Today in disaster resilience (15 November 2019)


Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

NSW bushfires: More than 850,000 hectares destroyed so far in season ‘as bad as it gets’

England flooding: River warnings and rail delays continue

Three people die and 150 homes destroyed in Australian bushfires

Philippines – Rain From Typhoon ‘Nakri’ Causes Deadly Floods and Landslides

DR Congo – Thousands Displaced by Flooding Ubangi River

Woman dies as floods devastate Midlands and north of England

India and Bangladesh – Cyclone ‘Bulbul’ Leaves 24 Dead

Venice has been hit by severe flooding which has left more than 85 percent of the Italian city underwater, including many of its famous squares

Italy – Storms Turn Deadly, Worst Flooding in 50 Years in Venice

Algeria – Deadly Flash Floods in North

South Africa – 4 Dead After Storms and Floods in KwaZulu-Natal

Indonesia: tsunami warning lifted after large earthquake

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Nov 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Shiveluch, Dukono

Two Dead as Venice Faces Worst Floods in 50 Years

Tunisia – Flash Floods in Jendouba Governorate

Vietnam – Hundreds of Homes Damaged by Tropical Cyclone Nakri


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

An arresting exhibition from activist charity Project Pressure uses conceptual photography to capture the decline of the ice caps

Global leaders are facing one of the scariest years of climate change yet

This is not normal: what’s different about the NSW mega fires

As Seas Rise, Miami’s Black Communities Fear Displacement From The High Ground

Climate experts call ‘BS’ as government offers only “thoughts and prayers” for fire crisis

Floods across Africa: “Without Climate Action we’ll be queuing for Noah’s Ark”, says Greenpeace Africa

The day it forgot to rain on Australia

What is the connection between climate change and bushfires?

Climate change could end mortgages as we know them

How daily temperature and precipitation distributions evolve with global surface temperature

Unfamiliar Ground: Bracing for Climate Impacts in the American Midwest

Ice loss causing Arctic to reflect less heat

The world’s last climate crisis demonstrates that surviving is possible if bold economic and social change is embraced

Extinction Rebellion activists have floated a “sinking house” down the River Thames in London to highlight the impact of flooding and rising sea levels

Ocasio-Cortez points to California fires: ‘This is what climate change looks like’

The global and regional impacts of climate change under representative concentration pathway forcings and shared socioeconomic pathway socioeconomic scenarios

Climate change expected to shift location of East Asian Monsoons

The oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice is disappearing twice as fast as ice in the rest of the Arctic Ocean, according to new research

Climate change made extreme heat before 2018 Queensland bushfires ‘four times more likely’

Italian council is flooded immediately after rejecting measures on climate change

Fire chiefs demand urgent action on climate change as states burn


Disaster risk reduction

Sydney region now drier than before the 2001 ‘Black Christmas’ fires

Drought and climate change were the kindling, and now the east coast is ablaze

Professor Guillermo Rein, a fire scientist, tells Horizon why smouldering peatland fires are so dangerous and why we know so little about them

Hurricanes have become bigger and more destructive for the U.S., study finds

Normalized US hurricane damage estimates using area of total destruction, 1900−2018

Scientists predict El Nino in 2020 based on earlier warning method

Natural hazards don’t always spell disaster: UN risk reduction chief

Aging US dams pose risk to thousands

Flooding action plan launched to protect Scotland from extreme weather

Is there really a green conspiracy to stop bushfire hazard reduction?

Flood defences simply aren’t good enough – here’s what needs to be done

England floods: What is making them worse?

What part has hazard reduction policy played in the bushfires?

NSW Fire Mapping using ArcGIS

‘Like a genie’: Researchers scramble to adjust to rising fire extremes

Japan views physical infrastructure as the main way to achieve disaster resilience

Flooding caused by poor management and floodplain building, say experts

California has six of the nation’s 1,680 high-hazard dams deemed in risky condition

Rivers are changing all the time, and it affects their capacity to contain floods

Urban development reduces flash flooding chances in arid Western US

Modeling of inter-organizational coordination dynamics in resilience planning of infrastructure systems: A multilayer network simulation framework

Insurance losses from northern England floods could be 80-120 million pounds – PwC

Driven by a trio of costly California wildfires, the nation’s largest-loss fires of 2018 accounted for $12.91 billion in losses, the most since 2001

This map presents a selection of regions likely to encounter significant water anomalies during the one year period beginning in August 2019 and running through July 2020


Emergency management

Koala population ‘like in a cremation’ after NSW bushfires

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says Boris Johnson is ‘wrong’ on Yorkshire floods not being a national emergency

Managing a Crisis or Disaster using Cloud based tools

Inside the fight to save Windsor from the Kincade fire

When wildfires break out, this elite team of ‘smokejumpers’ parachute in

‘Better to be cautious’: At least 500 schools to close in Sydney and NSW due to fire danger

Hayward Fault Scenario

Combining satellites, radar provides path for better forecasts

30,000 stranded in northeastern DR Congo after floods

‘Heartbreaking’ devastation of Yorkshire floods as fierce communities rally

BlackHawk joins the fire and emergency aviation fleet in Queensland

As catastrophic fires burn across NSW this week, ANU Researcher Dr Marta Yebra is advising fire authorities about where to deploy firefighting resources

Worse than Black Saturday: Victoria braced for ‘very extreme’ heatwaves

England flooding: Labour and Lib Dems criticise response

Data science could help Californians battle future wildfires

England flooding: Doncaster floods seen from the air

Japan marks one month since deadly typhoon

Pandemic simulation exercise spotlights massive preparedness gap

A month after Typhoon Hagibis, volunteers, local officials and SDF tackling mountains of waste

Managing Community Risk Reduction in the Fire Service

Sudan’s major floods present first challenge for its new leader

South Sudan: IOM Scales Up Efforts To Meet Needs Of 900,000 Flood Displaced Persons

Somalia struggles after worst flooding in recent history


Disaster education, communications and engagement

How to protect yourself and your property on a ‘catastrophic’ bushfire danger day

Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities

Earthquake Conspiracy Theorists Are Wreaking Havoc During Emergencies

Researchers explore how citizens can become agents of environmental change

How citizen science is helping solve conservation problems


Psychology and Disasters

Distress Due to Displacement and Repatriation of an Entire Island Population in the South Pacific


Sociology and disasters

Rich Residents Build Defenses against Rising Seas; Poor Ones Leave

Chicago’s cold blast spells concern for the city’s homeless

A new study, headed by experts at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), is looking at how flooding affects social inequality in flood-prone parts of the state

Today in disaster resilience (8 November 2019)


Please find below a list of links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Italy and France – Rain From ‘Storm Amélie’ Triggers Floods and Landslides

Iran – Deadly Floods in Northern Provinces

USA – Storms and Floods Hit North East

Heavy rains have killed at least 10 people and displaced more than 270,000 in Somalia

Ecuador – Floods and Landslides in Pastaza Province

Edo, Lagos, Delta, others to experience more flooding

Torrential rains cause floods in parts of Montenegro

Colombia – Floods and Landslides Hit Tolima and Antioquia

Guatemala – 4 Dead, 100s Evacuated After Heavy Rain Triggers Landslides

Uganda – 6 Killed in Floods and Landslides After More Heavy Rain

Montenegro – Heavy Rain, Landslides and Floods Leave Communities Cut Off

Sheffield flooding: Torrential rain leaves city flooded

Volcanic activity worldwide 7 Nov 2019: Popocatépetl volcano, Krakatau, Shiveluch, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How bad is this drought and is it caused by climate change?

Existing Paris climate pledges commit sea level rise to ‘one metre by 2300’

40 distressing photos show glaciers disappearing around the world

Floridians no longer have luxury to pretend climate change isn’t real

Australia could fall apart under climate change. But there’s a way to avoid it

Climate change emergency – 11,000 scientists say crisis accelerating, demand action

South Australia’s stunning renewable energy transition, and what comes next

Most countries aren’t hitting 2030 climate goals, and everyone will pay the price

Australia records three years of hotter than average monthly temperatures

There is one way forward on climate change

Warmer, shorter winters have turned permafrost regions from carbon sink to source

Sea level will rise for centuries. We can control how much and how fast

Seas to rise dramatically even if greenhouse gases are curbed

Rapidly melting Antarctica likely to be key driver in dramatic sea-level rises, researchers say

Australia’s main grid reaches 50 per cent renewables for first time

Sea levels rose 10 metres above present levels during Earth’s last warm period 125,000 years ago

Our shameful legacy: just 15 years’ worth of emissions will raise sea level in 2300

Drought to become more frequent and severe due to climate change – government report

New Zealand passes law aiming for net zero carbon emissions by 2050

A new study examined how people’s opinions on climate change affect real-estate prices

The World’s Thickest Mountain Glacier Is Finally Melting, and Climate Change Is 100% to Blame

What small businesses can do about climate change

Rising sea levels could inundate North Korea’s Sinuiju by 2050, new study shows


Disaster risk reduction

Future Remote Sensing Mission Holds Promise for Flood Monitoring

Fire blankets can protect buildings from wildfires

Confusion over Floodplain Leaves Homeowners with the Bill

Seven years after Superstorm Sandy deluged New York City, more than eight out of 10 properties in coastal areas the federal government deems extremely vulnerable to the next disaster are without flood insurance

The importance of analysing flood events to ‘build back better’

Citizen-generated data for flood resilience in Brazil

As wildfires have raged across California, scientists are testing out a new tool that could help us better predict their spread

A new report finds that mangroves provide valuable flood risk benefits and play a critical role in protecting coastal communities in Florida

5 Lessons We Learned From the California Wildfires

Tracking progress on the economic costs of disasters under the indicators of the sustainable development goals

Pollution creates ‘black tsunami’ risk

Opportunity to see detailed flood defence plans in Kirkstall

A new database that captures the outcomes from inquiries and reviews into emergency management and natural hazards has been created by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Cotaboto, Philippines: large landslides from the series of earthquakes in October 2019

Even in Risky Areas, Some Homeowners Skip Flood Insurance Coverage

The Impact Of Flooding Depends More On Societal Change Than Climate Change

Australian drought preparedness and resilience report and plan

A review of resilience variables in the context of disasters

From Californian wildfires there’s an opportunity to lead the nation in building resilience

20 Seconds Makes All The Difference: How Sound Waves Help Us Understand Earthquakes

Facing the fires: when they consume more than peat

The NOAA billion-dollar disaster dataset is not a reliable indicator of trends in disasters or their costs

Back-to-back flood years have Fredericton looking to shore up riverbank

2013-2028 Report on Global Flood Insurance Market by Player, Region, Type, Application and Sales Channel


Emergency management

How you react in emergencies may define your business

All-Hazards Articles Alert for first responder journal articles

Heavy Flooding Devastates Lives and Economies in Horn of Africa

Vale CEO Dismissed Warning on Mines Before Deadly Disaster in Brazil

Prepare to Win: Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness

When bushfire is not just about bushfire

Heavy rains and flooding wreak havoc across East Africa as another storm makes its way to the region

The invisible issues in flood response

Quebec promises new assistance, but many 2019 flood victims say they haven’t been compensated

Esperance council debates motion as brigades fear only tragedy will spark change

As fire seasons overlap in Australia and California, sharing firefighting resources will only get harder

Safety questions still swirl in Paradise year after wildfire

Bushfires in New South Wales from space

NASA Resources Aid a California Community Devastated by Wildfire

Deadly floods uproot tens of thousands in Central African Republic’s capital

When disaster strikes, Indigenous communities receive unequal recovery aid

UN calls for action as Somalia floods affect 200,000 children


Disaster education, communications and engagement

About World Tsunami Awareness Day

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Providers Teach CPR to Schoolchildren

Local knowledge in flood risk management: are we only paying it lip service?

Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools

How is wildfire covered in the news?

Emotional and affective geographies of sustainable community leadership: A visceral approach

Tokyo Bosai – A Manual for Disaster Preparedness

‘Ensuring that key social media users have developed disaster communication strategies inclusive of Twitter seems important in aiding response to and recovery from natural disasters


Psychology and Disasters

The Influence of a Near-Miss Wildfire on Resident Risk Perceptions and Mitigation Behaviors

Impact of repeat flooding on mental health and health-related quality of life: a cross-sectional analysis of the English National Study of Flooding and Health

Flooding can have a profound effect on people’s mental health, and aspects of their health-related quality of life

What It Means to Evacuate

Making young minds resilient to disasters


Sociology and disasters

Beyond the local – Exploring the socio-spatial patterns of translocal network capital and its role in household resilience in Northeast Thailand

Fires Take Disproportionate Toll on Low-Income and Immigrant Communities

Disasters, Development, and Social Capital: Understanding Economic Recovery After Earthquakes in Nepal

Evaluation of the Impacts of Identity and Collective Memory on Social Resilience at Neighborhood Level using Grounded Theory

Today in disaster resilience (1 November 2019)


Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

90,000 Sonoma County residents evacuated ahead of Kincade fire

2 Million Californians Without Power And 180,000 Ordered To Evacuate Amid Wildfires

UK weather: ‘Horrendous’ conditions as heavy downpours cause flooding and travel disruption

Deadly rains to hit Rwenzori, Kigezi areas

Nigeria – Floods Hit Lagos, Situation Worsens in Niger and Adamawa States

Japan – 10 Dead After More Floods and Landslides Hit Eastern Areas

Ethiopia – 120,000 Displaced After Floods in 4 Regions

France – Major Flooding in South After 120mm of Rain in 3 Hours

Bushfires continue to rage in NSW and Queensland

Indonesia and Malaysia – Thousands of Homes Damaged in Floods

Tanzania – More Deadly Floods Hit Tanga Region

Peru – Deadly Landslide in Junín Region

Kincade Fire: 80,000 homes under threat as crews race against next windstorm

Kyarr intensifies, becomes the first Super Cyclone in Arabian Sea in 12 years

Two dead in Baja California wildfires

7 dead, 11 injured as floods sweep through Saudi Arabia

Flash floods hit more than 60 spots in Penang

A landslide killed at least 34 people in Cameroon

At least 44 killed, major traffic disruption as severe floods hit Tanzania

5 killed, 2 missing, 394 injured after M6.6 earthquake in Mindanao, Philippines

Over 15 people feared dead after boat capsizes as flooding in Somalia forces 182,000 people from their homes

Cyclone Kyarr: Emirati towns set for relief as storm heads for southern Oman

UAE and Oman – Evacuations After Cyclone Kyarr Brings Coastal Floods

Ghana – Floods Hit Accra and Ashanti Region

Kenya – 100,000 Affected by Floods Says UN

Volcanic activity worldwide 31 Oct 2019: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Dukono

UK – Days of Rain Cause Rivers to Overflow in England and Wales

200,000 forced to evacuate, fatalities feared as massive floods hit Beledweyne, Somalia

Incessant heavy downpour wreaks havoc in El Salvador

Floods reported in numerous areas across Iran


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

To fight climate change, science must be mobilised like it was in World War II

Oceans are rising around the world, causing dangerous flooding. Why is this happening, and what can we do to stem the tide?

Emissions flat-line as ‘carrot’s not working and there’s no stick’

Venezuelan scientists look for hope in last remaining glacier

Seeing Red Across the North Pacific Ocean

Nearly four in ten Americans say they have personally experienced the effects of global warming

Warming Will Cost Rich and Poor Countries Alike

Flooding and extreme heat are coming to nearly every city (especially their vulnerable populations). But a new report finds that few cities are ready for what’s coming

Waterworld? Floating Cities Turn Hollywood Sci-fi Into Reality As Sea Levels Rise

Belize: Social Resilience in an Age of Climate Change, Disasters

Greenland ice cap melt measured by satellites — and it’s enough to cover Tasmania in almost 5m of water

Queensland must rapidly ditch coal-fired power to meet Australia’s emission targets, report finds

Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows

Rising sea levels pose threat to homes of 300m people – study

New elevation data triple estimates of global vulnerability to sea-level rise and coastal flooding

Climate change and Californian wildfires

Sediment accumulation, elevation change, and the vulnerability of tidal marshes in the Delaware Estuary and Barnegat Bay to accelerated sea level rise

Antarctic sea ice is key to triggering ice ages, study finds

How Do We Measure Climate Risk?

The last advancing Juneau Icefield glacier begins its retreat

Two-million-year-old snapshots of atmospheric gases from Antarctic ice

World’s oldest ice core could solve mystery of ‘flipped’ ice age cycles

Reducing Risk And Vulnerability To Climate Change In Colombia

Sea level rise map and coastal flooding tool

The science of drought is complex but the message on climate change is clear

Six biggest coalminers in Australia produce more emissions than entire economy

Sydney and Melbourne will likely be exposed to more intense hail storms, tropical cyclones will track further south and bushfire risks will increase in most of Australia as the climate warms

Climate crisis affects how majority will vote in UK election – poll

“This will only get worse in the future”: Experts see direct line between California wildfires and climate change

Climate crisis – here’s what the experts recommend we do


Disaster risk reduction

The Power of Trees: Fighting Floodwaters

Community business resilience: adaptation practice of micro- and small enterprises around the Pearl River Estuary

Surrey County Council’s cabinet is set to agree £270m of funding for long term flood risk management work

In Texas, Home Sellers Must Now Disclose More About The Risk Of Flooding

These N.J. properties flood over and over again, costing taxpayers like you millions

Should Californians Be Rebuilding Homes in a Fire Zone?

Japanese government to discuss new flood prevention steps in wake of disasters

Deadly typhoon forces Japan to face its vulnerability to increasingly powerful storms

The city of Newcastle announced it has a “network of sensors spread across the city” to help it manage risks including flooding

The False Comfort of Higher Seawalls

Latest edition of Earthquake Spectra

Geoscientists invented a machine learning tool to sift through satellite data

Go with the flow? Reservations about river morphology models

Evidence from measuring community flood resilience in Asia

Contrasting seasonality of storm rainfall and flood runoff in the UK and some implications for rainfall-runoff methods of flood estimation

Environment Agency say £7m river defences worked as ‘other sources’ cause flood

Future shifts in extreme flow regimes in Alpine regions

Resilient Construction: Building Structures That Withstand Nature’s Fury

Mumbai, Kolkata may get flooded by 2050, says new research

Houston’s pocket prairies: Natural solutions to unnatural flooding

Worrying new flooding map shows the areas of North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and Wirral at risk

Multi-scale synthesis of historical fire regimes along the south-central US prairie–forest border

Florida doesn’t require home sellers to reveal flooding history

Uncertainty quantification of flood damage estimation for urban drainage risk management

A dynamic river network method for the prediction of floods using a parsimonious rainfall-runoff model


Emergency management

Using drone to find missing 6-year old

Pursuing innovation and partnerships for emergency response to disasters in Peru

In flooded Lagos community, canoe replaces Uber and children are on forced holiday

Almost one million people affected by floods in South Sudan

Better alerts can save lives in an emergency. Google Crisis Response is using AI to help

490,000 children affected by devastating floods in South Sudan

10 European startups tackling natural disasters and other emergencies

B.C. to overhaul emergency management regime as fire and flood risk grows

In California, Air Tanker Pilots Help Keep Wildfires At Bay

Koalas in their hundreds feared dead in bushfires south of Port Macquarie

Improving the Disaster Recovery of Low-Income Families

One week on, death toll rises to 4 from Spain flash flooding

Latest (October) edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management
Drones tested in Japan nuclear disaster drill for first time near Ikata plant in Ehime

Grenfell firefighters who deserve our respect and understanding

Inside The New Tech Helping LA Firefighters Decide Who And When To Evacuate


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Rapid collaborative knowledge building via Twitter after significant geohazard events


Psychology and Disasters

First responders struggle with PTSD caused by the emergencies, deaths, tragedies they face every day


Sociology and disasters

Importance of libraries as social infrastructure

A SNA-based Methodology for Measuring the Community Resilience from the Perspective of Social Capitals: Take Nanjing, China as an Example

Post-disaster recovery and sociocultural change: Rethinking social capital development for the new social fabric

Mobile phone data reveals the importance of pre-disaster inter-city social ties for recovery after Hurricane Maria

Today in disaster resilience (25 October 2019)


Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Floods leave hundreds homeless in eastern Uganda

About 20 people have died following heavy rains across Kenya for several days

Floods in southeast Niger have forced 23,000 people to flee their homes since early October

Nearly 200 000 displaced as unprecedented flooding hits South Sudan

At least 28 killed, 286 homes destroyed as severe flooding hits Upper East Region, Ghana

Uganda – Hundreds Homeless After Floods in Eastern and Western Regions

Russia – Deadly Floods After Dam Collapse in Krasnoyarsk

At least 33 people dead as floods submerge large areas of northern Thailand

Forest fires rage through Lebanon

Fires burn across Southern California as dangerous winds continue through Friday

Italy – Flash Floods and Landslides After 250mm of Rain in 12 Hours

Vietnam – Deadly Floods in Central Provinces

Australia heading for hottest October day in years as bushfire risk escalates

Egypt – Heavy Rain Causes Flood Chaos in Cairo

Spain – Deadly Floods in Catalonia After 287mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Somalia – Over 70,000 Displaced as Rivers Overflow

Sri Lanka – Floods and Landslides Leave 5 Dead

India – Deadly Floods in Karnataka After Days of Heavy Rain

Tornado sweeps through East Java, killing one and displacing thousands, Indonesia

Bourke heads list of at-risk towns as agencies scramble for water supplies

Volcanic activity worldwide 24 Oct 2019: Etna volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Dukono, Reventador, Pavlof

Kincade fire: Evacuations ordered for all Geyserville

Thirst turns to anger as Australia’s mighty river runs dry

Floods in Southern Europe: Dead and missing in Spain and Italy

8 dead in Egypt after chaotic day of heavy rains, flooding

Flood claims lives of two children in Ondo

Central African Republic – Thousands Displaced by Flooding Rivers


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Why do people still think climate change isn’t real?

NT traditional owners urge climate change policy makers to witness mangrove devastation

The culprit behind east Australia’s big dry

What climate change will do to three major American cities by 2100

Europe’s Mightiest Glaciers Are Melting

When Rising Seas Hit Home: An Analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists

Australia is the only country using carryover climate credits, officials admit

How Hurricane Katrina and the murder of Emmett Till shaped one woman’s commitment to climate justice

The North Has Another Climate Change Problem: Permafrost

Russia discovers five Arctic islands uncovered by melting ice

Climate change and displacement

Anaheim Nears 100 Degrees In Record Heat Wave

Antarctic ice cliffs may not contribute to sea-level rise as much as predicted

Cities at risk: dealing with the pressures of climate change

Climate change costs to hit these Australian regions hardest

Climate change risk to Australia’s built environment

Climate change has finally caught up to this Alaska village

Coal city Newcastle signs 10-year deal for 100 per cent renewable supply

How Long Until Extreme Sea Levels Are an Annual Occurrence?

Along the East Coast, rainy days, high tides and sea rise make floods a part of life

El Niños Strengthened by Climate Change

Female contribution to grassroots innovation for climate change adaptation in Bangladesh

Institutions for the Anthropocene: Governance in a Changing Earth System

Did you know? – Proglacial lakes accelerate glacier retreat!

How Cities Can Cool Down Urban Heat Islands

Climate change-induced flooding forces seawall in Seychelles to be rebuilt


Disaster risk reduction

Identification and ordering of drainage divides in digital elevation models

USDA buys flood-prone Louisiana homes for wetlands project

Using Satellites to Monitor Floods (Natural Elements)

Great Lakes Flooding: The Warning Signs That Homes Must Be Moved

NDCs: an opportunity to prioritise flood resilience in national plans

After Lorenzo and Ophelia, should we prepare European coasts for tropical storms and hurricanes?

A Western Alaska village, long threatened by erosion and flooding, begins to relocate

As natural disasters increase, homeowners look for more ways to cover more expenses

Amazon Fires: why a new economic model must come from the ruins

‘Why, in spite of knowing that risk is socially constructed (for more than 50 years), aren’t more solutions commensurate with that knowledge?’

Thames flood defence scheme secures £270m boost

3 N.J. mayors: We must invest and adapt before the floods, the storms and sea rise

Plant physiology will be major contributor to future river flooding, study finds

Lack of adequate drainage causes serious flooding in Vinh City

We’re Doing Our Best to Address Sea Level Rise and Flooding in Lagos, Says Commissioner

Danish innovation to improve local flood resilience

Resilience insights

Danish Rubjerg lighthouse moved inland on skates

New research reveals the impact of communal irrigation systems on the 2018 earthquake-triggered landslides in Palu, Indonesia

Applications of Satellite-Based Rainfall Estimates in Flood Inundation Modeling—A Case Study in Mundeni Aru River Basin, Sri Lanka

Innovation supporting flood resilience

How record flooding in the US is transforming this Midwestern city
‘Noah built the ark before the flood’: Minister defends campaign amid drought

Three big lessons from tackling disaster and climate information issues in East Africa

Futuristic 3D flood simulation technique, which lets flood modellers ‘see’ the impacts of tree-planting and revegetation programs on future floods and river systems was launched at Brisbane’s River Symposium

Myer sues building and engineering companies over 2016 Hobart Rivulet flood

Emergency management

When disaster strikes we can help you plan and execute an effective recovery

Multi-hazards Impact Based Early Warning Systems for Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Societies

Strengthening Disaster Preparedness in the Caribbean

Data for Disasters: Leveraging Data Science for Disaster Response & Management

Severe flooding in South Sudan: MSF assessing emergency needs in affected locations

Typhoon “Hagibis” damage to Japanese farms, forests, and fisheries tops 650 million dollars

Dallas tornado: Satellite photos reveal twister’s path from above

Flood warnings failed to arrive in time to prevent problems, says council

Indian Ocean Dipole spells flood danger for East Africa

90% of homes flooded in typhoon ineligible for gov’t support

Floods Leave Thousands Homeless in Chad and Cameroon

The new norm: Japanese experts warn of more rain, raging rivers and submerged homes

Increased adoption of GIS technologies can help New York predict and prepare for future emergencies


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Trailer for the documentary “Fire in Paradise” released

Over 66 million people participate in international ShakeOut; prompts evaluation of personal preparedness

What is a tsunami?

Dig Deeper into How Earthquakes are Interpreted

In wake of Typhoon Hagibis, demand surging for post-flood recovery manual

Recovering from a flood disaster

Scotland Field Guide for the Future gathers stories from people and organisations making real changes on the ground


Psychology and Disasters

How To Talk To Kids About Climate Change


Sociology and disasters

Why we need to treat wildfire as a public health issue in California

As the rich move away from disaster zones, the poor are left behind

From fire to flood: Winnipeg homeless community displaced by rising water levels


Today in disaster resilience (18 October 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Typhoon Hagibis: Japan deploys military rescuers as deadly storm hits

Firefighters make progress on Saddleridge fire; Southern California blazes kill 3, injure others

Typhoon Hagibis hammers Tokyo, 33 dead

Tanzania – Floods Cause Fatalities in Morogoro and Tanga Regions

El Salvador – Flooding and Landslides Leave 4 Dead

Iran – Deadly Flooding in Northern Provinces

Ethiopia – Over 20 Killed in Landslide in South

Colombia – Flooding and Landslides in Risaralda Department

At least 27 people have been confirmed dead after days of flooding in the Upper East region of Ghana

DR Congo – Deadly Floods Hit Kinshasa

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Oct 2019: Etna volcano, Fuego, Krakatau, Shiveluch, Karangetang


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

National Governments Can’t Solve Climate Change Alone

Climate Change Insurance; California’s Homeless Crisis

Stripped bare: Australia’s hidden climate crisis

Four Storytellers Tackle Climate Change

Higher temperatures driving ‘alarming’ levels of hunger – report

Transforming mined out lands into solar plants

‘It’s a crisis, not a change’: the six Guardian language changes on climate matters

Tracking the Ongoing Recovery of Earth’s Ozone Hole

Prince William calls for climate change action on glacier visit

Extinction Rebellion and the Birth of a New Climate Politics

Mass migration from Africa likely as government invests in satellite monitoring of vulnerable countries

How Scientists Finally Got Americans to Worry About the Climate

Climate Change Impacts Monsoon Flooding In India

GHI 2019: Climate change driving alarming levels of global hunger

Assessing the health effects of extreme temperatures and the development of adaptation strategies to climate change in the Asia-Pacific region

More than 370,000 sign e-petition for climate emergency declaration

Australia wasted decades in climate denial – and must break free of the mire of misinformation

A visual alternative to tackling the 1170 pages of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC)

Planning for the economic risks of climate change

Peruvian Glaciers Have Shrunk By 30 Percent Since 2000

Climate change and displacement

Olympics Marathon Moved Out of Tokyo Over Heat Concerns

Firms ignoring climate crisis will go bankrupt


Disaster risk reduction

Japan Spent Mightily to Soften Nature’s Wrath, but Can It Ever Be Enough?

Probabilistic Hydrological Post-Processing at Scale: Why and How to Apply Machine-Learning Quantile Regression Algorithms

What happens if you put 100 people interested in flood risk management in a room for a full month?

Our attempts to wall in a surging Mississippi have failed up and down the river, leading to catastrophic flooding. Now momentum is building to work with nature, not against it

Flooding Menace: Italian Firm, Rivers Community Sign Pact To End Flooding

New study analyzes FEMA-funded home buyout program

Lagos flood: Beyond panic control, but high-tech engineering solutions

Edinburgh’s ‘urban creep’ flood risk: 15 football pitches worth of green land lost each year to conservatories, driveways and patios

Australian Tropical Cyclone Outlook for 2019 to 2020

Great Lakes flooding: The warning signs that homes must be moved

Disaster Risk Analysis Part 2: The Systemic Underestimation of Risk

Factors influencing the behaviour and perceptions of Australian veterinarians towards antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance

We can’t drought-proof Australia, and trying is a fool’s errand

FSU Research: Strong storms often generate earthquake-like seismic activity

UK: Flood defences save £1.1 billion a year

Asia-Pacific DRR Country Status Reports

Evidence for sharp increase in the economic damages of extreme natural disasters

Practitioner perspectives of disaster resilience in international development

Catalyzing urban resilience

Thirty years after devastating quake, is San Francisco ready for the next?

Unprecedented movement detected on California earthquake fault capable of 8.0 temblor

Florida Keys neighborhood’s been flooded for over 40 days

Thoughtfully Using Artificial Intelligence in Earth Science

Exmoor river ‘reset’ aims to cut flood risk and bolster wildlife

Fixing Insurance in Far North Queensland


Emergency management

Two Years After Hurricane Harvey, One Group Says It Has Been Overlooked: Renters

Toll from typhoon in Japan, both human and material, keeps rising

Limitations and challenges of early warning systems: A case study of the 2018 Palu-Donggala Tsunami

Proceedings of the 2019 International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

Flooding of Tama River put capital on the brink of crisis during Typhoon Hagibis

Estimating the Sequencing of Evacuation Destination and Accommodation Type in Hurricanes

Developing a freely available platform to simulate the evacuation of residential communities from wildfire

Vladimir Putin held a meeting on flood relief measures in Irkutsk Region and the Far East

Urban flooding a hot button topic among those affected

Hagibis Floods Japan


Disaster education, communications and engagement

International Day for Disaster Reduction

Tips on How to Prepare Your Business for Flooding

Strategic approaches for developing a culture of safety management in schools: Indications from literature studies

Immersed: a VR experience about flood and resilience

Virtual reality based disaster resilience training

Philippines disaster preparedness simulator

Disaster Scope is an augmented reality (AR) application which contains flooding and fire smoke simulations built by Itamiya laboratory

PreparedBC: Guide for Apartments, Condos and Townhomes

Download California’s New Earthquake Early Warning App


Psychology and Disasters

Large Study Shows PTSD Has Strong Genetic Component

Getting Canadians prepared for natural disasters: a multi-method analysis of risk perception, behaviors, and the social environment

Flash Flood Risk Perception by the Population of Mindelo, S. Vicente (Cape Verde)

Geo-hydrological and seismic risk awareness at school: Emergency preparedness and risk perception evaluation

Educational Attainment, Disaster Experience, and Emergency Preparedness 1 Formal Education and Disaster Protective Action Decision Making: The Interacting Effects of Prior Experience and Income

Florida names its first mental health coordinator for hurricanes, disaster recovery


Sociology and disasters

Post-disaster recovery and sociocultural change: Rethinking social capital development for the new social fabric

The role of traditional leadership in disaster management and disaster risk governance: A case of Ugu District Municipality by-laws

Gender mainstreaming: A lasting solution to disaster risk reduction

Today in disaster resilience (11 October 2019)


Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

More than 90,000 people affected by flooding in Yemen

Ireland – Homes Damaged After Floods From Storm Lorenzo

Iran – Deadly Flash Floods in South

Colombia – Thousands Hit by Flooding in North

Alert Level 1 raised over Taal volcano, Philippines

Strong eruption at Sheveluch volcano with ash up to 10 km (34 000 feet), pyroclastic flow produced, Russia

Venezuela – Thousands Hit by Floods in Zulia State

Kenya – Over 1,000 Displaced by Floods in North

Sudan – North Darfur Town Devastated by Rains, Flash Floods

Vietnam – High Tides and Rising Rivers Flood Cần Thơ

NSW bushfires that destroyed dozens of homes may have been deliberately lit, authorities say

Hagibis intensifies to Category 5 Super Typhoon in one of the most explosive intensification rates on record, heading toward Tokyo, Japan

Flood sweeps away Ondo varsity final year student

Côte d’Ivoire – Deadly Floods in Abidjan and Aboisso Departments

Nigeria – Almost 20,000 Displaced by Benue and Niger River Floods

Kenya – Over 1,000 Displaced by Floods in North

Venezuela – Thousands Hit by Floods in Zulia State

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Oct 2019: Etna volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay

Wildfires rage in California as residents scramble without power

Two people confirmed dead in NSW bushfires after police find bodies on remote property

Honduras – Evacuations After Flash Floods in Copán and Colón Departments


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Analysis: How well have climate models projected global warming?

My Community Is Warming Three Times Faster Than the Rest of the World

How citizen science is building climate resilience in South Asia

Black Communities Need Climate Change Help, Groups Tell Congress

Climate change poses a ‘direct threat’ to Australia’s national security

Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days

The National Climate Assessment (NCA): Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States

This graph illustrates the change in global surface temperature relative to 1951-1980 average temperatures

What are Extinction Rebellion’s key demands?

Hundreds of temperature records broken over summer

There are three types of climate change denier, and most of us are at least one

‘What happens in the Arctic, doesn’t stay in the Arctic’—why the north pole matters to Asia

New Research Tying 20 Companies to One-Third of Global Emissions Aids Liability Argument

Is it time for Asian cities to declare a climate emergency?

Improved understanding of conditions in the stratosphere is helping to produce more-accurate short-term climate forecasts

Ice core source discovery adds to study of volcanic activity, climate system interactions

The world needs a massive carbon tax in just 10 years to limit climate change, IMF says

Offering solutions to Ice Age ocean chemistry puzzle

Rich Counties Get More Help to Escape Climate Risk, New Data Show

Peruvian Glaciers Have Shrunk By 30 Percent Since 2000

‘Super lucky to catch it’: Researchers get time-lapse video of glacial lake flood


Disaster risk reduction

Experts warn world ‘grossly unprepared’ for future pandemics

Warming climate alarms Montana scientists

Warragamba plan ‘flawed’: former SES deputy

Disaster risk reduction must secure a place in all budgets, UN expert says

A core and a periphery in disaster-related research and practice

It’s only October, so what’s with all these bushfires? New research explains it

Sweeping Study Raises Questions About Who Benefits From Buyouts Of Flood-Prone Homes

A systematic review and evaluation of Zika virus forecasting and prediction research during a public health emergency of international concern

Communities across Washington are removing human development rather than engineering bigger and costlier fixes to the flooding that is likely to get worse as a consequence of climate change

Don’t count on Canada-wide, high-resolution flood modelling anytime soon

FEMA Bought 44,000 Flood-Prone Homes. They May Have to Buy Millions More

How to protect homes from wildfire is subject of professor’s new book


Emergency management

The climate is changing, but our disaster-response system isn’t keeping up, experts say

International satellites supporting disaster management

Nearly 1,900 Dead In Monsoon Rains, Floods Across India

Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) initiates national engagement

Australian Emergency Management Arrangements Handbook updated

More Frequent and Intense Tropical Storms Mean Less Recovery Time for the World’s Coastlines

Adaptation, adaptability and resilience: the recovery of Kobe after the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995

Hurricane Michael recovery efforts point to the power of local generosity after overlooked disasters

Why Machine Learning Is Critical for Disaster Response


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Living With Wildfire

Are You Ready For Your Customers To Hear Thunder?

Championing a bottom-up approach to community resilience

On 13 October, communities across the world will recognise the United Nation’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction to help promote a global culture of risk awareness and disaster reduction

The Survive and Thrive program is a long-term bushfire education partnership between Anglesea Primary School and the Anglesea CFA community

This joint special issue of Disasters and Development Policy Review discusses the role of information technology and social media both in disasters and development contexts

PG&E power outage: How to survive with just your cellphone


Psychology and Disasters

Living near a coast is linked with better mental health, study suggests

A typology of spontaneous societal responses to disasters that planners can use to help them understand the links to the affected communities and motivations for action

Can some people sense that an earthquake is about to happen (earthquake sensitives)?


Sociology and disasters

The Social Impact of Natural Hazards: A Multilevel Analysis of Disasters and Forms of Trust in Mainland China

Disasters, Vulnerabilities, and Equity: Moving Forward

The politics of disaster vulnerability

Today in disaster resilience (4 October 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

‘Totally terrified’ observers catch tornado touching down outside Davis on video

Drought-hit Australian towns prepare for ‘unimaginable’ water crisis

Lorenzo becomes the strongest hurricane this far north and east in the Atlantic basin

Tibesti – another mining-induced landslide

Niger: Tens of Thousands Impacted by Devastating Floods

Bihar and Uttar Pradesh: More than 100 dead in fresh India flood chaos

Turkey – 13 Rescued After Flash Floods in Artvin Province

Severe thunderstorms north of Brisbane flood homes and businesses

Worst monsoon in 25 years kills 148 across India, floods ravage Patna

UK weather: Torrential rain brings floods across Britain

Hurricane Lorenzo lashes mid-Atlantic Azores Islands

Pakistan – Fatalities After Heavy Rain and Flash Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Mexico – Deadly Floods After Heavy Rain From Tropical Storm Narda

Senegal – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Dakar and Kaolack Regions

South Korea – Torrential Rain From Typhoon Mitag Causes Deadly Floods and Landslides

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Oct 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UK’s new flagship polar research vessel officially named Sir David Attenborough

Climate lessons from the classroom spill into the streets

This Victorian surf club is under threat as climate change eats away at the coast

‘It’s heartbreaking’: a coastal community watches its beach wash away

Didn’t teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg cause a stir last week?

Girt by sea, Australia faces serious climate challenge

U.S. taxpayers are at risk for homes threatened by climate change

Where climate cash is flowing and why it’s not enough

Feeling flight shame? Try quitting air travel and catch a sail boat

Australia’s mangroves and seagrass meadows absorb 20m tonnes of CO2 a year but report warns damage to ecosystems contributing to climate change

NSW considers laws to stop courts and planners blocking coalmines on climate grounds

What Climate Change Will Do to Three Major American Cities by 2100

Use the Sea Ice Aware App to Monitor Conditions in the Poles

Vast iceberg bigger than Los Angeles breaks off Antarctic shelf

Australia Must Listen To First Nations People If It Wants To Combat Climate Change

Human Activity Outpaces Volcanoes, Asteroids in Releasing Deep Carbon

Watch: Thirty-five years of Arctic thaw in two minutes

Report: Global Use of Renewable Energy Will Soar By 2050 (But So Will CO2)


Disaster risk reduction

North Miami bought her flooded home. Now it’s going to become a park to fight sea rise

Resilient Cities, User-Driven Planning, and Open Data Policy

Hydrological signatures describing the translation of climate seasonality into streamflow seasonality

Scientists have found that most fires start on the side of highways or near power lines. What if the vegetation in those places was impervious to fire?

Life on the coast is already hazardous. Groundwater mismanagement amplifies other risks

FEMA’s flood maps may not accurately reflect the real risk for millions of Americans

The launch of Australia FloodScore now marks an important step forward for rating flood risk in the region

How the American nuclear industry downplays the threat of climate-induced flooding

A new study highlights the potential to improve the accuracy of flood hazard maps by incorporating richer data

Phase two of the £112 million Leeds flood defence scheme is one of the largest river flood alleviation scheme in the UK

This Beautiful Bamboo Sports Hall Can Withstand Earthquakes And Has A Zero-Carbon Footprint

Researchers Hone Our Ability to Map Storm Flooding

Houston’s pocket prairies: Natural solutions to unnatural flooding

Groundwater pumping in some of the world’s critical watersheds exceeds safe levels. It’s causing surface waters to fall at an alarming rate

Fire as a key driver of Earth’s biodiversity


Emergency management

Iowa residents asked to ignore false weather alert

NISC – Our members include the following public safety, emergency preparedness, management, and response stakeholders

Bangladesh promises to improve local flood warnings after complaints

More than 1,600 die in India’s heaviest monsoon season for 25 years

US Aid for Hurricane Dorian


Disaster education, communications and engagement

See where your town was located in the ancient past

The Best Nature Books of 2019

Hull Flood Protection Guide

Hurricane Evacuation Decision Making

Resident input sought for Harvey-related flood projects

“You wouldn’t walk into a bushfire, so why would you drive your car into floodwaters?”

The Role of Introductory Geoscience Courses in Preparing Teachers—And All Students—For the Future: Are We Making the Grade?

Most Americans are highly concerned about several issues when it comes to social media and news

The Great Flood of 2019: A Complete Picture of a Slow-Motion Disaster

Flood Snakes and Ladders – a community flood engagement event


Psychology and Disasters

Nearly 20 percent of Hurricane Harvey flood victims reported post-flood PTSD, depression and anxiety

Flooding, Recovery and Hydraulic Citizenship in Post-Harvey Houston

Every Single Cognitive Bias in One Infographic

Why Near‐Miss Events Can Decrease an Individual’s Protective Response to Hurricanes


Sociology and disasters

Black Wave: How Networks and Governance Shaped Japan’s 3/11 Disasters

The number of people in the average U.S. household is going up for the first time in over 160 years

New research suggests the assumption Aboriginal people lived in open vegetation sustained by fire is misplaced