Today in disaster resilience (12 April 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Iran floods: Fresh evacuations with more rain forecast https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47837692

Major floods in Crete, streets turn into raging rivers, Greece https://watchers.news/2019/04/07/major-flooding-in-crete-streets-turn-into-raging-rivers-greece/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

National emergency declared as deadly wildfire destroys 300 structures, South Korea https://watchers.news/2019/04/05/national-emergency-declared-as-deadly-wildfire-destroys-300-structures-south-korea/

Greece – Crete Hit by Flash Flooding Again http://floodlist.com/europe/greece-crete-rhodes-floods-april-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Special Climate Statement 70—drought conditions in eastern Australia and impact on water resources in the Murray–Darling Basin http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/statements/scs70.pdf

Rio de Janeiro storm: Six killed in flash flooding and mudslides as Brazilian city battered by torrential rains https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/newslondon/rio-de-janeiro-storm-six-killed-in-flash-flooding-and-mudslides-as-brazilian-city-battered-by-torrential-rains/

Brazil – Deadly Floods in Piauí State http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-piaui-state-april-2019

Ghana – Hundreds Displaced After Floods Hit South http://floodlist.com/africa/ghana-floods-accra-ho-kumasi-april-2019

Severe storm leaves at least 6 people dead and over 50 injured in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan https://watchers.news/2019/04/10/pakistan-flood-april-9-2019/

Major storm system producing widespread hazardous weather across much of the Central U.S. https://watchers.news/2019/04/11/major-storm-system-producing-widespread-hazardous-weather-across-much-of-the-central-us/

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Apr 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Bromo, Shiveluch, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/78489/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-11-Apr-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Bromo-Shiveluch-Dukono-Agu.html

Floods in Iran: Death toll stands at 78, 1 136 injured and around 10 million affected https://watchers.news/2019/04/11/floods-in-iran-death-toll-stands-at-70-1076-injured-and-around-10-million-affected/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Deadly flooding around the world is a warning of the cascading impacts of climate change https://thinkprogress.org/deadly-flooding-climate-change-impacts/

Sydney set to sizzle as temperatures creep back into the 30s https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-set-to-sizzle-as-temperatures-creep-back-into-the-30s-20190408-p51bu6.html

Melting glaciers contribute a third of sea-level rise https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/04/world-mountain-glaciers-melting-sea-level-rise/

Global glacier mass changes and their contributions to sea-level rise from 1961 to 2016 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1071-0

Global Warming Is Pushing Arctic Toward ‘Unprecedented State,’ Research Shows https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08042019/arctic-climate-change-temperature-permafrost-sea-ice-wildilfe-ecology-study

Key indicators of Arctic climate change: 1971–2017 https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aafc1b

‘Land of the short white cloud’ – NZ glaciers’ huge loss of ice in just 42 years https://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=12220542&ref=rss

Climate damages and adaptation potential across diverse sectors of the United States https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0444-6

‘For Canada as a whole, there is a lack of observational evidence of changes in daily and short-duration extreme precipitation’ https://www.cityfloodmap.com/2019/04/environment-canada-report-confirms-no.html

Warmest March on record for Australia http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/month/aus/summary.shtml

23 former Fire and Emergency Chiefs call for stronger action on climate change, warning that worsening extreme weather is threatening Australian lives https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/emergency-chiefs-australia-unprepared-for-worsening-extremes/

Climate change will crush real estate values for investors who don’t prepare, new report says https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/08/climate-change-will-crush-real-estate-values-for-unprepared-investors-report.html

Interactive Arctic Sea Ice Graph http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/charctic-interactive-sea-ice-graph/

How humans derailed the Earth’s climate in just 160 years https://theconversation.com/how-humans-derailed-the-earths-climate-in-just-160-years-114021?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Two-thirds of glacier ice in the Alps ‘will melt by 2100’ https://www.tiredearth.com/news/two-thirds-glacier-ice-alps-will-melt-2100

Scientists drilling old ice to learn more about climate change https://earther.gizmodo.com/scientists-are-gearing-up-to-drill-some-of-the-oldest-i-1833942134?IR=T

Managing climate change with early warnings https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2019/managing-climate-change-with-early-warnings.html

Extreme Hemispheric Heat Waves Like 2018’s Growing More Common with Climate Change, Study Says https://insideclimatenews.org/news/11042019/2018-heat-wave-climate-change-attribution-northern-hemisphere-extreme-weather-record

Renewables will dominate world’s energy needs, says global body https://reneweconomy.com.au/renewables-will-dominate-worlds-energy-needs-says-global-body-73381/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Colorado Project Is a Roadmap for State-Specific Hazard Planning https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/guiding-communities-colorado-project-is-a-roadmap-for-state-specific-hazard-planning

State-of-Art in Computational Simulation for Natural Hazards Engineering https://simcenter.designsafe-ci.org/media/filer_public/13/b5/13b5ba3e-f94a-48af-9d12-ca5d0abad5c1/state_of_art_report.pdf

Why a big Mt Taranaki eruption just got more dangerous https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12220060

Planning and Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface https://www.planning.org/blog/blogpost/9173565/

New Washington geological maps can help residents escape tsunamis http://mynorthwest.com/1336570/tsunamis-earthquake-washington/

Driving force of volcanic super-hazards uncovered http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/article.cfm

Volcanic ‘avalanches’ glide on air, boosting their deadly speed https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/04/volcanic-avalanches-pyroclastic-flows-glide-on-air-boosting-deadly-speed/

Recommendations for Improving Integration in National End-to-End Flood Forecasting Systems: An Overview of the FFIR (Flooding From Intense Rainfall) Programme https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/11/4/725

Disaster Research and the Second Environmental Crisis https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783030046897

Future hot-spots for hydro-hazards in Great Britain: a probabilistic assessment https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/22/5387/2018/

Tackling the drivers of East Africa’s surprising earthquake risk http://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/tackling-the-drivers-of-east-africas-surprising-earthquake-risk

How Meteorologists Compare To Other Professions That Predict The Future https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/04/02/how-meteorologists-compare-to-other-professions-that-predict-the-future/#56e2e1f35698

Australia has a new National Construction Code, but it’s still not good enough https://theconversation.com/australia-has-a-new-national-construction-code-but-its-still-not-good-enough-113729

Deforestation seen as aggravating Zimbabwe, Mozambique flood crisis https://furtherafrica.com/2019/04/08/deforestation-seen-as-aggravating-zimbabwe-mozambique-flood-crisis/

Brisbane River Strategic Floodplain Management Plan released https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=159&v=nDxpNCH05EM

As Missouri’s rivers rise, lawmakers may stop subsidizing risky floodplain projects https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/as-missouri-s-rivers-rise-lawmakers-may-stop-subsidizing-risky/

Brisbane River Catchment – Strategic Floodplain Management Plan and Flood Studies https://www.qra.qld.gov.au/brcfs

Design Flood Estimation: Exploring the Potentials and Limitations of Two Alternative Approaches https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/11/4/729

A draft environmental impact statement confirms the NSW government is planning to raise parts of the Warragamba Dam wall higher than was admitted publicly https://www.9news.com.au/national/warragamba-esi-shows-dam-to-be-raised-17m/3f71af5e-038a-47d8-a666-245dd03d5ec4

Hurricane experts predict near normal season https://www.wpri.com/weather/hurricane-experts-predict-near-normal-season/1902992685?platform=hootsuite

Two Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters Have Already Struck the U.S. in 2019 https://weather.com/news/weather/news/2019-04-09-two-billion-dollar-weather-disasters-united-states-2019

Scientists monitoring Ruapehu as crater lake heats up https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12221130&ref=twitter

‘Long or strong, get gone’: Tsunami could strike New Zealand before public officially alerted – scientists https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/long-or-strong-get-gone-tsunami-could-strike-new-zealand-before-public-officially-alerted-scientists/ar-BBVMvL1?ocid=st

Study identifies danger glacial lakes across Tibetan Plateau https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47874792

Anak Krakatau: Collapsed volcano’s tsunami simulated https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47875777

‘I Don’t Want to Stay Here’: Half a Million Live in Flood Zones, and the Government Is Paying https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/us/houston-flooding.html

Hurricane Harvey provides lessons learned for flood resiliency plans https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190410095942.htm

 

Emergency Management

Thargomindah dusts off never-been-used SES boat as flooded Bulloo River cuts off town https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-05/flood-boat-finally-gets-used-in-the-middle-of-qld-drought/10972544

Optimisation patterns for the process of a planned evacuation in the event of a flood https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17477891.2019.1593816

Flood-hit Iran getting no financial aid from abroad due to U.S. sanctions: statement https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-floods-redcrescent/flood-hit-iran-getting-no-financial-aid-from-abroad-due-to-u-s-sanctions-statement-idUSKCN1RJ0GY

‘No Help Is Coming.’ How Devastating Floods Are Fueling Sexual Violence and the Spread of HIV in Malawi http://time.com/5559499/floods-malawi-women-violence-hiv/

Six months after Hurricane Michael, a housing crisis for survivors with disabilities https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2019/04/10/hurricane-michael-survivors-disabilities-6-months-housing-crisis/3271068002/

How Malawi saved lives in Cyclone Idai http://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2019/04/08/how-malawi-saved-lives-cyclone-idai

Mozambique: Cyclone Idai & Floods Situation Report No. 7 https://reliefweb.int/report/mozambique/mozambique-cyclone-idai-floods-situation-report-no-7-8-april-2019

Hurricane Harvey Recovery Tests Faith In Government https://www.npr.org/2019/04/08/711166854/1a-across-america-hurricane-harvey-recovery-tests-faith-in-government

Giving After Disasters https://hbr.org/2019/01/giving-after-disasters

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Educational Continuity: How One Community Kept Schools On Track after Disaster https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/educational-continuity-how-one-community-kept-schools-on-track-after-disaster

Natural Disaster Response: What Role Can You Play? https://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/natural-disaster-response-volunteer/

The Fix-it face-to-face intervention increases multihazard household preparedness cross-culturally https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-019-0563-0

In disasters, Twitter users with large networks get out-tweeted http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20190401-in-disasters-twitter-users-with-large-networks-get-outtweeted

Social media usage patterns during natural hazards https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0210484

The Science Behind Vanishing Ice – New Immersive Mixed Reality https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=3297Doifr7c

Riskville – A Game for Learning about Disaster Risks and Urban Planning https://www.kau.se/files/2019-01/IJMED_2018%20November%20Issue%20Christenson%20et%20al.pdf

Stories from the Storm: Houstonians reflect on Hurricane Harvey and how the storm changed their lives https://www.npr.org/podcasts/633055042/stories-from-the-storm

A serious game in which players have to protect a city from flooding https://research.reading.ac.uk/research-blog/imprexive-game-highlights-importance-of-forecasting-in-flood-management/

 

Disaster psychology

Mental health and disaster risk https://www.preventionweb.net/collections/mental-health-risks

What Resilience Looks Like in Complex Trauma https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-resilience/201904/what-resilience-looks-in-complex-trauma

 

Sociology and Disasters

Convergence as a vehicle that can drive the framework where we effectively come together to characterize the mounting natural hazards threats we face https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/director/convergence

How disaster aid leaves the disadvantaged even further behind economically https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/433609-how-disaster-aid-leaves-the-disadvantaged-even-further-behind

Measurement of Social Networks for Innovation within Community Disaster Resilience https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/7/1943

Paradise High principal quits, can’t find housing after Camp Fire https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2019/04/09/paradise-high-principal-announces-resignation/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Black Wave: How Networks and Governance Shaped Japan’s 3/11 Disasters https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/022663843X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i5

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NeilDufty

I am a Principal at Molino Stewart Pty Ltd, an Australian-based environment and natural hazards company - see https://molinostewart.com.au/. 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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