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

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

Australia – Evacuations After More Floods in New South Wales

Strong M7.0 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

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

The floods and the advent of the climate emergency

Queensland’s proposed coal mines would double emissions, report suggests

How Freaked Out Should We Be About That Antarctica Ice-Shelf Collapse?

Severity and sweep of Prairie droughts could spiral as climate changes

Storm surges, rising sea levels and beach erosion could threaten $25 billion worth of Australian residential properties over the next 30 years

Coastal home buyers are ignoring rising flood risks, despite clear warnings and rising insurance premiums

Atmospheric blocking and weather extremes over the Euro-Atlantic sector – a review

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?

On verge of record drought, East Africa grapples with new climate normal

Wind and solar generated 10% of global electricity for the first time in 2021, a new analysis shows

Trends in Europe storm surge extremes match the rate of sea-level rise

New, faster method to measure global warming shows no acceleration or slowdown

Rising Sea Levels, Storm Surges and Heavy Rainfall: Outlining the Impacts of Climate Change on Flood Risk in Denmark

Tasmania’s forests are burning more as climate change dries them out. Our old tools can’t fight these new fires

Meltwater drainage, break-away icebergs linked at shrinking Helheim Glacier

Disaster risk reduction

Novel framework for assessing long-term flood risk management pathways focusing on river channel improvement and amenity policies

Improving flash flood risk assessment using a simple approach for extreme rainfall scaling and storms transposition

Storm surge contributions to flood hazards on Canada’s Atlantic Coast

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

UN weather agency to spearhead 5 year early warning plan, boosting climate action

LiDAR scan the entire surface of the Earth

Threat and Risk Assessment

Influence of Urban Areas on Surface Water Loss in the Contiguous United States

A tool to assess livelihood preparedness for disasters: a study of Kaikōura earthquake in New Zealand

Communities to trial innovative ways of adapting to coastal erosion

Sponginess and why it matters

Flood hydrology roadmap sets out 25-year vision to help predict and manage flood risk

Chaos theory provides hints for controlling the weather

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

Science to guide our relationship with nature

Quantifying CMIP6 model uncertainties in extreme precipitation projections

Wildfire contribution to streamflow variability across Australian temperate zone

Behavioral Economic Consequences of Disasters: A Basis for Inclusion in Benefit–Cost Analysis

Rainforest persistence and recruitment after Australia’s 2019–2020 fires in subtropical, temperate, dry and littoral rainforests

Deadly ‘Smoke Waves’ From Wildfires Set to Soar

As drought pushes east, more intense wildfires are sparking in new areas

Historic restructuring of flood insurance begins tomorrow

B.C. landslide caused 100-metre-high tsunami, set off earthquake scale: study

Why can floods in Northern Rivers towns like Lismore and Byron Bay come in clusters?

Losses from flood have been on an upward trend globally

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

Emergency management

All eyes are on China as it attempts to quash its largest COVID-19 outbreaks since the early days of the pandemic

Global vaccination must be swifter

NSW government approves just 377 grants for flood-hit business, despite receiving 8,000 applications

The learning vacuum of bushfire public inquiries — a review

NDK detects early-stage forest fires in Korea

GESA – Global Emergency Services Action

Dire impact from floods in South Sudan as new wet season looms

Female wildland firefighters are forging a sisterhood in a field dominated by men

Assessing distributive inequities in FEMA’s Disaster recovery assistance fund allocation

Early warning systems hold the key to disaster management in West Africa

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Climate Action Board Game

Actionable and understandable? Evidence-based recommendations for the design of (multi-) hazard warning messages

Data-driven citizen science changes the way communities deal with flooding

Psychology and disasters

Household Hurricane Evacuation Plan Adaptation in Response to Estimated Travel Delay Provided Prior to Departure

‘Essential for the soul’?: leisure as a flashpoint during COVID-19 lockdowns in Ontario, Canada

Risk Attitudes to Catastrophic Events: VSL and WTP for Insurance Against Earthquakes

Typhoon Risk Perception: A Case Study of Typhoon Lekima in China

Geopolitical factors and mental health

‘There’s 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


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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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