Today in disaster resilience (18 March 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Mozambique – 12 Killed as Cyclone Gombe Brings Strong Winds and Torrential Rain

Malaysia – Deadly Landslide in Kuala Lumpur

Historic drought looms for 20 million living in Horn of Africa

Roads blocked and homes evacuated as heavy rain hits southern France

Malawi – 4 Dead After Cyclone Gombe Causes Floods in South

Landslide in Peruvian Andes buries dozens of homes

Australia – More Deadly Floods Hit New South Wales

Ecuador – 1 Missing After Flash Floods and Landslides in Loja

Magnitude-6.7 earthquake off Sumatra a reminder of region’s earthquake and tsunami hazards

Powerful quake off north Japan kills 4, more than 90 injured

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Mar 2022: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Ibu, Reventador, Kilauea, Sangay

USA – Floods Cause Traffic Chaos in Alabama

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sun Cable’s giant Northern Territory solar project gets $210m funding boost

UK not prepared for climate impacts, warns IPCC expert

What does the latest climate science mean for anticipatory action?

Estimating Heat Wave Frequency and Strength: A Chicago Case Study

February 2022: Earth’s 7th-warmest February on record

Increasing spatiotemporal proximity of heat and precipitation extremes in a warming world quantified by a large model ensemble

IPCC report: how politics – not climate change – is responsible for disasters and conflict

Children’s climate change case overturned on appeal as Federal Court dismisses government’s ‘duty of care’

Why Is the World Ignoring the Latest U.N. Climate Report?

Fast-melting alpine permafrost may contribute to rising global temperatures

Precipitation trends determine how often droughts and heat waves will occur together

As sea levels rise, coastal megacities will need more than flood barriers

Using Thoreau’s Notebooks to Understand Climate Change

Black Summer bushfire smoke altered ozone-depleting chemicals in atmosphere, study finds

Germany aims to get 100% of energy from renewable sources by 2035

To really address climate change, Australia could make 27 times as much electricity and make it renewable

When will eastern Australia’s wet weather end and will we get a La Niña ‘three-peat’?

U.S. Fires Four Times Larger, Three Times More Frequent Since 2000

Disaster risk reduction

Fire-Environment Analysis: An Example of Army Garrison Camp Williams, Utah

‘It makes sense to improve’: flood-hit mayors fear road rebuild won’t reduce risk

Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework

Grantham residents moved to higher ground after record floods, so why haven’t others?

A retrospective on hydrological catchment modelling based on half a century with the HBV model

To build for the future, we need updated rainfall records

The human factor in seasonal streamflows across natural and managed watersheds of North America

Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis

Assessing the Potential for Compound Storm Surge and Extreme River Discharge Events at the Catchment Scale with Statistical Models: Sensitivity Analysis and Recommendations for Best Practice

After the floods, the distressing but necessary case for managed retreat

Yukon government mapping all flood prone areas, minister says

Strengthening emergency communications for complex, cascading and compounding events – lessons learned from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption and tsunami in Tonga

Trees: why they’re our greatest allies against floods – but also tragic victims

World’s largest dam removal reverses coastal erosion

A Comparative Assessment of Mobile Device-Based Multi-Hazard Warnings: Saving Lives through Public Alerts in Europe

More than one million properties are at risk of flooding across 30 priority local government areas around Australia

Burned areas and number of wildfires around the world

Community Resilience Estimates

SeisBench—A Toolbox for Machine Learning in Seismology

New high-resolution map shows wildfires caused one third of global forest loss between 2001 and 2019

Emergency management

China battles worst Covid outbreak for two years as cases double in 24 hours

If you think you know how many Britons died during the pandemic, think again

Responding faster to droughts with satellites and adaptive social protection in Niger

COVID pandemic 2nd anniversary: 3 things we got wrong, and 3 things to watch out for

SES boss defends decision to reject army assistance days before northern NSW floods

Scott Morrison says he met with BOM last year to discuss ‘cyclones and floods’ after government blasted for refusing to heed warnings

Post-event flood mapping for road networks using taxi GPS data

Brisbane floods damage University of Queensland glasshouses, result in ‘huge loss of knowledge’

Kids show mysteriously low levels of COVID antibodies

‘Pretty brutal’: Hiring woes plague Biden effort to contain wildfires

After the tornado, can a rural Kentucky town create a comeback?

Has the COVID-19 pandemic made the world more prepared for the future?

Burned Area Emergency Response Teams: Interactions and Opportunities During Southwestern Monsoon Seasons

Review on visualization technology in simulation training system for major natural disasters

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Ulladulla’s Gateway sculpture rises up as symbol of resilience after Black Summer bushfires

Virginia Flood Awareness Week

Study proposes to involve high school students in mapping natural disaster hazards and impact prevention

Moral Emotions Shape the Virality of COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media

Artists address flood awareness

Flood recovery resources

ADA brings flood risk management into focus in schools

Examining Public Response and Climate Conditions During Overlapping Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings

Household-Targeted Hurricane Warnings for Effective Evacuation

Risk Communication Planning: Learning From Lived Experiences of Homelessness

The Role of 360-Degree Videos in Wildfire Preparedness

Evacuation: A Resource Round-Up

Psychology and disasters

Anxious nation: Eco-grief takes hold as ‘code red for humanity’ hits home

The March 2020 Tennessee Tornados: Risk Perceptions, Preparedness, and Communication

Learning From Hurricane Laura’s Near Miss: Evacuation Decision-Making Under Uncertainty

Sociology and disasters

Cabbage Tree Island’s Indigenous community displaced by NSW floods ‘left out’ of government’s response

Disasters as Enablers of Negotiation for Sustainability Transition: A Case from Odaka, Fukushima

Why climate change is inherently racist

So far, vaccine inequity is widening the gap between rich and poor

Location Intelligence Reveals the Extent, Timing, and Spatial Variation of Hurricane Preparedness

Homeless and looking for help – why people with disability and their carers fare worse after floods


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I am a Principal at Water Technology Pty Ltd, an Australian-based coastal, environment and natural hazards company - see I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see

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