Today in disaster resilience (23 December 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

When and where the River Murray flooding is expected to peak in South Australia’s Riverland https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-12-17/river-murray-flooding-modelling-expected-peak/101771408

Floods leave at least 4 people dead after more than 500 mm of rain in 24 hours, Thailand https://watchers.news/2022/12/20/floods-leave-at-least-4-people-dead-after-more-than-500-mm-19-7-inches-of-rain-in-24-hours-thailand/

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near the coast of Northern California https://watchers.news/2022/12/20/strong-and-shallow-m6-4-earthquake-hits-near-the-coast-of-northern-california/

Malaysia – 16 Dead, 17 Missing After Landslide in Selangor https://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-landslide-batangkali-selangor-december-2022

Brazil – 2 Dead, Dozens Rescued After Floods and Landslides in Santa Catarina https://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-santa-catarina-december-2022

River Murray expected to peak in SA in coming days https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/news-hub/news/articles/2022/12/river-murray-expected-to-peak-in-sa-in-coming-days

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Dec 2022: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Reventador, Kilauea https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/199731/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Dec-2022-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Reventador-Kilauea-.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sydney hits 2.5 metres of annual rain amid record wet year https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/sydney-hits-25-metres-of-annual-rain-amid-record-wet-year/992866

Increasingly Sophisticated Climate Models Need the Out-Of-Sample Tests Paleoclimates Provide https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2022MS003389

Hot Cities, Chilled Economies https://onebillionresilient.org/hot-cities-chilled-economies-bangkok/

Antarctic Ice-Sheet Meltwater Reduces Transient Warming and Climate Sensitivity Through the Sea-Surface Temperature Pattern Effect https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2022GL101249

Laser scanning reveals potential underestimation of biomass carbon in temperate forest https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2688-8319.12197

Year in Review: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in the Energy Transition https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/year-in-review%3A-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-in-the-energy-transition

Managing water in the Murray-Darling basin in the face of climate change https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-12-20/how-to-manage-water-as-climate-extremes-deepen/101769978

The implications of climate change for emergency planning https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420922006446

A global dataset of daily maximum and minimum near-surface air temperature at 1 km resolution over land (2003–2020) https://essd.copernicus.org/articles/14/5637/2022/

When Climate Adaptation Backfires https://discovermagazine.com/environment/when-climate-adaptation-backfires

Miami-Dade County launches first-ever Extreme Heat Action Plan https://www.cbsnews.com/miami/news/miami-dade-county-launches-first-ever-extreme-heat-action-plan/

South Australia’s remarkable 100 per cent renewables run extends to over 10 days https://reneweconomy.com.au/south-australias-remarkable-100-per-cent-renewables-run-extends-to-over-10-days/

Incorporating non-stationarity from climate change into rainfall frequency and intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) curves https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0022169422013270

Rooftop solar is eating coal and gas markets in every mainland state https://reneweconomy.com.au/rooftop-solar-is-eating-coal-and-gas-markets-in-every-mainland-state/

Argentina’s record-breaking 2022 heatwave made ‘60 times more likely’ by climate change https://www.carbonbrief.org/argentinas-record-breaking-2022-heatwave-made-60-times-more-likely-by-climate-change/

EU’s 2021 greenhouse emissions fell 22% from 2008 peak https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/eus-2021-greenhouse-emissions-fell-22-2008-peak-2022-12-21/

COP27 Resilience Hub Synthesis Report https://cop-resilience-hub.org/cop27-synthesis-report/

Ten countries making progress in climate change in 2022 https://undp-climate.exposure.co/10-countries-making-progress-on-climate-action-in-2022

NSW to turbocharge transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-to-turbocharge-transition-to-net-zero-greenhouse-gas-emissions-20221222-p5c89b.html

What on Earth is a polar vortex? And what’s global warming got to do with it? https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/12/what-on-earth-is-a-polar-vortex-and-whats-global-warming-got-to-do-with-it/

Disaster risk reduction

Use of Hydrological Models in Global Stochastic Flood Modeling https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2022WR032743

The UK Government Resilience Framework https://www.gov.uk//government/publications/the-uk-government-resilience-framework

Building climate resilience requires a whole-of-government approach. Here’s how Louisiana is making it happen https://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2022/12/01/climate-resilience-whole-of-government-approach-louisiana/

DynQual v1.0: A high-resolution global surface water quality model https://gmd.copernicus.org/preprints/gmd-2022-222/

The Controversial Plan to Unleash the Mississippi https://hakaimagazine.com/features/the-controversial-plan-to-unleash-the-mississippi/

Sizing up Mauna Loa’s Lava Flows https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/150736/sizing-up-mauna-loas-lava-flows

Study shows how machine learning could predict rare disastrous events, like earthquakes or pandemics https://www.brown.edu/news/2022-12-19/extreme-events

Groundwater Replenishes Much Faster Than Scientists Previously Thought https://eos.org/research-spotlights/groundwater-replenishes-much-faster-than-scientists-previously-thought

A comprehensive review of tsunami and palaeotsunami research in Chile https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012825222003579

American Flood Coalition Celebrates Final Passage of the FLOODS and PRECIP Acts https://floodcoalition.org/press/floods-and-precip-acts-press-release/

Canada Wildfire Bulletin https://www.canadawildfire.org/so/03OKhRQ_h

2022’s US climate disasters, from storms and floods to heat waves and droughts https://theconversation.com/2022s-us-climate-disasters-from-storms-and-floods-to-heat-waves-and-droughts-196713

NSW facing decade-high bushfire risk https://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw-facing-decade-high-bushfire-232940617.html

Dam Floods, Failures and Disasters in 2022 https://sandrp.in/2022/12/17/dam-floods-failures-and-disasters-in-2022/

This review assesses the effectiveness of preparedness activities and the response to the South East Queensland rainfall and flooding event of February-March 2022 https://www.igem.qld.gov.au/sites/default/files/2022-10/PROTECTED%20SEQ%20Rainfall%20and%20Flooding%20Reviewreduced_0.pdf

New Tectonic Plate Model Could Improve Earthquake Risk Assessment https://eos.org/research-spotlights/new-tectonic-plate-model-could-improve-earthquake-risk-assessment

The benefits of collaboration in pursuit of flood resilience https://floodresilience.net/blogs/flood-resilience-collaboration-benefits/

 Emergency management

‘A big rejigging of the system’: the NSW communities dealing with the ‘slow torture’ of inundated land https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/dec/10/a-big-rejigging-of-the-system-the-nsw-communities-dealing-with-the-slow-torture-of-inundated-land

Blue-green algae behind bad smell at Lake Bonney after levee cuts it from River Murray https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-12-20/algae-bloom-appears-at-lake-bonney-during-flooding-emergency/101790824

Lismore’s flood-affected doctors plead for government support 10 months after disaster https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-12-19/doctors-lismore-floods-health-services-lack-government-support/101787126

After Hurricane Maria, many Puerto Ricans fled to Florida. Then Ian happened https://grist.org/cities/after-hurricane-maria-many-puerto-ricans-fled-to-florida-then-ian-happened/

Accurate water sources for aerial firefighters https://www.naturalhazards.com.au/news-and-events/news-and-views/accurate-water-sources-aerial-firefighters

Connecticut used disaster aid to rebuild million-dollar homes https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/eenews/2022/12/21/investigation-connecticut-used-disaster-aid-to-rebuild-million-dollar-homes-ee-00074134

Riverland family waits out flooding, protected by makeshift levee around Gurra Gurra home https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-12-22/great-wall-of-gurra-gurra-protecting-riverland-family-from-flood/101798994

Rescuers keep stranded kangaroos alive months after Moama flood https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-12-20/rescuers-keep-kangaroo-mob-stranded-in-floodwater-moama-alive/101770060

Phoenix rises to keep Western Australians safe https://nema.gov.au/about-us/media-centre/phoenix-aircraft-221222

 Disaster education, communications and engagement

Resources for Reducing Risk, Building Resilience https://www.usgs.gov/science/science-explorer/natural-hazards/reduce-risk-building-resilience

Mauna Loa eruption in Hawaii: How to stay safe while visiting volcanoes https://theconversation.com/mauna-loa-eruption-in-hawaii-how-to-stay-safe-while-visiting-volcanoes-196636

NJ Homebuyers, Renters Deserve To Know About Flood Risks, Senator Says https://patch.com/new-jersey/montclair/nj-homebuyers-renters-deserve-know-flood-risks-senator-says

Twitter changed science — what happens now it’s in turmoil? https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-04506-6

From ShakeAlert to smartphones: Earthquake Early Warning now and beyond https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/earthquake-early-warning-google-myshake-shakealert-update-14780/

Psychology and disasters

Disaster fatigue: how nine floods in six months have taken a toll on a NSW farming community https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/27/disaster-fatigue-how-nine-floods-in-six-months-have-taken-a-toll-on-a-nsw-farming-community

‘This might be my last day’: surviving the wall of water that hit Eugowra https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/dec/21/this-might-be-my-last-day-surviving-the-wall-of-water-that-hit-eugowra

Best Behavior and Environment Studies of 2022 https://rare.org/blog/best-behavior-and-environment-studies-of-2022/

Sociology and disasters

Implications of anomalous relative sea-level rise for the peopling of Remote Oceania https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2210863119

Precipitation anomalies induced by climate change widen inequality by harming the poorest https://new.cepr.org/voxeu/columns/precipitation-anomalies-induced-climate-change-widen-inequality-harming-poorest

How does climate change shape inequality, poverty and economic opportunity? https://www.economicsobservatory.com/how-does-climate-change-shape-inequality-poverty-and-economic-opportunity

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NeilDufty

I am a Principal at Water Technology Pty Ltd, an Australian-based coastal, environment and natural hazards company - see https://www.watertech.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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