Today in disaster resilience (1 November 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

90,000 Sonoma County residents evacuated ahead of Kincade fire https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/10223201-181/kincade-fire-grows-to-more

2 Million Californians Without Power And 180,000 Ordered To Evacuate Amid Wildfires https://www.npr.org/2019/10/27/773844324/2-million-californians-without-power-and-180-000-ordered-to-evacuate-amid-wildfi

UK weather: ‘Horrendous’ conditions as heavy downpours cause flooding and travel disruption https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/travel-disruption-and-football-matches-cancelled-as-heavy-rain-hits-uk-a4271531.html

Deadly rains to hit Rwenzori, Kigezi areas https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1509314/deadly-rains-hit-rwenzori-kigezi?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Nigeria – Floods Hit Lagos, Situation Worsens in Niger and Adamawa States http://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-lago-niger-adamawa-october-2019

Japan – 10 Dead After More Floods and Landslides Hit Eastern Areas http://floodlist.com/asia/japan-fukushima-chiba-october-2019

Ethiopia – 120,000 Displaced After Floods in 4 Regions http://floodlist.com/africa/ethiopia-october-2019

France – Major Flooding in South After 120mm of Rain in 3 Hours http://floodlist.com/europe/france-south-flood-herault-october-2019

Bushfires continue to rage in NSW and Queensland https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/bushfires-continue-to-rage-in-nsw-and-queensland/news-story/92fab9b645eeaf9984d99faac1887b51

Indonesia and Malaysia – Thousands of Homes Damaged in Floods http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-sumatra-malaysia-floods-october-2019

Tanzania – More Deadly Floods Hit Tanga Region http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-floods-tanga-region-october-2019

Peru – Deadly Landslide in Junín Region http://floodlist.com/america/peru-landslide-chanchamayo-junin-region-october-2019

Kincade Fire: 80,000 homes under threat as crews race against next windstorm https://www.sfchronicle.com/california-wildfires/article/Kincade-Fire-won-t-let-up-rages-south-14567209.php#photo-18509933

Kyarr intensifies, becomes the first Super Cyclone in Arabian Sea in 12 years https://www.livemint.com/news/india/kyarr-intensifies-becomes-the-first-super-cyclone-in-arabian-sea-in-12-years-11572168570934.html

Two dead in Baja California wildfires https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/26/americas/baja-california-wildfire-trnd/index.html

7 dead, 11 injured as floods sweep through Saudi Arabia https://watchers.news/2019/10/28/7-dead-11-injured-as-floods-sweep-through-saudi-arabia/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Flash floods hit more than 60 spots in Penang https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/10/27/flash-floods-hit-more-than-60-spots-in-penang/1804340

A landslide killed at least 34 people in Cameroon https://reliefweb.int/report/cameroon/floods-cameroon-claim-13-render-hundreds-homeless

At least 44 killed, major traffic disruption as severe floods hit Tanzania https://watchers.news/2019/10/29/at-least-44-killed-major-traffic-disruption-as-severe-floods-hit-tanzania/

5 killed, 2 missing, 394 injured after M6.6 earthquake in Mindanao, Philippines https://watchers.news/2019/10/30/m6-6-earthquake-damage-casualties-mindanao-philippines/

Over 15 people feared dead after boat capsizes as flooding in Somalia forces 182,000 people from their homes https://somalitopnews.com/2019/10/30/over-15-people-feared-dead-after-boat-capsizes-as-flooding-in-somalia-forces-182000-people-from-their-homes/

Cyclone Kyarr: Emirati towns set for relief as storm heads for southern Oman https://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/cyclone-kyarr-emirati-towns-set-for-relief-as-storm-heads-for-southern-oman-1.930837

UAE and Oman – Evacuations After Cyclone Kyarr Brings Coastal Floods http://floodlist.com/asia/cyclone-kyarr-uae-oman-october-2019

Ghana – Floods Hit Accra and Ashanti Region http://floodlist.com/africa/ghana-floods-accra-ashanti-region-october-2019

Kenya – 100,000 Affected by Floods Says UN http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-october-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 31 Oct 2019: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/90754/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-31-Oct-2019-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventa.html

UK – Days of Rain Cause Rivers to Overflow in England and Wales http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/floods-england-wales-october-2019

200,000 forced to evacuate, fatalities feared as massive floods hit Beledweyne, Somalia https://watchers.news/2019/10/31/somalia-flood-october-2019/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Incessant heavy downpour wreaks havoc in El Salvador https://watchers.news/2019/10/30/incessant-heavy-downpour-wreaks-havoc-el-salvador/

Floods reported in numerous areas across Iran https://english.mojahedin.org/i/iranian-regime-rains-tehran-ahvaz-saveh-isfahan-natanz-20191030

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

To fight climate change, science must be mobilised like it was in World War II https://theconversation.com/to-fight-climate-change-science-must-be-mobilised-like-it-was-in-world-war-ii-125258?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Oceans are rising around the world, causing dangerous flooding. Why is this happening, and what can we do to stem the tide? https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/sea-level-rise/

Emissions flat-line as ‘carrot’s not working and there’s no stick’ https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/emissions-flat-line-as-carrot-s-not-working-and-there-s-no-stick-20191027-p534mr.html

Venezuelan scientists look for hope in last remaining glacier https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2019/0927/Venezuelan-scientists-look-for-hope-in-last-remaining-glacier?icid=rss

Seeing Red Across the North Pacific Ocean https://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/seeing-red-across-north-pacific-ocean

Nearly four in ten Americans say they have personally experienced the effects of global warming https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/climate-change-in-the-american-mind-april-2019/5/

Warming Will Cost Rich and Poor Countries Alike https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/warming-will-cost-rich-and-poor-countries-alike/

Flooding and extreme heat are coming to nearly every city (especially their vulnerable populations). But a new report finds that few cities are ready for what’s coming https://www.fastcompany.com/90422482/85-of-cities-are-feeling-climate-change-but-nearly-half-arent-dealing-with-it

Waterworld? Floating Cities Turn Hollywood Sci-fi Into Reality As Sea Levels Rise https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2019/10/23/waterworld-floating-cities-turn-hollywood-sci-fi-into-reality-as-sea-levels-rise/

Belize: Social Resilience in an Age of Climate Change, Disasters http://www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com/belize-social-resilience-in-an-age-of-climate-change-disasters/

Greenland ice cap melt measured by satellites — and it’s enough to cover Tasmania in almost 5m of water https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-30/melting-greenland-glaciers-weighed-by-australian-scientists/11630970

Queensland must rapidly ditch coal-fired power to meet Australia’s emission targets, report finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-29/queensland-urged-to-abandon-coal-and-expand-renewables-rollout-/11650966

Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/10/29/climate/coastal-cities-underwater.html

Rising sea levels pose threat to homes of 300m people – study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/29/rising-sea-levels-pose-threat-to-homes-of-300m-people-study?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

New elevation data triple estimates of global vulnerability to sea-level rise and coastal flooding https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-12808-z

Climate change and Californian wildfires https://www.newsweek.com/climate-change-california-fuel-fire-1468431

Sediment accumulation, elevation change, and the vulnerability of tidal marshes in the Delaware Estuary and Barnegat Bay to accelerated sea level rise https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/821827v1

Antarctic sea ice is key to triggering ice ages, study finds https://phys.org/news/2019-10-antarctic-sea-ice-key-triggering.html

How Do We Measure Climate Risk? https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/how-do-we-measure-climate-risk

The last advancing Juneau Icefield glacier begins its retreat https://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/last-advancing-juneau-icefield-glacier-begins-its-retreat

Two-million-year-old snapshots of atmospheric gases from Antarctic ice https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1692-3

World’s oldest ice core could solve mystery of ‘flipped’ ice age cycles https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/10/world-s-oldest-ice-core-could-solve-mystery-flipped-ice-age-cycles

Reducing Risk And Vulnerability To Climate Change In Colombia https://soundcloud.com/adaptationfund/reducing-risk-and-1

Sea level rise map and coastal flooding tool https://coastal.climatecentral.org/map/5/82.025/20.8395/?theme=sea_level_rise&map_type=coastal_dem_comparison&elevation_model=coastal_dem&forecast_year=2050&pathway=rcp45&percentile=p50&return_level=return_level_1&slr_model=kopp_2014

The science of drought is complex but the message on climate change is clear https://theconversation.com/the-science-of-drought-is-complex-but-the-message-on-climate-change-is-clear-125941?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Six biggest coalminers in Australia produce more emissions than entire economy https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/01/six-biggest-coalminers-in-australia-produce-more-emissions-than-entire-economy?CMP=share_btn_tw

Sydney and Melbourne will likely be exposed to more intense hail storms, tropical cyclones will track further south and bushfire risks will increase in most of Australia as the climate warms https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/hail-cyclones-and-fire-extreme-weather-risks-on-the-rise-20191031-p536aw.html

Climate crisis affects how majority will vote in UK election – poll https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/30/climate-crisis-affects-how-majority-will-vote-in-uk-election-poll?CMP=share_btn_

“This will only get worse in the future”: Experts see direct line between California wildfires and climate change https://www.cbsnews.com/news/this-will-only-get-worse-in-the-future-experts-find-direct-line-between-california-wildfires-and-climate-change/

Climate crisis – here’s what the experts recommend we do https://theconversation.com/climate-crisis-heres-what-the-experts-recommend-we-do-123238

 

Disaster risk reduction

The Power of Trees: Fighting Floodwaters https://medialibrary.climatecentral.org/resources/the-power-of-trees-fighting-floodwaters

Community business resilience: adaptation practice of micro- and small enterprises around the Pearl River Estuary https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336828460_Community_business_resilience_adaptation_practice_of_micro-_and_small_enterprises_around_the_Pearl_River_Estuary

Surrey County Council’s cabinet is set to agree £270m of funding for long term flood risk management work https://www.insidermedia.com/news/south-east/council-set-to-270m-of-funding-for

In Texas, Home Sellers Must Now Disclose More About The Risk Of Flooding https://www.npr.org/2019/10/27/772996585/in-texas-home-sellers-must-now-disclose-more-about-the-risk-of-flooding

These N.J. properties flood over and over again, costing taxpayers like you millions https://www.nj.com/data/2018/07/these_nj_properties_flood_over_and_over_again_costing_taxpayers_like_you_millions.html

Should Californians Be Rebuilding Homes in a Fire Zone? https://www.kqed.org/science/1932387/should-californians-be-rebuilding-homes-in-a-fire-zone

Japanese government to discuss new flood prevention steps in wake of disasters https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/27/national/japan-discuss-new-flood-prevention-steps-wake-disasters/#.XbdhTeYzbIU

Deadly typhoon forces Japan to face its vulnerability to increasingly powerful storms https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/10/deadly-typhoon-forces-japan-face-its-vulnerability-increasingly-powerful-storms

The city of Newcastle announced it has a “network of sensors spread across the city” to help it manage risks including flooding https://www.iothub.com.au/news/city-of-newcastle-completes-enviro-sensor-network-532831

The False Comfort of Higher Seawalls https://newrepublic.com/article/155519/false-comfort-higher-seawalls

Latest edition of Earthquake Spectra https://earthquakespectra.org/toc/eqsa/35/3

Geoscientists invented a machine learning tool to sift through satellite data https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-scientists-are-using-machine-learning-to-study-the-planet/

Go with the flow? Reservations about river morphology models https://www.uu.nl/en/news/go-with-the-flow-reservations-about-river-morphology-models

Evidence from measuring community flood resilience in Asia https://reliefweb.int/report/world/evidence-measuring-community-flood-resilience-asia

Contrasting seasonality of storm rainfall and flood runoff in the UK and some implications for rainfall-runoff methods of flood estimation https://iwaponline.com/hr/article/50/5/1309/69442/Contrasting-seasonality-of-storm-rainfall-and

Environment Agency say £7m river defences worked as ‘other sources’ cause flood https://www.northwichguardian.co.uk/news/17998809.environment-agency-say-7m-river-defences-worked-other-sources-cause-flood/

Future shifts in extreme flow regimes in Alpine regions https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/23/4471/2019/

Resilient Construction: Building Structures That Withstand Nature’s Fury https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesrealestatecouncil/2019/10/30/resilient-construction-building-structures-that-withstand-natures-fury/#38d49d1d1b31

Mumbai, Kolkata may get flooded by 2050, says new research https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/new-study-corrects-nasa-s-flawed-model-hastens-flooding-of-mumbai-and-kolkata-to-2050/story-En4pkIYekXUKObwW2nvpbP.html

Houston’s pocket prairies: Natural solutions to unnatural flooding https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2019/1001/Houston-s-pocket-prairies-Natural-solutions-to-unnatural-flooding

Worrying new flooding map shows the areas of North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and Wirral at risk https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/climate-change-puts-more-people-17162112

Multi-scale synthesis of historical fire regimes along the south-central US prairie–forest border https://fireecology.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s42408-019-0043-y

Florida doesn’t require home sellers to reveal flooding history https://www.restorationlaw.com/florida-doesnt-require-home-sellers-to-reveal-flooding-history/

Uncertainty quantification of flood damage estimation for urban drainage risk management https://iwaponline.com/wst/article/80/3/478/69627/Uncertainty-quantification-of-flood-damage

A dynamic river network method for the prediction of floods using a parsimonious rainfall-runoff model https://iwaponline.com/hr/article/doi/10.2166/nh.2019.003/69546/A-dynamic-river-network-method-for-the-prediction

 

Emergency management

Using drone to find missing 6-year old
https://www.dpreview.com/news/1907862357/photographer-uses-drone-with-thermal-camera-to-find-missing-6-year-old-boy

Pursuing innovation and partnerships for emergency response to disasters in Peru https://www.unv.org/our-stories/pursuing-innovation-and-partnerships-emergency-response-disasters-peru

In flooded Lagos community, canoe replaces Uber and children are on forced holiday https://www.thecable.ng/inside-lagos-community-where-canoe-has-replaced-uber-and-many-children-are-on-forced-holiday

Almost one million people affected by floods in South Sudan https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/million-people-affected-floods-south-sudan-191025180736910.html

Better alerts can save lives in an emergency. Google Crisis Response is using AI to help https://about.google/stories/soundingthealarm/

490,000 children affected by devastating floods in South Sudan https://reliefweb.int/report/south-sudan/490000-children-affected-devastating-floods-south-sudan

10 European startups tackling natural disasters and other emergencies https://www.eu-startups.com/2019/10/10-european-startups-tackling-natural-disasters-and-other-emergencies/

B.C. to overhaul emergency management regime as fire and flood risk grows https://globalnews.ca/news/6093640/bc-overhaul-emergency-management-flood-fire/

In California, Air Tanker Pilots Help Keep Wildfires At Bay https://www.npr.org/2019/10/29/774456972/in-california-air-tanker-pilots-help-keep-wildfires-at-bay?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=environment

Koalas in their hundreds feared dead in bushfires south of Port Macquarie https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-30/important-koala-habitat-destroyed-in-out-of-control-bushfire/11653076

Improving the Disaster Recovery of Low-Income Families https://www.urban.org/debates/improving-disaster-recovery-low-income-families

One week on, death toll rises to 4 from Spain flash flooding http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/one-week-on-death-toll-rises-to-4-from-spain-flash-flooding/article/560766

Latest (October) edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-october-2019/
Drones tested in Japan nuclear disaster drill for first time near Ikata plant in Ehime https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/30/national/drones-nuclear-drill-ikata-ehime/#.XbtNSuYzbIW

Grenfell firefighters who deserve our respect and understanding https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/30/grenfell-firefighters-who-deserve-our-respect-and-understanding

Inside The New Tech Helping LA Firefighters Decide Who And When To Evacuate https://laist.com/2019/10/29/lafd-brush-fires-firefighting-technology-firis-wifire.php

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Rapid collaborative knowledge building via Twitter after significant geohazard events https://www.geosci-commun-discuss.net/gc-2019-23/

 

Psychology and Disasters

First responders struggle with PTSD caused by the emergencies, deaths, tragedies they face every day https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/first-responders-struggle-with-ptsd-caused-by-the-emergencies-deaths-tragedies-they-face-every-day/2019/10/25/9c4c9a0e-d4b8-11e9-9610-fb56c5522e1c_story.html

 

Sociology and disasters

Importance of libraries as social infrastructure https://lithub.com/libraries-are-even-more-important-to-contemporary-community-than-we-thought/

A SNA-based Methodology for Measuring the Community Resilience from the Perspective of Social Capitals: Take Nanjing, China as an Example https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S221067071931488X#fig0020

Post-disaster recovery and sociocultural change: Rethinking social capital development for the new social fabric https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420919306120#fig1

Mobile phone data reveals the importance of pre-disaster inter-city social ties for recovery after Hurricane Maria https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336913311_Mobile_phone_data_reveals_the_importance_of_pre-disaster_inter-city_social_ties_for_recovery_after_Hurricane_Maria

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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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