Today in disaster resilience (21 April 2023)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

7 fatalities, 6 missing after widespread floods hit Tanzania

Wildfires along French-Spanish border force hundreds to evacuate

Ukraine – Floods in 8 Regions Impact Hundreds of Households

Massive landslide caused by lightning hits Pakistan, burying about two dozen trucks

Rapidly melting snow causes widespread flooding in Minnesota, U.S.

Tornadoes kill 3 in central US; new storms possible Thursday

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Apr 2023: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Ibu, Dukono

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Is sea-level rise exaggerated?

Disaster risk is magnified by climate change; it can increase the hazard while at the same time decreasing the resilience of households and communities

El Nino watch has been issued by NOAA

How is climate change affecting wildfires? Expert discusses link, concerns

Drastic climate action is the best course for economic growth, new study finds

Antarctica’s heart of ice has skipped a beat. Time to take our medicine

Wave Climate Variability and Trends in Tuvalu Based on a 44-Year High-Resolution Wave Hindcast

The next El Niño: when is it coming and how strong might this one be for Australia?

Human-induced weakening of the Northern Hemisphere tropical circulation

Florida lawmakers set aside $2.5M to buy out homes on St. Johns County beach with severe erosion

AGL juggles closure times as NSW waves goodbye to Australia’s oldest coal plant

Ocean conditions in uncharted territory as water temperatures reach record high

New Research Sparks Concerns That Ocean Circulation Will Collapse

Sprawling heat wave envelops large swath of Asia

More Heat Waves and fewer Cold Waves are the new normal in India

Faster than forecast, climate impacts trigger tipping points in the Earth system

Accelerating melt of ice sheets now ‘unmistakable’

‘Frightening’: record-busting heat and drought hit Europe in 2022

European State of the Climate 2022

Fear and Wonder podcast: how climate change is affecting rainfall, droughts and floods

Killer heatwaves endanger India’s development

Disaster risk reduction

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

A dive into the deep past reveals Indigenous burning helped suppress bushfires 10,000 years ago

Dynamic World, Near real-time global 10 m land use land cover mapping

The quest to build wildfire-resistant homes

The evolution of Australian island geographies and the emergence and persistence of Indigenous maritime cultures

Breakthrough fix identified for earthquake-prone buildings

Deep time spatio-temporal data analysis using pyGPlates with PlateTectonicTools and GPlately

Ancient Earth globe

Emergency management

Lessons observed: Looking back on decades of emergency management

An inventory tool to assess displacement data in the context of weather and climate-related events

Geographies of COVID-19

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Exploring Temporal and Multilingual Dynamics of Post-Disaster Social Media Discourse: A Case of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident

State agency requests community input for Hawaii’s hazard mitigation plan

Psychology and disasters

The importance of mental health care in emergency management highlighted by Tony’s Trek

Physical and mental health status of women in disaster-affected areas in Bangladesh

What buffered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on depression? A longitudinal study of caregivers of school aged children in Ireland

Building resilience to the mental health impacts of climate change in rural Australia

CAPE Vulnerability Index

Sociology and disasters

Just adaptation and the role of social capital

Rural communities challenges and ResilientSEE: Case studies from disasters in Florida, Puerto Rico, and North Carolina

The wider the gap between rich and poor the higher the flood mortality

An exploratory study on the life recovery experiences of flood affected farmers in South Punjab-Pakistan

Revealing Naarm: Interactive map reveals hidden Indigenous histories of major sites

Cyclone Ilsa: how disasters, the housing crisis and underinsurance can conspire to worsen inequality

The double burden of inequality and flood losses

How social infrastructure saves lives: a quantitative analysis of Japan’s 3/11 disasters

Natural Hazards, Social Policy, and Electoral Performance: Evidence from the 2017 Earthquake in Mexico City


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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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