Today in disaster resilience (3 February 2023)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

California battles deadly storms with millions under flood watch

Philippines – 17 Dead, 70,000 Displaced After Days of Storms, Rain and Floods

Colombia – Deadly Flash Floods in Medellín, Antioquia

Indonesia – Sumatra Island Floods Leave 3 Dead and 15,000 Homes Damaged

Philippines – Death Toll Rises After Further Floods and Landslides

Mali – Flooding Rivers Destroy Homes and Livelihoods in Mopti and Tombouctou Regions

Auckland floods: More heavy rain ahead for New Zealand’s largest city

Zambia – “Catastrophic Situation” After Floods Hit Southern and Central Provinces

Indonesia – 5 Killed in North Sulawesi Floods and Landslides

Madagascar – Tropical Storm Cheneso Leaves 30 Dead, 40,000 Displaced

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Feb 2023: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Ocean heat shatters record with warming equal to 5 atomic bombs exploding “every second” for a year

Ancient air trapped deep below the surface could unlock secrets of the Earth’s past and help understand what lies ahead as CO2 in the atmosphere keeps rising

Don’t wait for COP: the end of the fossil-fuel age must start now

Three issues will decide if Labor’s climate policy is a success – what the government does next is key

Past eight years confirmed to be the eight warmest on record

Regionalizing the sea-level budget with machine learning techniques

Modeled storm surge changes in a warmer world: the Last Interglacial

Warning of unprecedented heatwaves as El Niño set to return in 2023

Inter-decadal climate variability induces differential ice response along Pacific-facing West Antarctica

New report shows alarming changes in the entire global water cycle

Is carbon removal delaying emission reductions?

Extreme weather events to increase in Australia

Earth is on track to exceed 1.5C warming in the next decade, study using AI finds

new study finds the biggest increases in inundation will occur after the first 2 metres (6.6 feet) of sea level rise, covering more than twice as much land as older elevation models predicted

A new study conducted with data from 93 European cities estimates that one third of deaths attributable to heat islands could be avoided if trees covered 30% of urban space

Climate change is already putting the heat on insurance companies – Auckland’s floods could be a turning point

Megadroughts in the Common Era and the Anthropocene

Auckland suffers wettest month in history

Data-driven predictions of the time remaining until critical global warming thresholds are reached

Disaster risk reduction

The USGS has collected and released topographic data that show the erosional effects of the January 2023 storms on the coast for the Santa Cruz region of California

A year on, we know why the Tongan eruption was so violent. It’s a wake-up call to watch other submarine volcanoes

MedCyclones: Working together towards understanding Mediterranean cyclones

A more realistic earthquake probability model using long-term fault memory

A data-driven model for Fennoscandian wildfire danger

Disastrous Floods in Western Australia – Why Were We Not Prepared?

Trees and Woodlands Delivering £400m Boost to UK’s Flood Protection Efforts, Study Finds

As heatwaves and floods hit cities worldwide, these places are pioneering solutions

Earth Map: A Novel Tool for Fast Performance of Advanced Land Monitoring and Climate Assessment

Observation of the Coastal Areas, Estuaries and Deltas from Space

Why rivers shouldn’t look like this

Creating Resilient Futures: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change Adaptation Agendas

Europe had 782 tornados in 2022, causing 6 fatalities and 84 injuries

The world is not ready for the next pandemic, warns the IFRC

Fast Flood Extent Monitoring with SAR Change Detection Using Google Earth Engine

Emergency management

Mayor wants a fleet manager, but Council members say hiring a disaster manager is more urgent

With the advent of the 20th anniversary of the Canberra 2003 deadly blaze, many residents reflect on their own narrow escapes and continue to raise questions about why there hadn’t been an adequate warning system

Auckland floods: city begins clean-up after ‘biggest climate event’ in New Zealand’s history

The inaugural meeting of the Australian Government and insurance sector’s Hazards Insurance Partnership (HIP) will be held in Brisbane today

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Responses to heat waves: what can Twitter data tell us?

Dealing with risks associated with tsunamis using indigenous knowledge approaches

At Fitzroy Crossing and around Australia, community radio empowers local responses to climate impacts

Theatre making and storytelling on the margins: the lived experience of climate change in Dhaka

Non-formal disaster education programs for school students in Iran: A qualitative study of the challenges experienced by stakeholders

Social media and crowdsourcing in disasters

Latest global social media & other digital facts and figures

Psychology and disasters

The relationship between multiple traumatic events and the severity of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms – evidence for a cognitive link

Homeowner firewise behaviors in fire-prone central Oregon: An exploration of the attitudinal, situational, and cultural worldviews impacting pre-fire mitigation actions

To prepare or not to prepare: What motivates people to reduce their risk from volcanic impacts?

For some, life after Ian is ‘more tragic than the hurricane itself’

Sociology and disasters

In Iloilo City, Philippines, an Inclusive Housing Program Protects Vulnerable Communities from Flood Risks

People in social housing often face hottest conditions and struggle to pay for air conditioning, advocates say

Global state of education-related inequality in COVID-19 vaccine coverage, structural barriers, vaccine hesitancy, and vaccine refusal: findings from the Global COVID-19 Trends and Impact Survey

We cannot address global water challenges without social sciences


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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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