Today in disaster resilience (10 March 2023)

A list of links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Malaysia – 30,000 Displaced by Floods in Johor, Pahang, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan

Gulf of Carpentaria communities enduring biggest floods in decade brace for further heavy rain

Properties under threat as emergency alert level bushfire spreads amid punishing NSW heatwave

Powerful winter storm hits U.S., leaving at least 13 people dead and over 3 million without power, U.S.

Tropical Cyclone “Freddy” — The longest-lived and one-of-a-kind tropical cyclone in history

Brazil – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Northern Paraná

Indonesia – Heavy Rain Triggers Deadly Landslide in Riau Islands

School bus swept into river near Batchelor, south of Darwin, three students rescued

Out-of-control bushfire burning more than 15,000ha continues to spread near Hill End, NSW

Heavy rains produced by Cyclone Yaku cause severe flooding and landslides in western Ecuador

Heavy downpour leads to severe flooding in Accra, Ghana

Wet season delivers welcome rain for Barkly and Top End cattle stations, despite floods

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Mar 2023: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

EV battery recycler hits 95% recovery rate in world-first collection program

‘Everyone should be concerned’: Antarctic sea ice reaches lowest levels ever recorded

NSW government called out on net zero goal as own data projects coal and gas emissions until 2050

Beat the Heat

Gas could make up one-third of Victoria’s climate pollution by 2035: report

Fossil fuels kill more people than Covid. Why are we so blind to the harms of oil and gas?

Revealed: 1,000 super-emitting methane leaks risk triggering climate tipping points

With global warming of just 1.2°C, why has the weather gotten so extreme?

Variability conceals emerging trend in 100yr projections of UK local hourly rainfall extremes

Climate change to cost Germany up to 900 billion euros by 2050 – study

Threat of rising seas to Asian megacities could be way worse than we thought, study warns

Intense Downpours in the UK Will Increase Due to Climate Change Says New Study

Disaster risk reduction

Who should pay when development causes floods?

Dam engineers criticised for 2011 Brisbane floods defend handling, say governments need to act on planning regulations

A new review of the UN’s disaster prevention framework finds more than half of countries are still lacking fit-for-purpose risk monitoring systems

Inferring the depth and magnitude of pre-instrumental earthquakes from intensity attenuation curves

River hydraulic modeling with ICESat-2 land and water surface elevation

Introducing the GRRIEn Analysis Framework: Defining standards for reproducible and robust supervised learning of earth surface processes at large spatial scales

For the first time, scientists have a high-resolution model of how today’s geophysical landscapes were created and how millions of tonnes of sediment have flowed to the oceans

When summer turned extreme: A statistical analysis of New Zealand’s remarkable summer of 2022/23

Digital technologies that allow experts to better predict future city environments may be a key tool in sustainable urban design

A Monte Carlo simulation and sensitivity analysis framework demonstrating the advantages of probabilistic forecasting over deterministic forecasting in terms of flood warning reliability

Without cross-border flood alerts, disaster risk grows in Nepal

The London neighbourhoods that could flood as Environment Agency issues warning after snow and rain

What Turkey’s earthquake tells us about the science of seismic forecasting

Emergency management

More than $7.2 million in grants has been made available for 32 projects aimed at rebuilding flood damaged arts, culture and recreation infrastructure assets

Targeted funding is now available to repair, restore and enhance First Nations-owned social and cultural assets damaged last year in the February and June floods

Heart of the community soars after Black Summer bushfires

New South Wales flood affected sports facilities, programs, and sporting organisations will get a share of $36 million to get community sport back on the field

California nurses slam state decision to roll back COVID-19 requirements in health care settings

Cyclone Gabrielle Broke Vital Communication Links When People Needed Them Most – What Happened and How Do We Fix It?

Australia sending rapid response team, HMAS Canberra to assist clean-up after ‘evil twin’ cyclones smash Vanuatu

New Zealand – Insurers Expect Auckland Flood Claims to Exceed $1 Billion NZ

Long Covid is associated with significantly increased risk of death, heart and lung problems, study finds

The red and yellow sticker dilemma – how do we balance safety with the desire to return home after a disaster?

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Crowdsourced Reports Can Quickly Identify an Earthquake’s Impact

Knowing The Australian Fire Danger Ratings Could Save Your Life

Disaster Distress Memory Game

Psychology and disasters

One year on from the 2022 QLD and NSW floods

Disaster response and recovery must include mental health support plan

Sociology and disasters

Morality in the Pandemic

Changes in corporate social responsibility activity during a pandemic: The case of COVID-19

Public administration in disasters: Integrating emergency management into jail and prison preparedness

Vietnamese women leading the way on flood resilience

On International Women’s Day 2023, we celebrate those who are forging women’s equality in all walks of life


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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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