Today in disaster resilience (18 May 2018)

disaster

Please find links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Schools, University of Tasmania reopen after record flood as clean-up continues http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-13/university-of-tasmania-to-reopen-after-flood-damage/9756404

Kīlauea Volcano Erupts https://www.usgs.gov/news/k-lauea-volcano-erupts

B.C. town submerged by worst flood in 70 years, 30 people rescued https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/b-c-town-submerged-by-worst-flood-in-70-years-30-people-rescued-1.3926926

Tasmanian flood damage bill hits $20m as insurance claims pour in after wild weather http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-14/hobart-floods-insurance-claims-come-pouring-in/9758208

Some New Brunswick residents facing tough choice after floods: clean up, or move https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/05/14/new-brunswick-floods-leave-residents-with-costly-and-stressful-cleanup.html

China – Days of Heavy Rain Cause Deadly Floods in Guangxi http://floodlist.com/asia/guangxi-floods-may-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Sri Lanka – Thousands Hit by Floods in Galle and Kalutara http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-galle-kalutara-may-2018

Shinmoedake volcano eruption ejects ash up to 7.6 km (25 000 feet), Japan https://watchers.news/2018/05/15/shinmoedake-volcano-eruption-ejects-ash-up-to-7-6-km-25-000-feet-japan/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Kenya Dam burst and floods death toll reached 48, 40 still missing https://watchers.news/2018/05/14/kenya-dam-burst-and-floods-death-toll-reached-48-40-still-missing/

At least 61 killed as fierce dust storms strike India, death toll over 200 https://watchers.news/2018/05/14/dust-storms-india-2018/

The Finnish regions of Lapland and Saimaa are likely to see flooding in the coming weeks, as warm temperatures set spring thaws in motion https://www.sott.net/article/385520-Finnish-Lapland-braces-for-worst-spring-flooding-in-20-years

Somalia: Flood Response – May 2018 (as of 15 May 2018) https://reliefweb.int/report/somalia/somalia-flood-response-may-2018-15-may-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Afghanistan – Over 30 Dead After Flash Floods in 11 Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-floods-may-2018

USA – Deadly Storms Hit North East, Flash Floods in Maryland http://floodlist.com/america/usa/usa-storms-north-east-flash-floods-maryland-may-2018

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 May 2018: Popocatépetl volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Kilauea https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68984/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-17-May-2018-Popocatepetl-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Kilauea-Sakuraj.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The world’s population must globally move to zero emissions across agriculture, air travel, shipping, heating homes https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/26/were-doomed-mayer-hillman-on-the-climate-reality-no-one-else-will-dare-mention?CMP=share_btn_tw

A Hawaiian island got about 50 inches of rain in 24 hours. Scientists warn it’s a sign of the future http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-hawaii-storm-kauai-20180428-story.html?outputType=amp&__twitter_impression=true

The military paid for a study on sea level rise. The results were scary https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/04/25/climate-change-could-make-thousands-of-tropical-islands-uninhabitable-in-coming-decades-new-study-says/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c8933efbbbdb

Mapped: African heatwaves could increase ‘five-fold’ with 3C of global warming https://www.carbonbrief.org/mapped-african-heatwaves-could-increase-five-fold-with-3c-of-global-warming

We May Be on the Verge of a Human-Made Climate Disaster https://www.alternet.org/environment/climate-disaster-looms

Australia beats 100MW rooftop solar installs for 7th month in a row https://onestepoffthegrid.com.au/australia-beats-100mw-rooftop-solar-installs-7th-month-row/

‘Glaring inconsistency’: National emissions jump may be underestimated https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/glaring-inconsistency-national-emissions-jump-may-be-underestimated-20180514-p4zf75.html

Six languages for a risky climate: how farmers react to weather and climate change https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-018-2217-z

Climate change is already making droughts worse https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-climate-change-is-already-making-droughts-worse?utm_content=buffer4a285&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Climate Change and Drought: From Past to Future https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40641-018-0093-2

Future climate risk from compound events https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0156-3.epdf?

2016 Arctic heat would have been virtually impossible without global warming https://www.climate.gov/news-features/featured-images/2016-arctic-heat-would-have-been-virtually-impossible-without-global

Adventurer scientists swarm the melting Thwaites Glacier for clues to how fast sea level will rise https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/antarctic-quest-seeks-to-predict-the-fate-of-a-linchpin-glacier/

Arctic Heat Surges Again, and Studies Are Finding Climate Change Connections https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08052018/arctic-heat-wave-climate-change-sea-ice-loss-amplification-north-pole?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

New study finds variations in global warming trend are caused by oceans https://phys.org/news/2018-05-variations-global-trend-oceans.html

A Drone’s Eye View: UAV applications for a resilient Seychelles https://www.gfdrr.org/en/feature-story/drones-eye-view-uav-applications-resilient-seychelles

Emerging trends in global freshwater availability https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0123-1

Worst-case climate change scenario is even worse than we thought https://www.newscientist.com/article/2168847-worst-case-climate-change-scenario-is-even-worse-than-we-thought/

Short-term rainfall deficiencies increase in southeastern Australia http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/drought/

‘Adapting to uncertainty’ needed in face of climate shocks – experts http://www.eco-business.com/news/adapting-to-uncertainty-needed-in-face-of-climate-shocks-experts/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Disaster risk reduction

Landslides and monsoon variation in India https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/04/26/landslides-monsoon-variation-1/

From property damage to lost production: How natural disasters impact economics https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180411174141.htm

Houston City Council unanimously backs plan to build homes in flood plain https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/City-Council-unanimously-backs-plan-to-build-12863712.php

Cornellians pitch in to update federal flood guide http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/05/cornellians-pitch-update-federal-flood-guide#.WvicAVK7dAM.twitter

Earthquake prediction is a fool’s errand http://all-geo.org/highlyallochthonous/2018/05/earthquake-prediction-is-a-fools-errand/

Will your property flood next year? These tech startups have answers https://www.edf.org/blog/2018/05/10/will-your-property-flood-next-year-these-tech-startups-have-answers?

Developing a global operational seasonal hydro-meteorological forecasting system https://www.geosci-model-dev-discuss.net/gmd-2018-118/

The only way to reduce risk is to understand it http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2018/The-only-way-to-reduce-risk-is-to-understand-it.html#.WvmXObnen4Q.twitter

Earthquake science could have predicted North Korea’s nuclear climbdown https://theconversation.com/earthquake-science-could-have-predicted-north-koreas-nuclear-climbdown-96378?

Why Does Ebola Keep Showing Up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-does-ebola-keep-showing-up-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo/

Fears of flooding as Mumbai plans to open salt pans for social housing https://www.zilient.org/article/fears-flooding-mumbai-plans-open-salt-pans-social-housing

Addressing gender inequality in early warning systems https://floodresilience.net/blogs/reaching-the-last-mile-addressing-gender-inequality-in-early-warning-systems

A near-real-time tool to characterize global landslide hazards https://eos.org/research-spotlights/a-near-real-time-tool-to-characterize-global-landslide-hazards

Buyer beware: Evaluating property disclosure as a tool to support flood risk management https://www.cigionline.org/sites/default/files/documents/PB%20No.131.pdf

Transforming Development and Disaster Risk http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/5/1458

Assessing the Real Cost of Disasters https://www.oecd.org/gov/risk/assessing-the-real-cost-of-disasters-9789264298798-en.htm

How a New Flood Strategy Helped a Colorado City Skirt Disaster http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2018/05/14/how-a-new-flood-strategy-helped-a-colorado-city-skirt-disaster

In Flood-Weary Kansas City, Modifications Save Buildings and Dollars http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2018/05/14/in-flood-weary-kansas-city-modifications-save-buildings-and-dollars

Ash could paralyze Tokyo if Mount Fuji erupts, government report warns https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/05/01/national/ash-paralyze-tokyo-mount-fuji-erupts-government-report-warns/#.WvtZo–FPIW

India to soon begin forecasting reach of tsunami waves in-land https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/science/india-to-soon-begin-forecasting-reach-of-tsunami-waves-in-land/articleshow/64052209.cms

What Houston Is Learning About Underground Tunnels To Mitigate Flooding https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/in-depth/2018/05/12/284919/what-houston-is-learning-about-flood-tunnels-in-other-cities/

How to stop a humanitarian disaster before it happens https://grist.org/article/how-to-stop-a-humanitarian-disaster-before-it-happens/

Helping vulnerable homeowners move out of harm’s way to break the cycle of flood-rebuild-repeat https://www.nrdc.org/experts/rob-moore/title

Damage from flooding doesn’t have to be inevitable https://theconversation.com/damage-from-flooding-doesnt-have-to-be-inevitable-95847

Forgetting the Flood?: An Analysis of the Flood Risk Discount over Time http://opim.wharton.upenn.edu/risk/library/J2013LandEcon_Atreya.pdf

We’re making hurricanes worse. We’re also not preparing for them https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/were-making-hurricanes-worse-were-also-not-preparing-for-them/2018/05/11/bd0647e8-549b-11e8-abd8-265bd07a9859_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6f2ce8118a85

Satellite Data Archives Reveal Unrecorded Himalayan Floods https://eos.org/articles/satellite-data-archives-reveal-unrecorded-himalayan-floods#.Wvye3y87–A.twitter

Flood Protection Infrastructure: The Fine Line Between Disaster Generation and Disaster Prevention http://www.i-s-e-t.org/single-post/2018/05/16/Flood-Protection-Infrastructure-The-Fine-Line-Between-Disaster-Generation-and-Disaster-Prevention

Less talk, more action: It’s time to get serious about floodplain management http://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2018/05/16/less-talk-more-action-its-time-to-get-serious-about-floodplain-management/

Concern piloted a Flood Resilience Measurement Tool (FRMT) https://floodresilience.net/blogs/a-flood-resilience-measurement-tool-concern%E2%80%99s-experience-in-afghanistan

Your Sea Wall Won’t Save You https://placesjournal.org/article/your-sea-wall-wont-save-you/#.Wsj6V8vVnmc.twitter

Understanding New Zealand’s largest fault https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/2018644982/understanding-new-zealand-s-largest-fault

Federal researchers forecast long, hot wildfire season for most regions in Canada https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-federal-researchers-forecast-long-hot-wildfire-season-for-most/

 

Emergency Management

Centre to launch National Disaster Database https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/centre-to-launch-national-disaster-database/articleshow/63954927.cms

Female firefighters defy old ideas of who can be an American hero https://theconversation.com/female-firefighters-defy-old-ideas-of-who-can-be-an-american-hero-95342

A tiny town in Washington state fears a massive earthquake will wipe it out. But one man is leading the fightback http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43841897

Margaret River locals says short-stay, party-house tourists wouldn’t know what to do if a fire hit https://thewest.com.au/news/bushfires/margaret-river-locals-says-short-stay-party-house-tourists-wouldnt-know-what-to-do-if-a-fire-hit-ng-b88778290z

The privacy implications of high-resolution aerial imagery of disaster areas https://werobotics.org/blog/2018/05/10/aerial-imagery-disasters-and-data-privacy-any-applied-research/

New Report Looks at Past Disasters to Prepare for the Future http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2018/05/08/new-report-looks-at-past-disasters-to-prepare-for-the-future

Mapping Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Migration With Mobile Phone Data https://www.citylab.com/environment/2018/05/watch-puerto-ricos-hurricane-migration-via-mobile-phone-data/559889/?utm_source=twb

Community resilience and crisis management: policy lessons from the ground http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/pap/2016/00000044/00000004/art00005;jsessionid=1bfvzspe5t9nt.x-ic-live-01

Preparing for a natural disaster: the guide to using RediPlan for carers of people with dementia https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/58224

Hurricane Maria caused the largest blackout in American history and the second largest blackout in the world https://rhg.com/research/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-worlds-second-largest-blackout/

Direct-to-Consumer Telemedicine Can Deliver Routine Care to Affected People Following Natural Disasters https://www.rand.org/news/press/2018/04/25.html?adbsc=social_20180428_2305981&adbid=990369575031078912&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453

Improve flood response and recovery with earth observation http://www.acclimatise.uk.com/2018/05/08/improving-flood-response-recovery-efforts-with-earth-observation/

Flooding takes a hefty toll, as Kelowna couple learned http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/flooding-takes-a-hefty-toll-as-kelowna-couple-learned

Global Report on Internal Displacement 2018 http://www.internal-displacement.org/global-report/grid2018/

Hobart Mayor’s plea for Federal funding to help with flood recovery http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/hobart-mayors-plea-for-federal-funding-to-help-with-flood-recovery/news-story/3b46afc9e2308c83234845ed1c5d299b

EMAP Releases the EMAP 5-2019 Draft Emergency Management Standard for Public Comment http://emap.org/

How should the interests of vulnerable communities guide collective efforts to ensure an effective response and equitable recovery? https://civichall.org/civicist/need-talk-talk-community-led-disaster-response/

Pakistan one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change is now trying to boost its ability to respond to disasters https://tribune.com.pk/story/1711394/1-ajk-boosts-emergency-plans-climate-risks-grow/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

NIST Launches Study of Hurricane Maria’s Impact on Puerto Rico https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2018/05/nist-launches-study-hurricane-marias-impact-puerto-rico

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Dash cam footage of lava consuming a Ford Mustang https://boingboing.net/2018/05/07/dash-cam-footage-of-lava-consu.html

Flood recovery resources https://www.aia.org/pages/147016-aia-flood-recovery-resources

Flood Snakes & Ladders uses words, pictures and models from children and young people who were directly affected by flooding in the UK http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/cuidar/en/flood-snakes-ladders/

Sichuan earthquake: Tenth anniversary of 2008 quake marred by police crackdowns, violence http://amp.abc.net.au/article/9756670?__twitter_impression=true

Rolling, hopping, floating and invisibly moving along Investigating how sediment is transported by water http://www.earthlearningidea.com/PDF/230_Sediment_transport.pdf

Play ‘Game of Floods’ in your community to understand flood risks, and test out various ways to manage flooding https://www.marincounty.org/~/media/files/departments/cd/planning/slr/game-of-floods/game-of-floods-materials.pdf?la=en

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is a world-class centre for multidisciplinary disaster prevention research and communication https://www.iclr.org/

Communicating volcanic risk: lava, eruptions and uncertainty http://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/communicating-volcanic-risk-lava-eruptions-and-uncertainty?cid=SHR_BlogSiteShare_XX_EXT

Disaster Preparedness for Livestock https://www.texvetpets.org/article/natural-disaster-preparedness-for-horses-and-other-livestock/

Crowdsourcing is particularly useful when it comes to enlisting helpers to measure the devastation caused by flooding http://blog.lboro.ac.uk/research/changing-environments-infrastructure/citizen-scientists-flooding-research/

Volcano information page https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vhp/about_volcanoes.html?

E-learning course on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation https://www.weadapt.org/knowledge-base/climate-adaptation-learning-resources/e-learning-course-on-drr-cca

Flood season is here and the city wants to help Calgarians prepare http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-flood-open-house-1.4664909

Effective science communication https://www.nap.edu/download/24958

Teaching resources on flooding https://www.geography.org.uk/Flooding

A 100-year flood does not only happen once every 100 years. So why is it called that? https://www.gfdrr.org/en/100-year-flood

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Using Social Media Analytics during Disasters: Lessons from the 2015 Chennai Floods https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomdavenport/2018/05/03/using-social-media-analytics-during-disasters-lessons-from-the-2015-chennai-floods/#5e0beee45cca

How good are the social media platform’s most active users at detecting these falsehoods, especially during public emergencies? http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2018/05/020.html

Rumor response, debunking response, and decision makings of misinformed Twitter users during disasters https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-018-3344-6

False tweets during Harvey, Irma under scrutiny by UB researchers http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2017/09/044.html

 

Psychology and disasters

Sierra Leone mudslide survivors live in fear of fresh disaster https://reliefweb.int/report/sierra-leone/sierra-leone-mudslide-survivors-live-fear-fresh-disaster

 

Sociology and Disasters

The sociology of streetlife http://journals.sagepub.com/page/sor/collections/virtual-issues/streetlife-issue

 

 

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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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