Today in disaster resilience (2 February 2018)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Paris floods as the river Seine overflows and engulfs riverside walkways http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-28/heavy-rain-causes-floods-in-paris/9368320

Philippines warned of mudslides as Mount Mayon volcano spews lava amid heavy rain http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-28/philippines-warns-of-volcanic-mudflows-from-heavy-rains/9367410

Paris floodwaters rise as 240 towns suffer damage after heavy rains http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/28/french-towns-swimming-in-floodwaters-now-rising-in-on-paris.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Argentina – Thousands Hit by Flooding in Chaco Province http://floodlist.com/america/argentina-flooding-chaco-january-2018

Severe thunderstorm, record rain hit Darwin, Northern Territory https://watchers.news/2018/01/29/severe-thunderstorm-record-rain-hit-darwin-northern-territory/

Eruptive activity at Ambae volcano continues at major unrest state, Vanuatu https://watchers.news/2018/01/29/eruptive-activity-at-ambae-volcano-continues-at-major-unrest-state-vanuatu/

Daly River residents airlifted from Northern Territory community as floodwaters rise http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-30/daly-river-residents-spend-night-in-evacuation-centre/9372880

Flash flooding in Cambria unprecedented http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/article.cfm?id=118863&headline=Flash%20flooding%20was%20%E2%80%98unprecedented%E2%80%99&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

Guatemala – Floods and Landslides Affect 13,000 People in 5 Departments http://floodlist.com/america/floods-guatemala-january-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

‘This place is a danger zone’: Torres Strait residents evacuate as tides breach new $24m seawall https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2018/01/31/place-danger-zone-torres-strait-residents-evacuate-tides-breach-new-24m-seawall

6.1 magnitude quake rattles Afghanistan; tremors in Pakistan, India http://www.rediff.com/news/report/quake-rattles-afghanistan-tremors-in-pakistan-india/20180131.htm?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Ex-tropical cyclone Fehi hits New Zealand, combines with kind tides https://watchers.news/2018/02/01/ex-tropical-cyclone-fehi-hits-new-zealand-combines-with-kind-tides/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

First snow in 50 years hits southern Morocco, exceptional snowfall paralyzes the country https://watchers.news/2018/01/30/first-snow-in-50-years-hits-southern-morocco-exceptional-snowfall-paralyzes-the-country/

Tropical low devastates Western Australia’s north, drops massive rain https://watchers.news/2018/01/31/unnamed-tropical-low-devastates-western-australia-s-north-drops-massive-rain/

Gaua volcano alert level raised, major unrest reported https://watchers.news/2018/01/31/gaua-volcano-alert-level-raised-major-unrest-reported-vanuatu/

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Feb 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Mayon, Sinabung, Sabancaya https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/67299/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-1-Feb-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Reventador-Mayon-Sinabung-Sabancay.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

Chemical sunshade to slow warming may not be feasible: U.N. draft https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-sunshade/chemical-sunshade-to-slow-warming-may-not-be-feasible-u-n-draft-idUSKBN1FF1CD

Study finds megacities affected most by uptick in extreme-heat events https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2018/01/24/rise-severity-hottest-days-outpaces-global-average-temperature-increase/

State of the Climate: How the World Warmed in 2017 http://www.resilience.org/stories/2018-01-29/state-of-the-climate-how-the-world-warmed-in-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

How Did ‘Climate Change’ and ‘Global Warming’ Turn Into a Misleading Trump Talking Point? https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/how-did-climate-change-and-global-warming-turn-misleading-trump-talking-point

Shivering in the tropics: Southeast Asia faces “cooling crisis” http://news.trust.org/item/20180129010020-n6308/

The Future of Extreme Cold in a Warming World http://www.climatecentral.org/gallery/maps/the-future-of-extreme-cold-in-a-warming-world?utm_content=buffer7931f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Scientists Agree: Global Warming is Happening and Humans are the Primary Cause https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/science-and-impacts/science/scientists-agree-global-warming-happening-humans-primary-cause?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tw#.WnDiUryWbIV

2017 Was Hottest Year on Record for World’s Oceans https://cop23.unfccc.int/news/2017-was-hottest-year-on-record-for-world-s-oceans

The Climate Resilience Framework (CRF) is an analytical, systems-based approach to building resilience to climate change http://i-s-e-t.org/projects/crf.html

Toward Climate Resilience in the USA: From Federal to Local Level Initiatives and Practices Since the 2000s https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-68606-6_4

New CLF report explains legal liability of ignoring climate change in development projects https://www.clf.org/blog/climate-liability-report/

Glacial Geoengineering: The Key to Slowing Sea Level Rise? http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/02/01/glacial-geoengineering-sea-level-rise/

Reconciling divergent trends and millennial variations in Holocene temperatures https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25464

This is what climate change looks like https://flipboard.com/@flipboard/-this-is-what-climate-change-looks-like/f-57b66c88ef%2Fcnn.com

Sea Level Rise Will Make Oregon’s Existing Flooding Problems Worse https://blog.ucsusa.org/kristy-dahl/sea-level-rise-will-make-oregons-existing-flooding-problems-worse?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tw

 

Disaster risk reduction

How this small Houston community survived Hurricane Harvey when other parts didn’t https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/01/19/how-small-houston-community-survived-hurricane-harvey-when-other-parts-didnt/1049018001/

New rules aim to make Norfolk flood resilient. But will they make it too expensive to build new homes? https://pilotonline.com/news/government/local/article_0433ddaf-da39-577b-a547-e9b27d57f77b.html?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

2017 was a disaster year for global insurers, with record weather-related costs http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-25/insurers-hit-by-costliest-year-of-weather-disasters-on-record/9361550

Why can’t earthquakes be predicted just like hurricanes? https://www.quora.com/Why-cant-earthquakes-be-predicted-just-like-hurricanes/answer/Eric-Fielding-1?srid=h13QG

Northeastern researchers lead efforts on global disaster planning https://news.northeastern.edu/2018/01/northeastern-researchers-lead-efforts-on-global-disaster-planning/?linkId=100000001822002

Flood Risk Management Planning Resources for Washington, DC https://www.ncpc.gov/docs/Flood_Risk_Management_Planning_Resources_January_2018.pdf

How virtual 3D modelling and simulation can help us create better cities https://theconversation.com/how-virtual-3d-modelling-and-simulation-can-help-us-create-better-cities-88635

New book: Ice Formation and Evolution in Clouds and Precipitation https://bookstore.ametsoc.org/catalog/book/ice-formation-and-evolution-clouds-and-precipitation

Population Estimation Service http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/data/collection/gpw-v4/population-estimation-service

UN Says Unprecedented Coordination Needed to Tackle Climate and Disaster Risks https://cop23.unfccc.int/news/un-says-unprecedented-efforts-needed-to-tackle-climate-and-disaster-risks

New UTSA study examines the causes and consequences of the 2015 Wimberley floods http://www.utsa.edu/today/2018/01/story/Wimberley-study.html

New research: Europe is expected to see a considerable increase in flood risk in coming years even with 1.5C global warming https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180129092932.htm

Nearly one in seven UK homebuyers faced a potential flood risk when purchasing a home in 2017 https://www.propertyinvestortoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2018/1/rising-number-of-homebuyers-faced-flood-risk-in-2017

UK Homebuyer Urban Flood Risk Report http://www.futureclimateinfo.com/News/Details/Homebuyer-urban-flood-risk-report

From Risk to Resilience #1: The Cost-Benefit Analysis Methodology http://i-s-e-t.org/resources/working-papers/risk-to-resilience.html?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter#632155022-tw#1517245605213

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_term=0_29c928ffb5-d2d8fe5230-327786693&utm_content=bufferf81ab&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Boston Agonizes Over How to Protect Itself From Future Storms https://www.wsj.com/articles/boston-agonizes-over-how-to-protect-itself-from-future-storms-1517054400

WHO releases its first report on global antibiotic resistance http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2018/01/who-releases-its-first-report-global-antibiotic-resistance

Giant earthquakes: not as random as thought https://phys.org/news/2018-01-giant-earthquakes-random-thought.html

Global Toll From Landslides Is Heaviest in Developing Countries http://floodlist.com/america/global-toll-from-landslides-is-heaviest-in-developing-countries?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

California’s other drought: A major earthquake is overdue https://theconversation.com/californias-other-drought-a-major-earthquake-is-overdue-90517

Rocky Mountain forests are not regenerating after wildfires http://geographical.co.uk/places/forests/item/2589-burnt-away

Planet’s daily monitoring of at-risk flood regions across the globe creates an up-to-date picture of localities that enable emergency management before, during, and after the disaster https://www.planet.com/insights/anatomy-of-a-catastrophe/

Urban areas should rethink the designation of “100-year” flood zones and the like to account for climate change https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/26/opinions/paris-flood-jeffrey-jackson-opinion/index.html

Research into natural flood mitigation measures across several thousands of square kilometres in Cumbria https://www.tempcon.co.uk/2018/01/30/onset-hobo-rainfall-streamflow-telemetry-flooding/

This suite of flooding themes provides clear and accurate flood risk information for Great Britain both now and in the future https://www.ambientalrisk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Landmark-Ambiental-CCA-Product-Card.pdf

U.S. Companies are Rethinking Risk Management Strategy After the 2017 Hurricanes http://spendmatters.com/2018/01/29/u-s-companies-rethinking-risk-management-strategy-2017-hurricanes/#.WnI_Ji1mM5Q.twitter

From schools to liquor vends, illegal structures mushroom on Hindon floodplain https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/noida/from-schools-to-liquor-vends-illegal-structures-mushroom-on-hindon-floodplain/articleshow/62701939.cms?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TOIDesktop

3 Reasons the U.S. Needs a Flood-Ready Building Policy http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2018/01/30/3-reasons-the-us-needs-a-flood-ready-building-policy

After Harvey’s floods, Friendswood will allow residents to rebuild at ground level http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/After-Harvey-s-floods-Houston-area-city-will-12540769.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Global Flood Map is a physically based map providing a worldwide view of moderate- and high-hazard flood zones across the globe https://www.fmglobal.com/research-and-resources/global-flood-map

Protection against floods in the Netherlands https://www.rijkswaterstaat.nl/english/water-systems/protection-against-water/index.aspx

Survey finding: The American public supports improved flood policies, and that sentiment holds across political party and geographic lines http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2018/02/01/poll-shows-nationwide-support-for-feds-to-boost-rebuilding-standards

Japan’s Mami Mizutori named special U.N. envoy for disaster reduction https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/02/01/national/japans-mami-mizutori-named-special-u-n-envoy-disaster-reduction/#.WnOE1LyWbIV

Yorkshire Water to Plant 1 Million Trees to Mitigate Flood Risk http://naturalcapitalcoalition.org/yorkshire-water-to-plant-1-million-trees-to-mitigate-flood-risk/

Emergency Management

Hurricane Harvey report https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/data/tcr/AL092017_Harvey.pdf

California Thomas wildfire to cost re/insurers up to $2.5bn http://www.artemis.bm/blog/2018/01/22/california-thomas-wildfire-to-cost-reinsurers-up-to-2-5bn-rms/

Since 1910, this statue has warned Parisians about flooding http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/since-1910-this-statue-has-warned-parisians-about-flooding

Deep Learning Could Help First Responders Offer Critical Aid in the Wake of Disasters https://futurism.com/deep-learning-help-first-responders-offer-critical-aid-wake-disasters/

Many Puerto Ricans adrift in U.S. hotels after Hurricane Maria http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/puerto-rico-hurricane-recovery/os-many-puerto-ricans-adrift-in-us-hotels-after-hurricane-maria-20180130-story,amp.html?__twitter_impression=true

B.C.’s tsunami that wasn’t: Why scientists know when a wave will hit – but not its size https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bcs-tsunami-that-wasnt-why-scientists-know-when-a-wave-will-hit-but-not-its-size/article37714648/

European Fire Severity Manual http://effis.jrc.ec.europa.eu/reports-and-publications/forest-focus-studies/

How can data analytics strengthen early warning systems and support relief efforts for communities in need? https://expectexceptional.economist.com/improving-disaster-response-efforts-through-data.html

January edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/media/5058/ajem-33-01.pdf?utm_content=buffer663ab&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Puerto Rico Is A Man-Made Disaster https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-venator-santiag-puerto-rico_us_5a6b6034e4b06e25326721c6?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004

Geo-simulation uses satellite data to map a disaster-affected region’s cities, villages, and roads http://chicagopolicyreview.org/2018/01/29/can-geo-simulations-provide-a-roadmap-to-better-disaster-response/

Global rainfall pattern could offer weather prediction three weeks out https://phys.org/news/2018-01-global-rainfall-pattern-weather-weeks.html

Many companies unprepared for hurricanes’ devastation: FM Global http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20180117/NEWS06/912318561/Many-companies-unprepared-for-hurricane-Harvey-Irma-Maria-devastation-FM-Global

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Engaging with the community about the ins and outs of flood zones and the possibility of elevating homes http://keysweekly.com/42/rising-waters/

Alarming is that many news outlets are still referring to these events as “natural disasters” http://blogs.edf.org/climate411/2018/01/16/natural-disasters-are-no-longer-purely-natural/

Cumbria Flood Resilient Showcase Project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tFs9dpJENE&feature=youtu.be

Eighth Graders and Emergency Preparedness in Oklahoma https://toolkit.climate.gov/case-studies/eighth-graders-and-emergency-preparedness-oklahoma

How can we better live with the reality of wildfires? https://ensia.com/features/wildfires/

Principles for effective communication and public engagement on climate change https://climateoutreach.org/resources/ipcc-communications-handbook/?utm_content=buffer7dbcf&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Ecosystem services, social interdependencies, and collective action: a conceptual framework https://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol23/iss1/art15/

Animation shows over 200,000 years of population growth and the major events along the way including the Black Death http://www.visualcapitalist.com/animation-population-growth-history/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialWarfare

Heatwaves are Australia’s deadliest natural hazard, but a recent survey has found that many vulnerable people do not have plans to cope with extreme heat https://anzdmc.com.au/2018/01/18/heatwave-plan/

School education and sustainable development http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0025/002593/259338e.pdf#page=237

Understanding fire danger ratings https://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/prepare/#fire/fire-danger-ratings

Using video games for volcanic hazard education and communication: an assessment of the method and preliminary results https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/16/1673/2016/

A New Massive Open Online Course on Natural Disasters https://eos.org/project-updates/a-new-massive-open-online-course-on-natural-disasters

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

More than 3 billion people around the world now use social media each month, with 9 in 10 of those users accessing their chosen platforms via mobile devices https://wearesocial.com/blog/2018/01/global-digital-report-2018

How to use social media for alerts and warning https://www.nap.edu/read/15853/chapter/2

VOST: Crowdsourcing and Digital Volunteering in Emergency Response http://www.eena.org/download.asp?item_id=249

Facebook Full Year 2017 Results: Solid Revenue Growth, Questions Over Future Shifts https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebook-full-year-2017-results-solid-revenue-growth-questions-over-futur/516064/

 

Disaster psychology

 

Survey of disaster blockbusters: A new UCLA study says we’d rather blame global disaster on human greed or ego than on simple ignorance https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2018/1/23/16924510/apocalypse-blockbuster-movies-tech-greed-villains-science-climate-change

Responding to Grief and Coping with Loss: You Can Survive Your Greatest Fears https://psychcentral.com/blog/responding-to-grief-and-coping-with-loss/

‘I’ll be OK’ attitude behind lack of disaster preparedness, study finds http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/earthquake-tsunami-study-preparedness-psychology-1.4502644

Why People Often Don’t Properly Prepare for Hurricanes http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/01/25/hurricane-preparedness-biases/

 

Sociology and Disasters

 

The Evolution of Social Innovation Building Resilience Through Transitions http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/the-evolution-of-social-innovation

Rituals of Resilience https://www.northeastern.edu/cssh/polisci/news/rituals-of-resilience/

Why natural disasters aren’t all that natural https://www.opendemocracy.net/ksenia-chmutina-jason-von-meding-jc-gaillard-lee-bosher/why-natural-disasters-arent-all-that-natural

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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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