Today in disaster resilience (30 March 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Explosions at Shinmoedake volcano, first pyroclastic flow, Japan https://watchers.news/2018/03/26/explosions-at-shinmoedake-volcano-first-pyroclastic-flow-japan/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Two missing, dozens rescued after flash floods hit California https://watchers.news/2018/03/26/two-missing-dozens-rescued-after-flash-floods-hit-california/

Ambae residents fearful as Volcano belches fire and ash https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/353494/ambae-residents-fearful-as-volcano-belches-fire-and-ash

Satellite images show before and after photos of the Tathra bushfire that destroyed 69 homes http://wildfiretoday.com/2018/03/27/burn-scars-of-the-fire-that-burned-into-tathra-nws/

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Mar 2018: Dukono volcano, Reventador, Sakurajima, Sabancaya, Ebeko https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68208/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Mar-2018-Dukono-volcano-Reventador-Sakurajima-Sabancaya-Ebeko-S.html

Australia – More Floods in Queensland After Torrential Rain From Ex Cyclone Nora http://floodlist.com/australia/australia-queensland-cyclone-nora-floods-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Landslides and Floods in 3 Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-march-2108

Russia – Over 1,000 Evacuated From Floods in Altai Krai Region http://floodlist.com/asia/russia-floods-altai-krai-march-2018

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

A Heat Wave Left Arctic Sea Ice Near a Record Winter Low https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23032018/arctic-sea-ice-record-low-maximum-warm-winter-indigenous-coastal-communities-bering-strait-alaska-hunting-whaling-climate-change

Antarctica’s glaciers are on the run: Landsat reveals accelerating melt http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/antarcticas-glaciers-are-on-the-run-landsat-reveals-accelerating-melt/news-story/bb216765f44919aa20ad8adc0687721d

The Paris Climate Accords Are Looking More and More Like Fantasy http://amp.nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/03/the-paris-climate-accords-are-starting-to-look-like-fantasy.html

The future holds twice as many heat waves — all because of us, research shows http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article205848359.html

Arctic sea ice extent at 2018 winter maximum was second smallest on record https://www.climate.gov/news-features/featured-images/arctic-sea-ice-extent-2018-winter-maximum-was-second-smallest-record

Ireland’s recent decade found to be the wettest in over 300 years https://watchers.news/2018/03/27/ireland-wettest-decade-in-over-300-years/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Federal report: High-tide flooding could happen ‘every other day’ by late this century https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/03/28/federal-report-high-tide-flooding-could-happen-every-other-day-by-late-this-century/?utm_term=.1e9fdb8dada6

Alaska Record Heat Trends http://www.guyonclimate.com/2018/03/28/extreme-temperature-diary-march-28-2018-topic-alaska-record-trends/

Climate change: Early humans survived abrupt, harsh cooling 11,000 years ago https://www.ibtimes.co.in/climate-change-early-humans-survived-abrupt-harsh-cooling-11000-years-ago-765226

Extreme rainfall events in India linked to man-made emissions: study http://www.netindian.in/news/2018/03/28/00045842/extreme-rainfall-events-india-linked-man-made-emissions-study

 

Disaster risk reduction

The latest issue of Disaster Prevention and Management https://www.emeraldinsight.com/toc/dpm/27/2

Austin’s 100-year flood plain looks more like today’s 500-year flood plain https://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2018/03/austins-100-year-flood-plain-looks-more-like-todays-500-year-flood-plain/#.WrVlj3QWTmM.twitter

Proposal allows homeowners to sell endangered coastal properties back to state http://amp.fox25boston.com/www.fox25boston.com/news/proposal-allows-homeowners-to-sell-endangered-coastal-properties-back-to-state/

It’s time to rethink wildfire — a disaster like hurricanes and tornadoes https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/It-s-time-to-rethink-wildfire-a-disaster-12771894.php

Firefighters perform balancing act to do prescribed burns when time is right http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-24/firefighters-capitalise-on-prescribed-burn-window-of-opportunity/9562732

Seven Months After Hurricane Harvey, Flood-Control Projects’ Fate Unclear http://www.air1.com/news/2018/03/25/7-Months-After-Hurricane-Harvey-Flood-Control-Projects-Fate-Unclear.aspx

Helping small landholders through disaster risk reduction https://www.dawn.com/news/1397459/helping-smallholders-through-disaster-risk-reduction

“Recent floods suggest that Australia has limited capacity to manage even current risks” https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/47?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=haznote47

What would an earthquake-proof city look like? https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/dec/11/earthquake-proof-city-christchurch-japan-colombia-ecuador?CMP=share_btn_tw

What would an entirely flood-proof city look like? https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/sep/25/what-flood-proof-city-china-dhaka-houston

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

Investment to make homes and infrastructure more flood-proof returns positive economic, environmental, and social benefits for communities http://www.floodeconomics.com/

The ‘nightmare’ California flood more dangerous than a huge earthquake http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-california-flood-20180325-htmlstory.html

Community resilience and flooding in UK guidance: A critical review of concepts, definitions, and their implications https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1468-5973.12223

New NASA Model Finds Landslide Threats in Near Real-Time During Heavy Rains http://floodlist.com/forecasting-warning-systems/new-nasa-model-finds-landslide-threats-in-near-real-time-during-heavy-rains?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

First 6 year review into flood risk in England https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/694808/1_April_2011_to_31_March_2017_managing_FCERM.pdf

We have Energy Performance Certificates, why not for flood? https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/uk/news/flood/think-tank-we-have-energy-performance-certificates-why-not-for-flood-95886.aspx#.WrpkwFxPvsA.twitter

Incentivising Household Action on Flooding https://www.floodre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/SMF-Incentivising-household-action-on-flooding_web.pdf

$ 225.9 million for floods and a water strategy http://www.tvanouvelles.ca/2018/03/27/2259-m-pour-les-inondations-et-une-strategie-de-leau

NZDF surveys Pacific volcanoes that are showing signs of renewed activity https://medium.com/@nzdefenceforce/nzdf-surveys-pacific-volcanoes-63874ed069d4

Newly Published: Southwest Washington Tsunami Inundation Hazard Maps https://washingtonstategeology.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/newly-published-southwest-washington-tsunami-inundation-hazard-maps/

A Preliminary Tsunami Hazard Assessment of the Canadian Coastline http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/nrcan_rncan/publications/ess_sst/292/292067/of_7201.pdf

Monitoring Kentucky Dams – Protecting Waterfront Communities https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2018/03/20/snapshot-monitoring-kentucky-dams-protecting-waterfront

An introduction to flood modelling – videos https://www.floodmodeller.com/help-support/videos/videos-webinars/#LAudvjMxlbc

The Use of Drones in Human and Physical Geography https://www.gislounge.com/use-drones-human-physical-geography/

Antibiotic Resistance is Globally On the Rise, Raising Alarms https://www.kqed.org/futureofyou/440512/antibiotic-resistance-is-globally-on-the-rise-raising-alarms?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Emergency Management

Multi-hazard Early Warning Systems: A Checklist https://reliefweb.int/report/world/multi-hazard-early-warning-systems-checklist

Leaking government information and the Tathra fire controversy https://emergencylaw.wordpress.com/2018/03/24/leaking-government-information-and-the-tathra-fire-controversy/

A Tale of Two Families Recovering From Hurricane Harvey https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-tale-of-two-families-recovering-from-disaster-1522056600

The first M 8 earthquake event recorded in China? (with ~ 270,000 deaths) https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017JB014928#.WrjYczHOYnM.twitter

The NSW coroner and an independent inquiry headed by former AFP boss Mick Keelty will investigate the south coast bushfire at Tathra which destroyed 69 homes https://www.sbs.com.au/news/minister-calls-nsw-firies-union-bastards

After the firestorm: the health implications of returning to a bushfire zone https://theconversation.com/after-the-firestorm-the-health-implications-of-returning-to-a-bushfire-zone-93647

The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) supports the services in charge of the protection of forests against fires in the EU countries http://effis.jrc.ec.europa.eu/

Class action launched against Powercor over Victorian bushfire http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-28/bushfire-class-action-launched-against-powercor/9597594

Communities in Victoria’s south west are being supported as they recover from the impacts of the four major fires https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/news/victorias-south-west-still-the-focus

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Ancient Stories Preserve The Memory Of Tsunami In The Pacific Ocean https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2018/03/23/ancient-stories-preserve-the-memory-of-tsunami-in-the-pacific-ocean/#2a316b2c4347

Six clouds you should know about – and what they can reveal about the weather https://theconversation.com/six-clouds-you-should-know-about-and-what-they-can-reveal-about-the-weather-93402

Developing Community Connections with Asset Mapping: Situation Assessment https://fireadaptednetwork.org/resource/developing-community-connections-asset-mapping-situation-assessment/

Frank Talk About Oregon Disaster Preparedness http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/frank-talk-about-oregon-disaster-preparedness.html

“The Flood Action Campaign is vitally important. It helps the Environment Agency inform people at risk about the simple actions they can take when it floods.” https://www.prweek.com/article/1460571/prepare-act-survive-environment-agency-tells-people-risk-flooding

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Watch the tweets of the world unfold with this real-time map https://twitter-maps.carto.com/u/twitterdata/builder/4eb1518d-ea7b-4da4-a2fd-e2e6c64a704c/embed

Social media mine behavior patterns to tailor online experiences and appeal to individual psychological needs https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-its-so-hard-to-deletefacebook/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sa-editorial-social&utm_content=&utm_term=mind_&sf185738757=1

 

Psychology and disasters

After hurricane María, a surge in domestic violence – and demands for change https://www.csmonitor.com/layout/set/amphtml/USA/Society/2018/0327/After-hurricane-Maria-a-surge-in-domestic-violence-and-demands-for-change?__twitter_impression=true

 

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 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-017-3103-0

Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies in Asia and the Pacific http://sdgasiapacific.net/download/SDG_Resilience_Report.pdf

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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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