Today in disaster resilience (13 January 2023)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Menindee experiencing worst flooding since 1976

Record flooding in Kimberley causes widespread destruction to homes and infrastructure

Flooding closes Mannum’s main street as peak River Murray flow passes through SA town

Indonesia – Deadly Flash Floods on Java Island

Angola – Heavy Rains Cause Death and Damages in 5 Provinces

No risk of tsunami after Darwin, Northern Territory shaken by magnitude-7.7 earthquake

Bushfire near Lake Pedder in ‘mop-up stage’ as fire authorities brace for coming heatwave

Endless onslaught of atmospheric river events in California claim 14 lives, residents urged to be hyper-vigilant

Alice Springs’ usually dry Todd River flowing strong thanks to rain from ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie

Crushed by falling trees. Drowned in floodwaters. The deadly toll of California storms worsens

Colombia – Massive Landslide Destroys Homes, Cuts Major Road in Cauca

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Jan 2023: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Semeru, Marapi

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia could swing from three years of La Niña to hot and dry El Niño in 2023

Low amount of snow across Alps in 2022-23 winter;10.16;6&l=snow

Debunking 3 Common Climate Change Myths

Global temperatures in 2023 set to be among hottest on record

Half of glaciers will be gone by 2100 even under Paris 1.5C accord, study finds

Warming climate means more and stronger Atlantic tropical storms

Climate change: Why is Europe experiencing a January heat wave?

Large-scale dynamics moderate impact-relevant changes to organised convective storms

Scientists Report a Dramatic Drop in the Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice

More than 90% of the world’s population is projected to face increased risks from the compound impacts of extreme heat and drought, potentially widening social inequalities

Relentless rain, record heat: study finds climate crisis worsened extreme weather

Climate Change in 2022: Multiple Billion-Dollar Disasters and Unbearable Human Costs

Summer 2022 was the hottest on record for Europe and, overall, last year was the second warmest year on record for Europe, while globally it was the fifth warmest

This report assesses the social and economic effects of extreme heat through the prism of twelve cities that are already enduring and addressing dramatic impacts of heat waves

Australian official: Climate change making historic flooding “less natural”

NSW coal mine’s life could reach past 2050

Chief Heat Officers — an Emergency Response to Urban Heat

Climate change and La Niña driving losses

An emerging governmentality of climate change loss and damage

World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency 2022

2022: New Zealand’s warmest year on record, again

Better insurance could effectively mitigate the increase in economic growth losses from U.S. hurricanes under global warming

Extreme weather has cost the US more than $1 trillion in the past seven years, feds report

Oceans were the hottest ever recorded in 2022, analysis shows

Global droughts connected by linkages between drought hubs

Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective

New tech to monitor climate change

2022 was one of Earth’s six warmest years on record

Climate change and extreme weather events have doctors worried

Four ways winter heatwaves affect humans and nature

Disaster risk reduction

It is 20 years since the 2003 Alpine fires tore through much of the Victorian high country

Neglecting Model Parametric Uncertainty Can Drastically Underestimate Flood Risks

Louisiana’s draft coastal master plan update promises billions in hurricane-damage savings

Coastal risk screening tool

The interplay of drought-flood extreme events in Africa

Natural and engineered nature-based structures offer promise for storm-related disaster risk reduction and flood mitigation

The fiscal impact of extreme weather events: First evidence for EU countries

Venice: the risk maps of the flood-prone areas

When volcanoes roar: protecting the public and tracking long-term climate impacts

Joshimath, a disaster of ignored warnings

Global catastrophic risk from lower magnitude volcanic eruptions

Europe’s ‘pyroregions’: summer 2022 saw 20-year freak fires in regions that are historically immune, close to normal in fire prone areas

Home insurance premium rises by more than 500 per cent for Horsham man with property outside flood zone

Flooding Is Nearly a Daily Occurrence Throughout the U.S.

Deep learning can predict tsunami impacts in less than a second

For insurers, the second-costliest single natural hazard related disaster in 2022 in the world was flooding in the southeast of Australia in February and March. Floods in Australia caused losses of US$ 8.1bn last year, of which US$ 4.7bn was insured

Maluku earthquake: why do some ocean earthquakes cause tsunamis while others don’t?

Researchers propose a more effective method to predict floods

Preparedness efforts for health threats: the gap between detection and action

The Invention of Disaster: Power and Knowledge in Discourses on Hazard and Vulnerability

San Francisco isn’t doing enough to stop supercharged floods

Grain shape effects in bed load sediment transport

Flooding in California: What Went Wrong, and What Comes Next

An Enhanced Hydrologic Stream Network Based on the NHDPlus Medium Resolution Dataset

Sensitivity of northwest Australian tropical cyclone activity to ITCZ migration since 500 CE

Understanding uncertainties in contemporary and future extreme wave events for broad-scale impact and adaptation planning

Climatic Asynchrony and Hydrologic Inefficiency Explain the Global Pattern of Water Availability

Atmospheric rivers over California’s wildfire burn scars raise fears of deadly mudslides – this is what cascading climate disasters look like

Emergency management

Survey: 3.3 million US adults displaced by natural disasters

‘They’ve been texting us for food’: remote communities left ‘abandoned’ in Kimberley flood response

PM seeing devastation of WA flooding

Uganda edges closer to being declared Ebola-free

Long Covid resolves within year for many with mild Covid, study says

98% of California homeowners don’t have flood insurance

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Top climate papers featured in the media in 2022

Why facts don’t change minds: Insights from cognitive science for the improved communication of conservation research

Tokyo police’s Twitter account for disaster info turns 10 years old

Cultural Burning for Resilience | The Mini-Documentary

Reducing risk and building resilience through effective governance

‘Breaking the Silence’: The 10 most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2022

Changing behavioral responses to heat risk in a warming world: How can communication approaches be improved?

Psychology and disasters

Uncovering heterogeneous associations of disaster-related traumatic experiences with subsequent mental health problems: A machine learning approach

The Adverse Health Effects of Disaster-Related Trauma

Massive review study suggests psychological trauma nearly triples a person’s risk of mental disorder

Sociology and disasters

The Anthropology of Epidemics

Majority of disabled people never go home after disasters

Why Pacific Islanders are staying put even as rising seas flood their homes and crops

Forgotten people, false promises: Stories of riverbank erosion in Assam

The compounding impacts of Cyclone Idai and their implications for urban inequality


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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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