Today in disaster resilience (17 November 2017)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Vietnam braced for second storm after devastating impact of Typhoon Damrey https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/nov/11/vietnam-braced-for-second-storm-after-devastating-impact-of-typhoon-damrey-kaikui?platform=hootsuite

Corinto in Colombia: first satellite images of the mudflow that has killed 4 and left 18 people missing https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2017/11/09/corinto-1/

Heavy rain, floods ravage Bangladesh rice planting area https://watchers.news/2017/11/12/heavy-rain-floods-ravage-bangladesh-rice-planting-area/

Earthquake on Iraq-Iran Border Kills Hundreds and Injures Thousands https://edmdigest.com/news/earthquake-iraq-iran-border/

Sri Lanka – Over 1,700 Displaced by Floods in Northern Province http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-northern-province-november-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Nov 2017: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Turrialba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/66032/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-Nov-2017-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Turrialba.html

Greece: Deadly floods hit Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41998374

Severe storm, large tornado hits Turkey, leaving extensive damage and 25 injured https://watchers.news/2017/11/14/severe-storm-large-tornado-hits-turkey-leaving-extensive-damage-and-25-injured/

Greeks clean up, mourn after floods kill 16; 4 still missing http://www.wsoctv.com/news/national-news/ap-top-news/greek-rescue-crews-search-for-6-people-after-deadly-floods/648444371?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

These ocean drones are trawling for climate change data http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/27/technology/saildrone-autonomous-boats-drones/index.html

Canada’s first permanent road to Arctic coast to open http://www.660news.com/2017/11/12/tuked-away-no-more-canadas-first-permanent-road-to-arctic-coast-to-open/

We’re not even close to being prepared for the rising waters https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/were-not-even-close-to-being-prepared-for-the-rising-waters/2017/11/09/441f4752-97d7-11e7-87fc-c3f7ee4035c9_story.html

New Study Finds Nature is Vital to Beating Climate Change https://www.nature.org/newsfeatures/pressreleases/new-study-finds-nature-is-vital-to-beating-climate-change.xml

Dr. Michael Mann on Climate Denial: ‘It’s Impaired Our Ability to Move Forward’ https://www.ecowatch.com/michael-mann-climate-denial-2508409821.html

UN climate conference recognizes the role of women in climate action http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=58075#.Wgi_ZdKWbIU

Tropical Cyclones: Impacts, the link to Climate Change and Adaptation http://climateanalytics.org/publications/2017/tropical-cyclones-impacts-the-link-to-climate-change-and-adaptation.html

Solving the mystery of rapidly rising Indian Ocean sea level https://watchers.news/2017/11/12/solving-the-mystery-of-rapidly-rising-indian-ocean-sea-level/

The Climate Analysis Toolbox of the ESA Climate Change Initiative http://climatetoolbox.io/

Can we remove CO2? https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/11/20/can-carbon-dioxide-removal-save-the-world

Tidewater: The film explores the national security threats and economic opportunities associated with sea level rise http://environment.harvard.edu/tidewater

A strategic approach to climate action in cities—focused acceleration https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/sustainability-and-resource-productivity/our-insights/a-strategic-approach-to-climate-action-in-cities-focused-acceleration

22 Actions Cities Can Take To Move Toward Climate Neutrality & See Results In A Year https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/13/22-actions-cities-can-take-move-toward-climate-neutrality-see-results-year-rocky-mountain-institute/

Warming climate may push storms towards the poles https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/warming-climate-may-push-storms-towards-the-poles

Warning to Humanity: 15,000 scientists say damage irreversible https://news.sky.com/story/warning-to-humanity-15000-scientists-say-damage-irreversible-11125208

Fossil fuel emissions hit record high after unexpected growth: Global Carbon Budget 2017 https://theconversation.com/amp/fossil-fuel-emissions-hit-record-high-after-unexpected-growth-global-carbon-budget-2017-87248

Climate change and health https://royalsociety.org.nz/what-we-do/our-expert-advice/all-expert-advice-papers/climate-change-and-health/

15,000 scientists warn time is running out to save the planet https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/doi/10.1093/biosci/bix125/4605229

Communities around the world are leading a culture of action on climate change https://global.nature.org/content/on-the-path-of-climate-progress

Drivers of adaptation: Responses to weather- and climate-related hazards in 60 local governments in the Intermountain Western U.S. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0308518X16688686?journalCode=epna

Climate change, migration and displacement: the need for a risk-informed and coherent approach https://www.odi.org/publications/10977-climate-change-migration-and-displacement-need-risk-informed-and-coherent-approach

These are the melting glaciers that might someday drown your city, according to NASA https://flipboard.com/@flipboard/-these-are-the-melting-glaciers-that-mig/f-4998803bdb%2Fwashingtonpost.com

Should coastal planners have concern over where land ice is melting? http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/11/e1700537

From the Pacific to the Atlantic, Protecting Coastal Communities From Climate Threats https://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2017/11/pacific-atlantic-protecting-coastal-communities-climate-threats/

A Census of Atmospheric Variability From Seconds to Decades http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017GL075483/full

As the globe continues to warm, these weird Mediterranean hurricanes will only become more intense https://psmag.com/environment/why-is-there-a-hurricane-in-europe

In Houston, Escalating Climate Costs Come Due in Harvey Recovery https://www.climateliabilitynews.org/2017/11/01/houston-hurricane-harvey-climate-costs/

La Niña strikes out on its forceful voyage round the globe https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/16/weatherwatch-la-nina-strikes-out-on-its-forceful-voyage-round-the-globe

 

Disaster risk reduction

Hundreds of Dams in Texas Could Fail in Worst-Case Flood http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Hundreds-of-Dams-in-Texas-Could-Fail-in-Worst-Case-Flood.html

Preparing for the Next Hurricane Irma, or Harvey: How Analytics and Smart Cities Will Help http://ht.ly/oM6j30gwd98

Water wizards: Dutch flood expertise is big export business http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/water-world-dutch-flood-expertise-big-export-business-51094602

A Broke, and Broken, Flood Insurance Program https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/04/business/a-broke-and-broken-flood-insurance-program.html

Hurricanes and the North Atlantic http://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/hurricanes-have-a-new-target-the-north-atlantic/81815

One year on from the Kaikōura earthquake and tsunami http://www.geonet.org.nz/news/5Q5dhIosusCWOk4iaeCqa2

The 2017 hurricane season puts extreme precipitation and flooding events at the top of risk managers’ agendas http://ww2.cfo.com/risk-management/2017/11/the-weight-of-water-flooding/

Texas’ odds of Harvey-scale rainfall to increase by end of century http://news.mit.edu/2017/texas-odds-harvey-scale-rainfall-increase-end-century-1113

“The terrible human suffering and economic damage wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria make apparent the immediate need to focus on future-proofing communities…” http://www.routefifty.com/smart-cities/2017/11/expand-national-flood-insurance-program/142393/

After 2017’s swathe of catastrophes, flood experts look ahead http://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/uk/news/flood/after-2017s-swathe-of-catastrophes-flood-experts-look-ahead-84651.aspx

FEMA Selects AIR Worldwide’s Flood Model to Better Understand the NFIP’s Risk to Flood Loss and Improve Resilience from Extreme Events https://www.verisk.com/press-releases/2017/november/fema-selects-air-worldwides-flood-model-to-better-understand-the-nfips-risk–to-flood-loss-and-improve-resilience-from-extreme-events/

Frequent Flooders Tax Federal Insurance Program https://www.wsj.com/articles/frequently-flooded-1510655402

Assessing the present and future probability of Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/11/07/1716222114.full

Can cities get smarter about extreme weather? https://theconversation.com/can-cities-get-smarter-about-extreme-weather-85522

Building and measuring Europe’s resilience http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/ENV/item-detail.cfm?item_id=604587&newsletter_id=300&utm_source=env_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Beyond%20GDP&utm_content=Building%20and%20measuring%20Europes%20resilience&lang=en

Using community mapping for flood modelling https://medium.com/@h.c.winsemius/using-community-mapping-for-flood-modelling-c04976d3e982

Global mortality from storm surges is decreasing http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa98a3/pdf

Harvey Hindsight: Local Mitigation, Sensible Zoning Would Make a Difference http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Harvey-Hindsight-Local-Mitigation-Sensible-Zoning-Would-Make-a-Difference.html

The Problem With Wildfires: There Aren’t Enough Of Them, Study Finds http://www.opb.org/news/article/not-enough-wildfires-study/#.Wgyo4YbzDDc.twitter

A deadly 2014 landslide’s power came from soils weakened by past slides https://www.sciencenews.org/article/deadly-2014-landslides-power-came-soils-weakened-past-slides?mode=topic&context=60

Is Iceland’s tallest volcano awakening? https://theconversation.com/is-icelands-tallest-volcano-awakening-87132?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1510323448

House Passes Flood Insurance Reform, Offering New Solutions for Federal Program http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2017/11/14/house-passes-flood-insurance-reform-offering-new-solutions-for-federal-program

Integrating disaster risk reduction and climate action for resilience http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2017/integrating-disaster-risk-reduction-and-climate-action-for-resil.html

Worldwide Waterwatch List November 2017 https://www.isciences.com/blog/2017/11/1/isciences-worldwide-water-watch-list-november-2017

Disasters – Natural and Manmade http://tspr.org/post/disasters-natural-and-manmade

Natural hazard risk: is it just going to get worse or can we do something about it? https://theconversation.com/natural-hazard-risk-is-it-just-going-to-get-worse-or-can-we-do-something-about-it-84286

An uncertain future, deep uncertainty, scenarios, robustness and adaptation: How do they fit together? http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364815216300780?via%3Dihub

Mystery Quakes May Be Among World’s Longest-Lived Aftershocks https://eos.org/articles/mystery-quakes-may-be-among-worlds-longest-lived-aftershocks

 

Emergency Management

 

California wildfire insured loss expected to hit $8bn: Aon http://www.artemis.bm/blog/2017/11/10/california-wildfire-insured-loss-expected-to-hit-8bn-aon/

Global Catastrophe Recap October 2017 http://thoughtleadership.aonbenfield.com/Documents/20171109-ab-analytics-if-october-global-recap.pdf

New research shows the gender disparities in disaster response https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/2017/11/07/new-research-shows-gender-disparities-disaster-response/

Puerto Rico’s hard road to recovery after Hurricane Maria http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41929287

A few months after Harvey, Houston’s long recovery quietly heads inside https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-few-months-after-harvey-houstons-long-recovery-quietly-heads-inside/2017/11/11/0cad0efc-c3ca-11e7-afe9-4f60b5a6c4a0_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.431d08354dfe

Application of computational intelligence technologies in emergency management: a literature review https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10462-017-9589-8

With early warning, Karachi cools a heatwave threat http://news.trust.org/item/20171110012830-nd31g/

Freetown flood disaster was ’90 percent man-made’ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/freetown-flood-disaster-90-percent-man-171114102736398.html

Building back better with people centered housing recovery http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917301747?via%3Dihub#f0005 “The scale and scope of the catastrophe in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria knows no historical precedent” http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/11/rebuilding-puerto-rico-will-cost-95-billion-says-islands-governor/#

One year after an earthquake struck communities in Marlborough and North Canterbury, people are on the road to recovery https://social.shorthand.com/NZRedCross/3yovIsD7vn/picking-up-the-pieces

Planning for California wildfires http://www.sierrastar.com/news/local/article182492656.html

India And China Do Not Share Information of Flood With Nepal: Dr. Sharma https://www.spotlightnepal.com/2017/11/13/india-and-china-do-not-share-information-flood-nepal-dr-sharma/

Chinese, U.S. militaries start joint drills on humanitarian relief, disaster rescue http://www.ecns.cn/military/2017/11-14/280892.shtml

Canada doesn’t need to fight every wildfire https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/canada-doesnt-need-to-fight-every-wildfire/article36983468/?utm_medium=Referrer:+Social+Network+/+Media&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links

California Wildfires Highlighted the Need to Modernize Emergency Alerts http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/California-Wildfires-Highlighted-the-Need-to-Modernize-Emergency-Alerts.html

Helping agencies learn from experience http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/34?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=haznote34

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

 

Get Rain Ready San Francisco http://sfwater.org/index.aspx?page=905

Natural Catastrophes – Facts and Figures https://ourworldindata.org/natural-catastrophes/

Map shows human influence on extreme weather https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2017/11/map-shows-human-influence-on-extreme-weather/

27 Ways Hot Weather Can Kill You — A Dire Warning for a Warming Planet http://circoutcomes.ahajournals.org/content/10/11/e004233

6 Resources to Help Communities Recover After Wildfire https://fireadaptednetwork.org/recover-after-wildfire/?platform=hootsuite

M7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake computer simulation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1HWet9j070&feature=youtu.be

Why don’t many scientists wish to engage with the public? http://blogs.plos.org/citizensci/2017/11/13/sciences-next-frontier-its-civic-engagement/

Trinka and Sam and the Big Fire http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/trinka_sam_the_big_fire.pdf?platform=hootsuite

When did Australia’s human history begin? https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-when-did-australias-human-history-begin-87251?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

The Community Resilience Reader: Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval https://www.amazon.com/Community-Resilience-Reader-Essential-Resources/dp/1610918606/

 

Social media and emergency management

Join the Global Instagram Campaign to Bring a New “Lens” to Climate Change http://globaldaily.com/climasphere/this-november-we-need-your-eyeonclimate/

 

Disaster psychology

Fire captain starts program to help colleagues with PTSD https://www.firerescue1.com/fire-department-management/articles/359960018-Fire-captain-starts-program-to-help-colleagues-with-PTSD/

Structural firefighters need wildland firefighting PPE, too https://www.firerescue1.com/fire-products/Personal-protective-equipment-ppe/articles/359529018-Structural-firefighters-need-wildland-firefighting-PPE-too/

How can I help my child after a disaster? http://www.aacap.org/aacap/Families_and_Youth/Resource_Centers/Disaster_Resource_Center/Home.aspx

If not directly affected, how should we react to disasters? https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2017/11/14/surrounded-by-tragedy-empathy-blame-or-cant-be-bothered/

 

 

 

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 http://rdcu.be/yeYp

The Household Response to Persistent Natural Disasters: Evidence from Bangladesh https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X17303509

Houston’s response to a powerful storm says much about polarized visions of the country and diverging attitudes toward cities, race, liberty and science https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/11/climate/houston-flooding-climate.html

Helping Those Most in Need First: Leveraging Social Vulnerability Research for Equitable Disaster Recovery https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/helping-those-most-in-need-first-leveraging-social-vulnerability-research-for-equitable-disaster-recovery

Generating vague neighbourhoods through data mining of passive web data http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13658816.2017.1400549?journalCode=tgis20

 

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

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