Today in disaster resilience (19 May 2023)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Myanmar, Bangladesh and India – Thousands Evacuate as Powerful Tropical Cyclone ‘Mocha’ Makes Landfall

Croatia – Flooding in Multiple Counties After Record Rain, Authorities on Alert as Rivers Rise

Ethiopia – Flooding Continues in Several Regions, Displacing Thousands and Threatening Food Security

Devastating floods in Italy claim lives and leave thousands homeless

B.C. residents pack bags as wildfires rage

Italy – (Updated) 8 Dead After More Flooding in Emilia-Romagna

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 May 2023: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Reventador

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Flooding Rivers Damage Homes and Impact Livelihoods

Somalia – Flooding Displaces Thousands, Prompts Urgent Humanitarian Response

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Flood risks remain as B.C. heat wave smashes temperature records

Hybrid forecasting: blending climate predictions with AI models

Oceans have been absorbing the world’s extra heat. But there’s a huge payback National Integrated Heat Health Information System

Change in Antarctic ice shelf area from 2009 to 2019

The effect of uncertainties in natural forcing records on simulated temperature during the last millennium

Green energy flag-bearer South Australia says gas must ‘stand behind’ renewable switch

The Link Between the Madden-Julian Oscillation and Rainfall Trends in Northwest Australia

Exploring risks and benefits of overshooting a 1.5 °C carbon budget over space and time

Coping with climate shocks: Ecosystems versus economic systems

U.S. heat wave frequency and length are increasing

May 2023 ENSO update: El Niño knocking on the door

World’s biggest carbon capture plant running at one third capacity, Chevron Australia reveals

French activists protest climate crisis with fire

Global warming to bring record hot year by 2028 – probably our first above 1.5°C limit

Taking the Pulse of Global Change with World Heritage Data Sets

April Heat Wave in South Asia Made 30 Times More Likely by Climate Change

Managing wildfires in the context of climate change

Global temperatures set to reach new records in next five years

Heat Waves: A Growing Threat to Society and the Environment

El Niño and La Niña have become more extreme and frequent because of climate change, study finds

Disaster risk reduction

Addressing water-related conflict and disasters

Research aims to improve predictions of heavy rainfall events

Flood gauges to be upgraded as part of $263 million disaster warning network

Your guide to the High-Level Meeting of the UNGA on the Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR

Public review of the Words into Action guide on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems

Lateral Variations of Attenuation in the Crust of Alaska Using LgQ Tomography

Anthropogenic factors on the West African coast are contributing more than global climate change to the rapid increase in vulnerability and flood risks in the region

New tool could help track deadly eruption hazard

Panta Rhei benchmark dataset: socio-hydrological data of paired events of floods and droughts

Integrated field, model, and theoretical advances inform a predictive understanding of transport and transformation in the critical zone

Analysis of spatial and temporal trend of hydro-climatic parameters in the Kilombero River Catchment, Tanzania

Water conservation suffers as reservoir operation and floodplain development become entrenched in a vicious cycle

One in six properties in England will be affected by flood risk by 2050, study suggests

Floodplains most sensitive to extreme magnitude events have a tendency for populations to be most densely settled in these rarely flooded zones

Countries most exposed to individual and concurrent extremes and near-permanent extreme conditions at different global warming levels

Continuously Updated Digital Elevation Models (CUDEMs) to Support Coastal Inundation Modeling

As danger season begins, congress must pass stronger wildfire policies

As we fight the Alberta and B.C. wildfires, we must also plan for future disasters

Emergency management

In war-torn northwest Syria, earthquake survivors struggle to find medical care

Performance of the flood warning system in Germany in July 2021 – insights from affected residents

Home insurance coverage falters as California wildfires worsen

High-quality satellite imagery swiftly reveals post-earthquake details

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Next Supercontinent

Staying Safe During Extreme Heat

Raising Hazard Awareness at the Foot of One of the World’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes

Psychology and disasters

Mental health risks for cultural heritage professionals within the framework of disaster risk reduction: An exploratory study on the emotional impact of ruins after the 2016 earthquake in central Italy

How a disaster expert prepares for the worst

How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time

Fixing broken flood gauges is important. But most of us don’t evacuate even when we know the water is coming

Sociology and disasters

What is social sustainability?

Extreme humid heat in South Asia in April 2023, largely driven by climate change, detrimental to vulnerable and disadvantaged communities


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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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