Today in disaster resilience (7 October 2022)

Please find below links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rain hits flooded parts of central and western NSW

Central African Republic – Floods in 12 Prefectures Leave Thousands Displaced, 11 Dead

USA – Hundreds Rescued From Floods in Florida After Hurricane Ian

Sydney on track for record annual rainfall of 2.2 metres as eastern states brace for flooding

Death toll from Hurricane Ian in U.S. exceeds 110, nearly 300,000 still without power

Thailand – Thousands Displaced by Floods as Rivers Rise

Ghana – Hundreds of Homes Flooded in Greater Accra Region After Weija Dam Releases

Nigeria – Floods in Kogi “Humanitarian Tragedy” Says Governor

Trinidad and Tobago – One Missing After Flash Floods

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Oct 2022: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Reventador

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Shifting ocean currents are pushing more and more heat into the Southern Hemisphere’s cooler waters

Satellites Can Accurately Take Earth’s Temperature

Heat Action Platform

Chief Heat Officers Face Rising Temperatures — and Expectations

Megadroughts in the Common Era and the Anthropocene

Stunning week of early coal closures opens path to 100 pct renewables

Observations confirm model of sea-level change from Greenland melt

Hurricane Ian: how climate change is making North Atlantic tropical storms worse

Flooding ‘Calamity’ in Pakistan Prompts Call for Reparations

Ancient ice age valleys offer clues to future ice sheet change

New oil and gas at odds with green goals

Solar and wind farms can hurt the environment. A new study offers solutions

Megadroughts helped topple ancient empires. We’ve found their traces in Australia’s past, and expect more to come

US wind, solar tripled over the past decade: analysis

Northern Hemisphere’s extreme summer drought ‘virtually impossible’ without human-made climate change

Seasonal land-ice-flow variability in the Antarctic Peninsula

Climate simulation more realistic with Artificial Intelligence

Disaster risk reduction

Time-dependent decrease in fault strength in the 2011–2016 Ibaraki–Fukushima earthquake sequence

Raising Warragamba Dam wall could save thousands: NSW government modelling

4 innovations that can be part of India and Bangladesh’s flood defences

UTSA researchers bolstering historic properties along Gulf Coast to withstand hurricanes

A New Study Finds U.S. Future Floods Becoming More Frequent, Wider Spread, Yet Less Seasonal

Hurricane Ian: forecasting of the coastal storm surge

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet declares raising Warragamba Dam wall a ‘critical’ project to fund

Warragamba Dam: what’s driving the NSW government’s bid to raise the wall?

An Integrated Framework for the Quantification of Road Network Seismic Vulnerability and Accessibility to Critical Services

Flood warnings have improved, but struggle to keep pace with a climate-wrecked environment

Automatically detecting avalanches in satellite images

Wildfire imagery reduces risk information-seeking among homeowners as property wildfire risk increases

Fighting wildfire with GPS data

Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development

NSW government document changed to make impacts of raising Warragamba Dam wall ‘less definite’

Emergency management

More flooding on the way as BOM forecasts heavy rain from Northern Territory to Tasmania

Map of land flooded in Florida by Hurricane Ian

Ian is 6th-deadliest U.S. hurricane since 1980, and may be Florida’s deadliest since 1935

Is COVID-19 hurting your heart? A new study finds cardiac muscle damage in COVID patients

Global population skews male, but UN projects parity between sexes by 2050

Will there be a COVID winter wave? What scientists say

Hurricane Ian flooded a hospital and forced evacuations from dozens of nursing homes – many health facilities face rising risks from severe storms

Hurricane Ian’s Aftermath: A Rising Death Toll and Questions About Preparedness

Was The Forecast For Hurricane Ian Bad? Depends On Your Perspective

Devastation in Pakistan: Deadly floods displace millions

Pakistani PM says he should not have to beg for help after catastrophic floods

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Life-Saving Landslide Risk Communication in Puerto Rico

Climate teachers: rural women in Uganda trained their village to resist floods

Psychology and disasters

Hurricane Ian survivor in Naples: ‘We will never come back to Florida’

Agent-based models of human response to natural hazards: systematic review of tsunami evacuation

COVID has taken a greater toll on mental health among people from ethnic minorities – sadly this is no surprise

Sociology and disasters

Mountain Resilience: A Systematic Literature Review and Paths to the Future–A-Systematic-Literature-Review-and-Paths-to/10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-21-00044.1.full

How Hurricane Ian and other disasters are becoming a growing source of inequality – even among the middle class


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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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