Today in disaster resilience (22 May 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tropical Storm Arthur forms in the Atlantic – the first tropical storm of the season forms east of Florida

‘Extremely severe’ cyclonic storm Amphan forces evacuations in India, Bangladesh

South Dakota: 17 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Floods

Ecuador – Deadly Floods in Morona Santiago

Sri Lanka – 2 Dead After Heavy Rain and Floods

Philippines – 80,000 Affected by Tropical Cyclone Vongfong

Algeria – Damaging Floods in Oran and Mostaganem Provinces

USA – Floods in Illinois and Michigan After Days of Heavy Rain

Côte d’Ivoire – Floods in Duékoué Department

Dams Fail in Central Michigan; Evacuations Underway

Sri Lanka – 2 More Fatalities as Thousands Affected by Floods and Landslides in Rathnapura

DR Congo – Hundreds Homeless After Kasai River Floods in Mai-Ndombe Province

Storm rips through Geelong, tearing roofs off homes in Waurn Ponds

Amphan: Kolkata devastated as cyclone kills scores in India and Bangladesh

Spectacular satellite imagery of a rapidly organizing depression moving towards western Europe today

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 May 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador

Cyclone kills at least 82 in India and Bangladesh, flooding lowlands

Central America – Heavy Rain Triggers Floods in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Global warming and drought impacts in the EU

Global warming and human impacts of heat and cold extremes in the EU

Laws and policies that protect the most vulnerable against climate-related disaster risks

Climate change and water scarcity disrupting youth livelihoods in Ghana

Transforming knowledge management for climate action

Climate change talk has been around for 30 years. Where’s the action?

Australia’s climate future to evolve as economy is rebuilt

Peter Davis of the British Antarctic survey on changes in the Thwaites Glacier

The future of solar power: From unbelievably cheap to insanely cheap

Climate change: Future floods will delay emergency response

Global heating is increasing the risk of fires and logging was making forests more flammable

Can coastal cities turn the tide on rising flood risk?

Experts urge further climate action as lockdown triggers ‘extreme’ emissions drop

Shrinking Ice Sheets Lifted Global Sea Level 14 Millimeters

Climate Change in the American Mind: April 2020

Latest Estimates on Sea Level Rise by 2100 Are Worse Than We Thought

Major tropical cyclones have become ‘15% more likely’ over past 40 years

Adapting to rising river flood risk in the EU under climate change

Bonding climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Global emissions plunge as working-from-home slashes transport emissions

Aging Dams, Changing Climate: A Dangerous Mix


Disaster risk reduction

Using satellites to monitor river ice for flood early warning

COVID-19 and the nature-health-nexus

Land use planning for disaster resilient communities

How would people and systems cope if a major earthquake or cyclone occurs while the COVID-19 pandemic continues?

Tool shows what many know: State communities at high risk for wildfire

Forty years have passed since a tremendous blast at Mount St. Helens—the deadliest eruption in U.S. history

Help Stop COVID-19 and Future Pandemics in Their Tracks

Project seeks super view of Earth’s mantle

How Singapore is predicting floods

How this English region leads the way for flood prevention

Adapting to rising coastal flood risk in the EU under climate change

The utility of earth science information in post-earthquake land-use decision-making: the 2010–2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence in Aotearoa New Zealand

From forests and farms to our own back yards, there’s a lot we can do to reduce future risks of pandemic outbreaks

Early Warning Systems for Pandemics: Lessons Learned from Natural Hazards

WMO Updates Guidelines on Multi-Hazard Impact-Based Forecast and Warning Services

From mangrove to mountain: Building coastal resilience in Timor-Leste

African countries get new tool to predict climate-related disasters

Cities hastily add pandemics to long list of 21st-century threats

Wetlands: Our frontline defence against floods

New study shows wildfires increasing in size and frequency across Victoria

Flood impact on mainland Southeast Asia between 1985 and 2018 – The role of tropical cyclones

Flood risk assessment for Davao Oriental in the Philippines using geographic information system‐based multi‐criteria analysis and the maximum entropy model

A map of 2019 fatal landslides

The current landslide crisis in East Africa

A Likert scale-based model for benchmarking operational capacity, organizational resilience, and Disaster Risk Reduction

A ‘Hyperactive’ Hurricane Season Is About to Strike

Less Fuel for the Fire: Wildfire Mitigation through Hazardous Fuels Reduction


Emergency management

Weakened by war and floods, Yemen fights twin health threat

Australian Red Cross releases bushfire report

San Francisco had the 1918 flu under control. And then it lifted the restrictions

U.S., European leaders weigh reopening risks without a vaccine

Mount St. Helens: 40 Years Later

Coronavirus: Don’t book your France trip yet – quarantine rules will be reviewed every three weeks

How States Pay for Natural Disasters in an Era of Rising Costs

The value of spatial information for emergency services

Coronavirus, floods and locust swarms: Kenya is fighting a ‘triple whammy’ of crises

COVID-19: UW study reports ‘staggering’ death rate in US among those infected who show symptoms

Factors affecting successful transition between post-disaster recovery phases: a case study of 2010 floods in Sindh, Pakistan

How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic?

First responders, such as fire and ambulance services, will likely struggle to reach urgent cases in a timely manner during low-level flooding in England

Coronavirus health emergency declaration delayed by a week, Australian WHO expert panel member says

What happens if a ‘big one’ strikes during the pandemic?

Cyclone Amphan rages amid pandemic, no space in shelters

The Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Interventions

Knowledge Exchange and Disaster Recovery After Frequent Wildfires in Northern California: Exploring the Experiences of Organizations Responding to the 2018 Camp Fire


Disaster education, communications and engagement

US risk education program piloted in Emerald, Victoria

Communicating and perceiving flood risks and warnings

From The Embers – Stories from the Australian Bushfire Crisis

Tracing Individual Perceptions of Media Credibility in Post-3.11 Japan

Living Through a Plague: A Reading List

Mr. Tornado is the remarkable story of the man whose groundbreaking work in research and applied science saved thousands of lives and helped Americans prepare for and respond to dangerous weather phenomena

Learning and sharing is key to climate adaptation and resilience building

People didn’t fail during Covid19, the messages did

Conceptual framework for motivating actions towards disaster preparedness through risk communication

Color plays a major role in the analysis and communication of scientific information

Landslides in Puerto Rico: A Collaboration Story

Can You Save the World? Game


Disaster psychology

70% of people surveyed said they’d download a coronavirus app. Only 44% did. Why the gap?

You Got This Mate provides tips and info to help rural men reach their best possible mental health

A qualitative evaluation of Southwark Council’s public health approach for mitigating the mental health impact of the 2017 London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack’s_public_health_approach_for_mitigating_the_mental_health_impact_of_the_2017_London_Bridge_and_Borough_Market_terror_attack

Australia: Victorians most at risk from bushfires believed emergency services could save them, CFA data shows

U.N. warns of global mental health crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic


Sociology and disasters

Society’s most at-risk groups during the ongoing pandemic

Local networks can help people in distress: South Africa’s COVID-19 response needs them

Megacity slums are incubators of disease – but coronavirus response isn’t helping the billion people who live in them

A GIS Approach to Analyzing the Spatial Pattern of Baseline Resilience Indicators for Community (BRIC)

Social Capital in the Response to COVID-19

The role of social ties for culture-led development in inner areas. The case of the 2016–2017 Central Italy earthquake

COVID-19 resources for sociologists

Voices from the bush – how lockdown affects remote Indigenous communities differently

COVID-19 puts human rights of millions at risk

How to integrate Indigenous Peoples’ culture and traditions into disaster risk management

Physical vulnerability and local responses to flood damage in peri-urban areas of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Profiling informal settlements for disaster risks

Confidence in authorities, neighborhood cohesion and natural hazards preparedness in Taiwan

Today in disaster resilience (15 May 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Ugandan hospital, Somali town washed away by floods raging East Africa

Somalia – Over 200,000 Displaced by Floods

Uganda – Thousands Affected by Floods in Western Region

Ethiopia – 12 Killed in Landslide Triggered by Heavy Rain

Somalia – 4 Dead After Heavy Rain Floods Mogadishu

France – Floods in Gironde and Landes After Rain Lashes South West

Guatemala – 3 Dead After Heavy Rain Causes Landslides and Floods

Kenya – Floods Hit North and Central Regions as Death Toll Rises to 237

Pakistan – 1 Dead After Heavy Rain and Landslides in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

DR Congo – Hundreds Homeless After Floods in Maniema

Colombia – Landslide Destroys Homes in Nariño

Budalangi floods described as worst flooding since 1962

Three-year-old girl and her sister, 7, are both killed in a flash flood in a Utah slot canyon

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 May 2020: Karymsky volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Dukono

Burundi – 10,000 Displaced by Floods Since Late April

Indonesia – Cars Dragged Through Streets as Flash Floods Hit Central Aceh

Indonesia – 1 Missing After Massive Landslide in Bogor Regency, West Java


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Simulations forecast nationwide increase in human exposure to extreme climate events

Adapting to extremes: Key insights for bridging climate change adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in the European Green Deal

Climate change has been influencing where tropical cyclones rage

The emergence of heat and humidity too severe for human tolerance

Potentially fatal bouts of heat and humidity on the rise, study finds

Associations between varying magnitudes of the urban heat island and the synoptic climatology in Melbourne, Australia;2-D

The Sea Ice Arctic Communities Rely On Could Disappear Three Weeks Earlier

Icelandic Glaciers Rapidly Retreating

As sea levels rise, are we ready to live behind giant walls?

Record global carbon dioxide concentrations despite COVID-19 crisis

Climate explained: what caused major climate change in the past?

A government roadmap for addressing the climate and post COVID-19 economic crises

The Canals Are Clear Thanks to the Coronavirus, But Venice’s Existential Threat Is Climate Change

Potentially fatal combinations of humidity and heat are emerging across the globe

Resilience and sustainable peace: Managing climate related security & development risks in the Anthropocene

Global Seasonal Climate Update provides guidance on temperatures, rainfall

Loss and Damage and limits to adaptation: recent IPCC insights and implications for climate science and policy

Little bit of sea-level rise = lots more coastal flooding


Disaster risk reduction

The dual risks of natural disasters and COVID-19

Child-centred urban resilience framework: a tool for inclusive city planning

Reducing wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface: Policy, trends, and solutions

Scientists concerned that coronavirus is adapting to humans

The Geosciences Community Needs to Be More Diverse and Inclusive

The U.S. has fared worse than other countries not because it lacked information or funding but because it failed to learn the lessons of the last outbreaks

Logging made last summer’s bushfires worse, expert review finds

Structurally controlled rock slope deformation in northern Norway

Why cities are the best (and worst) places to be during an outbreak

Continental-scale mapping and analysis of 3D building structure

A review of freely accessible global datasets for the study of floods, droughts and their interactions with human societies

Bill Gates: Here’s what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

Federal scientists predict high wildfire risk across Western Canada

Lessons from a Post-Eruption Landscape

City looks at how to protect triple deckers from flooding as sea levels rise

Poor dam management blamed for Kerala floods

Australia needs ‘fast-attack strategies’ to stop megafires forming, bushfire experts say

From Risk Management to Resilience Management in Critical Infrastructure

What’s Missing in Pandemic Models

‘Thank you Greta’: natural solutions to UK flooding climb the agenda

Insurance helps reduce risk from flooding for Asia’s vulnerable rural smallholders

Learning from the past – Using palaeoclimate data to better understand and manage drought in South East Queensland (SEQ)

The eye of the storm: boosting railway resilience in the UK

Transformational potential of COVID-19 recovery in Asia-Pacific

Background Paper: National Natural Disaster Arrangements The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (Australia)

Economic losses from extreme weather in the U.S. Gulf Coast region: Spatially differential contributions of climate hazard and socioeconomic exposure and vulnerability

Research shows how park-like tsunami defenses can provide a sustainable alternative to towering seawalls

Researchers reveal largest and hottest shield volcano on Earth


Emergency management

Did you know that millions of people around the world are still uprooted from their homes by disasters?

Resilience thinking: Preparing for and recovering from COVID-19 in the context of compound risks

Will resilience be the buzz word for the COVID-19 recovery?

What Happens If a ‘Big One’ Strikes During the Pandemic?

Trapped in paradise: Breaking quarantine could mean prison time for tourists in Hawaii

Future Air Travel: Four-Hour Process, Self Check-In, Disinfection, Immunity Passes

How many tests are performed each day?

Portugal counts on drones to bolster defences against wildfires during pandemic

Beat the heat? India struggles to keep cool during lockdown

Are we there yet? The transition from response to recovery for the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: what are the options for the UK? Recommendations for government based on an open and transparent examination of the scientific evidence


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Although social media is a relatively popular news platform—especially among younger people—it doesn’t appear to be replacing traditional media–and-what-that-means.html

Twitter Adds New Labels on Potentially Harmful COVID-19 Misinformation in Tweets

MSc in Flood Risk Management

The studio projects explore regional opportunities in designing urban typologies providing for flooding resiliency

A year without conferences? How the coronavirus pandemic could change research

Abstract representations of events arise from mental errors in learning and memory

Coronavirus pandemic threatens to suffocate U.S. hurricane response

Why aren’t people in Accra better prepared for floods? The key is in communication

Gender transformative early warning systems

Governments can learn from consumer psychology when it comes to public health messaging

This child-friendly booklet is for kids who are 6-12 years old to generate cyclone awareness among children through animated characters and simple but strong messages

This child-friendly booklet is for kids who are 6-12 years old to generate earthquake awareness among children through animated characters and simple but strong messages

This child-friendly booklet is for kids who are 6-12 years old to generate flood awareness among children through animated characters and simple but strong messages


Disaster psychology

Understanding the Three Types Of Loneliness

Disasters are not natural; our choices cause them

Catastrophe compassion: Understanding and extending prosociality under crisis

Personality traits related to approach and avoidance influence one’s likelihood of self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic

Even if you personally haven’t experienced quarantine fatigue, you’ve likely encountered sentiments attached to the experience

Could COVID-19 Finally Destigmatize Mental Illness?

New study shows staggering effect of coronavirus pandemic on America’s mental health


Sociology and disasters

We wanted to know how coronavirus affects Nairobi’s slum residents. What we found

The role of faith-based institutions in urban disaster risk reduction for immigrant communities

Coronavirus, Summer Heat, And Poverty Could Create A ‘Triple Whammy’

So coronavirus will change cities – will that include slums?

Social Capital in the Response to COVID-19

UD Prof. Sarah DeYoung discusses society’s most at-risk groups during the ongoing pandemic

The race against Covid-19 in vulnerable refugee camps

Livelihood and vulnerability in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda: lessons of community and resilience

Today in disaster resilience (8 May 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Kyrgyzstan – Homes Damaged After Flash Floods and Mudflows in South

Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan – Thousands Evacuate After Dam Fails

Yemen – 150,000 Affected by Heavy Rain and Floods Since Mid-April

Rwanda – Heavy Rain Leaves 8 Dead, Homes Destroyed

While Uzbekistan, like the rest of the world, is struggling against the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is suffering from another unexpected disaster

Indonesia – Thousands Hit by Floods in Bandung, West Java

Uganda – Floods Affect Thousands in Western and Northern Regions

Large mudflow causes severe damage in Isfana, Kyrgyzstan

Records tumble as cold blast sweeps across Australia

UK overtakes Italy with Europe’s highest official coronavirus death toll

Kenya – More Than 100 Dead as Floods and Landslides Continue

French Guiana – Floods Prompt Evacuations After Heavy Rain

DRC – Hundreds Displaced in Ituri Province as Lake Overflows

Indonesia – 12,000 Affected by Floods and Landslides in Sumatra

Afghanistan – Damaging Floods in Northern Provinces

Ethiopia – 107,00 Displaced by Floods, Says UN

Panama – Deadly Landslide in Panama District

Kenya – Flood Death Toll Rises, 100,000 Displaced

Indonesia – Rain Triggers Deadly Landslide in West Sulawesi Province

Volcanic activity worldwide 7 May 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Semeru, Dukono, Reykjanes


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Ten Things about Collaborating for Climate Solutions

Falling for an old flame: Can Australia really grow through gas?

Australia listened to the experts on coronavirus. It’s time we heard them on climate change

A Satellite Lets Scientists See Antarctica’s Melting Like Never Before

Glacier detachments: A new hazard in a warming world?

As much as one-third of the world’s population will be exposed to Sahara Desert-like heat within half a century if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise

Hydrological limits to carbon capture and storage

On a Melting Planet, More Precisely Tracking the Decline of Ice

Warming Caused a Glacier in Alaska to Collapse

Honolulu under triple threat of flooding as sea level rises

Project about climate change in Bangladesh comes to an end

One billion people will live in insufferable heat within 50 years – study

Future of the human climate niche

Sea-level rise exponentially increases coastal flood frequency

Methane’s Rising: What Can We Do to Bring It Down?

Fortress Charleston: Will Walling Off the City Hold Back the Waters?

Will three billion people really live in temperatures as hot as the Sahara by 2070?

Drought supercharged by climate change

Climate change adaptation: Beyond greening humanitarian response

What impact will the coronavirus pandemic have on atmospheric CO2?

Climate Change Has Altered Where Tropical Cyclones Occur Most Frequently, Study Says


Disaster risk reduction

WomenInHydrology – a new initiative to connect female hydrologists worldwide

Geoscientists Help Map the Pandemic

Fragile countries could see 1 billion coronavirus cases

Australia’s natural hazards risk profile

Report recommends measures to avoid repeat of flooding in Quebec community

Economic motivation for raising coastal flood defenses in Europe

Tectonic Controls on Global Variations of Large-Magnitude Explosive Eruptions in Volcanic Arcs

Strength in Beauty – Rethinking Tsunami Defense

A prehistoric lake has provided a long-term record of floods and flows on the Murray Darling River

When disaster strikes locally, urban networks spread the damage globally

Barriers to insurance as a flood risk management tool: Evidence from a survey of property owners

Forest fires in the Alps

Federal wildfire policy and the responsibilities of community planners and homeowners

Using statistical methods borrowed from economics, a new flood study estimates the effect of hard surfaces on high waters

Causal Effect of Impervious Cover on Annual Flood Magnitude for the United States

Coastal Inundation Dashboard

A multi-hazards earth science perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic: The potential for concurrent and cascading crises Environment Systems and Decisions

Here are 10 steps to build a stronger Australia after coronavirus

Forest fire season is coming. How can we stop the Amazon burning?

Will humans go extinct? For all the existential threats, we’ll likely be here for a very long time

Flood prediction using parameters calibrated on limited discharge data and uncertain rainfall scenarios


Emergency management

Visual representation of hodge-podge, state by state response of c-19 in USA

April 2020 edition of Australian Journal of Emergency Management

New roadmap gives Australia two paths out of COVID-19 lockdown: elimination or adaptation

JapanTimes online newspaper discusses changes to disaster response, based on C-19 trajectory

Cred Crunch, Issue No. 58, April 2020 – Disaster* Year in Review 2019

Coronavirus: why you need to wear a face mask in France, but not in the UK

Three potential futures for Covid-19: recurring small outbreaks, a monster wave, or a persistent crisis

‘This is a yo-yo.’ COVID-19 hits families still suffering from Hurricane Florence

Emergency managers work nonstop to prepare communities for hurricanes during pandemic


Disaster education, communications and engagement

International guide to value and engage children and youth in disaster risk reduction

Strengthening resilience in Tanzania through creative public engagement

Fostering student participation in disaster risk reduction through disaster video games

The influence of tailored risk communication on individual adaptive behaviour

The Ocean Game: The sea is rising. Can you save your town?

COVID-19 global response: Risk Communication & Community Engagement (RCCE)

Evaluation of flood risk communication materials

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week, and communities aren’t ready for both coronavirus and a disaster

New book on ‘Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement’

Risk Communication Basics


Disaster psychology

Lockdown and Social Distancing – Are There Positives?

Disasters force us to rely on each other

The global jolt toward creative thinking

A third of Americans experienced high levels of psychological distress during the coronavirus outbreak


Sociology and disasters

In 2018, a wildfire swept through Northern California. Forensic anthropologists were called in to identify skeletal remains in a devastated recovery scene

During coronavirus, we need social sciences and humanities more than ever

Cultivating social ties in the age of physical distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic is shining an unforgiving light on the world’s most vulnerable and marginal people

Seeking commonalities of community resilience to natural hazards: A cluster analysis approach

The building of social resilience in Sichuan after the Wenchuan earthquake: A perspective of the socio-government interactions

After Covid-19, it’s in everyone’s interest to help the world’s poorest countries

Black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die with coronavirus as white people in England and Wales

How Natural Hazards Impact the Social Environment for Vulnerable Groups: An Empirical Investigation in Japan

Living near volcanoes: Scoping the gaps between the local community and volcanic experts in southern Chile

Community resilience to cyclone and storm surge disasters: Evidence from coastal communities of Bangladesh

Coronavirus could kill up to 190,000 in Africa in first year if not contained, WHO says

Today in disaster resilience (1 May 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tanzania – Deadly Floods and Mudslides Hit Northern Regions

Vietnam – Damaging Storms Hit Northern Provinces

Kenya – Thousands Displaced as Flooding Continues

Canada – Evacuations After Ice Jams Cause Rivers to Rise in Alberta

Indonesia – Hundreds of Homes Damaged by Floods in Banten, Bengkulu and East Kalimantan

Military assistance requested as flooding hits downtown Fort McMurray

Ethiopia – Deadly Flash Floods in Dire Dawa

Colombia – Heavy Rain Causes Deadly Landslide in Cauca

Somalia – Deadly Flash Floods in North East

Chad – Floods in South Destroy Shelters in Displacement Camps

USA now has 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases

Fiji – Floods Hit Central Division After Heavy Rainfall

Laos – 3 Dead, 4 Missing After Flash Floods in North

Malaysia – Communities Cut Off After Floods and Landslides in Sarawak


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

This Bangladeshi man’s story shows why linking climate change with conflict is no simple matter

Disability and climate change: How climate-related hazards increase vulnerabilities among the most at risk populations and the necessary convergence of inclusive DRR and CCA

How to explain climate change? With comic books

Battered by Matthew and Florence, North Carolina Must Brace for More Intense Hurricanes

Record-Breaking Amounts of Solar Electricity Generated in Germany After String of Sunny Days

In One Week, Both Sweden and Austria Celebrated the Closing of Their Last Coal Plants

Meteorologists say 2020 on course to be hottest year since records began

Hurricanes Could Be Slowing Down Due to Rising CO2 Levels, And That’s Not a Good Thing

The Discursive Politics of Adaptation to Climate Change

Collaborative Action for Community Resilience to Climate Risks: Opportunities and Barriers

When COVID-19, climate collide: How south Asia can prepare itself


Disaster risk reduction

Five years on,  revisiting Nepal after 2015 ‘quake

As Amazon fire season looms, smoke and coronavirus could be a disaster

Stopping floods, protecting lives, and saving money? Mangroves do it all for free

Canada: How coronavirus could make a bad wildfire season even worse

What COVID-19 tells us about the changing nature of disaster risk

A dynamic spatial computable general equilibrium (CGE) approach to assess economic effects of a large earthquake in China

Extreme weather disasters challenges for sustainable development: Innovating a science and policy framework for disaster-resilient and sustainable Quezon City, Philippines

From hazard to risk

Guidelines for planning equitable disaster resilient development

Initial impacts of global risk mitigation measures taken during the combatting of the COVID-19 pandemic

Preferences for improved early warning services among coastal communities at risk in cyclone prone south-west region of Bangladesh

Progress toward implementing the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement, and the Sustainable Development Goals: Policy from Aotearoa New Zealand

A new map reveals which parts of the US are most at risk of earthquakes in unprecedented detail

How Mobile Phone Towers Could Help Monitor Rainfall in Developing Countries

Towards resilient Rotterdam? Key conditions for a networked approach to managing urban infrastructure risks

Resilience – Potentials and Challenges of an Interdisciplinary Perspective

Getting to the Bottom of Slow-Motion Earthquakes

Flood Prevention Could Bring ‘Huge’ Payoff as Global Risks Rise

Coronavirus detected on particles of air pollution

When it rains, lava pours coasts face far more frequent severe floods

Australia: Drought, bushfire, flood, hail, and dust: local action the way forward for sustainability

Drought, fire and flood: how outer urban areas can manage the emergency while reducing future risks

The devastating impact of floods in India—and what can be done

Building Resilience during Recovery: Lessons from Colorado’s Watershed Resilience Pilot Program’s_Watershed_Resilience_Pilot_Program

Coronavirus lingers in the air of crowded spaces

British wildfires are getting more frequent. Here’s what that means

Central West Regional Resilience Strategy includes consideration of the increasing strong cycles of persistent drought and flood facing the region

Experts from four South Atlantic states not only will quantify the impacts of flooding on access to infrastructure, but also will consider associated economic costs to coastal communities

Latest edition of ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

In race for a coronavirus vaccine, an Oxford group leaps ahead

Why political will is important to reduce risks of disaster

Stochastic simulation of streamflow and spatial extremes: a continuous, wavelet-based approach

Insurance becoming unaffordable in Australia’s disaster-prone regions after horror bushfires

Features of 16,749 hospitalised UK patients with COVID-19 using the ISARIC WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol

‘It was definitely disappointing’: Provincial review ties up promised flood mitigation dollars

Springbank reservoir change of heart comes with $32M for Tsuut’ina flood mitigation

‘Rural areas near big cities less vulnerable to disasters’

Costs and benefits of (in)coherence: Disaster Risk Reduction in the post-2015-agendas

The challenging place of natural hazards in disaster risk reduction conceptual models: Insights from Central Africa and the European Alps


Emergency management

Strengthening Fiji’s disaster response and preparedness

COVID-19 small business continuity and recovery planning toolkit

Singapore’s spike in coronavirus cases shows the road to recovery will be a bumpy ride

Pathways to Livable Relocation Settlements Following Disaster

Australia’s new COVID-19 tracking app

New Zealand Says It Has Won ‘Battle’ Against COVID-19

COVIDSafe tracking app reviewed: the government delivers on data security, but other issues remain

Preparedness for effective response – considerations for epidemic preparedness

When the unprecedented becomes precedented: Learning from Cyclones Idai and Kenneth Institute

Revisiting cyclone Phailin: Drivers of recovery in marine fishing communities

Global Report on Internal Displacement 2020

‘We don’t catch a break’: First Brian Jean lost his house to the Fort McMurray wildfire. This time, it was a flood

Using resilience concepts in disaster response

Prospects and challenges for reconstruction after tropical Cyclone Harold in Vanuatu

Planning for a disaster: Model can predict hospital resilience for natural hazards, pandemics


Disaster education, communications and engagement

20 of the worst epidemics and pandemics in history

May edition of Geology

The importance of disaster risk communication in the time of COVID-19

Community engagement during COVID-19: A guide for community-facing staff

Trolls and bots are flooding social media with disinformation encouraging states to end quarantine

Bringing earthquake education to schools in Nepal


Disaster psychology

Relationship between citizens’ risk perceptions formed by disaster information and migration decision-making: Evidence from Japan

Lockdown is the world’s biggest psychological experiment – and we will pay the price

Anxiety ‘escalating’ in children and young people as coronavirus pandemic closes disability support services

Social media exposure during the coronavirus pandemic is linked to increased anxiety


Sociology and disasters

Urban Aboriginal people face unique challenges fighting COVID 19

From poverty to disaster and back: a review of the literature

Coronavirus is not just a health crisis — it’s an environmental justice crisis

The paradox of social capital: A case of immigrants, refugees and linguistic minorities in the Canterbury and Tohoku disasters

Coronavirus could kill more than 3 million people in vulnerable and poor countries, aid group says

Today in disaster resilience (24 April 2020)

Please find below a list of links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disaster

DR Congo – Over 30 Killed in Uvira Floods, South Kivu Province

Kenya – Many Missing After Heavy Rain Triggers Mudslides in West

Daily COVID-19 death tolls falling in many western countries

Baseball-sized hail leaves major damage in Queensland, Australia

Explosive eruption and strong ash emissions at Etna volcano, Aviation Color Code briefly raised to Red, Italy

Heavy rains cause flash floods in western Kenya

Angola – 11 Dead After Floods and Heavy Rain in Luanda Province

Rwanda and Burundi – 9 Dead, Thousands Affected After Floods and Landslides

New Caledonia – Flash Floods After 200mm of Rain in 6 Hours

Severe flooding threatens millions in Afghanistan, 600 homes destroyed and 3 000 damaged

Yemen – More Devastating Flash Floods in Aden After 125mm of Rain

Burkina Faso – IDP Camps Flooded in Kongoussi

Kenya – More Floods and Landslides Leave 8 Dead, Hundreds Homeless

Djibouti – 8 Killed in Flash Floods

Indonesia – 4 Dead, 3 Missing After Floods in West Java and Central Kalimantan

Wildfires rip through Poland’s biggest national park

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Apr 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sea-level rise exponentially increases coastal flood frequency

Key investments can build resilience to pandemics and climate change

Entire wild systems at risk from rising global heat

‘Kick them into action’: Fire group takes EPA to court over climate

The northern-hemisphere winter of 2019-20 was the warmest ever on land

State of the climate: First quarter of 2020 is second warmest on record

Will climate change end waterfront living? Not if you can afford it

Rising Seas Could Make U.S. Coastal Flooding a Daily Peril by 2100

Climate explained: how white roofs help to reflect the sun’s heat

Australia’s inland rivers are the pulse of the outback. By 2070, they’ll be unrecognisable

Non-linear interaction modulates global extreme sea levels, coastal flood exposure, and impacts

Will Florida be lost forever to the climate crisis?

Predicting the Future of Greenland’s Melting Ice Sheet

Arctic will see ice-free summers by 2050

Coronavirus crisis underscores small islands’ climate vulnerability


Disaster risk reduction

UVA researchers found that regular exercise may reduce the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome, a major cause of death in patients with the COVID-19 virus

We’ve never made a successful vaccine for a coronavirus before. This is why it’s so difficult

Coronavirus re-emergence will be a threat until 2024, Harvard study finds

How different surrounding environments influence the characteristics of flash flood‐mortality: The case of the 2017 extreme flood in Mandra, Greece

Policy recommendations for an integrated approach to flood management

Predicting possible outcomes to coronavirus and other pandemics with models and simulations

How to generate relational information to inform a systemic perspective on risk?

Implementing the Sendai Framework in Africa: progress against the targets (2015–2018) International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS), 2020

Building resilience in the wake of a disaster

COVID-19: What’s wrong with the models?

Covid-19 has nothing on what’s coming

Large earthquakes follow ‘Devil’s Staircase’ mathematical pattern

Research shows mangrove conservation can pay for itself in flood protection

To Avoid the Next Disaster, “This Mistake Must Not Reoccur”

Coronavirus’s ability to mutate has been vastly underestimated, and mutations affect deadliness of strains, Chinese study finds

Milan announces ambitious scheme to reduce car use after lockdown

Remembering the forgotten disaster: One year after Cyclones Idai and Kenneth

The pandemic isn’t a Black Swan

Analyzing the Role of Resource Factors in Citizens’ Intention to Pay for and Participate in Disaster Management’_Intention_to_Pay_for_and_Participate_in_Disaster_Management

New Earthquake Math Predicts How Destructive They’ll Be

Slower-moving hurricanes will cause more devastation as world warms
How can big cities adapt to risks of floods?

America’s heartland is expected to flood again — but this time amid coronavirus

Bridging forecast verification and humanitarian decisions: A valuation approach for setting up action-oriented early warnings

Common ground between the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2020

Implementing the Sendai Framework in Africa: progress against the targets (2015–2018) International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (IJDRS), 2020

Models and frameworks for assessing the value of disaster research

Policy recommendations for an integrated approach to flood management

Sendai five years on: Reflections on the role of international law in the creation and reduction of disaster risk

A methodology to estimate flow duration curves at partially ungauged basins

Webinar Aqueduct Floods: the future of flooding; exploring risks and opportunities

Australia: Actuaries back pre-disaster funding

Flooding will affect double the number of people worldwide by 2030

New Data Shows Millions of People, Trillions in Property at Risk from Flooding — But Infrastructure Investments Now Can Significantly Lower Flood Risk

Aqueduct Flood Global Data


Emergency management

New MIT machine learning model shows relaxing quarantine rules will spike COVID-19 cases

It was the saltshaker: How Germany meticulously traced its coronavirus outbreak

Two Asian coronavirus success stories face new wave of infections

Healing and rebuilding from the 2019-20 bushfires

Coronavirus Will Require Changes in Schools When They Reopen to Protect Students

NSW COVID-19 Cases and Community Profile by The University of Sydney

Antibody tests suggest that coronavirus infections vastly exceed official counts

Imagine Hurricane Katrina during a pandemic. The US needs to prepare for that — now

Laying in Wait: Responding to the Pandemic Amidst Impending Disasters

Doctors warn coronavirus causing sudden strokes in some younger patients

UK will need social distancing until at least end of year, says Whitty

Rules to prevent the spread of Covid-19 complicate standard responses to storms, floods, and heat waves

Tackling malaria, COVID-19 and Ebola in Burundi


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Affected community members from Hobart, Kingborough, Glenorchy, and Derwent Valley municipalities were invited to share their experience of the flood nearly twelve months later

Why is it hard to stop COVID-19 misinformation on social media?

How the internet has changed during lockdowns

The importance of disaster risk communication in the time of COVID-19

Right-Wing Responsible For Pushing Coronavirus Disinformation On Twitter Worldwide, New Report Says

K-12 Flood Education Resources

Dominica: Strengthening early warning system – increasing public awareness on natural hazards

Make your own paper model of a volcano

An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals


Disaster psychology

Mental health in the age of coronavirus

UNICEF’s latest information to help support you and your family during the coronavirus pandemic

The difference between “physical” and “social” distancing

Expectations, disappointments, and individual responses: Imbalances in multilevel flood risk governance revealed by public survey


Sociology and disasters

Monsoon weather and early childhood health in India

Disabled people left off coronavirus vulnerable list go without food

World Health envoy warns of unrest in poor nations without action to combat virus

Confronting chronic shocks: social resilience in Rio de Janeiro’s poor neighbourhood

Five years later: Assessing the implementation of the four priorities of the Sendai Framework for inclusion of people with disabilities

“What is a sociologist doing here?” An unconventional people-centered approach to improve warning implementation in the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction

Today in disaster resilience (17 April 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Ecuador – Homes Destroyed by Floods in Quito

Storm tears through South amid pandemic; more than 30 dead

Krakatau volcano (Indonesia): strong explosion

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Lamongan, East Java

Papua New Guinea – Deadly Landslide in Chimbu Province

Ukrainian officials: Fires out near Chernobyl nuclear plant

Yemen – Flash Floods Hit Sana’a

Iran – Deadly Floods in North and Central Provinces

Pakistan – More Fatalities After Heavy Rain and Storms in Punjab Province

Ongoing floods affect more than 25 000 in East Java, Indonesia

Thousands of homes damaged as severe thunderstorms lash Thailand

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Apr 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Semeru


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Data show one of the strongest predictors of social distancing behavior is attitudes toward climate change

Are our urban buildings climate-ready? :

The IPCC’s special report on climate change and land: What’s in it for Africa?

Enhancing national climate plans through nature-based solutions

Expanding use of archaeology in climate change response by changing its social environment

A global database of Holocene paleotemperature records

Tackling climate change is vital for the strongest economic recovery after coronavirus

Estuaries warming and acidifying because of climate change, study finds

Study reveals one climate strategy could save the world $616 trillion

How to Adapt to Climate Change From the Bottom Up

Cities can lead the way on climate change mitigation through green spaces

Infrastructure and climate change

Natural catastrophes in times of economic accumulation and climate change

Scientists confirm dramatic melting of Greenland ice sheet

Public want radical response to climate change with same urgency as coronavirus, poll finds

Strengthen worldwide climate commitments to improve economy, study finds

Large contribution from anthropogenic warming to an emerging North American megadrought

Australia deploying new renewables at ten times global average


Disaster risk reduction

Geohealth: Science’s First Responders

COVID-19 has struck Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, at a moment of heightened vulnerability arising from multiple sources–how-to-live-with-risk-and-succeed-.html

Hiding in Plain Sight: Conceptualizing the Creeping Crisis

‘It’s worth a shot’: Australia’s endgame must be total elimination of the virus

A recent Johns Hopkins University study found that impervious surfaces found in urban areas significantly increase the potential for flooding

Bridging forecast verification and humanitarian decisions: A valuation approach for setting up action-oriented early warnings

Developing solutions for Climate and Disaster Resilience

Stanford researchers forecast longer, more extreme wildfire seasons

What is the difference between complicated and complex systems… and why is it important in understanding the systemic nature of risk?

Delhi is one of many capitals enjoying improved air quality since restrictions were introduced due to the coronavirus

Coronavirus distancing may need to continue until 2022, say experts

Applying Satellite Imagery to NWS Grand Forks Flood Operations

Floodplain evaluation matrix: A multiparameter assessment methodology

Bats are a key source of human viruses — but they’re not special

We are just now starting to understand the scope of the risk of hurricanes

Ethics and Evidence in the Search for a Vaccine and Treatments for Covid-19

One Of Mississippi’s Devastating Easter Tornadoes Was ‘At Least’ Two Miles Wide

Extreme weather events in a time of COVID-19


Emergency management

Life and Death in the ‘Hot Zone’

In the middle of a pandemic, people who live in flood zones are being warned that provincial authorities won’t be able to respond in the usual way

Queensland bushfires review 2019-20

Paradise Dam preparedness review 2019-20

Disaster recovery framework guide

Scenario planning vital in pandemic response

Addressing conflicting cues during natural hazards: lessons from emergency agencies

Why Politicians Ignore Disaster Predictions

As coronavirus spreads in Congo, Ebola resurfaces

Coronavirus: China’s first confirmed Covid-19 case traced back to November 17

Recalibrating disaster governance in ASEAN after the 2018 central Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami

In Singapore, migrant coronavirus cases highlight containment weak link

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – the data

Virus-hit Asian nations brace for double disasters as extreme weather looms

What Happens When Other Disasters Hit during a Pandemic?

In China, This Coronavirus App Pretty Much Controls Your Life


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Citizen disaster science education for effective disaster risk reduction in developing countries

Why We Should Say ‘Physical Distancing,’ Not ‘Social Distancing’

Social-media companies must flatten the curve of misinformation


Disaster psychology

Americans See Spread of Disease as Top International Threat, Along With Terrorism, Nuclear Weapons, Cyberattacks

Social Distance: We Can’t Go Back to Normal

Public mental health crisis during COVID-19 pandemic, China

Crushing coronavirus means ‘breaking the habits of a lifetime.’ Behavior scientists have some tips


Sociology and disasters

Confronting chronic shocks: Social resilience in Rio de Janeiro’s poor neighborhoods’s_poor_neighborhoods

South Africa needs to mitigate the worst of its inequalities in tackling coronavirus

Social vulnerability in a high-risk flood-affected rural region of NSW, Australia

Gender transformative early warning systems: Nepal Practical Action

The pandemic can be a catalyst for decolonisation in Africa

Today in disaster resilience (10 April 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Solomon Islands – Rivers Rise as Tropical Cyclone Harold Approaches

Vanuatu on Red Alert as it braces for severe Tropical Cyclone Harold

US coronavirus toll tops 10,000

Indonesia – at Least 3 Dead, 2 Missing After Floods and Landslides in 3 Provinces

Flooding on James River persists for more than a year, South Dakota

Cyclone pounds Vanuatu, levelling buildings, amid virus shutdown

Severe weather in Greece

Colombia – Landslide in Santander Prompts Evacuations

Papua New Guinea – Thousands Affected by Floods in Gulf Province

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Apr 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventado

Tropical Cyclone “Harold” leaves a trail of destruction across Vanuatu and Fiji — passing over Tonga

Record-breaking snowfall engulfs parts of Norway


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s path to net-zero emissions lies in rapid, stimulus-friendly steps

Cure for coronavirus-hit economy could be in renewables

Be prepared: Key lessons from the coronavirus pandemic and climate change

Sorry to disappoint climate deniers, but coronavirus makes the low-carbon transition more urgent

Report maps out ways to reach climate targets and regenerate economy

Climate Disasters Make Vulnerable Countries More Susceptible To War

Let’s have a worthy debate about sea level rise

NASA Study Adds a Pinch of Salt to El Niño Models

Stanford researchers forecast longer, more extreme wildfire seasons

Natural variability or climate change? Stakeholder and citizen perceptions of extreme event attribution

Earth scorched in the first 3 months of 2020

The projected timing of abrupt ecological disruption from climate change

Coronavirus pandemic threatens climate monitoring, WMO warns

Extreme, high temperatures may double or triple heart-related deaths


Disaster risk reduction

6 feet enough for social distancing? MIT researcher says droplets carrying coronavirus can travel up to 27 feet

Understanding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through data

Coronavirus in South Asia Takes Hold as April Arrives

Is the coronavirus airborne? Experts can’t agree

Ban wildlife markets to avert pandemics, says UN biodiversity chief

Coronavirus and the Future of Surveillance

Brazil – Extreme Rainfall Days in Metropolitan São Paulo Have Risen Four-Fold

Volcanic activity helped trigger Triassic climate change, study says

Where are Ireland’s Sustainable flood defenses?

Emergency risk assessment handbook published

Coronavirus: location-tracking apps could stop the disease – here’s how

Why does understanding the systemic nature of risk matter in the midst of COVID-19?

3 ways to build back better after a tsunami

These 5 countries have advanced Tsunami warning systems

America’s heartland is expected to flood again — but this time amid coronavirus

Waterfront residents brace for possible flooding, even as COVID-19 crisis continues

Assessing flash flood hazard and damages in the southeast United States

Critical infrastructure cascading effects. Disaster resilience assessment for floods affecting city of Cologne and Rhein‐Erft‐Kreis

Crowdsourcing and interactive modelling for urban flood management

Mozambique – Upscaling nature-based flood protection in Mozambique’s cities: Lessons learnt from Beira


Emergency management

New Zealand passes 1,000 coronavirus cases as PM chastises ‘idiots’ ignoring lockdown

We need to live restricted lives for at least six months – police enforced lockdowns are unnecessary

How do the effects of the coronavirus pandemic compare to that of a major earthquake?

I’m A Disaster Scientist. Here’s Why We Need To Think About Coronavirus Recovery Now

Coronavirus pandemic hurts nations’ disaster readiness

New York merging all its hospitals to battle coronavirus

U.S. Readies Health Response for the Next Big Eruption

NSW RFS Commissioner takes on new resilience role

Addressing conflicting cues during natural hazards: lessons from emergency agencies

UN agency calls for inclusion of domestic violence risk in disaster response to COVID-19


Disaster education, communications and engagement

5 ways to include people with disabilities when preparing for tsunami

Learning Resources: How water flows in a catchment

Creating a Novel Disaster Medicine Virtual Reality Training Environment

Communications down after category 5 Cyclone Harold hits Vanuatu

The Pursuit of Clarity in a Time of Plague

Resilient Australia Awards open

‘His Game is Called Survivin:’ a resistance to resilience’His_Game_is_Called_Survivin’_a_resistance_to_resilience

Students, everything you need to know about coronavirus

Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation and IBAC launch flood education course for brokers

Geological Society of America Online Education Resource Guide

Communicating the effectiveness of flood-mitigation schemes


Psychology and Disasters

Managing Your Mind During Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Is Not Mother Nature’s Revenge

Social Distancing And Storm Evacuations Save Lives. Here’s Why Some People Complain When They Do

Several psychologists are actively working on the response to Covid-19, and psychological theory / research is relevant in many ways

The state of Americans’ trust in each other amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Analysis of the Actions and Motivations of a Community during the 2017 Torrential Rains in Northern Kyushu, Japan

Look after your mental health in the COVID-19 crisis

Climate grief: How we mourn a changing planet


Sociology and disasters

UN development head: Coronavirus crisis will hit the world’s poorest for years

At first, most Philly coronavirus patients were white. New cases are now primarily African Americans

How Will the Coronavirus Reshape Democracy and Governance Globally?

Fighting for a Just COVID-19 Response

The importance of social ties in handling COVID19

From the bushfires to coronavirus, our old ‘normal’ is gone forever. So what’s next?

Social cohesion and willingness to pay for cyclone risk reduction: The case for the coastal embankment improvement project in Bangladesh