Today in disaster resilience (24 July 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

China blasts dam to release water as flooding death toll rises https://globalnews.ca/news/7194094/china-dam-flood-waters/

‘Once-in-500-years’ storm hits Northland, cutting off Far North from the rest of the country, New Zealand https://watchers.news/2020/07/18/once-in-500-years-storm-hits-northland-cutting-off-far-north-from-the-rest-of-the-country-new-zealand/

Major explosion at Stromboli volcano, Italy https://watchers.news/2020/07/19/major-explosion-stromboli-volcano-july-19-2020/

At least 12 killed as buildings collapse amid Mumbai’s third worst July rain since 2015 https://watchers.news/2020/07/18/at-least-12-killed-as-buildings-collapse-amid-mumbai-s-third-worst-july-rain-since-2015/

More than 3.5 million people affected as flood situation continues to deteriorate in Assam, India https://watchers.news/2020/07/17/more-than-3-5-million-people-affected-as-flood-situation-continues-to-deteriorate-in-assam-india/

Flood situation continues to be grim in Bangladesh http://ddnews.gov.in/international/flood-situation-continues-be-grim-bangladesh

Indonesia – More Fatalities After Floods and Landslides in West Papua and Southeast Sulawesi http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-west-papua-southeastsulawesi-july-2020

Yangtze river floods prompt massive evacuations in central China https://www.accuweather.com/en/videos/global-playlist/yangtze-river-floods-prompt-massive-evacuations-in-central-china/2LYDKkSt

Floods in India, Nepal displace nearly 4 million people, at least 189 dead https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/floods-in-india-nepal-displace-nearly-4-million-people-at-least-189-dead/articleshow/77054083.cms

Major M7.8 earthquake hits near the coast of Alaska Peninsula, U.S. — tsunami warning issued https://watchers.news/2020/07/22/alaska-m7-8-earthquake-july-2020-tsunami/

6 million affected, 90 000 displaced and 470 dead as flood situation remains grim in India https://watchers.news/2020/07/22/6-million-affected-90-000-displaced-and-470-dead-as-flood-situation-remains-grim-in-india/

Northern Vietnam hit by deadly floods and landslides after longest heatwave in 49 years https://watchers.news/2020/07/21/northern-vietnam-hit-by-deadly-floods-and-landslides-after-longest-heatwave-in-49-years/

Swollen river inundates hundreds of homes, capital Kathmandu cut off as death toll surpasses 130, Nepal https://watchers.news/2020/07/21/swollen-river-inundates-hundreds-of-homes-capital-kathmandu-cut-off-as-death-toll-surpasses-130/

Greece wildfires rage out of control https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53517026

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Jul 2020: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/107062/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Jul-2020-Pacaya-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Dukono-Katla.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UN-Habitat launches climate resilience project in South Eastern Africa http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72774

Comparing urban coastal flood risk in 136 cities under two alternative sea-level projections http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72787

Larger drought and flood hazards and adverse impacts on population and economic productivity under 2.0 than 1.5°C warming http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72791

The costs of sea-level rise: Coastal adaptation investments vs inaction in Iberian coastal cities http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72788

Africa can become a renewable energy superpower https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/jul/20/africa-can-become-a-renewable-energy-superpower-if-climate-deniers-are-kept-at-bay

How Many Polar Bears Will Be Left in 2100? If Temperatures Keep Rising, Probably Not a Lot https://insideclimatenews.org/news/20072020/polar-bears-sea-ice-climate-change

Arctic sea ice is in a downward spiral, and may break a record in 2020 https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/07/20/arctic-sea-ice-is-downward-spiral-may-break-record-2020/

The global mean level of the oceans is one of the most important indicators of climate change https://www.aviso.altimetry.fr/data/products/ocean-indicators-products/mean-sea-level.html

Arctic policy: EU opens consultation on the future approach https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_20_1318

Arctic sea ice extent at the lowest level for this time of year on the satellite record https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

Climate change will cause more extreme wet and dry seasons, researchers find http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72729

Climate shift, forest loss and fires: Scientists explain how Amazon forest is trapped in a vicious circle https://phys.org/news/2020-07-climate-shift-forest-loss-scientists.html

Global heating: best and worst case scenarios less likely than thought https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/22/global-heating-study-narrows-range-of-probable-temperature-rises?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

‘World-first’ legal case: student accuses Australia of misleading investors on climate risk https://www.theguardian.com/law/2020/jul/22/world-first-legal-case-student-accuses-australia-of-misleading-investors-on-climate-risk

We said, they said: the politics of conceptual frameworks in disasters and climate change in Colombia and Latin America https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/DPM-01-2020-0011/full/html

Climate change to make hot droughts hotter in the US southern plains https://research.noaa.gov/article/ArtMID/587/ArticleID/2472

Climate threads: Climate-Resilient enterprises adapting in this ‘New Normal’ http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72858

Risk Analysis for Hurricanes Accounting for the Effects of Climate Change https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128167823000024

After 40 years, researchers finally see Earth’s climate destiny more clearly https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/after-40-years-researchers-finally-see-earths-climate-destiny-more-clearly

 

Disaster risk reduction

Can we talk? New nationwide flood maps provide opportunities for dialogue http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72746

Multi-billion pound investment as government unveils new long-term plan to tackle flooding http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72733

Cutting-edge technologies make flood prevention smarter  http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72745

2019 state of U.S. high tide flooding with a 2020 outlook http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72753

California Homeowners Are Doomed to Repeat Their Past Mistakes https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-14/california-homeowners-are-repeating-their-past-wildfire-mistakes

Whakaari/White Island volcano eruption: New alert system could have warned of tragedy – scientists https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12349124

Fighting extreme weather in Africa with big data https://gca.org/solutions/fighting-extreme-weather-in-africa-with-big-data

South Asia’s Floods Don’t Have Borders – So Why Does Flood Governance? https://science.thewire.in/environment/ganga-brahmaputra-meghna-basin-river-basin-floods-governance/

Researchers develop equations for earthquake forecasting https://watchers.news/2020/07/19/researchers-develop-equations-for-earthquake-forecasting/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Study reveals hundreds of ancient volcanic eruptions in New Zealand https://watchers.news/2020/07/19/study-reveals-hundreds-of-ancient-volcanic-eruptions-in-new-zealand/

Hydrological time series forecasting using simple combinations: Big data testing and investigations on one-year ahead river flow predictability https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002216942030665X?via%3Dihub

Bushfire devastation leaves almost 50 Australian native species at risk of becoming threatened https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/21/bushfire-devastation-leaves-almost-50-australian-native-species-at-risk-of-becoming-threatened

Using the past to predict the future: the case of Typhoon Hagibis (Japan) http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72814

China strengthens flood-defense network amid seasonal downpours http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72730

Long fracture line in offshore Krishna-Godavari basin – a major coastal hazard in north Andhra Pradesh http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72821

When COVID19 and natural hazards collide: Building resilient infrastructure in South Asia in the face of multiple crises http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72822

Natural Disaster Challenges in China : Key Trends and Insights – Learning from Experience : Insights from China’s Progress in Disaster Risk Management http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72810

Accurate Weather Forecasts 28 Days Out https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/accurate-weather-forecasts-28-days-out/

Flood Risk Analysis and Assessment, Applications and Uncertainties: A Bibliometric Review https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343058895_Flood_Risk_Analysis_and_Assessment_Applications_and_Uncertainties_A_Bibliometric_Review

Advanced new tropical cyclone modelling could protect vulnerable communities in the South-West Pacific from flood and storm damage http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/cyclone-watch-enhanced

Exploring new ways to manage the devastation caused by floods http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72830

Storm warning: a new long-range tropical cyclone outlook is set to reduce disaster risk for Pacific Island communities http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72859

Disasters and economic resilience in small regional communities: the case of Toodyay http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72853

Change in Human Exposure to Wildfires https://www.lancetcountdown.org/data-platform/climate-change-impacts-exposures-and-vulnerability/1-2-health-and-extreme-weather-events/1-2-1-wildfires

Global Change in Flood https://www.lancetcountdown.org/data-platform/climate-change-impacts-exposures-and-vulnerability/1-2-health-and-extreme-weather-events/1-2-2-flood-and-drought

Some States Continue With Flood Resilience Planning Despite Coronavirus Challenges https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2020/06/02/some-states-continue-with-flood-resilience-planning-despite-coronavirus-challenges

New data discloses flood risk of every home in the contiguous US http://www.impactlab.org/news-insights/new-data-discloses-flood-risk-of-every-home-in-the-contiguous-us/

 

Emergency management

Sweden becomes an example of how not to handle COVID-19 https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sweden-covid-coronavirus-deaths-make-sweden-example-of-how-not-to-deal-with-covid-19/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=94388300

‘It’s been a nightmare’: UK flood victims stuck in limbo amid lockdown https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/19/its-been-a-nightmare-uk-flood-victims-stuck-in-limbo-amid-lockdown?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Weather forecasts are less accurate because of Covid-19, a new study reveals https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/18/weather/fewer-flights-covid-weather-forecast-hurricane-impact/index.html

How a government agency is safeguarding against super storms http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72818

Disaster response and recovery strategies in Japan and New Zealand http://www.rcuss.kobe-u.ac.jp/publication/Year2020/pdfEach24/24_17.pdf

Neighbours helping neighbours: our volunteer first responders https://vimeo.com/433676166

Disaster Robotics https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/disaster-robotics

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Time to say goodbye to “natural” disasters http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72768

We asked multicultural communities how best to communicate COVID-19 advice. Here’s what they told us http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72779

A serious gaming approach to understanding household flood risk mitigation decisions https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12648

Dynamics of Crisis Communications in Social Media: Spatio-temporal and Text-based Comparative Analyses of Twitter Data from Hurricanes Irma and Michael https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343059766_Dynamics_of_Crisis_Communications_in_Social_Media_Spatio-temporal_and_Text-based_Comparative_Analyses_of_Twitter_Data_from_Hurricanes_Irma_and_Michael

New Guide for Tsunami Evacuation during COVID-19 http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72819

Newspapers as a validation proxy for GIS modeling in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates: Identifying flood-prone areas http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72795

Patterns of population displacement during mega-fires in California detected using Facebook Disaster Maps https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab8847

Geoscape Calgary https://geoscan.nrcan.gc.ca/starweb/geoscan/servlet.starweb

Effective flood risk visualisation http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72825

Participatory mapping 2.0: new ways for children’s participation in disaster risk reduction http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72793

On the use of participatory methodologies for video game research: Exploring disaster risk reduction in video games http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72841

Risk Communication for Social Awareness on COVID-19 by U-INSPIRE Indonesia http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72846

Is seismic intensity really different than an earthquake’s magnitude? https://www.iris.edu/hq/inclass/animation/take_2_magnitude_vs_intensity

 

Psychology and disasters

Evaluating an emergency department‐based mental health liaison nurse service: A multi‐site translational research project https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1742-6723.13583

4 Things COVID-19 Taught an ER Doctor About the Power of Resilience and Hope https://strengthafterdisaster.org/covid-19/4-things-covid-19-taught-an-er-doctor-about-the-power-of-resilience-and-hope/

 

Sociology and disasters

Explaining communities’ adaptation strategies for coastal flood risk: Vulnerability and institutional factors http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72756

Patterns of population displacement during mega-fires in California detected using Facebook Disaster Maps http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72792

The mediating effect of community leadership on community resilience elements and community preparedness http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72789

Community resilience mechanism in an unexpected extreme weather event: An analysis of the Kerala floods of 2018, India https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342892924_Community_resilience_mechanism_in_an_unexpected_extreme_weather_event_An_analysis_of_the_Kerala_floods_of_2018_India

Social Resilience to Climate Change during the Late Antique Little Ice Age: A Replication Study https://journals.ametsoc.org/wcas/article/12/3/561/348172/Social-Resilience-to-Climate-Change-during-the

Towards Adaptive Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean : A Synthesis Note on Using Social Protection to Mitigate and Respond to Disaster Risk http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72808

Using Social Work Interventions to Address Climate and Disaster Risks in Latin America and the Caribbean http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72806

Informality in Postdisaster Reconstruction: The Role of Social Capital in Reconstruction Management in Post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343084841_Informality_in_Postdisaster_Reconstruction_The_Role_of_Social_Capital_in_Reconstruction_Management_in_Post-Hurricane_Maria_Puerto_Rico

How to construct and validate an Integrated Socio-Economic Vulnerability Index: Implementation at regional scale in urban areas prone to flash flooding https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343065008_How_to_construct_and_validate_an_Integrated_Socio-Economic_Vulnerability_Index_Implementation_at_regional_scale_in_urban_areas_prone_to_flash_flooding

Social support from bonding and bridging relationships in disaster recovery: Findings from a slow-onset disaster https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338931020_Social_support_from_bonding_and_bridging_relationships_in_disaster_recovery_Findings_from_a_slow-onset_disaster

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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/ Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1119569796/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6 I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see https://neilduftyfiction.com/

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