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

Floods leave at least 4 people dead after more than 500 mm of rain in 24 hours, Thailand

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near the coast of Northern California

Malaysia – 16 Dead, 17 Missing After Landslide in Selangor

Brazil – 2 Dead, Dozens Rescued After Floods and Landslides in Santa Catarina

River Murray expected to peak in SA in coming days

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Dec 2022: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Reventador, Kilauea

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sydney hits 2.5 metres of annual rain amid record wet year

Increasingly Sophisticated Climate Models Need the Out-Of-Sample Tests Paleoclimates Provide

Hot Cities, Chilled Economies

Antarctic Ice-Sheet Meltwater Reduces Transient Warming and Climate Sensitivity Through the Sea-Surface Temperature Pattern Effect

Laser scanning reveals potential underestimation of biomass carbon in temperate forest

Year in Review: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in the Energy Transition

Managing water in the Murray-Darling basin in the face of climate change

The implications of climate change for emergency planning

A global dataset of daily maximum and minimum near-surface air temperature at 1 km resolution over land (2003–2020)

When Climate Adaptation Backfires

Miami-Dade County launches first-ever Extreme Heat Action Plan

South Australia’s 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

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

EU’s 2021 greenhouse emissions fell 22% from 2008 peak

COP27 Resilience Hub Synthesis Report

Ten countries making progress in climate change in 2022

NSW to turbocharge transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions

What on Earth is a polar vortex? And what’s global warming got to do with it?

Disaster risk reduction

Use of Hydrological Models in Global Stochastic Flood Modeling

The UK Government Resilience Framework

Building climate resilience requires a whole-of-government approach. Here’s how Louisiana is making it happen

DynQual v1.0: A high-resolution global surface water quality model

The Controversial Plan to Unleash the Mississippi

Sizing up Mauna Loa’s Lava Flows

Study shows how machine learning could predict rare disastrous events, like earthquakes or pandemics

Groundwater Replenishes Much Faster Than Scientists Previously Thought

A comprehensive review of tsunami and palaeotsunami research in Chile

American Flood Coalition Celebrates Final Passage of the FLOODS and PRECIP Acts

Canada Wildfire Bulletin

2022’s US climate disasters, from storms and floods to heat waves and droughts

NSW facing decade-high bushfire risk

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

New Tectonic Plate Model Could Improve Earthquake Risk Assessment

The benefits of collaboration in pursuit of flood resilience

 Emergency management

‘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

Lismore’s flood-affected doctors plead for government support 10 months after disaster

After Hurricane Maria, many Puerto Ricans fled to Florida. Then Ian happened

Accurate water sources for aerial firefighters

Connecticut used disaster aid to rebuild million-dollar homes

Riverland family waits out flooding, protected by makeshift levee around Gurra Gurra home

Rescuers keep stranded kangaroos alive months after Moama flood

Phoenix rises to keep Western Australians safe

 Disaster education, communications and engagement

Resources for Reducing Risk, Building Resilience

Mauna Loa eruption in Hawaii: How to stay safe while visiting volcanoes

NJ Homebuyers, Renters Deserve To Know About Flood Risks, Senator Says

Twitter changed science — what happens now it’s in turmoil?

From ShakeAlert to smartphones: Earthquake Early Warning now and beyond

Psychology and disasters

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

Best Behavior and Environment Studies of 2022

Sociology and disasters

Implications of anomalous relative sea-level rise for the peopling of Remote Oceania

Precipitation anomalies induced by climate change widen inequality by harming the poorest

How does climate change shape inequality, poverty and economic opportunity?


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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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