Today in disaster resilience (1 April 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Northern NSW towns under evacuation orders as heavy rainfall hits flood-ravaged regions https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/29/northern-nsw-towns-under-evacuation-orders-as-heavy-rainfall-hits-flood-ravaged-regions

Heavy rains trigger deadly landslide, leave more than 250 000 without drinking water in Cuenca, Ecuador https://watchers.news/2022/03/29/heavy-rains-trigger-deadly-landslide-leave-more-than-250-000-without-drinking-water-in-cuenca-ecuador/

Wilsons River at Lismore to peak at 12m, search for missing Nowra woman continues https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-30/woman-missing-lismore-flood-levee-breached/100949874

Australia – Evacuations After More Floods in New South Wales https://floodlist.com/australia/floods-nsw-queensland-late-march-2022

Strong M7.0 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia https://watchers.news/2022/03/31/strong-m6-8-earthquake-hits-southeast-of-the-loyalty-islands-new-caledonia/

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Shifts in El Niño May Be Driving Climates Extremes in Both Hemispheres https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23032022/el-nino-hemispheres/

The Guardian view on record-breaking Arctic temperatures: do look up https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/25/the-guardian-view-on-record-breaking-arctic-temperatures-do-look-up

The concrete breakwaters designed to protect people from the consequences of global warming also contribute to it https://www.fastcompany.com/90733862/inside-the-complicated-paradox-of-building-concrete-sea-walls

The floods and the advent of the climate emergency https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2022/april/1648731600/jo-lle-gergis/past-warning-stage-climate#mtr

Queensland’s proposed coal mines would double emissions, report suggests https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/queensland-s-proposed-coal-mines-would-double-emissions-report-suggests-20220325-p5a7x3.html

How Freaked Out Should We Be About That Antarctica Ice-Shelf Collapse? https://www.thedailybeast.com/east-antarcticas-conger-ice-shelf-collapsed-should-we-freak-out

Severity and sweep of Prairie droughts could spiral as climate changes https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/severity-and-sweep-of-prairie-droughts-could-spiral-as-climate-changes-1.6391982

Storm surges, rising sea levels and beach erosion could threaten $25 billion worth of Australian residential properties over the next 30 years https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-28/climate-change-risks-billions-of-dollars-of-coastal-property/100943830

Coastal home buyers are ignoring rising flood risks, despite clear warnings and rising insurance premiums https://theconversation.com/coastal-home-buyers-are-ignoring-rising-flood-risks-despite-clear-warnings-and-rising-insurance-premiums-179603

Atmospheric blocking and weather extremes over the Euro-Atlantic sector – a review https://wcd.copernicus.org/articles/3/305/2022/

U.S. Businesses May Be Required to Report Emissions, Climate Risk https://eos.org/articles/u-s-businesses-may-be-required-to-report-emissions-climate-risk

Indigenous peoples across the globe are uniquely equipped to deal with the climate crisis – so why are we being left out of these conversations? https://theconversation.com/indigenous-peoples-across-the-globe-are-uniquely-equipped-to-deal-with-the-climate-crisis-so-why-are-we-being-left-out-of-these-conversations-171724

On verge of record drought, East Africa grapples with new climate normal https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/story/verge-record-drought-east-africa-grapples-new-climate-normal

Wind and solar generated 10% of global electricity for the first time in 2021, a new analysis shows https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-60917445

Trends in Europe storm surge extremes match the rate of sea-level rise https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-04426-5

New, faster method to measure global warming shows no acceleration or slowdown https://phys.org/news/2022-03-faster-method-global-slowdown.html

Rising Sea Levels, Storm Surges and Heavy Rainfall: Outlining the Impacts of Climate Change on Flood Risk in Denmark https://www.ambientalrisk.com/the-impacts-of-climate-change-in-denmark/

Tasmania’s forests are burning more as climate change dries them out. Our old tools can’t fight these new fires https://theconversation.com/tasmanias-forests-are-burning-more-as-climate-change-dries-them-out-our-old-tools-cant-fight-these-new-fires-179833

Meltwater drainage, break-away icebergs linked at shrinking Helheim Glacier https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/03/220331121246.htm

Disaster risk reduction

Novel framework for assessing long-term flood risk management pathways focusing on river channel improvement and amenity policies https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12804

Improving flash flood risk assessment using a simple approach for extreme rainfall scaling and storms transposition https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12796

Storm surge contributions to flood hazards on Canada’s Atlantic Coast https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12800

Joint flood control scheduling strategy of large cascade reservoirs: A case study of the cascade reservoirs in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River in China https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12802

UN weather agency to spearhead 5 year early warning plan, boosting climate action https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/03/1114462

LiDAR scan the entire surface of the Earth https://www.theeartharchive.com/

Threat and Risk Assessment https://www.3si.ca/3si/services-threat-risk-assessment.html

Influence of Urban Areas on Surface Water Loss in the Contiguous United States https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2021AV000519

A tool to assess livelihood preparedness for disasters: a study of Kaikōura earthquake in New Zealand https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11069-022-05322-x.pdf

Communities to trial innovative ways of adapting to coastal erosion https://www.gov.uk/government/news/communities-to-trial-innovative-ways-of-adapting-to-coastal-erosion

Sponginess and why it matters https://www.arup.com/perspectives/sponginess-and-why-it-matters

Flood hydrology roadmap sets out 25-year vision to help predict and manage flood risk https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/about-us/news/flood-hydrology-roadmap-sets-out-25-year-vision-to-help-predict-and-manage-flood-risk

Chaos theory provides hints for controlling the weather https://www.riken.jp/en/news_pubs/research_news/pr/2022/20220328_2/index.html

Using flood probabilities to improve the effectiveness of the monitoring, reinforcement and maintenance of dikes https://www.deltares.nl/en/news/doctorate-research-using-flood-probabilities-to-improve-the-effectiveness-of-the-monitoring-reinforcement-and-maintenance-of-dikes/

Government of Canada Helps Protect Canadians With Earthquake Early Warning System https://www.canada.ca/en/natural-resources-canada/news/2022/03/government-of-canada-helps-protect-canadians-with-earthquake-early-warning-system.html

Science to guide our relationship with nature https://www.naturalhazards.com.au/news-and-events/news-and-views/science-guide-our-relationship-nature

Quantifying CMIP6 model uncertainties in extreme precipitation projections https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212094722000238

Wildfire contribution to streamflow variability across Australian temperate zone https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0022169422003031

Behavioral Economic Consequences of Disasters: A Basis for Inclusion in Benefit–Cost Analysis https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s41885-022-00107-9.pdf

Rainforest persistence and recruitment after Australia’s 2019–2020 fires in subtropical, temperate, dry and littoral rainforests https://www.publish.csiro.au/bt/BT21091

Deadly ‘Smoke Waves’ From Wildfires Set to Soar https://insideclimatenews.org/news/28032022/smoke-waves-wildfires/

As drought pushes east, more intense wildfires are sparking in new areas https://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/drought-pushes-east-more-intense-wildfires-are-sparking-new-areas

Historic restructuring of flood insurance begins tomorrow https://www.eenews.net/articles/historic-restructuring-of-flood-insurance-begins-tomorrow/

B.C. landslide caused 100-metre-high tsunami, set off earthquake scale: study https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/b-c-landslide-caused-100-metre-high-tsunami-set-off-earthquake-scale-study/ar-AAVGQLZ

Why can floods in Northern Rivers towns like Lismore and Byron Bay come in clusters? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-31/floods-lismore-byron-bay-northern-rivers-why-come-in-clusters/100954926

Losses from flood have been on an upward trend globally https://www.swissre.com/institute/research/sigma-research/sigma-2022-01.html

Counterfactual Analysis is increasingly used in Disaster Risk Management to explore the effectiveness and the value of measures aimed at preventing disasters or mitigating their impacts https://averteddisasteraward.org/2022/03/25/counterfactual-analysis/

Emergency management

All eyes are on China as it attempts to quash its largest COVID-19 outbreaks since the early days of the pandemic https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00884-z

Global vaccination must be swifter https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00809-w

NSW government approves just 377 grants for flood-hit business, despite receiving 8,000 applications https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/29/nsw-government-approves-377-grants-for-flood-hit-business-despite-receiving-8000-applications

The learning vacuum of bushfire public inquiries — a review https://www.themandarin.com.au/185396-the-learning-vacuum-of-bushfire-public-inquiries-a-review/

NDK detects early-stage forest fires in Korea https://roboticscats.com/2022/03/29/ndk-detects-early-stage-forest-fires-in-korea/

GESA – Global Emergency Services Action https://apfmag.mdmpublishing.com/gesa-global-emergency-services-action/

Dire impact from floods in South Sudan as new wet season looms https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/03/1114992

Female wildland firefighters are forging a sisterhood in a field dominated by men https://edition.cnn.com/videos/tv/2022/03/28/represented-kelly-martin.cnn

Assessing distributive inequities in FEMA’s Disaster recovery assistance fund allocation https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420922000747?via%3Dihub

Early warning systems hold the key to disaster management in West Africa https://www.climatechangenews.com/2022/03/07/early-warning-systems-hold-the-key-to-disaster-management-in-west-africa/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Climate Action Board Game https://climaniathegame.com/

Actionable and understandable? Evidence-based recommendations for the design of (multi-) hazard warning messages https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420922001364

Data-driven citizen science changes the way communities deal with flooding https://phys.org/news/2022-03-data-driven-citizen-science.html

Psychology and disasters

Household Hurricane Evacuation Plan Adaptation in Response to Estimated Travel Delay Provided Prior to Departure https://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29NH.1527-6996.0000557

‘Essential for the soul’?: leisure as a flashpoint during COVID-19 lockdowns in Ontario, Canada https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/11745398.2022.2055586

Risk Attitudes to Catastrophic Events: VSL and WTP for Insurance Against Earthquakes https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41885-022-00109-7

Typhoon Risk Perception: A Case Study of Typhoon Lekima in China https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-022-00405-6

Geopolitical factors and mental health https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0020764018808548

‘There’s a cracking’: Residents are broken in Lismore after the NSW town is flooded again https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/31/theres-a-cracking-residents-are-broken-in-lismore-after-the-nsw-town-is-flooded-again

Sociology and disasters

Social influence matters: We follow pandemic guidelines most when our close circle does https://bpspsychub.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjop.12491

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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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