Today in disaster resilience (13 January 2017)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Jan 2017: Fuego volcano, Colima, Dukono, Turrialba, Sinabung, Nevado https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/60975/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-8-Jan-2017-Fuego-volcano-Colima-Dukono-Turrialba-Sinabung-Nevado-d.html

‘Worst Rainfall in 30 Years’: Thailand Flooding Hits 700,000 People, Leaves 21 Dead https://www.wunderground.com/news/deadly-flooding-thailand-halts-rubber-production?__prclt=s8n5NGaG

Evacuations begin as Northern California storm moves in http://www.sacbee.com/news/weather/article125210414.html

After years of drought, California faces devastating floods https://thinkprogress.org/after-years-of-drought-california-faces-devastating-floods-73370a7ad9aa#.chiq5lqxv

Upper Swan bushfire contained, but threat remains to homes http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-09/wa-bushfire-downgraded-as-blaze-contained/8169258

Flooding leaves 50 dead, up to 20 missing in southern Congo http://www.omaha.com/news/world/flooding-leaves-dead-up-to-missing-in-southern-congo/article_44036f8a-f4f9-5faf-b8da-fc158d50ced6.html

Severe flooding hits Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa https://watchers.news/2017/01/10/flood-limpopo-south-africa-january-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Freezing Danube river, Venice lagoon, Lake Balaton in the ongoing arctic blast http://www.severe-weather.eu/recent-events/freezing-danube-river-venice-lagoon-lake-balaton-in-the-ongoing-arctic-blast/

Volcan, Argentina: massive mudflows cause major disruption http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2017/01/12/volcan-1/

Extraordinary storms blitz West with 100-plus inches of snow, flooding rains http://mashable.com/2017/01/11/west-storms-100-inches-snow-flooding/#JNv34B4qMaq9

Heavy snowfall, deadly flash flooding hits Turkey https://watchers.news/2016/12/30/snow-flood-mersin-turkey-december-2016/

Disaster risk reduction

Yale study confirms gun violence is contagious http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Yale-study-confirms-gun-violence-is-contagious-10834544.php

As floods become more frequent around the globe, scientists work to pinpoint what puts certain regions at risk https://eos.org/research-spotlights/tracking-trends-in-u-s-flood-risk#.WGvO-k8GD-0.twitter

Global natural catastrophe losses highest in four years https://www.munichre.com/us/property-casualty/press-news/press-releases/2016/natcat-2017/index.html

Drones help communities map flood risk in Dar es Salaam slums http://news.trust.org/item/20170104070454-rd34w/

Bushfire-ravaged towns should not be rebuilt, planning expert warns http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-06/bushfire-ravaged-towns-should-not-be-rebuilt-expert-warns/8166178

Dangerous Victorian power lines to be buried to prevent bushfires http://www.governmentnews.com.au/2014/03/dangerous-victorian-power-lines-buried-prevent-bushfires/

Coastal flooding may force thousands of homes in Louisiana to be elevated or bought out http://thelensnola.org/2017/01/03/latest-coastal-restoration-plan-says-thousands-of-homes-may-have-to-be-elevated-or-bought-out/

Lessons in Resilience from 2016 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lessons-resilience-from-2016-satyamoorthy-kabilan

“We want to see an end to all inappropriate development in areas of high-flood risk.“ https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/environment/hundreds-homes-built-year-despite-flood-risk-objections/

How Flood Risk in U.S. Is Changing: Increasing in North, Decreasing in South http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2016/12/30/436930.htm

Temblor adds faults for 50 countries http://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/temblor-adds-faults-for-50-countries-2084/

Istanbul’s biggest threat doesn’t come from terrorists https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/01/08/istanbuls-biggest-threat-doesnt-come-from-terrorists/?utm_term=.daef00305a22

The Somerset Levels and Moors Flood Action Plan http://www.ceh.ac.uk/news-and-media/blogs/valuing-nature-somerset-levels-and-moors-future

Old floods show Brisbane’s next big wet might be closer than we think http://theconversation.stfi.re/old-floods-show-brisbanes-next-big-wet-might-be-closer-than-we-think-70392?sf=eoazpvr#aa

Improving understanding, prediction and management of extreme flood events in the Lockyer Valley and broader SEQ region http://www.thebigflood.com.au/index.html

Inconvenient, apocalyptic, or somewhere in between? Why we shouldn’t be complacent about volcanic eruptions http://reliefweb.int/report/world/inconvenient-apocalyptic-or-somewhere-between-why-we-shouldn-t-be-complacent-about

Latest edition of the Natural Hazards Observer https://hazards.colorado.edu/natural-hazards-observer

Wigan’s ‘Radical’ Flood Solution http://www.engineeringnaturesway.co.uk/bestpractice/wigans-radical-flood-solution/

Nepal’s mystery mountain floods https://www.thethirdpole.net/2017/01/10/nepals-mystery-mountain-floods/

The Global Risks Report 2017 https://www.weforum.org/reports/the-global-risks-report-2017

Diverse forms of nature within Kampala can be harnessed to reduce flood risk http://www.thenatureofcities.com/2016/03/01/urban-nature-that-reduces-risk-in-kampala/

A validated tropical-extratropical flood hazard assessment for New York Harbor http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016JC011679/full

Stationarity of major flood frequencies and heights on the Ba River, Fiji, over a 122-year record https://riskfrontiers.com/stationarity-of-major-flood-frequencies-and-heights-on-the-ba-river-fiji-over-a-122-year-record/

Geomorphology workshop identifies ways of improving flood water management in Cumbria http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2017/01/11/geomorphology-workshop-identifies-ways-improving-flood-water-management-cumbria/

Flood dynamics in urbanised landscapes: 100 years of climate and humans’ interaction http://www.nature.com/articles/srep40527

Emergency management

Firefighting blamed for ‘megafires’ ravaging US forests http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37171390

Mount Rainier to get new digital-warning system for massive mudflows http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/mount-rainier-to-get-new-digital-warning-system-for-massive-mudflows/

A year and 17 days after Storm Desmond the last flooded shop in Glenridding has reopened http://www.cwherald.com/a/stories/flood-hit-village-now-fully-back-in-business.466671.html

OCHA 2016 A Year in review http://www.unocha.org/2016_year_in_review/

Environment Agency chooses CGI for 3-year contract to design and deliver England’s new Future Flood Forecasting System http://finance.yahoo.com/news/environment-agency-chooses-cgi-3-123000188.html

People evacuating in a disaster derive the greatest benefit from overall cooperation https://arxiv.org/pdf/1701.01236v1.pdf

Analysis of the Crowd Evacuation Modeling Approaches for the Case of Urban Underground Spaces http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877705816341170

Probabilistic model for safe evacuation under the effect of uncertain factors in fire http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753516306543

Integrating aftershock forecasting into humanitarian decision-making: lessons from the April 2015 Nepal earthquake http://odihpn.org/blog/integrating-aftershock-forecasting-into-humanitarian-decision-making-lessons-from-the-april-2015-nepal-earthquake/

Age-related differences in decision-making for digital escape route signage under strenuous emergency conditions of tilted passenger ships http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003687016301983

Six floodwater rescues in north Queensland http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-10/flooding-far-north-queensland-six-swift-water-rescues/8172136

Brazil court extends deadline for Samarco to pay dam spill guarantee http://www.reuters.com/article/us-samarco-miner-payment-idUSKBN14V2LR?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews

Trump’s big FEMA decision https://news.vice.com/story/trump-may-want-to-study-how-obama-made-fema-great-again

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Good popular science writing matters more than ever http://blogs.agu.org/sciencecommunication/2017/01/05/communicating-real-science-time-fake-news/

Adequate preparation for heatwave is essential, especially for people at high risk http://www.abc.net.au/news/emergency/plan-for-an-emergency/heatwave/

Environmental journalists have a new beat: Coping with climate disaster https://www.poynter.org/2017/environmental-journalists-have-a-new-beat-coping-with-climate-disaster/444025/

Beyond Stop Disasters 2.0: an agenda for exploring the contribution of video games to learning about disasters http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17477891.2016.1275502?journalCode=tenh20

A Business Guide to Flood Resilience http://www.knowyourfloodrisk.co.uk/sites/default/files/FloodGuide_ForBusinesses.pdf

What is the Coastline Change: Historical Data app? http://coastalresilience.org/project/coastline-change-historical-data/

What is the Coastline Change: Future Scenarios app? http://coastalresilience.org/project/coastline-change-future-scenarios/

ODPEM Embarks on Earthquake Awareness Campaign http://jis.gov.jm/odpem-embarks-earthquake-awareness-campaign/

Rotterdam residents are more aware of present-day heat waves, but more alarmed by future flooding https://www.thenatureofcities.com/2016/07/24/what-do-rotterdammers-want-in-green-infrastructure-we-asked-them/?utm_content=buffer114af&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

STEM Uses “Zombie Apocalypse” To Teach Students About Emergency Management https://wabi.tv/2017/01/07/stem-uses-zombie-apocalypse-to-teach-students-about-emergency-management/

California’s Amazing Geology http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2016/12/21/california-geology-don-prothero-text-book-review/#.WHaUwxIdpz0.twitter

5 simple (but often forgotten) ways to prepare for the bushfire season https://www.ajg.com.au/news/prepare-for-the-bushfire-season

Coastal Flooding, Climate Adaptation and Community Engagement in the City of Surrey, Canada https://www.weadapt.org/placemarks/maps/view/26201

Social media and emergency management

Social Media Was an Unused Resource in Gatlinburg Fire Disaster http://www.emsworld.com/news/12290490/social-media-was-an-unused-resource-in-gatlinburg-fire-disaster

Integrating Social Media and Crowdsourced Information for Early Warning https://gi-science.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/e2mc-project-integration-of-social.html

Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/22/facebook-princeton-researchers-infectious-disease

 

Social capital and disasters

Creating Community Resilience Through Elder-Led Physical and Social Infrastructure https://works.bepress.com/daniel_aldrich/37/

Trust deficit: Japanese communities and the challenge of rebuilding Tohoku http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09555803.2016.1227350?src=recsys&journalCode=rjfo20

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NeilDufty

I write non-fiction about disaster management and resilience. I also write fiction including poems and short stories.

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