Today in disaster resilience (13 May 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rain and thunderstorms pose flood risk for southern Queensland’s already saturated catchments

Dangerous winds, wildfire conditions returning to New Mexico

Pakistan – Massive Floods Destroy Bridge in Gilgit-Baltistan

USA – Emergency Declared After Deadly Flash Floods in West Virginia

USA – Ice Jam Causes Flood Emergency in Manley Hot Springs

A man in his early 20s is “lucky to be alive” after police and firies rescued him from a flooded causeway in Mount Isa overnight

Thailand – Severe Flash Floods Hit Southern Provinces

New Mexico wildfire continues rampage as new blaze erupts in California

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 May 2022: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Krakatau, Merapi

Millions of lives at risk as famine stalks Horn of Africa

Evacuations ordered in Colorado Springs as homes destroyed in California

Nearly 1,000 people forced from homes in northern Alberta because of flooding

Australia – More Floods in Queensland After Widespread Heavy Rainfall

Woman killed in flood waters amid record-breaking rain in Queensland

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Ozone is accelerating climate change at a faster rate

Extreme weather: What is it and how is it connected to climate change?

The rush to renewable energy means a new mining boom. But first, Australia needs to make some tough choices

How climate change weakened India’s defence against heatwaves

Record heat in India and Pakistan is a wake-up call

Climate limit of 1.5C close to being broken, scientists warn

Vanuatu’s push for legal protection from climate change wins crucial support

Getting It Right Matters: Temperature Goal Interpretations in Geoscience Research

Climate Action Plans Tailored to Indian Cities

Renewable power is set to break another global record in 2022 despite headwinds from higher costs and supply chain bottlenecks

The strengths and weaknesses of future visioning approaches for climate change adaptation: A review

Communities in India flooded by ‘Amphan-scale cyclones’ could triple by 2100

The extraordinary heat wave in India and Pakistan, explained

Human Behavior Is the Other Puzzle for Climate-Change Modeling

What does neighbourhood climate action look like? A scoping literature review

Disaster risk reduction

How our bushfire-proof house design could help people flee rather than risk fighting the flames

Experts call for a shift in wildfire strategy

“The role of Earth Science in 21st century Australia”

Reducing Australian Bushfire Risk with Traditional Practices

In a wildfire burning embers transported downwind are what cause most structures to burn

A progressive flow-routing model for rapid assessment of debris-flow inundation

Research shows future super cyclones would expose vastly greater numbers of people in most vulnerable parts of the world to extreme flooding

The National Risk Atlas (NRA) is an information system that allows the identification of  hazards caused by natural and man-made phenomena

For one Māori community, a board game sparked serious discussions about flood risk

Second National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction

Life on the edge: Land loss on England’s east coast – a photo essay

Assessing the Impacts of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana

A new earthquake warning system will prepare Canada for dangerous shaking

Continent-Scale Detection of Triggered Low Frequency Earthquakes

B.C.’s risk of spring flooding ‘considerably’ higher, report says

Hit hard by storms and forest loss, Zimbabwe builds stronger homes

Precursors to eruption

Atmospheric waves and global seismoacoustic observations of the January 2022 Hunga eruption, Tonga

Three-day Scottish flood forecast system goes on trial

Murphy announces latest measures to protect NJ communities from floods

Why the 2022 Southwest Fire Season Is So Early and Intense

EU tools to respond to natural disasters

Gravity signals could detect earthquakes at the speed of light

Emergency management

Businesses in flood affected Lismore still without power

We’re not prepared when extreme wildfires, flooding hit B.C

White House warns of “pretty sizeable” COVID surge this winter

Coronavirus: economic toll of China’s latest outbreak ‘10 times more severe’ than Wuhan in 2020

U.S. firefighters in final push for healthcare as wildfires surge

Covid-19: US tracker overestimated deaths among children

California’s 2020 Wildfire Season

Flood-damaged businesses in Lismore say disaster financial assistance taking too long

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Be prepared for floods

Crowd-sourcing observations of volcanic eruptions during the 2021 Fagradalsfjall and Cumbre Vieja events

Psychology and disasters

Cognitive impairment from long COVID equivalent to aging 20 years, study finds

Why It’s So Hard to Make Risk Decisions in the Pandemic

Post-Disaster Mental Health and Wellbeing in Japan

Sociology and disasters

Hurricane Ida’s Impact On Socially Vulnerable Communities

3 Ways the Pandemic Has Made the World Better

Climate disasters drive Bangladesh children from classrooms to work

Homes in high-risk flood zones are the only affordable option for Durban’s poorest residents

Today in disaster resilience (6 May 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Current drought is worst in 1,200 years in California and the American West, new study shows

Guadeloupe – Deadly Floods Strike After 300mm of Rain

Venezuela – Fatalities and Evacuations After Floods Hit Several States

Swollen rivers, flooded roads prompt evacuations in some areas of Manitoba

Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report

USA and Canada – Evacuations After Widespread Flooding in Manitoba, North Dakota and Minnesota

Spain – Floods in Valencia After 260mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Tanzania – Floods in South Leave 5 Dead, Thousands Displaced

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 May 2022: Karymsky volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Merapi, Semeru

Afghanistan – Flash Floods Cause Fatalities and Severe Damage

Uganda – Homes Destroyed, Thousands Displaced After Floods in Eastern and Western Regions

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Net zero by 2050 will hit a major timing problem technology can’t solve. We need to talk about cutting consumption

Rising risk: How the NZ coast will be transformed

Green infrastructure helps cities with climate change. So why isn’t there more of it?

Why some beaches, including in Queensland, are getting bigger despite rising sea levels

One in 25 Australian properties will be effectively uninsurable by 2030, due to rising risks of extreme weather and climate change

‘We are living in hell’: Pakistan and India suffer extreme spring heatwaves

With seas rising and storms surging, who will pay for New Zealand’s most vulnerable coastal properties?

State of the climate: Start of 2022 is the fifth warmest on record

Climate change will more than double the risk of intense tropical cyclones by 2050

Climate change is why New Mexico’s wildfire season started early this year

Climate Risk Map of Australia

Climate policy across Australia is fragmented, but researchers are aiming to use big data to make better sense of it

What coal communities need on the path to net zero

Draft NZ National Adaptation Plan for climate resilience

Polluters are using forests as ‘carbon offsets.’ Climate change has other plans

Scorched dystopia or liveable planet? Here’s where the climate policies of our political hopefuls will take us

India and Pakistan’s brutal heat wave poised to resurge

Climate-proofing the world

Scientists identify the most extreme heatwaves ever recorded globally

India heatwave: why the region should prepare for even more extreme heat in the near future

Disaster risk reduction

High impact compound events in Australia

Alpine Fault: What scientists are learning about NZ’s big quake-maker

Modeling Coastal Environmental Change and the Tsunami Hazard

Extreme tornado footage captured by drone over Andover, Kansas

Space-based system using GPS satellites could warn of incoming tsunamis

Can Artificial Intelligence Help Fight Western Wildfires?

AccuWeather’s 2022 US Wildfire Forecast: Drought to spur another intense season

Study Develops Framework for Forecasting Contribution of Snowpack to Flood Risk During Winter Storms

Models Show How Topography Influences Ground Shaking in Seattle Area

New portal improves forecasts of devastating storms in West Africa

Flood risk reduction confers multiple benefits

Construction to begin on flood mitigation project west of Calgary

Emergency management

NSW flood victims kicked out of caravan parks to make way for tourists

Australian researchers uncover clue to rare and severe response to Covid in children

‘Disaster’s in the recovery’: bushfire survivors still waiting for homes

NSW Far North Coast & Northern Rivers flood impact research, March 2022

Learning from the Taal experience

New Drones Could Spot Wildfires Earlier, Even Help Snuff Them Out

The Southwest is on fire – with iconic deserts and towns at risk, Biden issues a disaster declaration

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Accounting for Local Flood Knowledge in Citizen Science: Discussing Resilience and Adaptation to the Effects of Climate Change through a Flood-Monitoring Project

Determine Your Risk (Hurricane Preparedness)

Quake Chasers: 15 Women Rocking Earthquake Science

How to survive a heatwave

CoastSnap citizen science around the world

Psychology and disasters

Teachers say pandemic hurt child development, ask for study into chaotic schools

Disaster descriptions do not capture many mental health and well-being impacts

Trauma, disbelief and plenty of ideas shared at NSW flood inquiry hearing in Lismore

Women, low earners ‘prone to disaster-linked depression’

Today in disaster resilience (29 April 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

One dead and thousands forced to flee as wildfires sweep across US

Sandbagging efforts ongoing as Winnipeg homeowners battle flood waters

Huge wildfire sweeps across Canford Heath nature reserve in Dorset

Colombia – Emergency Declared After Deadly Landslides and Floods in Cundinamarca

Western Queensland soaked in record-breaking April rain as Longreach surrounded by floodwaters

Brazil – Flooding Jari River Affects Thousands in Amapá

DR Congo and Rwanda – 20 Killed in Floods and Landslides

Extreme heatwave in India and Pakistan causes power and water shortages

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Apr 2022: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Krakatau, Semeru, Ibu

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Which countries could become the world’s hydrogen superpowers?

Now we know the flaws of carbon offsets, it’s time to get real about climate change

Young people are on front line of climate change, but they’re not accepting it as an inevitability

Urban heat toolkit released for council planners

Americans are fleeing climate change — here’s where they can go

Increasing Human-Driven Global Disasters Risk A ‘Spiral Of Self-Destruction’

Wildfire smoke accelerates glacier melt, affects mountain runoff: USask research,-affects-mountain-runoff-usask-research.php

Time’s up: why Australia has to quit stalling and wean itself off fossil fuels

Sweltering Heat Blankets India

Too many new coal-fired plants planned for 1.5C climate goal, report concludes

Twitter bans ads that contradict science on climate change

This is why India’s heatwaves are getting hotter

European State of the Climate 2021 report

What Elon Musk Buying Twitter Could Mean for Climate Disinformation

The top four transport issues to address at COP27

The most devastating hurricanes could double by 2050 in nearly all regions of world, scientists say

Climate adaptation is going to be a disaster

India experiences its hottest March in 122 years

New Climate Modeling Predicts Increasing Occurrences of Flash Flooding Across Most of the U.S.

Increased infectious disease risk likely from climate change

NOAA and communities to map heat inequities in 14 U.S. cities and counties

Disaster risk reduction

Assessing placement bias of the global river gauge network

The 1992 Cape Mendocino Earthquake and Tsunami

These are the 10 fastest sinking cities in the world

Picoastal: A low-cost coastal video monitoring system

SADC countries urged to ‘strengthen early warning capacities’ to deal with natural disasters

Copernicus data supports flood monitoring on Europe’s coasts

Human activity and behaviour are contributing to an increasing number of disasters across the world, putting millions of lives and every social and economic gain in danger, warns a new UN report

In 2021, the Emergency Event Database (EM-DAT) recorded 432 disastrous events related to natural hazards worldwide

The Weather behind the Eastern Australian floods – the storm cluster from 23rd February to 2nd April, 2022

Floods create health risks: what to look out for and how to avoid them

The first interactive classification of extreme events in Italy

Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 (GAR2022)

A New Index to Quantify River Fragmentation

Why Vulnerability Still Matters: The Politics of Disaster Risk Creation

Complex Networks Help Explain Extreme Rainfall Events

New earthquake assessments available to strengthen preparedness in Europe

Urban health challenges: Lessons from COVID-19 responses

New Zealand shares multi-hazard modelling tool with Pacific countries

Australia braces for more wet weather with above-average rainfall predicted through winter and into spring

Part of the solution: Harris Policy Labs students identify Chicago neighborhoods most at risk in rising tide of urban flooding

Better land use and insurance to mitigate natural disasters

Emergency management

COVID-19 third leading cause of death again in 2021- U.S. study

Retired Fire Chief killed in Nebraska wildfire

Ida permanently retired from list of Atlantic hurricane names

U.S., European Commission estimate most of their populations have contracted COVID-19

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Learning with student climate strikers’ humour: towards critical affective climate justice literacies

Ready California

Take Action for Climate Justice – A guide for teachers and educators working with young people aged 9-16

Leading Through Extremes

World Environment Day prep

Immersive VR: empowering kids to survive in fire, flood, and war

Shaping Children’s Knowledge and Response to Bushfire Through Use of an Immersive Virtual Learning Environment

63 percent of the world’s total population is now online and 59% use social media

Household-Targeted Hurricane Warnings for Effective Evacuation

Towards a liberatory pedagogy of disaster risk reduction among built environment educators

Teaching climate issues through gameplay gains a following in Brazil

Psychology and disasters

Majority of family members of Covid patients treated in the ICU report PTSD symptoms

Examining Public Response and Climate Conditions During Overlapping Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings

The March 2020 Tennessee Tornados: Risk Perceptions, Preparedness, and Communication

Sociology and disasters

Transforming Governance for a Resilient Future

Understanding the Impacts of Managed Retreat and Resettlement on Informal Communities

Today in disaster resilience (22 April 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Dozens still missing as South Africa floods death toll rises to 443

Horn of Africa drought: Late rains in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are inflaming hunger, warns WFP

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Apr 2022: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Semeru

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australian scientists in a bid to measure the impact of climate change on a glacier in East Antarctica

Study shows a disastrous climate combination on the rise: wildfire followed by flood

Gas prices are soaring. What does it mean for climate?

South Australia grid reaches record high of 136.6 pct renewables

Climate-induced fire regime amplification in Alberta, Canada

‘Climate laggards’: Australian isolationism puts us on par with Saudi Arabia

South Africa’s floods a ‘teachable moment’ for climate adaptation

As climate change floods U.S. coast, islands fight for public money

Why delayed action on climate change will be profoundly damaging for poverty reduction efforts around the world

Global seasonal forecasts of marine heatwaves

Australia’s coal export boom forecast to end abruptly amid big drop in demand from China

Heatwaves and snow: What’s really happening to the Antarctic climate?

Melting land-based ice raises sea levels globally but can produce lowered levels locally

Climate Change Worsened Record–Breaking 2020 Hurricane Season

Madagascar: The humanitarian impact of climate change

More Frequent El Niño Events Predicted by 2040

Planning for urban heat resilience

Disaster risk reduction

Evolving Risk of Wildfires in Europe

Watery research boundaries: A bibliometric and network science approach to explore gaps and overlaps in water research

Higher incidence of high-severity fire in and near industrially managed forests

New Research Overlays Sociodemographic, Green Infrastructure And Stormwater Flood Risk Data To Assess Equitable Distribution Of Green Infrastructure

What’s behind South Africa’s flood disaster

Neural network model helps predict site-specific impacts of earthquakes

Niger: Improving Municipal Resilience to Flooding and Access to Basic Services

FEMA’s State and Local Flood Mitigation Planning Policy Guides Updated

U.S. Geological Survey and Department of Energy Los Alamos National Laboratory partner to advance fire research capabilities

Property Buyouts Can Be an Effective Solution for Flood-Prone Communities

New research detects pre-eruption warning signals at Whakaari White Island and other active volcanoes

Global sensitivity analysis in hydrodynamic modeling and flood inundation mapping

A quiet section of the San Andreas once had big quakes

More flood money for NSW

Real-time coastal flood hazard assessment using DEM-based hydrogeomorphic classifiers

Coastal boulders constrain prehistoric tsunamis

Planet image of the Kantagnos village landslide in the Philippines

Early warnings for floods in South Africa: engineering for future climate change

Natural disasters cost the nation: we’ve calculated the income tax revenue lost in their wake

KZN floods — three practical steps to make South African cities more flood resilient

How drones are improving landslide risk management in Brazil

Emergency management

Disaster Data: How Donors Can Play a Role

Unvaccinated U.S. children hospitalized at twice the rate during Omicron surge, study says

Covid hasn’t given up all its secrets. Here are 6 mysteries experts hope to unravel

‘Living with COVID-19’ must be more than an empty phrase: Individuals need tools to manage BA.2 and future waves

Isolation rules for close contacts are changing. What happens next?

Firefighters hopeful as U.S. government moves to speed up health claims

NSW Premier concedes it’s ‘not good enough’ with nine out of 10 flood victims still waiting to receive grants

Disabled people are being left out of COVID recovery. Here are five ways to change that

Disaster education, communications and engagement

A new Minecraft world is inspiring children to tackle flooding and climate change

Typology development of earthquake displays in free-choice learning environments, to inform earthquake early warning education in the United States

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Estuary education

The climate game: Can you reach net zero by 2050?

6 ways to build resilience and hope into young people’s learning about climate change

Community Science Builds a Seismic Network in Haiti

Psychology and disasters

Another day, another flood: preparing for more climate disasters means taking more personal responsibility for risk

Deadly wet season sees drivers trapped in floodwaters, so is safety messaging working?

Sociology and disasters

Local knowledge adds value to mapping flood risk in South Africa’s informal settlements

Building Rural and Native Communities’ Resilience to Disasters Social capital’s impact on COVID‑19 outcomes at local levels

Today in disaster resilience (15 April 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

British-born man dies after being caught in New South Wales floods

Colombia – at Least 12 Fatalities After Floods and Landslides in Antioquia

Three separate Colorado wildfires force evacuations Sunday

South Africa – Heavy Rain Causes Floods and Mudslides in KwaZulu-Natal

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Apr 2022: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay

Dozens killed in Philippines landslides and floods as tropical storm Megi hits

President Ramaphosa to visit flood-stricken KZN as death toll rises

South Africa floods: deadliest storm on record kills over 300 people

Texas twister injures 23; McBride Fire engulfs 150 structures

At least 23 injured after a large tornado and gigantic hail hit Salado, Texas

M6.1 earthquake hits New Britain, P.N.G.

Elevated volcanic unrest at Mt. Ruapehu, CO2 output now 2nd highest ever recorded, New Zealand

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

IPCC report calls for rapid, deep, and immediate emissions reductions

How are local meteorologists connecting the weather to climate change?

As sea levels rise, can Chesapeake Bay’s Tangier Island survive?

UN: 18 nations have gone green on climate, raked in green

Climate scientists are desperate: we’re crying, begging and getting arrested

‘Flash Droughts’ Coming on Faster, Global Study Shows

One issue matters more to top economists than any other this election: climate change

Four solutions to mitigate climate change, from the IPCC

Majorities in US back climate change proposals: Gallup

Southern Africa storms fuelled by climate change – study

As climate change intensifies extreme weather, local newspapers see a bright future in meteorology

Don’t let climate change take all the blame

Delhi under severe heatwave conditions after hottest March on record, India

Next PM urged to prioritise climate action

Individual Actions Can Reduce Emissions Up to 70%, Says IPCC Report

Net-zero commitments could limit warming to below 2 °C

Early closure of Australia’s largest coal-fired plant could create electricity shortages without grid upgrades

Disaster risk reduction

Exploring Rates of Earthquake Occurrence

The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season will be more active than usual, researchers say

Our dangerous future of compounding crises: Ukraine, climate, and the pandemic

California utility to pay $55 million for massive wildfires

Bringing Back Fire: How Burning Can Help Restore Eastern Lands

Geoarchaeological evidence reveals a major M9.5 tsunamigenic earthquake in Chile

A Sharper Look at the World’s Rivers and Catchments

Developing a large-scale dataset of flood fatalities for territories in the Euro-Mediterranean region, FFEM-DB

Better wildfire models save property and life: refined fidelity of predictive models using AI

What’s the tallest wave ever recorded on Earth?

California, Utah and other Western states face scary wildfire season

Risk Data Hub, a renewed space to support EU countries with disaster prevention and preparedness

The Transportation Network’s Role in Disaster and Community Resilience

U.S. Fires Quadrupled in Size, Tripled in Frequency in 20 Years

Pacific Highway upgrade acted as ‘dam wall’ during floods, north coast residents claim

Scientists Unravel How the Tonga Volcano Caused Worldwide Tsunamis

Data from Swiss Re Institute’s latest sigma report shows that floods accounted for 31% of global economic losses from natural catastrophes in 2021, yet just 25% of flood risk is covered by insurance

Finding higher ground as floodwaters rise

Risk Data Hub, a renewed space to support EU countries with disaster prevention and preparedness

Emergency management

Advocates say people with disability are increasingly ‘forgotten’ in emergency planning

Under COVID Lockdown, Shanghai’s People Are Running Out of Food and Meds While Pets Get Killed in the Streets

Southern Manitoba communities well-prepared for potential flooding, officials say

Covid threat being ignored in England for ideological reasons, say NHS leaders

Victims of the 2011 Brisbane floods have lost a High Court over findings against dam engineers

Could the KZN flooding disaster have been mitigated by a better early warning system?

Disaster education, communications and engagement

With citizen science projects, you and your students can collect and interpret data that will be used to help better understand our Earth and Earth systems

The past decade has seen a significant shift in the attitudes of UK newspapers towards climate change

Submissions for the 2022 Resilient Australia National Awards open

Protect your pets in emergencies

Remote sensing classroom

Psychology and disasters

Community disaster exposure and first onset of depression: A panel analysis of nationally representative South African data, 2008–2017

It’s not easy being your brain

Sociology and disasters

The donut effect: How the pandemic hollowed out America’s biggest cities

Mechanism of an evacuation cascade during the 2011 Tohoku tsunami inferred from an evacuation simulation incorporating communications in social networks

Is my vulnerability so different from yours? A call for compassionate climate change research

People in a pandemic: Rethinking the role of ‘Community’ in community resilience practices

The world’s poorest have the strongest resilience, yet their voices remain unheard

Today in disaster resilience (1 April 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Northern NSW towns under evacuation orders as heavy rainfall hits flood-ravaged regions

Heavy rains trigger deadly landslide, leave more than 250 000 without drinking water in Cuenca, Ecuador

Wilsons River at Lismore to peak at 12m, search for missing Nowra woman continues

Australia – Evacuations After More Floods in New South Wales

Strong M7.0 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Shifts in El Niño May Be Driving Climates Extremes in Both Hemispheres

The Guardian view on record-breaking Arctic temperatures: do look up

The concrete breakwaters designed to protect people from the consequences of global warming also contribute to it

The floods and the advent of the climate emergency

Queensland’s proposed coal mines would double emissions, report suggests

How Freaked Out Should We Be About That Antarctica Ice-Shelf Collapse?

Severity and sweep of Prairie droughts could spiral as climate changes

Storm surges, rising sea levels and beach erosion could threaten $25 billion worth of Australian residential properties over the next 30 years

Coastal home buyers are ignoring rising flood risks, despite clear warnings and rising insurance premiums

Atmospheric blocking and weather extremes over the Euro-Atlantic sector – a review

U.S. Businesses May Be Required to Report Emissions, Climate Risk

Indigenous peoples across the globe are uniquely equipped to deal with the climate crisis – so why are we being left out of these conversations?

On verge of record drought, East Africa grapples with new climate normal

Wind and solar generated 10% of global electricity for the first time in 2021, a new analysis shows

Trends in Europe storm surge extremes match the rate of sea-level rise

New, faster method to measure global warming shows no acceleration or slowdown

Rising Sea Levels, Storm Surges and Heavy Rainfall: Outlining the Impacts of Climate Change on Flood Risk in Denmark

Tasmania’s forests are burning more as climate change dries them out. Our old tools can’t fight these new fires

Meltwater drainage, break-away icebergs linked at shrinking Helheim Glacier

Disaster risk reduction

Novel framework for assessing long-term flood risk management pathways focusing on river channel improvement and amenity policies

Improving flash flood risk assessment using a simple approach for extreme rainfall scaling and storms transposition

Storm surge contributions to flood hazards on Canada’s Atlantic Coast

Joint flood control scheduling strategy of large cascade reservoirs: A case study of the cascade reservoirs in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River in China

UN weather agency to spearhead 5 year early warning plan, boosting climate action

LiDAR scan the entire surface of the Earth

Threat and Risk Assessment

Influence of Urban Areas on Surface Water Loss in the Contiguous United States

A tool to assess livelihood preparedness for disasters: a study of Kaikōura earthquake in New Zealand

Communities to trial innovative ways of adapting to coastal erosion

Sponginess and why it matters

Flood hydrology roadmap sets out 25-year vision to help predict and manage flood risk

Chaos theory provides hints for controlling the weather

Using flood probabilities to improve the effectiveness of the monitoring, reinforcement and maintenance of dikes

Government of Canada Helps Protect Canadians With Earthquake Early Warning System

Science to guide our relationship with nature

Quantifying CMIP6 model uncertainties in extreme precipitation projections

Wildfire contribution to streamflow variability across Australian temperate zone

Behavioral Economic Consequences of Disasters: A Basis for Inclusion in Benefit–Cost Analysis

Rainforest persistence and recruitment after Australia’s 2019–2020 fires in subtropical, temperate, dry and littoral rainforests

Deadly ‘Smoke Waves’ From Wildfires Set to Soar

As drought pushes east, more intense wildfires are sparking in new areas

Historic restructuring of flood insurance begins tomorrow

B.C. landslide caused 100-metre-high tsunami, set off earthquake scale: study

Why can floods in Northern Rivers towns like Lismore and Byron Bay come in clusters?

Losses from flood have been on an upward trend globally

Counterfactual Analysis is increasingly used in Disaster Risk Management to explore the effectiveness and the value of measures aimed at preventing disasters or mitigating their impacts

Emergency management

All eyes are on China as it attempts to quash its largest COVID-19 outbreaks since the early days of the pandemic

Global vaccination must be swifter

NSW government approves just 377 grants for flood-hit business, despite receiving 8,000 applications

The learning vacuum of bushfire public inquiries — a review

NDK detects early-stage forest fires in Korea

GESA – Global Emergency Services Action

Dire impact from floods in South Sudan as new wet season looms

Female wildland firefighters are forging a sisterhood in a field dominated by men

Assessing distributive inequities in FEMA’s Disaster recovery assistance fund allocation

Early warning systems hold the key to disaster management in West Africa

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Climate Action Board Game

Actionable and understandable? Evidence-based recommendations for the design of (multi-) hazard warning messages

Data-driven citizen science changes the way communities deal with flooding

Psychology and disasters

Household Hurricane Evacuation Plan Adaptation in Response to Estimated Travel Delay Provided Prior to Departure

‘Essential for the soul’?: leisure as a flashpoint during COVID-19 lockdowns in Ontario, Canada

Risk Attitudes to Catastrophic Events: VSL and WTP for Insurance Against Earthquakes

Typhoon Risk Perception: A Case Study of Typhoon Lekima in China

Geopolitical factors and mental health

‘There’s a cracking’: Residents are broken in Lismore after the NSW town is flooded again

Sociology and disasters

Social influence matters: We follow pandemic guidelines most when our close circle does

Today in disaster resilience (25 March 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Indonesia – Floods Affect 50,000 in Java, Borneo and Sumatra

A massive tornado struck parts of New Orleans that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina nearly two decades ago

Mozambique – Death Toll From Cyclone Gombe Rises to More Than 50

Brazil – Deadly Floods and Landslides Strike Again in Petrópolis

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Mar 2022: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Sangay, São Jorge, Lonquimay

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Heatwaves at both of Earth’s poles alarm climate scientists

Climate Change Is Disrupting the Global Supply Chain Too

Climate change: Wildfire smoke linked to Arctic melting

Cut Climate Tech Invention-to-Innovation Time

Faced with rising seas, this Florida city is building a resilience fund

Climate Resilience for Whom? The Importance of Locally-Led Development in the Northern Triangle

The world needs a new water agenda

Within the next five years, everyone on Earth should be protected by early warning systems against increasingly extreme weather and climate change

Heatwaves in the Asia-Pacific

The Effects of Climate Change

Climate Change Will Make Supply Chain Woes Worse

Tornadoes, climate change and why Dixie is the new Tornado Alley

Disaster risk reduction

US tsunami warning system needs an urgent overhaul, experts say

Megafire-induced interval squeeze threatens vegetation at landscape scales

Controls on watershed flashiness across the continental US

FEMA is giving homeowners money to prepare for floods — or move away

A new technology will allow researchers to quickly compare data from different satellites to better assess changes on Earth

Flood hydrology roadmap sets out 25-year vision to help predict and manage flood risk

Was It a Flash Flood or Not? Categorizing Disaster Types in Historical Records

Development of a Flash Flood Confidence Index from Disaster Reports and Geophysical Susceptibility

Spatial targeting of nature-based solutions for flood risk management within river catchments

Emergency management

So you’ve recovered from Covid. What next?

Flood-affected Lismore residents with nowhere to go return to homes deemed uninhabitable

NSW government promises to respond better and mitigate against future deadly floods as clean up gathers pace

Tonga Tsunami, January 15, 2022

Guardian Essential poll: voters mark Morrison government down on flood response

FEMA trailers for 2020 hurricanes soon to require rent

Governments love to talk about ‘shared responsibility’ in a disaster – but does anyone know what it means?

Flood-stricken, isolated central Queensland farmers want more access to recovery funding

Did the COVID lockdowns work? Here’s what we know two years on

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Adaptation pathways: A review of approaches and a learning framework

Resilience First launches ground-breaking Business Resilience Self-Assessment Tool

How to make your home safer in tornadoes, hurricanes

Enthusiasm for Twitter changed science communication during the pandemic—but will it last?

How Participatory is Participatory Flood Risk Mapping? Voices from the Flood Prone Dharavi Slum in Mumbai

Psychology and disasters

Koala champion escapes floods

Sociology and disasters

Disasters, Ruins, and Crises: Masculinity and Ramifications of Storms in Vietnam

A billion of the world’s most climate-vulnerable people live in informal settlements – here’s what they face

Risk, Resilience and Gender in the Current Petrópolis Tragedy

Today in disaster resilience (18 March 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Mozambique – 12 Killed as Cyclone Gombe Brings Strong Winds and Torrential Rain

Malaysia – Deadly Landslide in Kuala Lumpur

Historic drought looms for 20 million living in Horn of Africa

Roads blocked and homes evacuated as heavy rain hits southern France

Malawi – 4 Dead After Cyclone Gombe Causes Floods in South

Landslide in Peruvian Andes buries dozens of homes

Australia – More Deadly Floods Hit New South Wales

Ecuador – 1 Missing After Flash Floods and Landslides in Loja

Magnitude-6.7 earthquake off Sumatra a reminder of region’s earthquake and tsunami hazards

Powerful quake off north Japan kills 4, more than 90 injured

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Mar 2022: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Ibu, Reventador, Kilauea, Sangay

USA – Floods Cause Traffic Chaos in Alabama

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sun Cable’s giant Northern Territory solar project gets $210m funding boost

UK not prepared for climate impacts, warns IPCC expert

What does the latest climate science mean for anticipatory action?

Estimating Heat Wave Frequency and Strength: A Chicago Case Study

February 2022: Earth’s 7th-warmest February on record

Increasing spatiotemporal proximity of heat and precipitation extremes in a warming world quantified by a large model ensemble

IPCC report: how politics – not climate change – is responsible for disasters and conflict

Children’s climate change case overturned on appeal as Federal Court dismisses government’s ‘duty of care’

Why Is the World Ignoring the Latest U.N. Climate Report?

Fast-melting alpine permafrost may contribute to rising global temperatures

Precipitation trends determine how often droughts and heat waves will occur together

As sea levels rise, coastal megacities will need more than flood barriers

Using Thoreau’s Notebooks to Understand Climate Change

Black Summer bushfire smoke altered ozone-depleting chemicals in atmosphere, study finds

Germany aims to get 100% of energy from renewable sources by 2035

To really address climate change, Australia could make 27 times as much electricity and make it renewable

When will eastern Australia’s wet weather end and will we get a La Niña ‘three-peat’?

U.S. Fires Four Times Larger, Three Times More Frequent Since 2000

Disaster risk reduction

Fire-Environment Analysis: An Example of Army Garrison Camp Williams, Utah

‘It makes sense to improve’: flood-hit mayors fear road rebuild won’t reduce risk

Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework

Grantham residents moved to higher ground after record floods, so why haven’t others?

A retrospective on hydrological catchment modelling based on half a century with the HBV model

To build for the future, we need updated rainfall records

The human factor in seasonal streamflows across natural and managed watersheds of North America

Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis

Assessing the Potential for Compound Storm Surge and Extreme River Discharge Events at the Catchment Scale with Statistical Models: Sensitivity Analysis and Recommendations for Best Practice

After the floods, the distressing but necessary case for managed retreat

Yukon government mapping all flood prone areas, minister says

Strengthening emergency communications for complex, cascading and compounding events – lessons learned from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption and tsunami in Tonga

Trees: why they’re our greatest allies against floods – but also tragic victims

World’s largest dam removal reverses coastal erosion

A Comparative Assessment of Mobile Device-Based Multi-Hazard Warnings: Saving Lives through Public Alerts in Europe

More than one million properties are at risk of flooding across 30 priority local government areas around Australia

Burned areas and number of wildfires around the world

Community Resilience Estimates

SeisBench—A Toolbox for Machine Learning in Seismology

New high-resolution map shows wildfires caused one third of global forest loss between 2001 and 2019

Emergency management

China battles worst Covid outbreak for two years as cases double in 24 hours

If you think you know how many Britons died during the pandemic, think again

Responding faster to droughts with satellites and adaptive social protection in Niger

COVID pandemic 2nd anniversary: 3 things we got wrong, and 3 things to watch out for

SES boss defends decision to reject army assistance days before northern NSW floods

Scott Morrison says he met with BOM last year to discuss ‘cyclones and floods’ after government blasted for refusing to heed warnings

Post-event flood mapping for road networks using taxi GPS data

Brisbane floods damage University of Queensland glasshouses, result in ‘huge loss of knowledge’

Kids show mysteriously low levels of COVID antibodies

‘Pretty brutal’: Hiring woes plague Biden effort to contain wildfires

After the tornado, can a rural Kentucky town create a comeback?

Has the COVID-19 pandemic made the world more prepared for the future?

Burned Area Emergency Response Teams: Interactions and Opportunities During Southwestern Monsoon Seasons

Review on visualization technology in simulation training system for major natural disasters

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Ulladulla’s Gateway sculpture rises up as symbol of resilience after Black Summer bushfires

Virginia Flood Awareness Week

Study proposes to involve high school students in mapping natural disaster hazards and impact prevention

Moral Emotions Shape the Virality of COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media

Artists address flood awareness

Flood recovery resources

ADA brings flood risk management into focus in schools

Examining Public Response and Climate Conditions During Overlapping Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings

Household-Targeted Hurricane Warnings for Effective Evacuation

Risk Communication Planning: Learning From Lived Experiences of Homelessness

The Role of 360-Degree Videos in Wildfire Preparedness

Evacuation: A Resource Round-Up

Psychology and disasters

Anxious nation: Eco-grief takes hold as ‘code red for humanity’ hits home

The March 2020 Tennessee Tornados: Risk Perceptions, Preparedness, and Communication

Learning From Hurricane Laura’s Near Miss: Evacuation Decision-Making Under Uncertainty

Sociology and disasters

Cabbage Tree Island’s Indigenous community displaced by NSW floods ‘left out’ of government’s response

Disasters as Enablers of Negotiation for Sustainability Transition: A Case from Odaka, Fukushima

Why climate change is inherently racist

So far, vaccine inequity is widening the gap between rich and poor

Location Intelligence Reveals the Extent, Timing, and Spatial Variation of Hurricane Preparedness

Homeless and looking for help – why people with disability and their carers fare worse after floods

Today in disaster resilience (11 March 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

NSW residents warned to prepare again as more dangerous weather forecast

Destructive tornadoes hit Iowa, leaving at least 7 people dead, U.S.

Flooding in Mindanao displaces hundreds as tropical wave lingers over the Philippines

Colombia – Thousands Isolated After Rivers Overflow in Antioquia

Haiti and Dominican Republic – 2 Dead, Hundreds Displaced After Rain Triggers Flash Floods

Thousands of acres near Panama City are torched as Florida Panhandle wildfires continue

Sydney floods: two found dead, roads inundated, homes and suburbs across the city swamped

Wildfires erupt after hottest week in history across parts of the West ignited them

Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Java and Sulawesi Islands

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Mar 2022: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay, Pavlof

Ecuador – Hundreds of Homes Damaged, Communities Isolated After Floods in Cotopaxi

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Worse weather and more floods: The IPCC report contains warnings Australia should heed

How climate data scarcity costs lives

Tasmania’s dry summer in review, as BOM eyes autumn with waning La Niña

Lismore embodies the problem now facing Australia from climate change

Ten climate-resilient homes

How climate change is already hitting Europe and how we need to adapt

The importance of hydrology in routing terrestrial carbon to the atmosphere via global streams and rivers

Causes and Consequences of Epic Western US Drought

“Delay Means Death,” UN Chief Warns About Climate Change

A new study challenges a commonly accepted explanation that a “sudden stratospheric warming” caused the unusually cold weather over the U.S. early last year

The UK’s Heat and Buildings Strategy

New Climate Council report A Supercharged Climate: Rain bombs, flash flooding and destruction’

Projected Impact of Mid-21st Century Climate Change on Wildfire Hazard in a Major Urban Watershed outside Portland, Oregon USA

So, we are “learning to live with COVID” — can we learn to live with climate change?

The floods have killed at least 21 Australians. Adapting to a harsher climate is now a life-or-death matter

Our climate crisis

Human actions accelerate climate-driven floods and droughts

Disaster risk reduction

Can Cloud Seeding Help Quench the Thirst of the U.S. West?

Victims of NSW and Queensland floods have lodged 60,000 claims, but too many are underinsured. Here’s a better way

Scientists seek to solve mystery of why some people do not catch Covid

South-east Queensland flood damage bill revised to cost up to $2.5b

Expert calls for better flood preparation across south-east Queensland after severe weather event

What is flood planning?

The normative dimensions of flood risk management: Two types of flood harm

Join Pew and Partners March 8 for ‘Flood Resilience and Adaptation Planning in the U.S.: Challenges and Opportunities’

Should every house be rebuilt after flooding?

One in 4 homes and businesses in UK at risk of flooding

Toward integrated fire management to promote ecosystem resilience

Hurricanes and Other Tropical Cyclones Linked to Rise in U.S. Deaths from Several Major Causes

Under-resourced and undermined: as floods hit south-west Sydney, our research shows councils aren’t prepared

Briefing Note on Systemic Risk

All disaster risk is systemic, all disaster impact is systemic…but what does it mean?

To Track Magma’s Path to Eruption, Scientists Say There’s Something in the Water

A framework for research on recurrent acute disasters

One in 1,000 years? Old flood probabilities no longer hold water

Weather forecasts won’t save us – we must pre-empt monster floods years before they hit

Emergency management

How a spreadsheet became a lifesaver in Lismore’s flood crisis

NMSU researchers dive deeper into humanitarian response of COVID-19 crisis

‘His body was just there’: Mullumbimby volunteers confronted by horrors and chaos of flood aftermath

Mapping of current Australian floods

Chefs lead volunteers to feed NSW flood victims in absence of government food relief

‘The sad reality is many don’t survive’: how floods affect wildlife, and how you can help them

US National COVID Preparedness Plan

Lori Moore-Merrell, the new US Fire Administrator, discusses her agency’s priorities and challenges

Two years on, COVID-19 pandemic ‘far from over’

Understanding the uneven spread of COVID-19 in the context of the global interconnected economy

Northern NSW vets work to save hundreds of starving, suffering animals amid flood crisis

The national emergency declaration came days after the east coast was already underwater. Why?

‘A year’s worth of landfill’: what will happen to all the waste from flood-damaged homes in Queensland and NSW?

Floods left thousands without power. Microgrids could help communities weather the next disaster

Louisiana hurricane aid missing from federal spending deal

Water releases from Wivenhoe have been halted. So what’s the status of south-east Queensland’s major water supply?

Disaster education, communications and engagement

These Photos Show the Already Devastating Impact of Australia’s Dystopic ‘Rain Bomb’

People could’ve prepared for the floods better if the impacts of weather forecasts were clearly communicated

Disasters: Deconstructed Podcast: Engaging with Communities

Engaging communities to prepare for natural hazards: a conceptual model

Sea Level Rise Viewer

Why Vulnerability Still Matters: The Politics of Disaster Risk Creation

Whether people prepare for natural disasters depends on how the message is sent

Psychology and disasters

Shining a Light on Suicide Risk for Wildland Firefighters

First come floods, then domestic violence. We need to prepare for the next inevitable crisis

Sociology and disasters

Women and Girls in Disasters

Black Neighborhoods Will Bear Future Flood Burden

Mapping vulnerability: why the IPCC’s geography of climate risk is contentious

Preparing for when lightning strikes the same place twice, then strikes again

Today in disaster resilience (4 March 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Man dies in floodwaters on NSW Central Coast as drivers caught out in rising waters

Flood emergency in Lismore, Murwillumbah, Kyogle set to be largest on record

South-east Queensland weather claims seventh life as evacuations, rising floodwaters continue

At least 24 dead or missing after heavy rains hit Tarija, Bolivia

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake, numerous aftershocks hit West Sumatra, Indonesia

Tropical Cyclone “Anika” forecast to make landfall over the northern Kimberley coast, Western Australia

Death toll from Indonesia earthquake rises to 11 with 400 injured

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Kelantan and Terengganu

East coast low menaces Sydney and vast stretch of NSW coast with ‘life-threatening’ flash flooding forecast

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate emergency a ‘national security’ concern, says Red Cross

2021 Climate Change Catastrophe Report

Wildfires likely to increase by a third by 2050, warns UN

Mass starvation, extinctions, disasters: the new IPCC report’s grim predictions, and why adaptation efforts are falling behind

Latest IPCC report: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

As extreme weather ravages the Pacific, there is much to do and no time to waste

One of the most well-studied impacts of climate change is the effect of temperature and, in particular, extremely hot days on mortality

New IPCC report shows Australia is at real risk from climate change, with impacts worsening, future risks high, and wide-ranging adaptation needed

Like rivers in the sky: the weather system bringing floods to Queensland will become more likely under climate change

‘Delay means death’: We’re running out of ways to adapt to the climate crisis, new report shows. Here are the key takeaways

Climate Report Rebukes Overshoot Plans with “Irreversible Consequences”

Doctors say climate change is already having devastating effects on our health

Chief Heat Officers

Understanding the formation and evolution of blue-ice moraines

‘One of the most extreme disasters in colonial Australian history’: climate scientists on the floods and our future risk

From food to floods, Africa ‘not ready’ for climate stress, its scientists say

Flood shift in Australia predicted

Make no mistake: these floods are climate change playing out in real time

Deadly floods highlight need for climate action

Improving hydrological climate impact assessments using multirealizations from a global climate model

As climate dangers rise, scientists predict disasters before they happen

Disaster risk reduction

A Devastating Blaze Hit Climate and Fire Scientists Where They Live

Nature-based solutions: The answer to flooding in Chennai?

CoreLogic Climate Change Catastrophe Report Estimates 1 in 10 U.S. Residential Properties Impacted by Natural Disasters in 2021

Predictive multi-watershed flood monitoring using deep learning on integrated physical and social sensors data

Lismore locals baffled as flood-prone city is left off priority funding list

Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper

Ocean and extreme events: Better forecasting for a better prepared society

Nashville residents stunned to find out they’re now living in flood plains

What caused the ‘rain bomb’? How the unprecedented Queensland and NSW 2022 floods unfolded

The Underestimated Risk of Flooding in Switzerland

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

Distribution and characteristics of wastewater treatment plants within the global river network

See Australia as never before with new annual LandCover maps from 1988–2020 at 25 m resolution

Resilience of art cities to flood risk: A quantitative model based on depth-idleness correlation

Why water inundates a home during one flood but spares it the next

Stalled weather: how stuck air pressure systems drive floods and heatwaves

Flood risk management and governance: A bibliometric review of the literature

Study Maps Stress Changes Around Fault Activated by Hydraulic Fracturing

Emergency management

Lismore flood emergency sees people stranded on roofs, evacuation warning issued for entire NSW Northern Rivers

COVID-19: This is the impact of working from home, say leading economists

Drinking water can be a dangerous cocktail for people in flood areas

Fijian abattoir workers, Melbourne’s Sikh community assist in NSW flood zone

Flood map and rain charts show extent of Queensland and NSW disaster

The Philippines is “Ready to Rebuild” in the aftermath of Typhoon Rai

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Hot on the Presses: Capturing an Audience During High Heat Emergencies

How unusual is all this rain we’re having? The answer? Very

California Tsunami Preparedness Guide

The role of public participation in disaster risk reduction initiatives: The case of Katlehong township

Political psychology in the digital (mis)information age: A model of news belief and sharing

Psychology and disasters

As pandemic stressors continue, kids’ mental health needs to be addressed in schools

Psychology stands ready to help society respond to climate change, APA president says

Psychologists Urge Peers to Take Climate Action

Sociology and disasters

The White House excluded race from its environmental justice tool. We put it back in

We could be creating flood risk ghettos’: How flooding hits the UK’s poorest hardest