Today in disaster resilience (26 January 2018)

Disaster

 

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

A look at the flood, ice damage on Newfoundland’s west coast http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/water-damage-roads-washed-out-west-coast-newfoundland-1.4488529

Sydney’s Royal National Park bushfire downgraded after burning 600 hectares http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-20/sydneys-royal-national-park-blaze-downgraded/9345834

France floods: Red alert warnings issued as river levels rise https://www.thelocal.fr/20180122/south-west-france-on-alert-for-floods-as-downpours-continue?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Heavy rain and partial snow storm hit west Libya http://www.libyanexpress.com/heavy-rain-and-partial-snow-storm-hit-west-libya/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Ireland and UK – Evacuations and Flood Rescues as Heavy Rain Causes Flash Flooding http://floodlist.com/europe/ireland-wales-devon-january-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Kentucky school shooting leaves two students dead, 17 injured http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-24/2-dead-17-injured-in-kentucky-school-shooting/9355102?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 56,000 people flee https://www.yahoo.com/news/philippine-volcano-spews-fountains-lava-big-ash-plumes-005557402.html?soc_src=hl-viewer&soc_trk=tw

Mount Kusatsu-Shirane erupts after 35 years of calm, leaves one dead and 18 injured https://watchers.news/2018/01/23/mount-kusatsu-shirane-erupts-after-35-years-of-calm/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Powerful M7.9 earthquake hits Gulf of Alaska, triggers tsunami warnings https://watchers.news/2018/01/23/gulf-of-alaska-earthquake-tsunami-watch-hawaii/

Significant winter storm brings heavy snow and ice to Midwest, Plains https://watchers.news/2018/01/22/significant-winter-storm-brings-heavy-snow-and-ice-to-midwest-plains/

Rare snow, heaviest since 2014 brings Tokyo to a standstill https://watchers.news/2018/01/23/rare-snow-heaviest-since-2014-brings-tokyo-to-a-standstill/

Volcanic activity worldwide 24 Jan 2018: Dukono volcano, Agung, Mayon, Sinabung, Sabancaya, Kadovar https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/67196/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-24-Jan-2018-Dukono-volcano-Agung-Mayon-Sinabung-Sabancaya-Kadovar.html

Earthquake swarm in progress along the coast of NSW, Australia https://watchers.news/2018/01/24/earthquake-swarm-in-progress-along-the-coast-of-nsw-australia/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

European river flood risk increases http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/european-river-flood-risk-increases-180124091755156.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

In the Tasman Sea during their expedition to investigate the relationship between tectonics and global climatic changes 50 million years ago https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2550-voyages-of-discovery

Will Cape Town be the first city to run out of water? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42626790#24348876-tw#1515852386943

Three Year Hot Streak “Existential Threat to Planet” http://www.unisdr.org/archive/56684

2017: Another record-breaking year for heat and extreme weather https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56697

Sydney weather: City to go from big heat to big sweat as hot 2018 start rolls on http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/sydney-weather-city-to-go-from-big-heat-to-big-sweat-as-hot-2018-start-rolls-on-20180121-h0lyb7.html

El Niño in World History https://link.springer.com/book/10.1057/978-1-137-45740-0

Heat loss from the Earth triggers ice sheet slide towards the sea https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/au-hlf011818.php

Mapping the Maldives for climate change https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXuK7ehjAa8&feature=youtu.be

Climate change and weather extremes: Both heat and cold can kill https://theconversation.com/climate-change-and-weather-extremes-both-heat-and-cold-can-kill-77449?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Subjective measures of household resilience to climate variability and change: insights from a nationally representative survey of Tanzania https://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol23/iss1/art9/

As reservoirs run dry, Cape Town races to improve its climate resilience https://globalresilience.northeastern.edu/2018/01/as-reservoirs-run-dry-cape-town-races-to-improve-its-climate-resilience/

New climate model promises to help avoid dangerous global warming http://science.anu.edu.au/news-events/news/new-climate-model-promises-help-avoid-dangerous-global-warming

Shrinking Mountain Glaciers Are Affecting People Downstream https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/shrinking-mountain-glaciers-are-affecting-people-downstream/

Beyond headline mitigation numbers: we need more transparent and comparable NDCs to achieve the Paris Agreement on climate change https://www.sei-international.org/publications?pid=3281&utm_content=buffer9be42&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

Big Jump of Record Warm Global Mean Surface Temperature in 2014-2016 Related to Unusually Large Oceanic Heat Releases http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017GL076500/abstract

Drivers of atmospheric CO2 http://folk.uio.no/roberan/t/CO2_drivers.shtml

Two scary Antarctic glaciers might be joining forces to speed up melt http://grist.org/briefly/two-scary-antarctic-glaciers-might-be-joining-forces-to-speed-up-melt/?utm_content=bufferc000d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Disaster risk reduction

 

Critical Thresholds, Extreme Weather, and Building Resilience in the South Central United States http://i-s-e-t.org/resources/case-studies/critical-thresholds-extreme-weather-and-building-resilience.html

100 Years Ago: Deadliest Flu in History Killed Tens of Millions: Could it Happen Again? https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/2018/january/100-years-ago-deadliest-flu-in-history-killed-tens-of-millions-could-it-happen-again

100 million dead trees in the Sierra are a massive risk for unpredictable wildfires http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/01/18/sierra-wildfire-risk/?utm_content=buffer446ff&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

55% of India’s Natural Disasters This Century Have Been Floods, Says Report http://www.news18.com/news/india/55-percent-of-indias-natural-disasters-this-century-have-been-floods-says-report-1637889.html

Evaluating partnerships to enhance disaster risk management using multi-criteria analysis: An application at the pan-European level https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00267-017-0959-4

Natural hazard mitigation saves: 2017 interim report https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56608

Reconstructing Christchurch: A seismic shift in building structural systems https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56563

Guide to facilitating community-led disaster risk management https://www.crs.org/sites/default/files/tools-research/guide-to-facilitating-community-led-disaster-risk-management.pdf

Senior Professor Ross Bradstock | The future of bushfires: Are we ready for the Big Burn? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBKwy7mFUnI&t=2s

How Houston’s newest homes survived Hurricane Harvey http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-na-houston-harvey-home-survivors/

The GloFAS system is composed of an integrated hydrometeorological forecasting chain and of a monitoring system that analyzes daily results and shows forecast flood events on a dedicated web platform http://globalfloods.jrc.ec.europa.eu/user-information/data-and-methods

Only three out of 160 social housing towers reclad after Grenfell fire https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/22/only-three-out-of-160-social-housing-towers-reclad-after-grenfell-fire

Looming Landslide Stokes Fears, May Help Disaster Predictions https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/looming-landslide-stokes-fears-may-help-disaster-predictions/?wt.mc=SA_Twitter-Share

Here come the megacities http://edge.ensia.com/here-come-the-megacities/

Further improvements needed to manage major flood risk in Paris and Seine basin http://www.oecd.org/newsroom/further-improvements-needed-to-manage-major-flood-risk-in-paris-and-seine-basin.htm

Big storms steal the headlines in the U.S., but flooding puts far more people at risk. And it’s going to get worse https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-01-12/world-s-biggest-weather-threat-isn-t-hurricanes

Corps Pitches Unprecedented Watershed Study After Harvey http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Corps-Pitches-Unprecedented-Watershed-Study-After-Harvey.html

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

With 90% of Hull standing below the high-tide line, its devastating recent floods were a sign of things to come https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/jan/03/hull-flood-plain-sea-level-yorkshire

Volcanoes of the World Database http://volcano.si.edu/

Buildings that better survive earthquakes http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/2018629110/buildings-that-better-survive-earthquakes

 

Emergency Management

Tepco spots Fukushima fuel debris in reactor 2, says fuel rod assembly ‘fell out of reactor’ https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/01/20/national/tepco-spots-fukushima-fuel-debris-reactor-2-says-fuel-rod-assembly-fell-reactor/#.WmT-7ryWbIV

Yes, Hawaii emergency management stuck a password on a sticky note https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/01/18/yes-hawaii-emergency-management-stuck-a-password-on-a-sticky-note/

Building resilience to disasters https://www.mercycorps.org/articles/helping-communities-recover-faster-after-disaster

India: Odisha to get hi-tech cyclone early warning system soon http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/odisha-to-become-first-state-to-have-an-early-warning-system-in-april/story-3zCtM2g17cwpANmDQEIPmI.html

This report was produced by Florida’s House of Representatives Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness. It provides an overview of the events during hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56662

A participatory process to develop a landslide warning system: Paradoxes of responsibility sharing in a case study in Upper Austria http://www.mdpi.com/2079-9276/6/4/54

Towards an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness and response: Lessons learnt from non-nuclear events https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56611

Socio-economic consequences of post-disaster reconstruction in hazard-exposed areas https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-017-0002-z

Australian disaster resilience handbook 4: Evacuation planning https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56588

Mapping disasters https://mapaction.org/

Multi-User Virtual Reality Environment (MUVR) for conducting Subway Evacuation drills using Unity 3D and Oculus Rift http://www.cs.bowiestate.edu/sharad/vrlab/Subway.html

Names of Montecito mudslide victims released http://abc7.com/2930517/

Report on response to natural disasters and emergencies in NZ released https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/report-response-natural-disasters-and-emergencies-released

A software tool to help estimate how long it would take to recover from an earthquake and what socio-economic factors might influence recovery http://calseismic.org/2018/01/16/back-to-normal-earthquake-recovery-modeling-tool/

Fewer than half of FEMA Harvey requests approved, data show http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Fewer-than-half-of-FEMA-Harvey-requests-approved-12515142.php?utm_campaign=twitter-desktop&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

County issued conflicting evacuation warnings before deadly Montecito mudslides http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-montecito-mud-20180123-story.html

Building back safer and stronger: A roadmap for Puerto Rico http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/370355-building-back-safer-and-stronger-a-roadmap-for-puerto-rico#.Wmjruj1SneU.twitter

Building Kathmandu Back Better http://www.unisdr.org/archive/56747

Victoria mayor defends tsunami evacuation plan as text-alert subscriptions soar http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/victoria-tsunami-alert-warning-vic-alerts-1.4501221

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Diversity in Disaster Conference https://www.diversityindisaster.com/

What Paris looked like during the 1910 ‘flood of the century’ https://www.thelocal.fr/20180123/in-pictures-what-paris-looked-like-during-the-1910-flood-of-the-century

European Flood Awareness System produced by Norrkoeping Visualization Center https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kBJ4Uw32XI

More destructive earthquakes received more media coverage leading to a longer duration of elevated public interest in earthquakes https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/ssa/srl/article-abstract/526296/what-googling-trends-tell-us-about-public-interest?redirectedFrom=fulltext

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Whether Twitter really is a public sphere or if it is simply a platform capitalist that monetises displays of outrage? http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2018/01/24/do-we-misrecognise-the-political-power-of-twitter/

 

 

Disaster psychology

Trust and distrust of tsunami vertical evacuation buildings: Extending protection motivation theory to examine choices under social influence http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917302108

Concern over climate change linked to depression, anxiety: study https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climate-depression/concern-over-climate-change-linked-to-depression-anxiety-study-idUSKBN1F738X

 

Sociology and Disasters

 

Building resilience through transitions http://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/research-news/2018-01-18-from-social-to-transformative-innovations.html

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NeilDufty

I am a Principal at Molino Stewart Pty Ltd, an Australian-based environment and natural hazards company. I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at https://works.bepress.com/neil_dufty/ I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see https://neilduftyfiction.com/

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