369575031078912&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453

Improve flood response and recovery with earth observation http://www.acclimatise.uk.com/2018/05/08/improving-flood-response-recovery-efforts-with-earth-observation/

Flooding takes a hefty toll, as Kelowna couple learned http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/flooding-takes-a-hefty-toll-as-kelowna-couple-learned

Global Report on Internal Displacement 2018 http://www.internal-displacement.org/global-report/grid2018/

Hobart Mayor’s plea for Federal funding to help with flood recovery http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/hobart-mayors-plea-for-federal-funding-to-help-with-flood-recovery/news-story/3b46afc9e2308c83234845ed1c5d299b

EMAP Releases the EMAP 5-2019 Draft Emergency Management Standard for Public Comment http://emap.org/

How should the interests of vulnerable communities guide collective efforts to ensure an effective response and equitable recovery? https://civichall.org/civicist/need-talk-talk-community-led-disaster-response/

Pakistan one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change is now trying to boost its ability to respond to disasters https://tribune.com.pk/story/1711394/1-ajk-boosts-emergency-plans-climate-risks-grow/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

NIST Launches Study of Hurricane Maria’s Impact on Puerto Rico https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2018/05/nist-launches-study-hurricane-marias-impact-puerto-rico

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Dash cam footage of lava consuming a Ford Mustang https://boingboing.net/2018/05/07/dash-cam-footage-of-lava-consu.html

Flood recovery resources https://www.aia.org/pages/147016-aia-flood-recovery-resources

Flood Snakes & Ladders uses words, pictures and models from children and young people who were directly affected by flooding in the UK http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/cuidar/en/flood-snakes-ladders/

Sichuan earthquake: Tenth anniversary of 2008 quake marred by police crackdowns, violence http://amp.abc.net.au/article/9756670?__twitter_impression=true

Rolling, hopping, floating and invisibly moving along Investigating how sediment is transported by water http://www.earthlearningidea.com/PDF/230_Sediment_transport.pdf

Play ‘Game of Floods’ in your community to understand flood risks, and test out various ways to manage flooding https://www.marincounty.org/~/media/files/departments/cd/planning/slr/game-of-floods/game-of-floods-materials.pdf?la=en

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is a world-class centre for multidisciplinary disaster prevention research and communication https://www.iclr.org/

Communicating volcanic risk: lava, eruptions and uncertainty http://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/communicating-volcanic-risk-lava-eruptions-and-uncertainty?cid=SHR_BlogSiteShare_XX_EXT

Disaster Preparedness for Livestock https://www.texvetpets.org/article/natural-disaster-preparedness-for-horses-and-other-livestock/

Crowdsourcing is particularly useful when it comes to enlisting helpers to measure the devastation caused by flooding http://blog.lboro.ac.uk/research/changing-environments-infrastructure/citizen-scientists-flooding-research/

Volcano information page https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vhp/about_volcanoes.html?

E-learning course on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation https://www.weadapt.org/knowledge-base/climate-adaptation-learning-resources/e-learning-course-on-drr-cca

Flood season is here and the city wants to help Calgarians prepare http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-flood-open-house-1.4664909

Effective science communication https://www.nap.edu/download/24958

Teaching resources on flooding https://www.geography.org.uk/Flooding

A 100-year flood does not only happen once every 100 years. So why is it called that? https://www.gfdrr.org/en/100-year-flood

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Using Social Media Analytics during Disasters: Lessons from the 2015 Chennai Floods https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomdavenport/2018/05/03/using-social-media-analytics-during-disasters-lessons-from-the-2015-chennai-floods/#5e0beee45cca

How good are the social media platform’s most active users at detecting these falsehoods, especially during public emergencies? http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2018/05/020.html

Rumor response, debunking response, and decision makings of misinformed Twitter users during disasters https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-018-3344-6

False tweets during Harvey, Irma under scrutiny by UB researchers http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2017/09/044.html

 

Psychology and disasters

Sierra Leone mudslide survivors live in fear of fresh disaster https://reliefweb.int/report/sierra-leone/sierra-leone-mudslide-survivors-live-fear-fresh-disaster

 

Sociology and Disasters

The sociology of streetlife http://journals.sagepub.com/page/sor/collections/virtual-issues/streetlife-issue

 

 

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Today in disaster resilience (27 April 2018)

disaster

Please find links below to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disasters

‘It’s going to be biblical’: flood fears rise in southern B.C. as snowpack melts http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/landslide-evacuation-osoyoos-bc-flood-1.4630027

Lifeless Ambae: Heavy ashfall forces permanent relocation of entire island https://watchers.news/2018/04/24/lifeless-ambae-heavy-ashfall-forces-permanent-relocation-entire-island/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Violent explosions at Stromboli volcano, Italy https://watchers.news/2018/04/24/violent-explosions-at-stromboli-volcano-italy/

Significant damage after M5.2 earthquake hits Turkey, dozens injured https://watchers.news/2018/04/24/significant-damage-after-m5-2-earthquake-hits-turkey-dozens-injured/

Four tornadoes hit southern US, including a destructive tornado at Fort Walton beach https://watchers.news/2018/04/23/four-tornadoes-in-southern-us-including-a-destructive-tornado-at-fort-walton-beach/

Flooding in Kenya leaves at least 15 people dead and thousands displaced in several parts of country https://www.garda.com/crisis24/news-alerts/112106/kenya-flooding-leaves-at-least-15-dead-and-thousands-displaced-april-23-update-4

Somalia – Floods in 3 Regions as Juba and Shabelle Rivers Rise http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-floods-juba-shabelle-rivers-april-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Rwanda – Floods and Landslides Leave 18 Dead http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-floods-landslides-april-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Réunion and Mauritius – Heavy Rain From Tropical Cyclone Fakir Triggers Deadly Landslide http://floodlist.com/africa/reunion-mauritius-cyclone-fakir-april-2018

Sweden – Snowmelt Causes Flooding in Gävleborg http://floodlist.com/europe/sweden-snowmelt-flooding-april-2018

Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Apr 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Turrialba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68658/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-26-Apr-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Turrialba.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate gentrification: from theory to empiricism in Miami-Dade County, Florida http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aabb32

What happened to winter? Vanishing ice convulses Alaskans’ way of life https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/21/alaska-climate-change-winter-way-of-life?CMP=twt_gu

On the 20th anniversary of the graph that galvanized climate action, it is time to speak out boldly https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/earth-day-and-the-hockey-stick-a-singular-message/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sa-editorial-social&utm_content=link-post&utm_term=sustainability_blog_text_free&sf187410215=1

Here’s how fast a glacier can slip into the sea once it’s destabilized https://qz.com/1257090/heres-how-fast-a-glacier-can-slip-into-the-sea-once-its-destabilized/

Review of the draft second “State of the Climate Cycle Report” (SOCCR2) https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25045/review-of-the-draft-second-state-of-the-carbon-cycle-report-soccr2?

California is headed for a future of precipitation extremes https://www.ioes.ucla.edu/article/study-forecasts-a-severe-climate-future-for-california/

The Great Crack-Up http://time.com/antarctica-climate-change/?xid=tcoshare

Who should pay the costs for climate-change-related disasters? https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2018-3-may-june/feature/the-case-for-climate-reparations

Greenland’s Biggest Fire Is a ‘Warning’ for Its Future https://www.livescience.com/62297-greenland-biggest-wildfire-warning-sign.html

In ‘This is Climate Change,’ you can’t look away from the destruction https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/22/this-is-climate-change-vr/

Flooding Hot Spots: Why Seas Are Rising Faster on the U.S. East Coast https://e360.yale.edu/features/flooding-hot-spots-why-seas-are-rising-faster-on-the-u.s.-east-coast

Climate change to drive migration from island homes sooner than thought https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/25/climate-change-to-drive-migration-from-island-homes-sooner-than-thought?CMP=share_btn_tw

New NASA Study Solves Climate Mystery, Confirms Methane Spike Tied to Oil and Gas https://www.ecowatch.com/nasa-study-methane-spike-2526089909.html

How Are We Learning to Live With Climate Change? https://www.ecowatch.com/linktv-earth-focus-2563242538.html

Russian Arctic glacier loss doubles as temps warm https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180425162015.htm

Friday essay: recovering a narrative of place – stories in the time of climate change https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-recovering-a-narrative-of-place-stories-in-the-time-of-climate-change-95067?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

UK worries about climate change are at their highest level since 2010 http://www.noiseofthecrowd.com/uk-worries-climate-change-highest-level-since-2010/

Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/energy-and-climate-change-public-attitudes-tracker-wave-25

 

Disaster risk reduction

‘Green’ coastal protection solutions could prevent damages worth $50 billion in the Gulf of Mexico http://www.aidforum.org/Topics/disaster-relief/green-coastal-protection-solutions-could-prevent-damages-worth-50-billion-i

Seismologist Lucy Jones catalogues devastating earthquake and tsunamis throughout history https://www.sciencefriday.com/episodes/april-20-2018/

Scientists can examine rain–induced landslide threats anywhere around the globe every 30 minutes https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=92018

The CEOS Working Group on Disasters – Maximising the use of EO data in Disaster Risk Reduction http://copernicus.eu/news/ceos-working-group-disasters-%E2%80%93-maximising-use-eo-data-disaster-risk-reduction

Strengthening Integrated Early Warning Systems for More Effective Disaster Risk Reduction in the Caribbean Through Knowledge and Tool Transfer http://www.cdema.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1780:strengthening-integrated-early-warning-systems-for-more-effective-disaster-risk-reduction-in-the-caribbean-through-knowledge-and-tool-transfer&catid=34:news&Itemid=266

How could a moderate-sized earthquake so far away cause so much damage? https://earthquake.usgs.gov/research/everyone/dcshake/

An Operational Method for Flood Directive Implementation in Ungauged Urban Areas http://www.mdpi.com/2306-5338/5/2/24

Contrary to common belief, some forests get more fire-resistant with age https://theconversation.com/contrary-to-common-belief-some-forests-get-more-fire-resistant-with-age-95059

‘Earthquake Lady’ Relates Her Decades of Understanding Science and Disasters http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Earthquake-Lady-Relates-Her-Decades-of-Understanding-Science-and-Disasters-.html

A seven-part Houston Chronicle series will explain why the storm’s damage was both a natural and man-made disaster https://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/hc-investigations/harvey/developingstorm/

Flood Apex http://coastalresiliencecenter.unc.edu/crc-projects/flood-apex/?platform=hootsuite

Helping coastal managers plan better for future storms http://www.ga.gov.au/news-events/news/latest-news/helping-coastal-managers-plan-better-for-future-storms?utm_source=2018-promotion&utm_medium=29-April-CoastalErosion&utm_content=Twitter&utm_campaign=News-Highlights

Connecting with the people beyond the computers: my experience in flood risk management in Buenos Aires https://blogs.worldbank.org/water/my-experience-in-flood-risk-management-in-Buenos-Aires

Disasters could cost Asia-Pacific region $160 billion per year by 2030, UN warns https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/04/1008182

Centre to help plug flooding skills gap launched at Brunel https://www.brunel.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/articles/Centre-to-help-plug-flooding-skills-gap-launched-at-Brunel

Winter Wave Heights and Extreme Storms on the Rise in Western Europe http://floodlist.com/europe/winter-wave-heights-and-extreme-storms-on-the-rise-in-western-europe?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Geography of global floods and droughts http://www.pbl.nl/sites/default/files/cms/publicaties/pbl-2018-the-geography-of-future-water-challenges-2920.pdf

New methods in resilience measurement: early insights from a mobile phone panel survey in Myanmar using subjective tools https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56775?&a=email&utm_source=pw_email

The “Build-Destroy-Rebuild” cycle https://lesliechapmanhenderson.blog/2018/04/25/learning-from-the-2017-disasters-to-create-a-reliably-resilient-u-s/

Squamish residents at highest risk of flood unlikely to find insurance http://squamishchief.com/news/local-news/squamish-residents-at-highest-risk-of-flood-unlikely-to-find-insurance-1.23281508

Brisbane City Council has announced a 20-year plan to transform a renowned flood corridor, sitting on more than 1000 hectares, into park land http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/qld-flood-corridor-to-become-leisure-area/news-story/076351f22aa5ddac583b25a289d75439?

Disasters Are Costing Us More. Why Aren’t We Insuring More? https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-04-20/sparklines-disasters-are-costing-us-more-as-we-insure-them-less

Floods in urban areas are a growing risk in many countries of the developing world http://www.globaldev.blog/blog/flood-warning-urgent-action-needed-three-continents

Unjust waters: climate change, flooding and the urban poor in Africa http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0956247808089156

Manhattan is building a massive $1 billion wall and park to guard against the next inevitable superstorm https://www.businessinsider.com.au/new-york-city-flooding-manhattan-coastal-barriers-2018-4?r=US&IR=T

 

Emergency Management

Handbook for assessing disaster loss and damage in vulnerable communities http://collections.unu.edu/eserv/UNU:6032/Online_No_21_Handbook_170510w.pdf

Top 5 Resources for Planning For Wildfire https://fireadaptednetwork.org/top-5-resources-planning-wildfire/?platform=hootsuite

Resources on Post-Event Analysis of Natural Hazards http://www.i-s-e-t.org/resources-by-theme-perc

Emergency Alert and Warning Systems: Current Knowledge and Future Research Directions https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24935/emergency-alert-and-warning-systems-current-knowledge-and-future-research?

The Limits of Earthquake Early-Warning Alerts http://www.routefifty.com/smart-cities/2018/04/limits-earthquake-early-warning-alerts/147273/

Big gaps in emergency preparedness for seniors https://www.mapleridgenews.com/community/big-gaps-in-emergency-preparedness-for-seniors/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=EM_Weekly

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Ready for disaster: Why more people are preparing for the worst https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/article-why-the-preparedness-movement-is-gaining-momentum/

Ipsos survey: 19% of Americans feel very prepared and 51% feel somewhat prepared for an emergency in their community https://www.ipsos.com/en-us/news-polls/booz-allen-hamilton-ipsos-study-on-community-resilience

Introducing EarthTime: animations which show how our planet is changing https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/04/introducing-earthtime-a-global-magnifying-glass-to-help-us-see-common-ground?utm_source=Facebook%20Videos&utm_medium=Facebook%20Videos&utm_campaign=Facebook%20Video%20Blogs

IMMERSED: A VR Experience About Flood & Resilience https://www.fema.gov/immersed

The HayWired scenario depicts a scientifically realistic earthquake sequence, and its cascading impacts https://www.usgs.gov/natural-hazards/science-application-risk-reduction/science/haywired-scenario?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

A City of York Councillor has called for a review of flood messaging https://www.minsterfm.com/news/local/2559315/calls-for-a-review-of-flood-messaging-alerts/?platform=hootsuite

Resilient Systems, Resilient Communities book https://era.library.ualberta.ca/items/489c0395-45a1-4290-a1ad-210a543d6d25

Heed hints when relocating to Houston https://www.chron.com/news/article/Heed-hints-when-relocating-to-Houston-12857926.php

Business continuity planning for disasters http://evaq8.co.uk/Business-Continuity-Disaster-Preparedness-for-Business.html

“Our teachers and students need to be prepared for tsunami events” http://fijisun.com.fj/2018/03/02/tsunami-preparedness-vital-seruiratu/

Communicating volcanic risk: lava, eruptions and uncertainty https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/communicating-volcanic-risk-lava-eruptions-and-uncertainty

Perceptions of water in Britain http://aboutdrought.info/news-review-drought-briefing/

National Hurricane Preparedness Week https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness

Disasters Create Emotional Connections With Future Generations http://freeresources.luciencanton.com/2018/04/disasters-create-emotional-connections-with-future-generations.html

Flooding challenges in spotlight at Shrewsbury event https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/2018/04/26/flooding-challenges-to-be-discussed/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

51% of Americans say they would rely heavily on social media to keep them updated during a disaster https://www.slideshare.net/AnneMarieMoran2/booz-allen-community-resilience-report-4-418

Introducing VOST: A Way to Make Social Media Work for Emergency Response http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Introducing-VOST-A-Way-to-Make-Social-Media-Work-for-Emergency-Response.html

Twitter and Facebook used to investigate the relationship between meteorological conditions and the sentiment of human expressions http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0195750

British adults using Facebook less to communicate with friends https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/25/british-adults-using-facebook-less-to-communicate-with-friends?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Add_to_Pocket

As the internet becomes more mobile, newer forms of social media are gaining popularity https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/113222/Adults-Media-Use-and-Attitudes-Report-2018.pdf

 

Psychology and disasters

Junot Díaz’s beautiful and searing personal essay ‘The Silence’ https://longreads.com/2018/04/23/on-junot-diazs-the-silence-and-our-uncomfortable-reckoning/

 

Sociology and Disasters

Volunteer weather observers: more than 100 years of vital data collection http://media.bom.gov.au/social/blog/853/volunteer-weather-observers-more-than-100-years-of-vital-data-collection/

Motel misery: Hundreds fled Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico only to end up functionally homeless in Florida https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/04/20/politics/sutter-puerto-rico-motel-misery-invs/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

Louisiana ‘islanders’ find a new home beyond the water https://www.zilient.org/article/louisiana-islanders-find-new-home-beyond-water

Community cooperation following disasters key to recovery, Stanford study finds https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/57918

Today in disaster resilience (20 April 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Sydney bushfire: Residents breathe a sigh of relief as disaster averted for a second night http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-16/sydney-bushfire-conditions-ease-for-firefighters/9660818

Storm system brings flooding, freezing rain, snow to Midwest https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/21/02/2018/Storm-system-brings-flooding,-freezing-rain,-snow-to-Midwest

Destructive flash floods, rare tornado hit Algeria https://watchers.news/2018/04/15/destructive-flash-floods-rare-tornado-hit-algeria/

Record-shattering rains trigger destructive floods in Hawaii, 699 mm (27 inches) in 24 hours https://watchers.news/2018/04/16/record-shattering-rains-trigger-destructive-floods-in-hawaii/

Massive storm system sweeps through US, at least 3 deaths reported https://watchers.news/2018/04/15/massive-storm-system-sweeps-through-us-at-least-3-deaths-reported/

One person killed after tornado hits Greensboro in Guilford County, North Carolina https://watchers.news/2018/04/16/one-person-killed-after-tornado-hits-greensboro-in-guilford-county-north-carolina/

Malawi – Hundreds Displaced by Floods Across the Country http://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-floods-february-2018

Colombia – 12 Dead, 1,067 Families Affected by Recent Severe Weather http://www.smcyinternationalfamily.org/colombia-12-dead-1067-families-affected-recent-severe-weather/

Tanzania – 9 Dead as Flooding Hits Dar Es Salaam http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-floods-dar-es-salaam-april-2018

USA – Heavy Rain Floods Parts of New York and New Jersey https://twitter.com/GlobalFloodNews

Homes lost, flood damage in Leamington area worst in 20 years https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/homes-lost-flood-damage-in-leamington-area-worst-in-20-years-1.3886781

Earthquake hits Banjarnegara, kills one, destroys buildings http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/04/18/earthquake-hits-banjarnegara-kills-one-destroys-buildings.html

Kenya – Thousands Displaced as Flooding Continues http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-thousands-displaced-flooding-april-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Martinique – Severe Flooding After 250mm of Rain in 6 Hours http://floodlist.com/america/martinique-floods-april-2018

Entire island of Ambae to be permanently evacuated due to volcano https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/vanuatu-island-evacuation-volcanic-ambae-eruption-entire-population-permanent-a8311716.html?amp&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter&__twitter_impression=true

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Apr 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68574/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-19-Apr-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sinabung.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Special Climate Statement 65—persistent summer-like heat sets many April records http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/statements/scs65.pdf

Alaskan glaciers melting at rate not seen in 400 years https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/alaskan-glaciers-melting-rate-not-seen-400-years/#.WtEfNNoYjkY.twitter

Arctic melting could worsen future California droughts https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/04/arctic-melting-could-worsen-california-droughts/

Experimental effects of climate messages vary geographically https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0122-0

97% consensus on climate change? More like 99.94%, study finds https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/climate-change-consensus-07042018/

Greenhouse effect https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/greenhouse-effect/

Rising sea levels and intense cyclones prompt council action https://www.news-mail.com.au/news/rising-sea-levels-and-intense-cyclones-prompt-coun/3387868/

March was the third warmest globally since 1891 https://ds.data.jma.go.jp/tcc/tcc/products/gwp/temp/mar_wld.html

In the coastal communities near the Bering Strait, a winter unlike the rest https://www.climate.gov/news-features/features/coastal-communities-near-bering-strait-winter-unlike-rest

Miami is racing against time to keep up with sea-level rise http://www.businessinsider.com/miami-floods-sea-level-rise-solutions-2018-4/?r=AU&IR=T

The Commonwealth can kickstart a global offensive on climate change https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/18/commonwealth-global-climate-change-new-zealanders?CMP=share_btn_tw

As climate scientists predicted, glaciers are vanishing due to rapidly warming temperatures https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/apr/18/glacier-loss-is-accelerating-because-of-global-warming?CMP=share_btn_tw

World Glacier Monitoring Service http://wgms.ch/latest-glacier-mass-balance-data/

Climate change in a San Francisco courtroom http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/news/2018/0410.html

As Climate Costs Grow, Some See A Moneymaking Opportunity https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/17/603230754/as-climate-costs-grow-some-see-a-money-making-opportunity

 

Disaster risk reduction

Disaster Management Research Roadmap for the ASEAN Region https://reliefweb.int/report/world/disaster-management-research-roadmap-asean-region

How building science and research can help avert disaster https://www.aia.org/articles/185061-how-building-science-and-research-can-help-

29 years on from the Hillsborough disaster, Grenfell shows how little we’ve learnt https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/sport/2018/04/29-years-hillsborough-disaster-grenfell-shows-how-little-we-ve-learnt

Heat exposure now more deadly than any other natural disaster https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/heat-exposure-now-more-lethal-than-any-other-natural-disaster

Houston-Area Officials Say They Didn’t Know About Reservoir Flood Risks Pre-Harvey https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2018/04/13/486330.htm

Safer and Stronger Cities: Strategies for Advocating for Federal Resilience Policy https://medium.com/safer-and-stronger-cities-strategies-for-advocatin/introduction-b7ad940f8c72

W&M grad students aid Virginia’s battle against flooding https://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2018/wm-grad-students-aid-virginias-battle-against-flooding.php

At USD 144 billion, global insured losses from disaster events in 2017 were the highest ever, sigma study says http://www.swissre.com/media/news_releases/nr20180410_sigma_global_insured_loses_highest_ever.html

Drought-stricken Cape Town prepares for winter flood risks https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/1894883/drought-stricken-cape-town-prepares-for-winter-flood-risks/

Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast http://coastal.la.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2017-Coastal-Master-Plan_Web-Book_CFinal-with-Effective-Date-06092017.pdf

An Affordability Framework for the National Flood Insurance Program https://www.eenews.net/assets/2018/04/17/document_gw_06.pdf

San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/04/17/us/san-francisco-earthquake-seismic-gamble.html

Landslides in Nepal: the need for a national agency? https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/04/17/landslides-in-nepal-1/

Study proposes link between formation of supercontinents, strength of ocean tides https://phys.org/news/2018-04-link-formation-supercontinents-strength-ocean.html

North American and Caribbean Hazards and Disaster Research Centers https://hazards.colorado.edu/resources/research-centers Supercritical river terraces generated by hydraulic and geomorphic interactions https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article-abstract/530330/supercritical-river-terraces-generated-by?redirectedFrom=fulltext

Can We Outsmart a Disaster? http://seismo.berkeley.edu/blog/2018/04/17/can-we-outsmart-disaster.html

Scientists unveil 10,000 sq ft model of Mississippi delta to help save coastline https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/18/mississippi-delta-model-coastal-erosion-scientists?CMP=share_btn_tw

On anniversary of great 1906 quake, California still struggles to prepare for the next ‘big one’ http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-quake-san-francisco-20180418-story.html

The U.S. Is Finally Getting a System to Warn When an Earthquake Is Coming https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/the-app-quakealert-hopes-to-warn-west-coasters-when-an-earthquake-is-coming.html

Visualization of earthquake risk in California https://www.americangeosciences.org/critical-issues/maps/visualization-earthquake-risk-california

Seattle is starting to take steps to ready itself for an increased onslaught of rain as a result of climate change and historic weather patterns https://psmag.com/environment/seattle-preps-for-thousand-year-storm

Yorkshire Water hosts first flooding and pollution Hackathon https://www.waterbriefing.org/home/company-news/item/15036-yorkshire-water-hosts-first-flooding-and-pollution-hackathon

Where Next for Flood Risk? Use of Building Polygons Instead of Address Points for Assessment http://blogs.lexisnexis.com/insurance-insights/2018/04/where-next-for-flood-risk-use-of-building-polygons-instead-of-address-points-for-assessment/

Kilauea volcano: Magma system becomes increasingly pressurized, Hawaii https://watchers.news/2018/04/19/kilauea-volcano-magma-system-becomes-increasingly-pressurized-hawaii/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Development of an urban flood management plan that can deal with conditions of deep uncertainty https://understandrisk.org/adaptive-management-urban-flood-risk/

Humans in a Flammable Forest https://www.sfreporter.com/news/theenthusiast/2018/04/18/humans-in-a-flammable-forest/

Opinion: How to achieve better flood-risk governance in the United States http://www.pnas.org/content/115/15/3731

How San Francisco’s next big quake could play out https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-04489-3

 

Emergency Management

Ulverston’s forgotten flood victims talk of hardship 10 years on http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/ulverston/Ulverstons-forgotten-flood-victims-talk-of-hardship-10-years-on-485a71cf-1b38-4185-bfe9-0d7858375586-ds

FEMA’s plan underestimated Puerto Rican hurricane https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/15/puerto-rico-hurricane-fema-disaster-523033

Rural fire service announced for WA in wake of Yarloop blaze, funded by levy hike http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-13/wa-to-get-rural-fire-service-within-dfes-funded-by-levy-hike/9652920

Developing a coordinated, multi-agency response plan for a future great Alpine Fault earthquake https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00288306.2018.1455716?journalCode=tnzg20#.WtQPmDc3qE8.twitter

Public perceptions of emergency decontamination: Effects of intervention type and responder management strategy during a focus group study http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0195922

Federal study launched to revamp hurricane cone of error http://weatherplus.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2018/03/27/just-in-federal-study-launched-to-revamp-hurricane-cone-of-error/

Volunteer Fire Departments Face Declining Numbers http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Volunteer-fire-Departments-Face-Declining-Numbers.html

Greece: The use of satellite imagery in crisis management after flooding https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/57841

Flooded communities in Fiji showing resilience https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/354057/flooded-communities-in-fiji-showing-resilience

Large-Scale and Smaller Disasters Increasingly Call for Shared Responsibility by Everyone http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/-EDITORIAL-Large-scale-and-smaller-disasters-increasingly-call-for-shared-responsibility-by-everyone.html

Late bushfire season and extreme heat put pressure on resources https://lighthouse.mq.edu.au/article/late-bushfire-season-will-cost-australia-dearly

How Many Wireless Emergency Alerts Are Too Many? https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/how-many-wireless-emergency-alerts-too-many.html

Puerto Rico In The Midst Of An Islandwide Blackout https://www.npr.org/2018/04/18/603693077/puerto-rico-in-the-midst-of-an-island-wide-blackout

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response efficiently and effectively addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters https://allhandsandhearts.exposure.co/

Citizen scientists keep a watchful eye on the world’s streams https://eos.org/project-updates/testing-the-waters-mobile-apps-for-crowdsourced-streamflow-data

CrowdWater is a citizen science project to collect hydrological data http://www.crowdwater.ch/en/welcome-to-crowdwater/

Virtual reality technology puts people through ‘searing’ bushfire scenario http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-14/virtual-reality-puts-people-through-searing-bushfire/9645584

Could citizen geologists help scientists make geological maps? https://eos.org/features/crowdsourcing-digital-maps-using-citizen-geologists

Earthquake Education Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDbAmX72CFA&list=PLYJjP6lVJvswbQzrA1O_VA_StEun7HqN8

Tsunami Drills Encourage Students to be Aware of the Impacts of Natural Disasters http://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/SchoolTsunamiPreparedness.html

Geoscience Communication https://www.geoscience-communication.net/about/aims_and_scope.html

Disaster education and preparedness in the acute care setting: A cross sectional survey of operating theatre nurse’s disaster knowledge and education https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29524836/disaster-education-and-preparedness-in-the-acute-care-setting-a-cross-sectional-survey-of-operating-theatre-nurse-s-disaster-knowledge-and-education

People tend to ignore low-probability risks. And some people think that they have flood insurance when they do not https://www.rand.org/blog/2017/09/why-houstonians-didnt-buy-flood-insurance.html

Minecraft & Lego Used For Emergency Preparedness https://resiliencechallenge.nz/Resilience-Home/Science-Programmes/Culture/Minecraft-Lego-Used-For-Emergency-Preparedness

Ceremonies commemorate 112th anniversary of 1906 earthquake in SF http://abc7news.com/ceremonies-commemorate-112th-anniversary-of-1906-earthquake-in-sf/3360492/

Rare footage of San Francisco after 1906 earthquake shown in Fremont theater http://abc7.com/footage-of-san-francisco-after-1906-quake-shown-in-fremont/3361514/

Utahns prepare for ‘the big one’ in Great Shakeout earthquake drills http://fox13now.com/2018/04/19/utahns-prepare-for-the-big-one-in-great-shakeout-earthquake-drills/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Is anyone out there? The social media for emergency management audience https://disasterece.com/2018/04/17/is-anyone-out-there-the-social-media-for-emergency-management-audience/

 

Psychology and disasters

Flood risk denial in US coastal communities https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180402085848.htm

 

 

Sociology and Disasters

Daniel Aldrich: More focus on social capital needed as measure of disaster resilience https://federalnewsradio.com/federal-drive/2018/03/daniel-aldrich-more-focus-on-social-capital-needed-as-measure-of-disaster-resilience/

“The most resilient communities appear to be those with a wide variety of deeply rooted cooperative organizations, often made up of volunteers” https://www.futurity.org/volunteers-community-resilience-disasters-1729652/

The opportunity for good in Cape Town’s drought https://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/cape-town-drought/

Today in disaster resilience (13 April 2018)

disaster

Please find links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Record rain, floods hit Argentina and Chile https://watchers.news/2018/04/07/record-rain-floods-hit-argentina-and-chile/

Major eruption at Mount Sinabung, ash to 15 km a.s.l., Indonesia https://watchers.news/2018/04/06/sinabung-eruption-april-6-2018/

A “handy” flood which would assist tourism, the council and more importantly graziers, who have been praying for rain http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/5329437/outback-river-flows-after-seven-years-dry/?cs=7&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Deadly floods, landslides hit West Java, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2018/04/10/deadly-floods-landslides-hit-west-java-indonesia/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Severe thunderstorm, snow and tornadoes wreak havoc across New Zealand https://watchers.news/2018/04/10/severe-storm-snow-and-tornadoes-wreak-havoc-across-new-zealand/

Alert raised over eruption threat at Nevados de Chillan volcano, Chile https://watchers.news/2018/04/09/alert-raised-over-eruption-threat-at-nevados-de-chillan-volcano-chile/

Colombia – Over 4,500 Affected by Floods in Nariño Department http://www.smcyinternationalfamily.org/colombia-4500-affected-floods-narino-department/

Indonesia – 1 Dead, Homes Damaged After Flash Flood and Landslides in West Java http://www.smcyinternationalfamily.org/indonesia-1-dead-homes-damaged-flash-flood-landslides-west-java/

Dominican Republic – Thousands Evacuated After Floods in La Vega Province http://www.smcyinternationalfamily.org/dominican-republic-thousands-evacuated-floods-la-vega-province/

Landslide kills man, leaves 5 missing in southwestern Japan http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/122663.php

Earthquake in central Italy: Traffic disruption, schools closed, damage to buildings https://www.thelocal.it/20180410/earthquake-central-italy-macerata-marche-damage-ingv

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Apr 2018: Popocatépetl volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68466/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Apr-2018-Popocatepetl-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Sinabung-Sakura.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

2nd warmest winter recorded in Turkey since 1971 https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2018/04/08/2nd-warmest-winter-recorded-in-turkey-since-1971?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

South Asia: New framework helps governments meet climate spending goals https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/57761

Climate change litigation rising with the seas as victims revert to ‘Plan B’ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-10/climate-change-litigation-rising-with-the-seas-plan-b/9627870?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

To act now or later: The $30 billion climate change question http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12025160

Analysis: How much ‘carbon budget’ is left to limit global warming to 1.5C? https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-how-much-carbon-budget-is-left-to-limit-global-warming-to-1-5c

The News You Choose: news media preferences amplify views on climate change https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09644016.2018.1423909?journalCode=fenp20

European State of the Climate 2017 http://climate.copernicus.eu/CopernicusESC

Selection of Authors for IPCC Sixth Assessment Report http://www.ipcc.ch/news_and_events/pr_ar6_authors.shtml

Reversing Earth’s Spin Moves Deserts, Reshapes Ocean Currents https://eos.org/articles/reversing-earths-spin-moves-deserts-reshapes-ocean-currents

Rapid Sea Level Rise Possible as Ocean Floods into Antarctica at up to 400 Meters Per Year https://robertscribbler.com/2018/04/04/rapid-sea-level-rise-possible-as-ocean-floods-into-antarctica-at-up-to-400-meters-per-year/

What’s causing this record April heat? https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/04/10/15/29/weather-sydney-adelaide-melbourne-april-heat-records?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Can Nature Help Us Manage Risk in a Time of Growing Climate Extremes? https://www.gfdrr.org/en/feature-story/can-nature-help-us-manage-risk-time-growing-climate-extremes

Gulf Stream current at its weakest in 1,600 years, studies show https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/11/critical-gulf-stream-current-weakest-for-1600-years-research-finds?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

SA swelters in record breaking heat https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/sa-swelters-in-record-breaking-heat

An overview of “resilience” and climate change https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00963402.2018.1436803

Record-breaking heatwave settles in over Sydney https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/record-breaking-heatwave-settles-in-over-sydney-20180411-p4z920.html

Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network http://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu/metadata/publications/second-assessment-report-of-the-urban-climate-change-research-network

How floating architecture could help save cities from rising seas https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/how-floating-architecture-could-help-save-cities-rising-seas-ncna863976

ANU takes lead role in next global climate assessment http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/anu-takes-lead-role-in-next-global-climate-assessment

Ocean heat waves and weaker winds will keep Australia warm for a while yet https://theconversation.com/ocean-heat-waves-and-weaker-winds-will-keep-australia-warm-for-a-while-yet-94897?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Dangerous climate tipping point is ‘about a century ahead of schedule’ warns scientist https://thinkprogress.org/climate-tipping-point-century-ahead-of-schedule-warns-scientist-06d633f968fc/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Giant storm surge could submerge a third of Tokyo: study https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/31/national/giant-storm-surge-submerge-third-tokyo-study/#.WsqOiE8UnIU

FEMA maps lack up-to-date information on flood risk https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-04-08/fema-maps-lack-date-information-flood-risk

Estimates of present and future flood risk in the conterminous United States http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aaac65/meta

Philippines: Experts push for open data law to reduce disaster risk https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/57771

Interactive map of the Environment Agency’s Annual Flood and Coastal risk management (FCRM) asset maintenance programme for April 2018-March 2019 https://environment.data.gov.uk/asset-management/index.html

Will we be prepared for the next natural disaster? Let’s make sure the answer is “Yes.” http://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2018/04/05/natural-disaster-north-carolina-hurricane-matthew/

The Netherlands and why partnership matters in flood risk management https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/2017/08/07/the-netherlands-and-why-partnership-matters-in-flood-risk-management/

Strengthening climate information and early warning systems in Cambodia http://www.kh.undp.org/content/cambodia/en/home/operations/projects/build-resilience/early-warning-systems.html

The higher the flood risk and the more the company values the future, the more the company will invest in flood defence https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10100-018-0532-0

Expanding Sahara desert is slowly unfolding ‘natural disaster’-researchers http://news.trust.org/item/20180329180013-y55pn/

Engineers and the Environment – natural allies in our fight for a more flood resilient nation https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/2018/04/10/engineers-and-the-environment-natural-allies-in-our-fight-for-a-more-flood-resilient-nation/

Report: Solving Houston flooding woes will require wholesale strategy overhaul https://www.texastribune.org/2018/04/05/report-solving-houston-flooding-woes-will-require-wholesale-strategy-o/

First report of the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium http://houstonconsortium.org/p/report?popup=yes

Volcanic and Igneous Plumbing Systems: Understanding Magma Transport, Storage, and Evolution in the Earth’s Crust https://www.amazon.com/Volcanic-Igneous-Plumbing-Systems-Understanding/dp/0128097493/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515140453&sr=8-1&keywords=volcanic+and+igneous+plumbing+systems

Waste fires are more common than you might think https://community.nfpa.org/community/nfpa-today/blog/2018/04/09/journal-now-waste-fires-are-more-common-than-you-might-think

The role of insurance within disaster and climate risk management http://www.climate-insurance.org/fileadmin/user_upload/ACRI__2017_Role_of_Insurance_in_ICRM_online.pdf

Urban Growth Leads to Shorter, More Intense Wet Seasons in Florida Peninsula http://floodlist.com/america/usa/urban-growth-shorter-more-intense-wet-seasons-florida?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Metro assists gogo with flooding issue after 32 years https://paper.li/GlobalFloodNews/1373268934#/

Four ways to strengthen coastal communities’ resilience before the next storm http://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2018/04/12/coastal-communities-resilience-storm-hurricane-flooding/?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=growing-returns_coastal-resilience_upd_eco&utm_medium=social-media&utm_id=1523546623

Study finds 37,000 Multnomah County residents live in landslide zones http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/04/new_study_finds_37000_multnoma.html

Seismic Cloak Successfully Deflects Earthquake Waves http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/tech/earthquake-shields/

Grant helps flood maps; UTRGV computer modeling to make multiple scenarios http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/premium/grant-helps-flood-maps-utrgv-computer-modeling-to-make-multiple/article_c9996224-3876-11e8-a628-c7e5851e3c99.html

Harvey, we have a problem! https://openminds.swissre.com/stories/1410/

 

Emergency Management

Japan looks to use drones for disaster mitigation https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/04/05/national/japan-looks-use-drones-disaster-mitigation/#.WsqN9E8UnIU

Did Harvey learn from Katrina? Initial observations of the response to companion animals during Hurricane Harvey https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/57774

How Texas is ‘building back better’ from Hurricane Harvey https://theconversation.com/how-texas-is-building-back-better-from-hurricane-harvey-90609

New York’s Nor’easters Join List of 2018 $1 Billion Disasters https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-06/new-york-s-nor-easters-join-list-of-2018-1-billion-disasters

Death toll from Hurricane Maria severely underreported due to data shortfall https://www.axios.com/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-death-toll-underreported-lack-of-data-99fb8e1c-cd76-442f-bb8d-7b1c5daa9698.html

Aftershocks hit Papua New Guinea as it recovers from a remote major earthquake https://theconversation.com/aftershocks-hit-papua-new-guinea-as-it-recovers-from-a-remote-major-earthquake-94176?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

U.S. Already Hit With 3 Billion-Dollar Disasters, and It’s Only April https://weather.com/news/news/2018-04-06-noaa-billion-dollar-disasters-2018

Older U.S. Emergency Alert Systems May Not be Secure, Researchers Find http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Older-US-Emergency-Alert-Systems-May-Not-be-Secure-Researchers-Find.html

Body confirmed as Tasmanian flood victim https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/39799901/body-confirmed-as-tas-flood-victim/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training – Monitoring Tropical Storms for Emergency Preparedness http://floodlist.com/protection/nasas-applied-remote-sensing-training-arset-monitoring-tropical-storms-for-emergency-preparedness?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

BlazeAid establishes base camps in areas that have experienced natural disaster to help in the recovery process by removing damaged and burnt fencing and rebuilding it https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/blazeaid-helping-to-pay-it-forward

The Use of Satellite Imagery in Crisis Management after Flooding https://medium.com/sentinel-hub/the-use-of-satellite-imagery-in-crisis-management-after-flooding-382be517224f

After Deadly Storms, Agency Retires 4 Hurricane Names https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/12/601920432/after-deadly-storms-agency-retires-four-hurricane-names?utm_medium=RSS

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

1969 US Geological Survey photo of a massive lava ‘bubble’ goes viral https://www.dpreview.com/news/7455540792/1969-us-geological-survey-photo-of-a-massive-lava-bubble-goes-viral

Flood protection is everyone’s responsibility https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/57600

How do people behave if flood risk decreases as a result of dams? https://www.tuwien.ac.at/en/news/news_detail/article/125709/

After a downpour, where does all the water go? http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-10/where-does-all-the-water-go-after-it-rains/9622280

Tsunami Preparedness Week highlights education, preparation — even on the east coast https://www.goldstreamgazette.com/news/tsunami-preparedness-week-highlights-education-preparation-even-on-the-east-coast/

Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement (ECE) – An Introduction https://disasterece.com/2018/04/12/disaster-education-communication-and-engagement-ece-an-introduction/

Engaging with communities to build resilience in Vietnam https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/FINAL%20-%20Results%20in%20Resilience%20-%20Mainstreaming%20Disaster%20Resilience%20in%20Vietnam%20-%204.2.18.pdf

How communities improve flood risk management https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRz24fvf58o&feature=youtu.be

How Smart Environmental Data Can Help Calm Clients’ Flooding Jitters https://www.todaysconveyancer.co.uk/guest-writers/smart-environmental-data-can-help-calm-clients-flooding-jitters/

Measuring resilience: a better way to help communities threatened by floods https://www.zurich.com/en/corporate-responsibility/flood-resilience/measuring-flood-resilience?utm_source=Resilient+America+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=27c88422f4-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2137faf124-27c88422f4-120190293

Implementing nature-based flood protection https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Brochure%20Implementing%20nature-based%20flood%20protection_voor%20web.pdf

PreparedBC, British Columbia’s one-stop shop for disaster readiness information https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc

Most Americans think climate change has a place in school education http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/americans-support-teaching-children-global-warming/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

The inaugural ISCRAM Asia Pacific regional conference is being planned for 4-7 November 2018 http://www.confer.co.nz/iscramasiapacific2018/#nolink

 

Psychology and disasters

Almost one in five residents affected by Harvey reported mental health problems in the storm’s immediate aftermath https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/After-the-hurricane-the-storm-within-12813259.php#photo-15353068

After Shootings and Hurricanes, Where Are the School Counselors? http://www.governing.com/topics/education/gov-school-counselors-trauma-shooting-disaster.html

Hope and mourning in the Anthropocene: Understanding ecological grief https://theconversation.com/hope-and-mourning-in-the-anthropocene-understanding-ecological-grief-88630

 

Sociology and Disasters

Asking is Better Than Assuming: Enhancing the Work of Wildfire Practitioners with Social Science https://fireadaptednetwork.org/asking-better-assuming-enhancing-work-wildfire-practitioners-social-science/

Floods, Animals and Shared Urban Futures? http://www.metropolitiques.eu/Floods-Animals-and-Shared-Urban-Futures.html

 

April 2018 Newsletter of the International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) http://www.tiems.info/images/pdfs/TIEMS-2018-Newsletter-April.pdf

 

Latest edition of ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter http://emaillinks.com.au/tools/View.php?id=20858&t=8f0fd497bf97acebce9239f7d2d5ab99

 

Today in disaster resilience (6 April 2018)

disaster

Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Very deep M6.8 earthquake hits Chuquisaca, Bolivia https://watchers.news/2018/04/02/very-deep-m6-8-earthquake-hits-chuquisaca-bolivia/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Tropical Cyclone “Josie” claims 4 lives in Fiji https://watchers.news/2018/04/02/tropical-cyclone-josie-claims-4-lives-in-fiji/

Dust storm kills three in Uttar Pradesh, India https://watchers.news/2018/04/01/dust-storm-kills-three-in-uttar-pradesh-india/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Several rivers in the Balkans have broken their banks over the last few days, causing flooding in parts of northern Greece, southeastern Bulgaria and northwestern Turkey https://www.sott.net/article/381404-Rivers-overflow-flooding-areas-of-Greece-Bulgaria-and-Turkey

Flood warnings issued across UK as river levels rise after wet Easter https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/03/flood-warnings-issued-across-uk-as-river-levels-rise-after-wet-easter

Village near Ambae volcano faces relocation after flash flood, Vanuatu https://watchers.news/2018/04/03/vanuatu-village-faces-relocation-after-flash-floods/

Scientists keep close eye on Alpine Fault quake swarm http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12025977

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Apr 2018: Fuego volcano, Dukono, Agung, Reventador, Turrialba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68344/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-5-Apr-2018-Fuego-volcano-Dukono-Agung-Reventador-Turrialba-Sakuraj.html

Cape Town ‘Day Zero’ pushed back to 2019 as dams fill up in South Africa https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-safrica-drought/cape-town-day-zero-pushed-back-to-2019-as-dams-fill-up-in-south-africa-idUKKCN1HA1LN

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Changes in climate extremes, fresh water availability and vulnerability to food insecurity projected at 1.5°C and 2°C global warming with a higher-resolution global climate model http://rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/376/2119/20160452

‘Extreme’ Changes Underway in Some of Antarctica’s Biggest Glaciers https://insideclimatenews.org/news/02042018/antarctica-ice-sheet-shelf-glaciers-grounding-line-receding-worst-case-sea-level-rise-risk

The number of new coal plants under development worldwide continues to fall dramatically http://reneweconomy.com.au/global-new-coal-plant-pipeline-keeps-shrinking-45886/

An alarming 10 percent of Antarctica’s coastal glaciers are now in retreat, scientists find https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/04/02/an-alarming-10-percent-of-antarcticas-coastal-glaciers-are-in-retreat-scientists-find/?utm_term=.66c3420b18a6

Ice-free Arctic summers could hinge on small climate warming range https://www.colorado.edu/today/2018/04/02/ice-free-arctic-summers-could-hinge-small-climate-warming-range

Reduced probability of ice-free summers for 1.5 °C compared to 2 °C warming https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0127-8

Impact of Climate Change on Flood Frequency and Intensity in the Kabul River Basin http://www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/8/4/114

FEMA removed all reference to climate change from its planning document earlier this month https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/fema-climate-change-strategic-plan-ellison-letter_us_5abc16ede4b04a59a3143183

Fiji PM: Climate change threatens our survival http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43625608

The Climate Ex map will tell you what the weather will be like in 2070–and where to go to get the weather you like in 50 years https://www.fastcompany.com/40548716/these-maps-show-how-climate-change-will-mess-up-the-weather-where-you-live

At least 7 countries break monthly records as heat wave hits Asia https://mashable.com/2018/04/03/severe-heat-wave-asia-monthly-records/#ZVipSzSfMGqU

Senegal city races to move families as sea swallows homes https://www.zilient.org/article/senegal-city-races-move-families-sea-swallows-homes

Warmest March in Bahrain since 1902 https://watchers.news/2018/04/05/warmest-march-in-bahrain-since-1902/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

April snowstorm covers parts of Saudi Arabia in white https://watchers.news/2018/04/04/april-snowstorm-covers-parts-of-saudi-arabia-in-white/

New York City sees heaviest April snow since 1982 https://watchers.news/2018/04/04/new-york-city-sees-heaviest-april-snow-since-1982/

Five key lessons other cities can learn from Cape Town’s water crisis https://theconversation.com/five-key-lessons-other-cities-can-learn-from-cape-towns-water-crisis-94045

Arctic sea ice extent for March 2018 was the second lowest in the 1979 to 2018 satellite record http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2018/04/2018-winter-arctic-sea-ice-bering-down/

More than 100 cities now mostly powered by renewable energy, data shows https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/feb/27/cities-powered-clean-energy-renewable

‘Summer-like’ heat to nudge late-season heat records across south-east https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/summer-like-heat-to-nudge-late-season-heat-records-across-south-east-20180405-p4z7x4.html

Global warming of 1.5°C is imminent, likely in just a decade from now https://reneweconomy.com.au/climate-change-1-5c-closer-imagine-44124/

 

Disaster risk reduction

How Overbuilt Levees Along the Upper Mississippi River Push Floods Onto Others https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/rockisland

World’s first 3D thermal image of volcano https://watchers.news/2018/04/02/first-3d-thermal-image-of-volcano/

Large crack in East African Rift is evidence of continent splitting in two https://watchers.news/2018/03/30/large-crack-in-east-african-rift-is-evidence-of-continent-splitting-in-two/

USGS Publishes Bulletin 17C, “Guidelines for Determining Flood Flow Frequency” https://www.floods.org/n-news-hottopics/article.asp?id=539

California Earthquake: Big Risk, Big Exposure http://www.rms.com/blog/2018/03/27/california-earthquake-big-risk-big-exposure/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=wcirb_eq

National flood insurance is underwater because of outdated science https://www.salon.com/2018/04/01/national-flood-insurance-is-underwater-because-of-outdated-science_partner/#.WsKdvAAdi6J.twitter

Atmosphere and land model development has historically been segregated but coupled processes crucial to prediction and extremes can be properly represented only with a holistic approach https://eos.org/editors-vox/coupled-from-the-start

Welcome Dutch fixes for Charleston’s flooding woes https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/editorials/welcome-dutch-fixes-for-charleston-s-flooding-woes/article_50d6006e-3375-11e8-9ebf-73482288f347.html

“Mitigation is most likely to occur soon after a flood, and is most successful when decisions are community-based” https://phys.org/news/2018-04-denial-coastal.html

Proposed Floodplain Changes to Raise Houston Elevations https://www.enr.com/articles/44236-proposed-floodplain-changes-to-raise-houston-elevations

Could Sydney be the next Houston? https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2018/could-sydney-be-next-houston

FEMA Announces its Intent to Transfer NFIP Risk to the Capital Markets https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2018/04/02/fema-announces-its-intent-transfer-nfip-risk-capital-markets

Urban wetlands management in Colombo: a new model for urban flood resilience https://reliefweb.int/report/sri-lanka/urban-wetlands-management-colombo-new-model-urban-resilience

Landslides triggered by the 14 November 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake, New Zealand https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/04/03/bssa-mw-7-8-kaikoura-earthquake-1/

FG installs flood warning system in 5 Niger Delta states http://ndlink.org/2018/04/03/fg-installs-flood-warning-system-in-10-states/

“The next generation of flood-risk assessment models should integrate better knowledge of how people deal with risk and damage” https://www.cmcc.it/article/human-behavior-is-the-key-to-reducing-flood-risk

Houston City Council adopts stricter flood plain development rules https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/Houston-City-Council-adopts-stricter-flood-plain-12805504.php?src=hp_totn

Ecosystem-based adaptation to increase flood resilience of vulnerable people – Evidence from central Vietnam https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/57603?&a=email&utm_source=pw_email

Forecasting and warning system for Sava River almost complete https://www.deltares.nl/en/news/forecasting-warning-system-sava-river-almost-complete/

Skilful seasonal forecasts of streamflow over Europe? https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/22/2057/2018/hess-22-2057-2018.pdf

Will a Huge New Flood Barrier Save Venice? https://www.citylab.com/environment/2018/04/will-a-huge-new-flood-barrier-save-venice/556226/

Government dedicates £36 million to new UK flood defence schemes https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/government-dedicates-36-million-to-new-uk-flood-defence-schemes/70004548

In conversation with the next generation of flood engineers https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/2018/03/19/in-conversation-with-the-next-generation-of-flood-engineers/

Study: flood control engineering likely has worsened floods http://www.wbrz.com/news/study-flood-control-engineering-likely-has-worsened-floods/

Climatic control of Mississippi River flood hazard amplified by river engineering https://www.nature.com/articles/nature26145

Bushfire Prevention — Data-Driven Powerline Installation and Brush Monitoring https://medium.com/planet-os/bushfire-prevention-data-driven-powerline-installation-and-brush-monitoring-d7919e8d1e7e

Two of the more interesting landslides from the Papua New Guinea earthquake https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/04/04/papua-new-guinea-earthquake/

Hurricane forecasters see above-average 2018 U.S. storm season http://news.trust.org/item/20180405173130-fo5zg/

Tokyo’s enormous underground flood protection system pumps excess water out of the metropolitan area into the sea but climate change might take it to its limits http://www.acclimatise.uk.com/2018/03/29/tokyos-massive-flood-protection-facility-might-not-be-enough-cdue-to-climate-change/

 

Emergency Management

Mudslide losses top $421 million in hard-hit California town https://apnews.com/9b8ef4351765428e9f57beeb4781cf15/Mudslide-losses-top-$421-million-in-hard-hit-California-town?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=APWestRegion

Global disaster response needs at networked approach https://news.northeastern.edu/2018/03/30/global-disaster-response-needs-a-networked-approach/

A model for relief and recovery https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/resilienceindex?utm_source=Twitter&utm_term=0_f923f18da4-7eaf9480f4-555353465&utm_content=can-atmospheric-science-improve-global-disaster-resilience

Municipal plans to fight wildfire and floods in focus as draft bill hits the road http://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/municipal-plans-to-fight-wildfire-and-floods-in-focus-as-draft-bill-hits-the-road

Victoria has gained approval to conduct night time firebombing operations next summer season https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/news/night-time-firebombing-approved

Namibia: Floods DREF MDRNA010 Emergency Plan of Action Final Report https://reliefweb.int/report/namibia/namibia-floods-dref-mdrna010-emergency-plan-action-final-report

Are we leading enough in the emergency services? https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/afac-ceo-are-we-leading-enough

How Cyclone Alby 40 years ago caught WA off-guard, with deadly consequences http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-04/a-look-at-cyclone-alby-40-years-on/9614592

Bureau of Meteorology blames late cyclone warning on ‘staffing issue’ https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/04/04/06/21/cyclone-iris-queensland-wild-winds-flooding-as-storm-moves-southeast

Aid distribution underway in Fiji post cyclone http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/354003/aid-distribution-underway-in-fiji-post-cyclone?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Rewiring Puerto Rico: Power and Empowerment After Hurricane Maria https://medium.com/@dangerbui/rewiring-puerto-rico-power-and-empowerment-after-hurricane-maria-7efdff23da6d

Earthquake warning system expands with the help of federal funding http://bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/early-earthquake-system-expands-with-the-help-of-federal-funding

Puerto Rico says tourism has roared back to life http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/03/news/puerto-rico-tourism/index.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The information needs of women during disasters http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-02/helping-women-overcome-disaster-preparedness-gaps/9549862

Facilitating Dialogue in Communities: Using the FAC Self-Assessment Tool https://fireadaptednetwork.org/using-fac-self-assessment-tool/?platform=hootsuite

Children aren’t liabilities in disasters – they can help, if we let them https://theconversation.com/children-arent-liabilities-in-disasters-they-can-help-if-we-let-them-93794

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Countering False Information on Social Media in Disasters and Emergencies https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/SMWG_Countering-False-Info-Social-Media-Disasters-Emergencies_Mar2018-508.pdf

Social Media Analysis During Disasters online course https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dis_courses/social-media/index.html

What strategies do public service media have for news distribution on social media? https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/our-research/public-service-news-and-social-media

 

Psychology and disasters

The impact on mental health has been greatest among people who were affected by flood damage in a variety of ways http://ucrh.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/After-the-Flood-Research-Seminar-22-Mar-2018-flyer_.pdf

Climate changes mental health https://apha.org/-/media/files/pdf/topics/climate/climate_changes_mental_health.ashx?la=en&hash=AFF50C8C183A2846372355AB2B438A1157E1B3AE

 

 

Sociology and Disasters

“Building that connectedness before a disaster happens is an important part of preparedness so it naturally happens in response to a disaster” http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-29/natural-disaster-impact-on-mental-health-costly/9597104

When the flood that resulted from last year’s Cyclone Debbie swept through, the community of Murwillumbah didn’t wait for the wheels of government bureaucracy to act http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-01/murwillumbah-the-town-that-refuses-to-define-itself-by-disaster/9602180

Today in disaster resilience (30 March 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Explosions at Shinmoedake volcano, first pyroclastic flow, Japan https://watchers.news/2018/03/26/explosions-at-shinmoedake-volcano-first-pyroclastic-flow-japan/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Two missing, dozens rescued after flash floods hit California https://watchers.news/2018/03/26/two-missing-dozens-rescued-after-flash-floods-hit-california/

Ambae residents fearful as Volcano belches fire and ash https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/353494/ambae-residents-fearful-as-volcano-belches-fire-and-ash

Satellite images show before and after photos of the Tathra bushfire that destroyed 69 homes http://wildfiretoday.com/2018/03/27/burn-scars-of-the-fire-that-burned-into-tathra-nws/

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Mar 2018: Dukono volcano, Reventador, Sakurajima, Sabancaya, Ebeko https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68208/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Mar-2018-Dukono-volcano-Reventador-Sakurajima-Sabancaya-Ebeko-S.html

Australia – More Floods in Queensland After Torrential Rain From Ex Cyclone Nora http://floodlist.com/australia/australia-queensland-cyclone-nora-floods-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Landslides and Floods in 3 Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-march-2108

Russia – Over 1,000 Evacuated From Floods in Altai Krai Region http://floodlist.com/asia/russia-floods-altai-krai-march-2018

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

A Heat Wave Left Arctic Sea Ice Near a Record Winter Low https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23032018/arctic-sea-ice-record-low-maximum-warm-winter-indigenous-coastal-communities-bering-strait-alaska-hunting-whaling-climate-change

Antarctica’s glaciers are on the run: Landsat reveals accelerating melt http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/antarcticas-glaciers-are-on-the-run-landsat-reveals-accelerating-melt/news-story/bb216765f44919aa20ad8adc0687721d

The Paris Climate Accords Are Looking More and More Like Fantasy http://amp.nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/03/the-paris-climate-accords-are-starting-to-look-like-fantasy.html

The future holds twice as many heat waves — all because of us, research shows http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article205848359.html

Arctic sea ice extent at 2018 winter maximum was second smallest on record https://www.climate.gov/news-features/featured-images/arctic-sea-ice-extent-2018-winter-maximum-was-second-smallest-record

Ireland’s recent decade found to be the wettest in over 300 years https://watchers.news/2018/03/27/ireland-wettest-decade-in-over-300-years/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Federal report: High-tide flooding could happen ‘every other day’ by late this century https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/03/28/federal-report-high-tide-flooding-could-happen-every-other-day-by-late-this-century/?utm_term=.1e9fdb8dada6

Alaska Record Heat Trends http://www.guyonclimate.com/2018/03/28/extreme-temperature-diary-march-28-2018-topic-alaska-record-trends/

Climate change: Early humans survived abrupt, harsh cooling 11,000 years ago https://www.ibtimes.co.in/climate-change-early-humans-survived-abrupt-harsh-cooling-11000-years-ago-765226

Extreme rainfall events in India linked to man-made emissions: study http://www.netindian.in/news/2018/03/28/00045842/extreme-rainfall-events-india-linked-man-made-emissions-study

 

Disaster risk reduction

The latest issue of Disaster Prevention and Management https://www.emeraldinsight.com/toc/dpm/27/2

Austin’s 100-year flood plain looks more like today’s 500-year flood plain https://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2018/03/austins-100-year-flood-plain-looks-more-like-todays-500-year-flood-plain/#.WrVlj3QWTmM.twitter

Proposal allows homeowners to sell endangered coastal properties back to state http://amp.fox25boston.com/www.fox25boston.com/news/proposal-allows-homeowners-to-sell-endangered-coastal-properties-back-to-state/

It’s time to rethink wildfire — a disaster like hurricanes and tornadoes https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/It-s-time-to-rethink-wildfire-a-disaster-12771894.php

Firefighters perform balancing act to do prescribed burns when time is right http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-24/firefighters-capitalise-on-prescribed-burn-window-of-opportunity/9562732

Seven Months After Hurricane Harvey, Flood-Control Projects’ Fate Unclear http://www.air1.com/news/2018/03/25/7-Months-After-Hurricane-Harvey-Flood-Control-Projects-Fate-Unclear.aspx

Helping small landholders through disaster risk reduction https://www.dawn.com/news/1397459/helping-smallholders-through-disaster-risk-reduction

“Recent floods suggest that Australia has limited capacity to manage even current risks” https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/47?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=haznote47

What would an earthquake-proof city look like? https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/dec/11/earthquake-proof-city-christchurch-japan-colombia-ecuador?CMP=share_btn_tw

What would an entirely flood-proof city look like? https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/sep/25/what-flood-proof-city-china-dhaka-houston

City in a Swamp: Houston’s Flood Problems Are Only Getting Worse https://insideclimatenews.org/news/22012018/houston-flood-plain-development-hurricane-harvey-reservoirs-overflow?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Investment to make homes and infrastructure more flood-proof returns positive economic, environmental, and social benefits for communities http://www.floodeconomics.com/

The ‘nightmare’ California flood more dangerous than a huge earthquake http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-california-flood-20180325-htmlstory.html

Community resilience and flooding in UK guidance: A critical review of concepts, definitions, and their implications https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1468-5973.12223

New NASA Model Finds Landslide Threats in Near Real-Time During Heavy Rains http://floodlist.com/forecasting-warning-systems/new-nasa-model-finds-landslide-threats-in-near-real-time-during-heavy-rains?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

First 6 year review into flood risk in England https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/694808/1_April_2011_to_31_March_2017_managing_FCERM.pdf

We have Energy Performance Certificates, why not for flood? https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/uk/news/flood/think-tank-we-have-energy-performance-certificates-why-not-for-flood-95886.aspx#.WrpkwFxPvsA.twitter

Incentivising Household Action on Flooding https://www.floodre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/SMF-Incentivising-household-action-on-flooding_web.pdf

$ 225.9 million for floods and a water strategy http://www.tvanouvelles.ca/2018/03/27/2259-m-pour-les-inondations-et-une-strategie-de-leau

NZDF surveys Pacific volcanoes that are showing signs of renewed activity https://medium.com/@nzdefenceforce/nzdf-surveys-pacific-volcanoes-63874ed069d4

Newly Published: Southwest Washington Tsunami Inundation Hazard Maps https://washingtonstategeology.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/newly-published-southwest-washington-tsunami-inundation-hazard-maps/

A Preliminary Tsunami Hazard Assessment of the Canadian Coastline http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/nrcan_rncan/publications/ess_sst/292/292067/of_7201.pdf

Monitoring Kentucky Dams – Protecting Waterfront Communities https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2018/03/20/snapshot-monitoring-kentucky-dams-protecting-waterfront

An introduction to flood modelling – videos https://www.floodmodeller.com/help-support/videos/videos-webinars/#LAudvjMxlbc

The Use of Drones in Human and Physical Geography https://www.gislounge.com/use-drones-human-physical-geography/

Antibiotic Resistance is Globally On the Rise, Raising Alarms https://www.kqed.org/futureofyou/440512/antibiotic-resistance-is-globally-on-the-rise-raising-alarms?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Emergency Management

Multi-hazard Early Warning Systems: A Checklist https://reliefweb.int/report/world/multi-hazard-early-warning-systems-checklist

Leaking government information and the Tathra fire controversy https://emergencylaw.wordpress.com/2018/03/24/leaking-government-information-and-the-tathra-fire-controversy/

A Tale of Two Families Recovering From Hurricane Harvey https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-tale-of-two-families-recovering-from-disaster-1522056600

The first M 8 earthquake event recorded in China? (with ~ 270,000 deaths) https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017JB014928#.WrjYczHOYnM.twitter

The NSW coroner and an independent inquiry headed by former AFP boss Mick Keelty will investigate the south coast bushfire at Tathra which destroyed 69 homes https://www.sbs.com.au/news/minister-calls-nsw-firies-union-bastards

After the firestorm: the health implications of returning to a bushfire zone https://theconversation.com/after-the-firestorm-the-health-implications-of-returning-to-a-bushfire-zone-93647

The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) supports the services in charge of the protection of forests against fires in the EU countries http://effis.jrc.ec.europa.eu/

Class action launched against Powercor over Victorian bushfire http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-28/bushfire-class-action-launched-against-powercor/9597594

Communities in Victoria’s south west are being supported as they recover from the impacts of the four major fires https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/news/victorias-south-west-still-the-focus

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Ancient Stories Preserve The Memory Of Tsunami In The Pacific Ocean https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2018/03/23/ancient-stories-preserve-the-memory-of-tsunami-in-the-pacific-ocean/#2a316b2c4347

Six clouds you should know about – and what they can reveal about the weather https://theconversation.com/six-clouds-you-should-know-about-and-what-they-can-reveal-about-the-weather-93402

Developing Community Connections with Asset Mapping: Situation Assessment https://fireadaptednetwork.org/resource/developing-community-connections-asset-mapping-situation-assessment/

Frank Talk About Oregon Disaster Preparedness http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/frank-talk-about-oregon-disaster-preparedness.html

“The Flood Action Campaign is vitally important. It helps the Environment Agency inform people at risk about the simple actions they can take when it floods.” https://www.prweek.com/article/1460571/prepare-act-survive-environment-agency-tells-people-risk-flooding

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Watch the tweets of the world unfold with this real-time map https://twitter-maps.carto.com/u/twitterdata/builder/4eb1518d-ea7b-4da4-a2fd-e2e6c64a704c/embed

Social media mine behavior patterns to tailor online experiences and appeal to individual psychological needs https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-its-so-hard-to-deletefacebook/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sa-editorial-social&utm_content=&utm_term=mind_&sf185738757=1

 

Psychology and disasters

After hurricane María, a surge in domestic violence – and demands for change https://www.csmonitor.com/layout/set/amphtml/USA/Society/2018/0327/After-hurricane-Maria-a-surge-in-domestic-violence-and-demands-for-change?__twitter_impression=true

 

Sociology and Disasters

The role of social capital, personal networks, and emergency responders in post-disaster recovery and resilience: a study of rural communities in Indiana https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-017-3103-0

Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies in Asia and the Pacific http://sdgasiapacific.net/download/SDG_Resilience_Report.pdf

Today in disaster resilience (23 March 2018)

Disaster

Please find links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news this week…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Widespread floods hit Kenya, at least 19 killed and scores injured https://watchers.news/2018/03/18/widespread-floods-hit-kenya-at-least-19-killed-and-scores-injured/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Major wildfires rage in Australia, killing cattle and destroying homes https://watchers.news/2018/03/18/major-wildfires-rage-in-australia-killing-cattle-and-destroying-homes/

Heavy rain causes flash floods in Belo Horizonte in Brazil http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1650874/Heavy-rain-causes-flash-floods-Belo-Horizonte-Brazil.html

Channel Country gets three weeks’ notice of floods after rain 700km away http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-20/the-outback-queensland-region-expecting-floods-without-rain/9563232?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Fast-moving wildfire wipes out 69 homes in Tathra, Australia https://watchers.news/2018/03/19/fast-moving-wildfire-wipes-out-69-homes-in-tathra-australia/

Madagascar – Tropical Cyclone Eliakim Leaves 17 Dead and 6,000 Displaced http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-eliakim-floods-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Spain – 1 Dead, 1 Missing as Storm in Andalusia Causes Flash Floods http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-1-dead-1-missing-as-storm-in-andalusia-causes-flash-floods?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Dominican Republic – Record Rain Causes Flash Floods in North http://floodlist.com/america/dominican-republic-floods-north-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Uruguay – Evacuations After Floods in South http://floodlist.com/america/uruguay-floods-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Very heavy rainfall for central parts of NSW coast, warnings issued https://watchers.news/2018/03/20/very-heavy-rainfall-for-central-parts-of-nsw-coast-warnings-issued/

Toxic gases released from Kawah Ijen injure 24 people, evacuations ordered https://watchers.news/2018/03/22/toxic-gases-released-from-kawah-ijen-injure-24-people-evacuations-ordered/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Record-breaking rain hits California, worst yet to come https://watchers.news/2018/03/22/record-breaking-rain-hits-california-worst-yet-to-come/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Severe flooding in São Paulo kills 3, leaves 1 000 displaced https://watchers.news/2018/03/22/severe-flooding-in-sao-paulo-kills-3-leaves-1-000-displaced/

Tropical Cyclone Nora has formed off the Northern Territory and is expected to track towards Queensland http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/tropical-cyclone-may-form-in-gulf-of-carpentaria/news-story/aa9b3584e78bf8d43678551d658398a4

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Mar 2018: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Dukono, Reventador, Sakurajima https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68120/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-22-Mar-2018-Santiaguito-volcano-Fuego-Dukono-Reventador-Sakurajima.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

The Paris Agreement is deeply flawed – it’s time for a new deal https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/paris-agreement-deeply-flawed-time-deal-180316115219671.html

More accurate maps of bed topography reveal physical processes controlling retreat https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2018/03/15/new-study-helps-explain-greenland-glaciers-varied-vulnerability-to-melting/

Stark Differences in Sea Level Rise Flooding Between 1.5 and 2 Degrees of Warming https://e360.yale.edu/digest/stark-differences-in-climate-impacts-between-1-5-and-2-degrees-of-warming

A new study shows that rising temperatures in the Himalayas have led to more avalanches https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/2018/3/15/17119814/avalanche-climate-change-himalayas?__twitter_impression=true

Research scientist’s maps show how sea level rise will affect Nova Scotia communities http://www.ngnews.ca/news/research-scientists-maps-show-how-sea-level-rise-will-affect-nova-scotia-communities-193782/

Climate change soon to cause mass movement, World Bank warns https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/19/climate-change-soon-to-cause-mass-movement-world-bank-warns?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=twt_b-gdnnews#link_time=1521489853

UN Arctic chief: ‘Climate change isn’t linear – it’s accelerating’ https://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-environment/interview/un-arctic-chief-climate-change-is-not-linear-it-is-accelerating/

Greenland Is Literally Cracking Apart and Flooding the World https://www.livescience.com/62027-greenland-lakes-disappearing.html

‘I’m furious’: Tathra councillor says now is the time to talk climate https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/i-m-furious-tathra-councillor-says-now-is-the-time-to-talk-climate-20180320-p4z5ab.html

Boston Sea Level Projected To Rise 1.5 Feet By 2050 http://www.wbur.org/news/2018/03/16/boston-sea-level-rise-vims-projection

Building urban resilience to climate change: A review of Madagascar https://reliefweb.int/report/madagascar/building-urban-resilience-climate-change-review-madagascar

The governance of climate change adaptation in Canada https://www.iclr.org/ccgovernance.html

Quantified, localized health benefits of accelerated carbon dioxide emissions reductions https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0108-y

Government of Liberia launches project to prioritize climate governance through improved National Adaptation Plans http://adaptation-undp.org/government-liberia-launches-project-prioritize-climate-governance-through-improved-national

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose Last Year. Here Are the Top 5 Reasons https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/22/climate/global-energy-demand.html

Global Energy & CO2 Status Report http://www.iea.org/geco/

Darwin will get hotter and people will die thanks to climate change, scientists warn http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/darwin-will-get-hotter-and-people-will-die-thanks-to-climate-change-scientists-warn/news-story/57190166f9abfbcfa838ec6dac489757?csp=6cfd7018f6d5d6a1e3c6013eab92dfeb

 

Disaster risk reduction

Nairobi sets aside Sh194m to deal with flooding https://reliefweb.int/report/kenya/nairobi-sets-aside-sh194m-deal-flooding

Payouts after disasters and costly litigation leave insurance companies exposed, report finds https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-goes-firmly-in-the-loss-column-for-insurers/

Papua New Guinea in bid to quake-proof buildings sitting on the Ring of Fire http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-18/earthquake-proof-buildings-in-papua-new-guinea/9554576

Capacity development strategy for Sendai Framework https://www.unisdr.org/archive/57492

Roughly 80% of large historical floods in South East Queensland happened within a series of five-year flood-prone periods https://theconversation.com/floods-dont-occur-randomly-so-why-do-we-still-plan-as-if-they-do-93371

Large floods in South East Queensland, Australia: Is it valid to assume they occur randomly? https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13241583.2018.1446677

As Storms Get Stronger, Building Codes Are Getting Weaker https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-19/storm-prone-states-ease-off-building-codes-as-climate-risk-grows

Building stronger communities through disaster preparedness and resilience collaboration https://www.fema.gov/blog/2018-03-15/lasting-impact-communities

Extended bushfire season ‘the new normal’ http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/extended-bushfire-season-the-new-normal/news-story/ef86adb83f41dfadefaf73321b812d41

In a Historic Downtown, Disaster Becomes a Chance to Build Something Better https://www.citylab.com/solutions/2018/03/historic-downtown-disaster-rebuild-clarkesville-fire/555818/?utm_source=feed

First India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction inaugurated http://www.ddinews.gov.in/national/first-india-japan-workshop-disaster-risk-reduction-inaugurated

Should communities at the highest risk be abandoned and their residents permanently relocated? http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-43476335

Who’s at Risk? Rapid Mapping of Potential Hazard Exposure https://www.fema.gov/preptalks/chen

U.S. Gun Policy in a Global Context https://www.rand.org/research/gun-policy/essays/us-gun-policy-in-a-global-context.html?adbid=976188131144708097&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453&adbsc=social_GunPolicy_20180320_2202031

Complex fault geometry and rupture dynamics of the Mw 6.5, 2016, October 30th central Italy earthquake https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/2018JB015603

New Large-Scale Modeling Gives Worsening Picture of the Nation’s Flood Risk http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/New-Large-Scale-Modeling-Gives-Worsening-Picture-of-the-Nations-Flood-Risk.html

“Everyone has a part to play to reduce flood risk and homeowners in flood risk areas should know the risks and what action they can take” – Sir James Bevan http://floodlist.com/protection/uk-different-approach-future-floods?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Earthquake swarm under Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand https://watchers.news/2018/03/21/earthquake-swarm-under-mount-ruapehu-new-zealand/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Evidence of one of the largest floods in Earth’s history in the central Mediterranean https://watchers.news/2018/03/21/evidence-of-one-of-the-largest-floods-in-earth-s-history-in-the-central-mediterranean/

Complex floodplain management issues on the Mississippi River https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/mississippi-river-infrastructure/?utm_term=.ceef48cf78a1

Flooding and heavy rains rise 50% worldwide in a decade, figures show https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/21/flooding-and-heavy-rains-rise-50-worldwide-in-a-decade-figures-show

Landscape architect Kongjian Yu is making ‘friends with water’ to mitigate extreme weather events in modern metropolises https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/mar/21/turning-cities-into-sponges-how-chinese-ancient-wisdom-is-taking-on-climate-change

Environment Agency says a different approach is needed to tackle flooding over next 50 years http://mags4dorset.co.uk/environment-agency-says-a-different-approach-is-needed-to-tackle-flooding-over-next-50-years/#.WrLVv9RubIU

Police say Hawkesdale, Garvoc, Terang and Camperdown fires all started by electrical assets http://www.standard.net.au/story/5299413/police-investigation-four-main-fires-all-started-by-electrical-assets/

Learning from El Niño Costero 2017: Opportunities for Building Resilience in Peru http://i-s-e-t.org/resources/major-program-reports/learning-from-elnino-costero-2017-opportunities-building-resilience-peru.html?platform=hootsuite

WMO Statement on the state of the global climate in 2017 https://library.wmo.int/opac/index.php?lvl=notice_display&id=20220#.WrQc79RubIV

How To Build Resilience To Catastrophic Events With Alice Hill https://www.hoover.org/research/area-45-how-build-resilience-catastrophic-events-alice-hill

Earthquake early warning system gets big boost in House budget bill http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-earthquake-early-warning-20180322-htmlstory.html

Houston identifies $700M in priority flood control projects https://www.chron.com/news/politics/houston/article/Houston-identies-700M-in-priority-flood-control-12770379.php

How do people behave if flood risk decreases as a result of dams? https://phys.org/news/2018-03-responsibility.html

Optimal investment and location decisions of a firm in a flood risk area using impulse control theory https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10100-018-0532-0

 

Emergency Management

A Truck in Saudi Arabia Outruns a Flash Flood in the Desert https://weather.com/news/weather/video/a-truck-in-saudi-arabia-outruns-a-flash-flood-in-the-desert

Six months on, how is the Caribbean recovering from hurricanes and Irma and Maria? http://www.aidforum.org/Topics/disaster-relief/6-months-on-how-is-the-caribbean-recovering-from-hurricanes-and-irma-and-ma

Care for an elderly relative must include planning for natural disasters https://www.marketwatch.com/story/care-for-an-elderly-relative-must-include-planning-for-natural-disasters-2018-03-14

What happens to pregnant women when disaster strikes? http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-16/can-environmental-disasters-really-dictate-pregnancy-outcomes/9509964

FEMA’s Plan for Dealing With Natural Disasters Is Missing the Two Most Important Words https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/03/femas-plan-for-dealing-with-natural-disasters-is-missing-the-two-most-important-words/

State issues report on flaws in Sonoma County wildfire alerts http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/8046219-181/state-issues-report-on-flaws?utm_source=home&utm_medium=impact&utm_campaign=pd_study

Private sector can shoulder more responsibility for disaster readiness http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/378641-private-sector-can-shoulder-more-responsibility-for-disaster

Expert reaction: Bushfire ravages NSW coastal town https://mailchi.mp/smc/expert-reactionbushfire-ravages-nsw-coastal-town?e=c1ac3d949e

NSW authorities defend warning system after devastating Tathra fire – Some residents say text alerts never arrived https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/19/nsw-authorities-defend-warning-system-after-devastating-tathra-fire

Six months after Mexico quake some still camp outside homes https://apnews.com/amp/4170d3858f1b4aa3a91b74d014ba93aa?__twitter_impression=true

FEMA’s Disaster Preparedness Plan Is a Disaster for the U.S. https://www.nrdc.org/experts/joel-scata/femas-disaster-preparedness-plan-disaster-us

Ohio statewide tornado drill scheduled for today http://www.wtrf.com/news/ohio-headlines/ohio-statewide-tornado-drill-scheduled-for-today/1065971202

How did the plague impact health regulation? https://blog.oup.com/2018/03/plague-impact-health-regulation/

Only 30% of businesses have reopened in Fukushima nuclear disaster-hit areas: survey https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180321/p2a/00m/0na/004000c

Heatwaves, hurricanes, floods: 2017 costliest year ever for extreme weather and climate events, says UN https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/03/1005631

Hurricane Harvey’s toxic impact deeper than public told https://apnews.com/e0ceae76d5894734b0041210a902218d

 

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Elementary students’ evacuation route choice in a classroom: A questionnaire-based method https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321186619_Elementary_students%27_evacuation_route_choice_in_a_classroom_A_questionnaire-based_method

Influence seekers: the production of grey literature for policy and practice http://apo.org.au/node/136451

The tool that enabled a change in student engagement https://echo360.com/monash-college-echo360/?utm_campaign=user-testimonials&utm_content=68719732&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Master of Disaster:  learning resources, supporting documents and a multimedia library to help children and students learn about hazards in British Columbia https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/master-of-disaster

Ninety per cent of Canadians who actually live in a flood risk zone don’t know that they are at risk of flood https://uwaterloo.ca/partners-for-action/sites/ca.partners-for-action/files/uploads/files/canadian_voices_on_changing_flood_risk_fnl.pdf

Comrie flooding inspires festival film about loss and memory https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/619538/comrie-flooding-inspires-festival-film-about-loss-and-memory/

2013 Alberta flood victims “not even aware” of risk https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/2013-alberta-flood-victims-not-even-aware-risk-iclr-speaker-1004128814/

Bring community voices into disaster rebuilding and infrastructure planning http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/379413-bring-community-voices-into-disaster-rebuilding-and

Games about trust https://www.raphkoster.com/2018/03/16/the-trust-spectrum/#more-32038

Giving UK Children a Voice in Emergencies http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/cuidar/2018/03/21/stcuk-children-voice-in-emergencies/

How can we measure resilience? Mobile phones – and the right questions – can help http://news.trust.org/item/20180124113731-6j9xt

‘Plate Tectonics’ book explores the Earth’s building blocks and the geophysical theory that changed the way we look at the world https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/ladybird-book-reveals-the-human-stories-behind-one-of-the-21st-centurys-key-science-breakthroughs

World Water Day: exploring the solutions we find in nature https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/world-water-day-exploring-solutions-we-find-nature

New EGU publications: Geoscience Communication and Encyclopedia of Geosciences https://www.egu.eu/news/398/new-egu-publications-geoscience-communication-and-encyclopedia-of-geosciences/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

 

Seniors are the age group most likely to say they never go online http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/03/05/some-americans-dont-use-the-internet-who-are-they/

Unpacking and Exploring the Relationship between Crisis Management and Social Media in the Era of ‘Smart Devices’ https://www.hsaj.org/articles/13986

Early detection and information extraction for weather-induced floods using social media streams https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918302735

How Facebook Groups Are Being Exploited To Spread Misinformation, Plan Harassment, And Radicalize People https://www.buzzfeed.com/craigsilverman/how-facebook-groups-are-being-exploited-to-spread?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn&utm_term=.bcqn0QYwek#.om5dZeD0NQ

Millions of people follow science-related pages on Facebook http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/03/21/the-science-people-see-on-social-media/

 

 

Psychology and disasters

Understanding Social-Force Model in Psychological Principles of Collective Behavior https://www.researchgate.net/publication/303302099_Understanding_Social-Force_Model_in_Psychological_Principles_of_Collective_Behavior

Echoes of Katrina: Post-Hurricane Maria Public Health Threats and Trauma https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/news/2018/03/20/448215/echoes-katrina-post-hurricane-maria-public-health-threats-trauma/

The secret science that rules crowds http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180312-the-secret-science-that-rules-crowds

 

 

 

Sociology and Disasters

Social Identity and Intergroup Relationships in the Management of Crowds during Mass Emergencies and Disasters: Recommendations for Emergency Planners and Responders https://academic.oup.com/policing/advance-article/doi/10.1093/police/pay013/4939262

Study: US inequality persists 50 years after landmark report https://apnews.com/5b86a6a0b24a42dfa832103e686144c0