Today in disaster resilience (30 September 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Atlantic Canada recovering from storm Fiona’s path of destruction

Typhoon Noru hits Philippines, thousands evacuated as fierce rains and wind batter region

Venezuela – Flash Floods in Táchira Leave 7 Dead, 3 Missing

Australia – Floods Turn Deadly in New South Wales

Typhoon Noru leaves 6 rescuers dead in the northern Philippines

Canada – 1 Killed in Newfoundland as Storm Surge From Hurricane Fiona Sweeps Homes Into the Ocean

Spain – 1 Killed in Murcia Flash Floods After 29mm of Rain in 10 Minutes

Ian is intensifying into a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane before it hits Florida

Mali – Hundreds of Homes Destroyed by Floods in Mopti Region

Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida as ‘dangerous’ category 4 storm – live

Category 4 Hurricane “Ian” makes landfall in southwestern Florida, U.S.

Volcanic activity worldwide 29 Sep 2022: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Ibu, Reventador

Hurricane “Ian” – Major disaster declared, possibly the deadliest hurricane in Florida’s history

Residents search for missing people after Hurricane Ian rips through Florida’s Gulf Coast

Croatia – Deadly Flash Floods in Rijeka

Cameroon – Floods Affect Almost 40,000 in Far North Region

USA – Hurricane Ian Causes Catastrophic Storm Surge Floods in Florida

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Boston’s sea-level rise will require a ‘Big Dig level’ solution, city leaders say

Afraid and anxious, young protesters demand climate action

As seas rise, U.S. coastal landowners urged to let the water in

Queensland reaches 66 pct wind and solar for first time as it prepares massive green push

Loss of Arctic Sea Ice to Give Rise to More Strong El Niños, Study Finds

Surprise Hydrological Shifts Imperil Water Resources

Australia has a golden opportunity to expand solar energy manufacturing

In the End, Climate Change Is the Only Story That Matters

Assessment of hot weather seasonal temperatures over India using Monsoon Mission Coupled Forecasting System hindcasts

America’s towns are not ready for climate catastrophes. Here’s how one is hanging on

South-east Asian coastal cities sinking fastest, could worsen impacts of sea level rise: Study

‘The climate crisis is now’: haunting video spotlights California wildfires

Climate change already torments the poor. It will soon come for the rich

Queensland plans to use 80 per cent renewable energy by 2035. How will it be achieved?

Worse than 2003: Swiss glaciers are melting more than ever before

Impacts of Extreme Heat on Global Cities

Extreme heat report on Sydney

Hurricane Ian is going to flood out Florida — and this is a constant climate change problem–and-this-is-a-constant-climate-change-problem/

Heat deaths, scorched trees and civil unrest: life on the climate frontline in 2022

Canada’s economy already hurt by climate change, households hit hardest

Disaster risk reduction

The Disaster Bills Coming Due

We can use drones to get inside and learn more about active, gassy volcanoes

What do you mean, ‘megafire’?

Canada wildfire

The world’s five most dangerous volcanoes

Valuing Human Impact of Natural Disasters: A Review of Methods

Deepest Scientific Ocean Drilling Sheds Light on Japan’s Next Great Earthquake

Researchers modeled and mapped how eight key aspects of human societies affect hydrological cycles

Why Do Some Post-Tropical Cyclones Impact Europe?

City seeks quality of life in the face of flood risk

Seismic Sources in the Aleutian Cradle of Tsunamis

Hurricanes: Are they getting more violent?

First report of the 2021 World Risk Poll

Hydrological regimes in different slope environments and implications on rainfall thresholds triggering shallow landslides

W.V. Lawmakers Consider Flood Risk, Disaster Strategy

New issue of The Depositional Record

Python Recipes for Earth Sciences

The USGS is releasing a National Strategy for Landslide Loss Reduction detailing the steps necessary to equitably reduce the Nation’s risk from landslide hazards

Emergency management

Lessons from Fiona: Global collaboration is key to preparing for future hurricanes

Weeks after record-setting monsoon rains turned vast tracts of Pakistan into an inland lake, health officials are concerned that a second wave of disaster is brewing

California’s wildfire activity is running below average this year. But experts warn it’s not over

Flood-hit Pakistan should suspend debt repayments, says UN policy paper

World Bank pledges $2 billion for flood-ravaged Pakistan

Researchers Design 3D Printing Drones to Help Rebuild Disaster Zones

Years after Hurricanes Florence and Matthew, resiliency the focus of NC recovery efforts

Australia 2021-22 Major Incidents Report

Cuba’s electrical grid collapses after Hurricane “Ian”

Fiona was one of Canada’s worst natural disasters, but evacuations prevented greater losses in Atlantic Canada

Flooding causing fish kills

Arizona helicopter crew rescues family of 6 stranded on roof of vehicle during flood

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Disaster Impacts Surveillance from Social Media with Topic Modeling and Feature Extraction: Case of Hurricane Harvey

Preparing for emergencies

Lessons learned from co-designing a high school beach safety education program with lifeguards and students

Make a plan

Discover the story of the vast, vibrant Australian continent in the new Great Southern Land gallery at the National Museum of Australia

#TurnAroundDontDrown video

NSW State Emergency Service overhauls flood warning system,or%20move%20to%20higher%20ground.

Life-Saving Landslide Risk Communication in Puerto Rico

Psychology and disasters

Children prenatally exposed to Superstorm Sandy had substantially increased risks for depression, anxiety, and attention deficit/disruptive behavior disorders compared to children who were not

Risk perception and contrived ignorance in China

Sociology and disasters

Inequality in the availability of residential air conditioning across 115 US metropolitan areas

Mobile homes and disaster: Understanding risks and opportunities

As U.S. bakes, mapping shows Black, Latino areas feel more heat

Protection, Gender and Inclusion? A feminist approach to disaster law and policy

Bolivia: What political and economic interest is behind the forest fires?

World Risk Poll: Most Disaster-Exposed Among Least Resilient

Hurricane Ian: Older adults have many reasons for not evacuating – here’s why it’s important to check on aging neighbors

Trust but verify: Validating new measures for mapping social infrastructure in cities

Puerto Ricans: We Won’t Become Resilient Until We Have an Equitable and Just Recovery

This research project investigates and develops interventions to bolster social connectedness in Boston-area communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change


Today in disaster resilience (18 September 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

The death toll from wildfires choking the west coast of the US continued

A Siege of 80 Large, Uncontained Wildfires Sweeps the Hot, Dry West

Floods generated by exceptional rainfall have killed more than 200 people and affected over a million more, in a band of countries from Senegal to Sudan

Tropical Storm Sally Is Heading North, Stalking New Orleans

Nepal – Over 30 Dead or Missing After Floods and Landslides in Sindhupalchok

Tunisia – Floods Leave 6 Dead After Days of Heavy Rain

DR Congo – 50 Feared Dead as Mine Collapses During Floods

Ethiopia – 300,000 Displaced by Floods, Says UN

Hurricane Sally strengthens ‘rapidly’ as Gulf Coast braces, mandatory evacuations in Louisiana, Mississippi

Mauritania – Deadly Floods in South and East

1,000 Firefighters, 15 Aircraft Battle Wildfire in Portugal

Death toll rises in US as wildfires continue in West Coast states

Cape Verde – Deadly Flash Floods in Praia

Indonesia – at Least 4 Dead, 2,000 Displaced After Floods in 4 Provinces

Hurricane Sally nears U.S. Gulf Coast as residents brace for historic floods

Firefighters make progress in west coast blazes as smoke spreads across US

Uganda – Deadly Flash Floods in Kampala

India – 1 Dead, 34,000 Affected After Fresh Floods in Assam

Vietnam – 2 Dead After Severe Storms Cause Floods and Landslides in North

Lightning strikes kill 42 people in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, India

Flooding, Power Outages Spread as Hurricane Sally Batters Alabama, Florida

India’s coronavirus cases pass 5 million as hospitals scramble for oxygen–pass-5-million/12670756

Guatemala – 25,000 Affected by Heavy Rain, Floods and Landslides

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in West Papua, Floods in Central Sulawesi and West Kalimantan

After the floods, assessing Hurricane Sally’s damage

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Sep 2020: Semeru volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Bezymianny

At least 1 dead as Hurricane Sally unleashes “catastrophic and life-threatening” flooding along Gulf Coast

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Earth may temporarily pass dangerous 1.5℃ warming limit by 2024, major new report says

UK: the record-breaking August 2020 heatwave

Climate insights 2020: natural disasters

South Australia solar power reaches 94 pct of state demand on Sunday

The Age Of The ‘Megafire’ Is Upon Us

Climate crisis could displace 1.2 billion people by 2050, report warns

Will Extreme Weather Keep Getting Worse? Scientists Say Yes

A big chunk of Greenland’s ice cap breaks off as Arctic shifts to new climate regime

Consortium Launches Program to Train Next Generation of City Climate Resilience Leaders

A warming California sets the stage for future floods

Slightest heat increase magnifies hurricane risk

South-South cooperation to tackle climate change

Mapping the effectiveness of nature‐based solutions for climate change adaptation

Multiple benefits of DRR investment: UR Tanzania

UBC researchers launch vulnerability index to track potential health impacts of climate change

The seawater carbon inventory at the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum

Wild weather this year shows growing impact of climate change, scientists say

We need to treat extreme events as connected, not as anomalies

More Americans think climate change poses a long-term threat to society than COVID-19 – 55% versus 44% respectively

6 Graphics Explain the Climate Feedback Loop Fueling US Fires

Just One Name Left on the Hurricane List and It’s Only September

New Zealand first in the world to require climate risk reporting

Disaster risk reduction

Learning from experience: Insights from China’s progress in disaster risk management

UAE cultivates the first private sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) in the Arab Region

A data-driven framework to address gender issues in managing flood risks: flood risk management support project for the city of Buenos Aires

Coastal development between opportunity and disaster risk: a multisectoral risk assessment for Vietnam

Flood risk management in Africa

Reimagining resilience in a post pandemic world

Strengthening hydromet services, disaster preparedness and urban resilience in Honduras

Americans back tough limits on building in fire and flood zones

Guwahati gets an experimental flood warning system

Flood risk and coastal assessment of the Tocumen river: prioritization of hybrid infrastructure for urban flood risk reduction in Panama

Why are landslides so deadly in Nepal?

Modelling would predict where dangerous blazes could occur across Australia so firefighting planes and helicopters could be deployed in advance

Localization and coalescence of seismicity before large earthquakes

Developing open-source technical business and scientific standards for climate physical risk projections of future repair and replacement costs of residential and commercial buildings and infrastructure in Australia

FT Ministry ready to work with others to address KL flash floods

The Indian Government’s flood insurance packages can do better. This is how

Megafires: Climate change or land management?

Beyond 2D inventories: synoptic 3D landslide volume calculation from repeat LiDAR data

New homes, highways boost flood risk on Turkey’s northern coast

California wildfires: can insurance markets handle the risk?

Effectiveness of flood early warning system to reduce economic loss at four communities

World risk report 2020 – focus: forced displacement and migration

Our land was taken. But we still hold the knowledge of how to stop mega-fires

Disruptive resilience: an agenda for the new normal in cities of the global South

Investing in early fire detection could save $8 billion

Flash flood indicators

Emergency management

Made worse by tree loss, flooding forces migration in Afghanistan

US: In the line of fire

Pandemic preparedness panel slams collective failure to heed warnings

Covid-19: Fearing a second wave, the French government is relying on a local strategy

Firefighters pushed to the limits as unprecedented infernos rage across US west coast

Who Gets the First COVID-19 Vaccines? The Answer is a Complex Tangle of Science and Ethics

On the Fire Line, Grueling Work and a Shared Purpose

The Scariest Part of These Fires Is What Happens Next

“We only have the one”: Mapping the prevalence of people with high body mass to aid regional emergency management planning in aotearoa New Zealand

Sudan pleads for aid to tackle devastating floods

Australian Major Incidents Report 2019-20 published

Interim observations from the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

Schools get ready for bushfire season

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Adaptive capacity as an educational goal to advance policy for integrating DRR into quality education for sustainable development

There’s actually a word for the climate change-induced despair you’ve been feeling

Examination of how social media can inform the management of volunteers during a flood disaster

What is a hurricane storm surge, and why is it so dangerous?

Combination of school evacuation drill with tsunami inundation simulation: consensus-making between disaster experts and citizens on an evacuation strategy

National youth survey on climate change and disaster risk

Australia it’s time to get prepared for… Big Weather (and how to survive it)

Psychology and disasters

COVID-19 and patients with serious mental illness

Solastalgia and Californian wildfires

For many families, the first disaster can be far from the last

Exposure Outliers: Children, Mothers, and Cumulative Disaster Exposure in Louisiana

Extreme rains lead to more rural farmer suicides than droughts: Study

Is the climate crisis creating a mental health crisis?

Bouncing Back During COVID-19

Sociology and disasters

Hurricanes and COVID-19 in Florida: Are counties prepared to protect hurricane-vulnerable populations?

Addressing gendered and other inequalities will be central to COVID-19 recovery

Building trust within and across communities for health emergency preparedness

Latino, Black, Native American households suffer disproportionate financial strain amid pandemic

Women’s leadership in the Pacific: trailblazer opens world of disaster management to women Guardians of the planet: Asia Pacific children and youth voices on climate crisis and disaster risk reduction

Today in disaster resilience (28 August 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Cameroon – Floods in Douala Leave Hundreds Displaced

Turkey – Deadly Flash Floods in Giresun Province

Tropical Storm Laura Kills at Least 8 People in Haiti, Dominican Republic; Over 1 Million Without Power

In Texas, Louisiana, More Than Half a Million Ordered to Evacuate As Hurricane Laura Strengthens in the Gulf

9 Dead As Heavy Rains Create Flood-Like Situation In Gujarat

Kenya – 1,000 Families Displaced by Lake Turkana Floods, Warnings Issued for Turkwel Dam

Hurricane Laura, now Category 4, may bring ‘unsurvivable’ storm surge to Texas-Louisiana border

One killed as overnight rains cause flash floods in Rajouri, damage reported

Two dams in Karachi overflow, at least 7 killed in weather-related incidents, Pakistan

Afghanistan flooding: Dozens dead, hundreds of homes destroyed

Storm Francis brings flood, damaging rainfall and record-breaking winds to UK and Ireland

Devastating storm causes millions worth of damage, prompts state of emergency in northern Italy

Floods across Devon and Cornwall after ‘biblical’ rainfall

Laura carves destructive path through Louisiana; 4 dead

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Aug 2020: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador, Mauna Loa

Provinces Flood Death Toll Reaches 122, Injuries 147

Kenya and Uganda – Thousands Displaced by Lake Floods

Niger – Capital Niamey Flooded as Niger River Overflows

Mexico – Rain From Storm Marco Triggers Floods in Southern States


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

A cascade of COVID-19 and climate extremes call for new algorithms to protect at-risk communities

Earth has lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice in less than 30 years

California Has Australian Problems Now

California and Colorado Fires May Be Part of a Climate-Driven Transformation of Wildfires Around the Globe

The melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet could contribute half a metre of sea-level rise in the coming century

The sensitivity of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to a changing climate: Past, present and future

Climate change and adaptation degree

Local cooling provided by broad-leaved trees in Europe

Mainstreaming gender within local government climate and disaster risk assessments

Storm Surge: The Science behind This Year’s Unusual Hurricane Season

Nation ‘woefully unprepared’ for climate change, business groups warn

California’s new normal: How the climate crisis is fueling wildfires and changing life in the Golden State

Antarctic Ice Shelves Vulnerable to Sudden Meltwater-Driven Fracturing, Says Study

Hurricane Laura and the California Fires Are Part of the Same Crisis

Glacial cooling and climate sensitivity revisited


Disaster risk reduction

Faster than floods: How to prevent a double disaster in Bangladesh

Fire probability in South American Protected Areas

Frontiers of water-related disaster management and the way forward

Why preparations for the next pandemic must begin now

California’s wildfires explained: How did they start – and is this normal?

‘Next fire season is already upon us’: NSW to adopt all recommendations of bushfire inquiry report

Landowners in fire-prone areas to be required to do hazard-reduction burns

To be or not to be a ‘natural’ disaster: that is the question

Researchers create a contagion model to predict flooding in urban areas

A Massive Earthquake Is Coming to Cascadia—And It Can’t Be Stopped

Floodplains by Design partnership works across jurisdictions to lower disaster risks and restore ecosystems

The UK government will immediately accept 12 recommendations from an independent review into responsibilities around surface water flooding

Quantitative Wildfire Risk Assessment

Major Real Estate Website Now Shows Flood Risk. Should They All?

Disaster management models need adjusting: A case study in South Africa explains why

Extreme wildfires can create their own dangerous weather, including fire tornadoes – here’s how

The NSW bushfire inquiry found property loss is ‘inevitable’. We must stop building homes in such fire-prone areas

Technocracy, disaster risk reduction and development: A critique of the Sendai Framework 2015-2030

Katrina 15 years later: Government still hasn’t learned


Emergency management

Diversity and inclusion framework for emergency management policy and practice

Cities for a resilient recovery: International lessons on recovery from COVID-19

Private sector experience in Japan: Supporting disaster preparedness for evacuations under COVID-19

Heatwaves are an invisible killer – and the UK is woefully unprepared

Wildfires Rage In California As Fire Crews And Evacuees Grapple With COVID-19 Risks

Final report of the NSW Bushfire Inquiry

A Comparative Study of International and Chinese Public Health Emergency Management from the Perspective of Mapping Knowledge Domains

Yes, it’s been raining a lot – but that doesn’t mean Australia’s drought has broken

‘Disaster inside a disaster’: California wildfires and COVID-19 form twin crises

August 2020 edition of the newsletter of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS)


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Resetting the way we teach science is vital for all our futures

Cultural interventions through children’s literature and arts-based practices in times of disaster: A case study of reading mediators’ response to the Mexican earthquakes

The Texas Flood Registry is a project that collects health, location, and exposure information from people affected by major storms

Community engagement for disaster resilience handbook

University of Hull researchers are using virtual reality technology to flood Hull during the time of poet Andrew Marvell – more than 400 years ago


Psychology and disasters

Earthquakes, fear of failure, and wellbeing: An insight from Minangkabau entrepreneurship

One of the most overlooked consequences of climate change? Our mental health

From climate-fueled storms to COVID-19, mounting catastrophes are sowing stress and trauma

Unravelling the influence of human behaviour on reducing casualties during flood evacuation


Sociology and disasters

Communities together: A guide for resilient community center design in island communities

Fire risk perpetuates poverty and fire use among Amazonian smallholders

How Social Ties Influence Hurricane Evacuation Behavior

High-resolution human mobility data reveal race and wealth disparities in disaster evacuation patterns

Social Capital Encourages Disaster Evacuation: Evidence from a Cyclone in Bangladesh

How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering

Rural areas may suffer disproportionately in quakes

Today in disaster resilience (21 August 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Record-breaking heat wave fueling wildfires in the West

Several lives lost, tens of thousands affected by floods in Sudan

India – Deadly Flash Floods in Jaipur, Rajasthan

More than 100,000 acres are now burning Colorado as fire near Fraser quickly grows

India – Floods in Telangana Prompt Evacuations and Rescues

Heavy Rain Hits Yangtze River Again, Inundating Cities and Leaving Many Homeless

India – Thousands Evacuate as Floods Affect Andhra Pradesh, Worsen in Telangana

Fast-moving fire in north-east NSW marks first big blaze of the season

California fires: Bay Area hit by blazes forcing thousands to evacuate

Hundreds evacuated in B.C.’s Okanagan, wildfire service battles blazes

Sichuan activates the highest level of flood control response for the first time on record, China

Sudan: Dozens dead, thousands of homes destroyed by floods

Bangladesh – 167,000 Families Still Displaced by Floods Says UN

Nepal – 6 Dead, 11 Missing After Floods in Achham

Uganda – 1 Dead, 800 Homes Damaged After Floods in Bundibugyo

Cameroon – Floods in Far North Leave Over 5,000 Homeless

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Aug 2020: Etna volcano, Fuego, Kerinci, Reventador, Sinabung


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sea-Level Rise Could Make Rivers More Likely to Jump Course

Typhoons Getting Stronger, Making Landfall More Often

Heatwaves often end with spectacular thunderstorms and lethal floods – but where and when they’ll strike is hard to predict

Is heavy rainfall the new norm? What caused the heavy rains in October – December 2019?

Climate change projected to increase seasonal east African rainfall

Keeping it local: Activating the power of community for climate resilience in Bangladesh

UK infrastructure inadequate for climate emergency, experts warn

‘Extreme’ glacier loss events linked to human-caused climate change for first time

Will 2020 Be the Hottest Year on Record?

We may have broken the Earth’s high-temperature record today

Dynamic ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet driven by sustained glacier retreat

Manila-Based Team Designs Floating Homes Capable of Adapting to Changing Ocean Conditions

‘Extremely active’ hurricane season possible for Atlantic Basin

Lack of historical disaster data a thing of the past for Cambodia

Some California cities think they’re safe from sea level rise. They’re not, new data show

The world’s biggest waves: How climate change could trigger large landslides and ‘mega-tsunamis’

The U.S. Needs to Address Its Climate Migration Problem

The causes of sea-level rise since 1900

August brings fierce heat to Europe and storms to Atlantic

How dangerous heat waves can kill

Climate risk and response in Asia

Greenland’s ice sheet melted away at record levels in 2019, scientists fear it will continue

National Farmers Federation calls for Australia to reduce net emissions to zero by 2050

Climate stripes reusable face mask


Disaster risk reduction

Benefit versus cost analysis and optimal cost effective mitigation strategies

Earthquake mitigation of WA regional towns: York case study

Flood risk in past and future: A case study for the Pawtuxet River’s record‐breaking March 2010 flood event

Integrating forecast based action in an existing early warning system: Learning the context

Rethinking data‐driven decision support in flood risk management for a big data age

Corps should include nature-based and equitable solutions to flooding in Miami

Six strategies for creating flood resilient environments

How much should we invest to prevent the next pandemic?

New research will improve early warning of devastating megastorms

Rare ‘boomerang’ earthquake observed along Atlantic Ocean fault line

Mumbai floods every year during monsoon, but this year has been different

15 years after Katrina: Would we be prepared today?

Beledweyne: Working paper on flood risk and urban resilience

A New Tool for Tracking Amazon Fires


Emergency management

Learning lessons from resilience and peacebuilding programs in the Horn of Africa

Victims of Storm Dennis floods can’t return to their homes six months on

July 2020 issue of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management

The Local Economic Recovery (LER) Program aims to support projects that contribute to local and regional economic and social recovery in areas most severely impacted by the 2019 Queensland Bushfires

In the midst of the global pandemic, Caribbean countries are preparing for the brunt of an Atlantic hurricane season that is more menacing than usual

A man was rescued Monday by an Indian Air Force helicopter after being stuck in the middle of raging floodwater for 16 hours

South Asia counts losses from devastating monsoon floods

Australia (assisting state) disaster management reference handbook 2020


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Land and geospatial information, a cornerstone to improve community resilience

Community Engagement for Disaster Resilience Handbook

By planning, preparing, and making your property more resistant and resilient, you can aim to reduce the impact of flooding to yourself and your property

Safe back to school: A practitioner’s guide

Launch of a quick risk estimation tool to help small businesses understand their risk

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020

Young people want better disaster education after Black Summer fires


Psychology and disasters

Personal account of Australian bushfires

Flood risk perceptions and coping capacities among the retired population, with implications for risk communication: A study of residents in a north Wales coastal town, UK


Sociology and disasters

Access to age-assistive technology: A resilience building measure for older people

Hazards, culture and indigenous communities: Socio-institutional modules for utilisation

The (in)visible victims of disaster: Understanding the vulnerability of undocumented Latino/a and indigenous immigrants

Interplay between Social Support Tie Formations and Subjective Mental Health Conditions in a Community Currency System in Japanese Disaster-Affected Communities: Double-Edged Phenomena

Amazon fires trap farmers into poverty – and into setting more fires

Urban Heatwaves Are Worse For Low-Income Neighborhoods

To understand how disasters relate to conflict and peace, reframe the starting point

Five ways coronavirus is deepening global inequality

Identifying societal challenges in flood early warning systems

Today in disaster resilience (14 August 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Evacuations Ordered For Pine Gulch Fire, Now 7% Contained

India – Torrential Rains Trigger Deadly Landslide in Kerala

Trinidad and Tobago – Floods and Landslides After 120mm of Rain in 9 Hours

Greece – Deadly Flash Floods in Evia

NSW south coast: Towns evacuated, flash flood warnings issued due to heavy rain

Pakistan – Homes Destroyed, 8 Dead After Floods in Balochistan and Sindh Provinces

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano erupts twice in three days

South Korea floods, landslides kill dozens, displace thousands

Nigeria – 4 Dead, 15,000 Displaced After Floods in North

Panama – 11 Killed in Flash Floods

Spain – Flash Floods in Andalusia After 46mm of Rain in 1 Hour

Mexico – Deadly Landslides and Floods in Veracruz

Volcanic activity worldwide 13 Aug 2020: Fuego volcano, Kerinci, Reventador, Sangay, Sinabung

3 months of rain in 20 minutes: Flood batters house, drowns the streets of Spain’s Seville

Europe – Storms Cause Flash Flooding and Landslides in UK, France and Italy

South Sudan – Thousands Displaced by Floods as Rivers Overflow

Mali – Over 1,100 Homes Destroyed by Floods


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change and wildfires: Projecting future wildfire potential

Climate change: Frequency of extreme droughts across Europe predicted to rise

UK weather: 36.4C recorded on hottest August day for 17 years

Melting Antarctic Ice

Can TV affect our attitudes to climate change and carbon emissions?

Images show massive Antarctic change in just 9 days

This giant climate hot spot is robbing the West of its water

In tackling the global climate crisis, doom and optimism are both dangerous traps

Global death rate from rising temperatures projected to surpass the current death rate of all infectious diseases combined

‘Worst-case’ global warming scenario still best guide until 2050, study says

From CMIP-3 to CMIP-6: Northern Hemisphere atmospheric blocking simulation in present and future climate

Climate change and the preparedness of Canadian provinces and territories to limit flood risk

Re-balancing climate services to inform climate-resilient planning – A conceptual framework and illustrations from sub-Saharan Africa

State of the Climate in 2019

Last decade was Earth’s hottest on record as climate crisis accelerates

Ethiopia’s response to climate change and gender

Milne Ice Shelf: Satellites capture Arctic ice split

End of Arctic sea ice by 2035 possible, study finds

Warming Greenland ice sheet passes point of no return


Disaster risk reduction

Nepal’s deadly landslides explained

Stanford researchers project regionwide commute disruption with Bay Area coastal flooding

Background Paper: Cultural burning practices in Australia

Background Paper: Land management – hazard reduction: a literature review

Biennial report on the Programme of Action for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in Africa

Natural disasters 2019: Now is the time to not give up

Urban planning capabilities for bushfire: Treatment categories and scenario testing

Invest more in predicting the future to be better prepared, say experts

Multi-hazard risk assessment at community level integrating local and scientific knowledge in the Hodh Chargui

Nature-based solutions for adapting to water-related climate risks

Warragamba Dam environment plan ‘not valid’, government agency finds

‘$500 million on bugger all’: mayor queries dam benefit

Prescribed Burning in Australasia

Britain’s disappearing coastline: ‘Right now we abandon people’

We must not wait for the next ammonium nitrate blast – solutions exist to improve safety

Museums and disaster risk reduction: building resilience in museums

Perception on the consequences and flood losses: a study applied in Pinhais, Paraná (Brazil)

Tsunami alert efficiency in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: The 2 May 2020 Earthquake (Mw6.6) and near-field tsunami south of Crete (Greece)

US hurricane experts predict ‘extremely active’ storm season

Warragamba Dam raising slammed

Why China’s catastrophic floods will barely dent its economy

Perspectives on flood insurance demand outside the 100-year floodplain

The effects of the 2010-11 Queensland floods on individual income: a case study on the Brisbane River catchment area

The effects of the Black Saturday bushfires on individual income

Multivariate remotely sensed and in-situ data assimilation for enhancing community WRF-Hydro model forecasting

The Aftermath of Hurricane María on Puerto Rican Small-Scale Fisheries

A human-driven decline in global burned area

Bristol engineers help make Nepal’s schools earthquake-resistant

Scoping the potential for earthquake early warning in Aotearoa New Zealand: A sectoral analysis of perceived benefits and challenges


Emergency management

Inclusive data on disaster displacement must include indigenous peoples

Tsunami warning and mitigation systems to protect coastal communities: tsunami early warning and mitigation system in the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas

Social media data and housing recovery following extreme natural hazards

How New Zealand got rid of coronavirus as it keeps spreading across the world

Whose views matter in post-disaster recovery? A case study of “build back better” in Tacloban City after Typhoon Haiyan

The Coronavirus Is Never Going Away

The Channon community adapts bushfire-fighting skills to create COVID-19 response

Google is creating a worldwide, Android phone-powered earthquake alert system

Real-time lessons on COVID-19 and US hurricane response: What we’ve learned from Hanna and Isaias

Guidelines for tsunami response during COVID-19

Rebuilding resilient homeland: an NGO-led post-Lushan earthquake experimental reconstruction program

New Zealand suspects ‘some failure at the border’ after COVID-19 returns

Wildfires: Australia needs national monitoring agency

Strengthening disaster management policy in Pacific Island countries: Policy reform for disaster preparedness

UNESCO rallies international community to safeguard Beirut’s cultural life and heritage


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Disaster memorial events for increasing awareness and preparedness: 150 years since the Arica tsunami in Aotearoa-New Zealand

Rocket’s Earthquake Safety Activity Book

Developing post-alert messaging for ShakeAlert, the earthquake early warning system for the West Coast of the United States of America

Special Issue Call for Papers on Disaster, Infrastructure, and Participatory Knowledge


Psychology and disasters

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services for Disaster Responders in Southeast Asia


Sociology and disasters

Measuring Community Disaster Resilience in the Conterminous Coastal United States

Impact of Cyclone Idai on the poorest in Malawi

The role of social capital on proactive and reactive resilience of organizations post-disaster

Today in disaster resilience (7 August 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Fire continues to ravage Argentina’s delta; authorities struggle to combat the spread

Apple Fire grows in Southern California: 7,800 ordered to evacuate

Afghanistan – 14 Killed in Flash Floods in Nangarhar Province

South Korea – 5 Dead, 7 Missing After Heavy Rain in Central Areas

Georgia – Floods Destroy Roads and Bridges in Western Region

South East Asia – Tropical Storm Sinlaku Brings Flooding Rains to Vietnam, Laos and Thailand

Sudan – 5 Dead, Thousands of Homes Damaged After Widespread Flooding

India – Over 300 Villages Flooded in Uttar Pradesh

Amazon region: Brazil records big increase in fires

Snow engulfs Victorian towns as Melbourne braces for coldest four-day spell since 1996, Australia

Series of powerful eruptions at Nishinoshima volcano, Japan

Flash floods, mudslides kill 13 people in South Korea

Yemen – More Floods Leave at Least 20 Dead

Beirut explosion

Rain Batters Mumbai, Heaviest Since 2005

2 people killed after tornado from Isaias destroyed mobile homes in Windsor

Somalia – Thousands Displaced by Floods in South West State

Saudi Arabia – Over 70 Rescued From Floods After Days of Rain

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Aug 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Reventador, Turrialba, Telica


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australian bushfire and climate plan

Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation: Pathways for policy coherence in Sub-Saharan Africa

Strategic and managed retreat as adaptation: Addressing climate vulnerability in the Sundarbans

Ten ways to support climate change adaptation planning and decision-making

Past perspectives on the present era of abrupt Arctic climate change

At What Cost: How chronic gaps in adaptation finance expose the world’s poorest people to climate chaos

Projections of global-scale extreme sea levels and resulting episodic coastal flooding over the 21st Century

The Worst-Case Scenario for Global Warming Tracks Closely With Actual Emissions

NJ Shore Towns See More ‘Sunny-Day’ Floods as Seas Rise, Federal Report Says

‘Extreme’ glacier loss events linked to human-caused climate change for first time

‘A tsunami in the sky’: Climate change is melting Bhutan’s glaciers and the danger is real

‘There’s still a choice’: New Zealand’s melting glaciers show the human fingerprints of climate change

Flooding could occur daily in Sydney by the end of this century because of climate change

Sea‐Level Rise Driving Increasingly Predictable Coastal Inundation in Sydney, Australia

Climate Change Brings Stronger Hurricanes and Threatens Pandemic Response

More coal power generation closed than opened around the world this year, research finds

Strategies for mitigation of climate change: a review

Northern Australia is at risk of severe coastal flooding impacts, which are set to soar by the end of the century

Climate change: Coastal flooding could threaten up to 20% of global GDP

Eat or stay cool? Cities test ways to protect the poor from rising heat

Global death rate from rising temperatures projected to surpass the current death rate of all infectious diseases combined

Climatology and Dynamical Evolution of Extreme Rainfall Events in the Sinai Peninsula

What can you do to fight the climate crisis?

Some Indian states gear up to tackle climate disasters


Disaster risk reduction

Early warning system saves lives as flood wreaks havoc in north Bihar

This code of practice (CoP) is concerned with Property flood resilience (PFR) measures that can be introduced to buildings at risk from flooding

Monsoon, floods and COVID-19: building community resilience in Bangladesh

The ‘triple dividend’ of early warning systems: evidence from Tanzania’s coastal areas

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

Extra 23 million people could face coastal flooding within 30 years, even with emission cuts, study says

Dams and protected areas: Quantifying the spatial and temporal extent of global dam construction within protected areas

Understanding hazards first step in addressing them, says scientific community

Streamflow prediction for flood warning and satellite-based inundation mapping for the HKH region

Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Nepal: Delineation of roles and responsibilities

Australian Government to provide $88.1 million over 10 years for future research into bushfires and natural hazards following the devastating 2019-20 fire season

Melbourne’s stage 3 lockdown prevented thousands of coronavirus cases, research data shows

The many-headed beast of wildfire risks in Aotearoa-New Zealand

Ecosystem-based adaptation project reduces flood risk in Seychelles

Study of insurance demand finds errant behavior after disasters


Emergency management

Patterns of Population Displacement During Mega-Fires in California detected using Facebook Disaster Maps

A dual disaster handbook: 6 recommendations for local leaders responding to floods during Covid-19

Words Whispered in Water: Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina

One-size does not fit all for post-disaster recovery, PSU study finds

July 2020 edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management

Monsoon floods submerge a third of Bangladesh; affect around 5 million people amid COVID-19

Epidemic model shows how COVID-19 could spread through firefighting camps

Naming and ranking heatwave to highlight invisible threat

Somalia sets up disaster warning centre to battle floods and locusts

Rapid damage assessment of Beirut docks through remote observation (5 August 2020)


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Social Media Data and Housing Recovery Following Extreme Natural Events

Recovery Capitals (ReCap) is a guide for people, organisations and governments managing emergency recovery

The Regional Disaster Preparedness Program is a 2-year initiative funded by the NSW Government which will be managed jointly through Resilience NSW and Hunter Joint Org

Stakeholder engagement for disaster management in master-planned communities

Adaptation in the Outer Hebrides: A Community Planning Partnership-led response

Home Stockpiling of Food and Essential Items

Survival Kit Supplies

Hurricane Safety Checklists


Psychology and disasters

Hurricane Evacuation Decision Making

Survivors of Covid-19 show increased rate of psychiatric disorders, study finds

The Role of Experience and Different Sources of Knowledge in Shaping Flood Risk Awareness

Cry wolf effect? Evaluating the impact of false alarms on public responses to tornado alerts in the Southeastern United States Weather

Disruptions and mental-health outcomes following Cyclone Debbie

How Mobile Home Residents Understand and Respond to Tornado Warnings


Sociology and disasters

An empirical exploration of the capabilities of people with disabilities in coping with disasters

Local leadership for disaster resilience: profiles from Asia and the Pacific

Building Community Resilience: Social ties and connections

As you move through a city, you probably notice summer heat can be a lot worse depending on which neighborhood you’re in

The port of Beirut: vital, historic centre of a complex city

How a packed slum in Mumbai beat back the coronavirus, as India’s cases continue to soar

Today in disaster resilience (31 July 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Douglas to affect much of Hawaii Sunday night as hurricane or strong tropical storm

Bangladesh – Monsoon Floods Affect 3.3 Million

Nigeria – 7 Dead After Heavy Rainfall in Niger State

Hurricane Hanna: Flood threat remains despite weakening

Deep recurring earthquakes detected beneath dormant Mauna Kea volcano, Hawaii

Australia – Floods Prompt High Water Rescues in New South Wales

Thailand – Hundreds Affected After Monsoon Rain Triggers Floods in Lampang and Pathum Thani Provinces

Yemen – Widespread Flooding Causes Death and Destruction

India – Almost 1 Million Affected by Floods in Bihar

USA and Mexico – Floods From Storm Hanna Hit Texas Coast and Northern Mexico

Pakistan – Rains Trigger Flash Floods in Karachi, Landslide in Punjab

Melbourne earthquake felt by hundreds of people across the eastern suburbs

U.S. coronavirus deaths top 150,000 as economy suffers further

Myanmar – 20,000 Affected by Floods in Mandalay Region

Japan – Evacuations After Floods in Yamagata

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Jul 2020: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono

Tropical Storm Isaias Floods Part Of Puerto Rico As It Heads Toward Florida

West Africa – 9 Dead, Thousands of Homes Destroyed After Floods in Niger and Mali

South Korea – Deadly Flash Floods in Daejeon


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Flood data from 500 years: Rivers and climate change in Europe

The climate won’t warm as much as we feared – but it will warm more than we hoped

Environmental and climate policy integration: Targeted strategies for overcoming barriers to nature-based solutions and climate change adaptation

Perceived heat stress increases with population density in urban Philippines

Primer for Cool Cities : Reducing Excessive Urban Heat – With a Focus on Passive Measures

Prolonged Siberian heat attributed to climate change

Climate change brings Japan more deadly downpours

Global warming’s impact: Not worst-case but still deadly, if we don’t act

Carbon emissions are chilling the atmosphere 90km above Antarctica, at the edge of space

Wetter than wet: global warming means more rain for Asian monsoon regions

There Have Never Been This Many Fires in the Far Northern Arctic

New study offers roadmap for coal phase-out

A Future of Retreating Glaciers in the Himalayas

Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework

Missed wind patterns are throwing off climate forecasts of rain and storms

Fire chiefs press Scott Morrison for action on climate change

Climate change significantly alters future wildfire mitigation opportunities in southeastern Australia

Climate information services toolkit

Principles of climate risk management for climate proofing projects

Protecting South Florida: A discussion of sea level rise, property and regional planning

Past perspectives on the present era of abrupt Arctic climate change

Calls for ‘managed retreat’ law due to climate change


Disaster risk reduction

What happened to India’s flood management plan?

Monitoring and forecasting the exceptional flood of Sirba river in Niger

The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: Volume I – State of Disaster Resilience Report

The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: Volume II

The value of reefs for protecting the most vulnerable populations in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Grenada

Coronavirus: How new simulations can predict the spread of future pandemics

As the first Black Summer inquiry prepares to report, we reveal the inside story of Australia’s biggest bushfire

Wamberal beach erosion: seawall would deliver no net benefit, study finds

Call for contributing papers: The UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022

Geological Records of Tsunamis and Other Extreme Waves

Flood risk for one million in Phnom Penh as wetlands destroyed

How much should we invest to prevent the next pandemic?

Haiti approves a new Risk and Disaster Management Plan

GRDC Data Download provides River Discharge Data online

High Water: Prolonged Flooding on the Deltaic Mississippi River

Bundaberg Region Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy

The need for hazard definitions

Very high losses from thunderstorms – The natural disaster figures for the first half of 2020

Building resilience of rural communities in Myanmar: Handbook for field practitioners

Hazard definition and classification review

A new report has found recent Queensland flooding had minimal impacts on the Great Barrier Reef

The COVID-19 lockdowns: a window into the Earth System

State of the Mountains Report

Mapping landslides in Nepal

A new idea on how Earth’s outer shell first broke into tectonic plates
Australia after the bushfires
Dam collapse in China could point to a ‘black swan’ disaster

Study: Flood damage erodes companies’ long-term value

India: What counts as a catastrophic flood in the Brahmaputra river basin now?

Coastal processes and influence on damage to urban structures during Hurricane Irma (St-Martin & St-Barthélemy, French West Indies)

Australia Earthquake: Modeling Regions with Low Seismicity

‘We will see many more deaths’: Call for national approach to early bushfire detection

Australian bushfire and climate plan,adapt%20to%20worsening%20fire%20conditions.

“The best flood I ever had”: Contingent resilience and the (relative) success of adaptive technologies


Emergency management

Wet weather sees flood warnings, truck falls through Sydney road

Cyclones in the time of COVID-19

China warns of new floods as Three Gorges Dam under pressure

Cabo Verde emergency preparedness and response diagnostic: Building a culture of preparedness Cabo Verde – government

Disability-inclusive disaster recovery

Australia needs to change its approach to firefighting as climate change makes blazes harder to control

New national plan to help protect Australians from an unprecedented era of climate-fuelled bushfire,readiness%2C%20response%2C%20and%20recovery.

Lifelong friendships built through CFA

How Juneau, Alaska Responds to Yearly Glacier Floods


Disaster education, communications and engagement

How to empower communities against escalating flood threats in Nepal?

Engaging coastal community members about natural and nature-based solutions to assess their ecosystem function

MEIDECC builds resilience to meteorological hazards through awareness in schools

Stop disasters 2.0: Video games as tools for Disaster Risk Reduction

There are no natural disasters

Hydrology & water sustainability teaching links, videos

Japan Sinks Might Just Be Masaaki Yuasa’s Most Shocking Anime Yet

Community mapping to obtain detailed geographic data about populations and their built environment to understand exposure and to inform disaster reduction investments like early warning systems


Psychology and disasters

Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response

Tom and Elisabeth Bertolet rebuild after bushfire in Dargan NSW


Sociology and disasters

30 Ways FEMA supports emergency preparedness, response and recovery for people with disabilities

The Oxford Handbook of Social Networks

How disabled people have been completely disregarded during the coronavirus pandemic

At what cost: How chronic gaps in adaptation finance expose the world’s poorest people to climate chaos

India coronavirus: ‘More than half of Mumbai slum-dwellers had Covid-19’

Mapping COVID-19 spread in Melbourne shows link to job types and ability to stay home

Navigating multidimensional household recoveries following the 2015 Nepal earthquakes

Role of Social Belongingness During the Post-Disaster Recovery

Today in disaster resilience (24 July 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

China blasts dam to release water as flooding death toll rises

‘Once-in-500-years’ storm hits Northland, cutting off Far North from the rest of the country, New Zealand

Major explosion at Stromboli volcano, Italy

At least 12 killed as buildings collapse amid Mumbai’s third worst July rain since 2015

More than 3.5 million people affected as flood situation continues to deteriorate in Assam, India

Flood situation continues to be grim in Bangladesh

Indonesia – More Fatalities After Floods and Landslides in West Papua and Southeast Sulawesi

Yangtze river floods prompt massive evacuations in central China

Floods in India, Nepal displace nearly 4 million people, at least 189 dead

Major M7.8 earthquake hits near the coast of Alaska Peninsula, U.S. — tsunami warning issued

6 million affected, 90 000 displaced and 470 dead as flood situation remains grim in India

Northern Vietnam hit by deadly floods and landslides after longest heatwave in 49 years

Swollen river inundates hundreds of homes, capital Kathmandu cut off as death toll surpasses 130, Nepal

Greece wildfires rage out of control

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Jul 2020: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UN-Habitat launches climate resilience project in South Eastern Africa

Comparing urban coastal flood risk in 136 cities under two alternative sea-level projections

Larger drought and flood hazards and adverse impacts on population and economic productivity under 2.0 than 1.5°C warming

The costs of sea-level rise: Coastal adaptation investments vs inaction in Iberian coastal cities

Africa can become a renewable energy superpower

How Many Polar Bears Will Be Left in 2100? If Temperatures Keep Rising, Probably Not a Lot

Arctic sea ice is in a downward spiral, and may break a record in 2020

The global mean level of the oceans is one of the most important indicators of climate change

Arctic policy: EU opens consultation on the future approach

Arctic sea ice extent at the lowest level for this time of year on the satellite record

Climate change will cause more extreme wet and dry seasons, researchers find

Climate shift, forest loss and fires: Scientists explain how Amazon forest is trapped in a vicious circle

Global heating: best and worst case scenarios less likely than thought

‘World-first’ legal case: student accuses Australia of misleading investors on climate risk

We said, they said: the politics of conceptual frameworks in disasters and climate change in Colombia and Latin America

Climate change to make hot droughts hotter in the US southern plains

Climate threads: Climate-Resilient enterprises adapting in this ‘New Normal’

Risk Analysis for Hurricanes Accounting for the Effects of Climate Change

After 40 years, researchers finally see Earth’s climate destiny more clearly


Disaster risk reduction

Can we talk? New nationwide flood maps provide opportunities for dialogue

Multi-billion pound investment as government unveils new long-term plan to tackle flooding

Cutting-edge technologies make flood prevention smarter

2019 state of U.S. high tide flooding with a 2020 outlook

California Homeowners Are Doomed to Repeat Their Past Mistakes

Whakaari/White Island volcano eruption: New alert system could have warned of tragedy – scientists

Fighting extreme weather in Africa with big data

South Asia’s Floods Don’t Have Borders – So Why Does Flood Governance?

Researchers develop equations for earthquake forecasting

Study reveals hundreds of ancient volcanic eruptions in New Zealand

Hydrological time series forecasting using simple combinations: Big data testing and investigations on one-year ahead river flow predictability

Bushfire devastation leaves almost 50 Australian native species at risk of becoming threatened

Using the past to predict the future: the case of Typhoon Hagibis (Japan)

China strengthens flood-defense network amid seasonal downpours

Long fracture line in offshore Krishna-Godavari basin – a major coastal hazard in north Andhra Pradesh

When COVID19 and natural hazards collide: Building resilient infrastructure in South Asia in the face of multiple crises

Natural Disaster Challenges in China : Key Trends and Insights – Learning from Experience : Insights from China’s Progress in Disaster Risk Management

Accurate Weather Forecasts 28 Days Out

Flood Risk Analysis and Assessment, Applications and Uncertainties: A Bibliometric Review

Advanced new tropical cyclone modelling could protect vulnerable communities in the South-West Pacific from flood and storm damage

Exploring new ways to manage the devastation caused by floods

Storm warning: a new long-range tropical cyclone outlook is set to reduce disaster risk for Pacific Island communities

Disasters and economic resilience in small regional communities: the case of Toodyay

Change in Human Exposure to Wildfires

Global Change in Flood

Some States Continue With Flood Resilience Planning Despite Coronavirus Challenges

New data discloses flood risk of every home in the contiguous US


Emergency management

Sweden becomes an example of how not to handle COVID-19

‘It’s been a nightmare’: UK flood victims stuck in limbo amid lockdown

Weather forecasts are less accurate because of Covid-19, a new study reveals

How a government agency is safeguarding against super storms

Disaster response and recovery strategies in Japan and New Zealand

Neighbours helping neighbours: our volunteer first responders

Disaster Robotics


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Time to say goodbye to “natural” disasters

We asked multicultural communities how best to communicate COVID-19 advice. Here’s what they told us

A serious gaming approach to understanding household flood risk mitigation decisions

Dynamics of Crisis Communications in Social Media: Spatio-temporal and Text-based Comparative Analyses of Twitter Data from Hurricanes Irma and Michael

New Guide for Tsunami Evacuation during COVID-19

Newspapers as a validation proxy for GIS modeling in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates: Identifying flood-prone areas

Patterns of population displacement during mega-fires in California detected using Facebook Disaster Maps

Geoscape Calgary

Effective flood risk visualisation

Participatory mapping 2.0: new ways for children’s participation in disaster risk reduction

On the use of participatory methodologies for video game research: Exploring disaster risk reduction in video games

Risk Communication for Social Awareness on COVID-19 by U-INSPIRE Indonesia

Is seismic intensity really different than an earthquake’s magnitude?


Psychology and disasters

Evaluating an emergency department‐based mental health liaison nurse service: A multi‐site translational research project

4 Things COVID-19 Taught an ER Doctor About the Power of Resilience and Hope


Sociology and disasters

Explaining communities’ adaptation strategies for coastal flood risk: Vulnerability and institutional factors

Patterns of population displacement during mega-fires in California detected using Facebook Disaster Maps

The mediating effect of community leadership on community resilience elements and community preparedness

Community resilience mechanism in an unexpected extreme weather event: An analysis of the Kerala floods of 2018, India

Social Resilience to Climate Change during the Late Antique Little Ice Age: A Replication Study

Towards Adaptive Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean : A Synthesis Note on Using Social Protection to Mitigate and Respond to Disaster Risk

Using Social Work Interventions to Address Climate and Disaster Risks in Latin America and the Caribbean

Informality in Postdisaster Reconstruction: The Role of Social Capital in Reconstruction Management in Post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico

How to construct and validate an Integrated Socio-Economic Vulnerability Index: Implementation at regional scale in urban areas prone to flash flooding

Social support from bonding and bridging relationships in disaster recovery: Findings from a slow-onset disaster

Today in disaster resilience (17 July 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

India – Floods and Landslides in Arunachal Pradesh Leave 8 Dead

Indonesia – 5 Major Flood Incidents During First Days of July

Brazil – Thousands Displaced as Rivers Overflow in Rio Grande Do Sul

China floods: Over 140 dead as Yangtze River bursts banks

Assam Flood Situation Worsens; 44 Dead, Over 13 Lakh Affected

Turkey – 1 Dead, 3 Missing After Flash Floods in Artvin Province

Nepal – Dozens Dead or Missing After Heavy Rain Triggers Floods and Landslides

Heavy rains and flooding hit large parts of Asia

10 killed, 46 missing as flash floods hit central Indonesia

Turkey – More Deadly Flash Floods in North East After 272mm of Rain in Rize Province

India – Flooding Affects Over 2 Million in North East

Malaysia – Over 200 Evacuate After Flash Floods in Negeri Sembilan

Turkey – 1 Dead, 3 Missing After Flash Floods in Artvin Province

‘A third of Bangladesh underwater’ after heavy rains, floods

Bangladesh – Floods in 15 Districts Affect Almost 1.4 Million

Pakistan – Deadly Flash Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

South Korea – Deadly Flash Floods After 277mm of Rain in South Gyeongsang

Indonesia – Floods in South Sulawesi Leave at Least 16 Dead

Italy – Severe Floods in Palermo, Sicily, After Torrential Rain

Colombia – Thousands Affected by Flooding After Weeks of Rain

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Jul 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Ibu, Reventador

Monsoon Rains Pummel South Asia, Displacing Millions


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

China braces for more rainstorms over weekend, climate change blamed

June sees more global heat, especially in Arctic Siberia

Responding to the changing climate in the built environment

As permafrost thaws under intense heat, Russia’s Siberia burns — again

Reconciling theory with the reality of African heatwaves

Why Africa’s heatwaves are a forgotten impact of climate change

Earth Could Hit Critical Climate Threshold in Next Five Years

Climate change: what Antarctica’s ‘doomsday glacier’ means for the planet

Climate Explained: What the World Was Like the Last Time Carbon Dioxide Levels Were at 400ppm

COVID-19, climate and resilience

New climate predictions assess global temperatures in coming five years

World’s largest study shows carbon pricing reduces emissions

June 2020: third-hottest June on record

Soaring methane emissions threaten to put climate change goals out of reach

Quaternary glaciation in the Mediterranean mountains: a new synthesis

Glacial Contributions to 21st Century Sea Level Rise

Potential impacts of climate change on water resources and adaptation policies in the Brahmaputra River basin

Sea level rise Mauritius: Relocation as a prospective solution

Siberia heatwave was ‘almost impossible’ without climate change, scientists say


Disaster risk reduction

Help build the AIDR handbook collection

Challenges and technical advances in Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWSs)

Multiple benefits of DRR investment

Prescribed Burning in Australasia Book Launch

Evaluating the impacts of the CRC

Cost-Effective Prescribed Burning Solutions Vary Between Landscapes in Eastern Australia

Don’t just blame God for floods and landslides

A ground-up approach to estimate the likelihood of business interruption

New equation ‘could predict earthquakes better’ say Edinburgh experts

Chance of big San Andreas earthquake increased by Ridgecrest temblors, study suggests

UK flood and coastal erosion risk management: policy statement

Evidence review of the concept of flood resilience

How does advanced technology save lives in China’s flood-prone areas?

Record floods raise questions about China’s Three Gorges Dam

New research into Hull’s 2007 floods has given many residents the chance to share their experiences for the first time

Exploring new ways to manage the devastation caused by floods

Stochastic simulation of streamflow and spatial extremes: a continuous, wavelet-based approach

Experts decry Tory policy that fails to ban new-builds in UK areas at high risk of flooding

Inchworm-like source evolution through a geometrically complex fault fueled persistent supershear rupture during the 2018 Palu Indonesia earthquake

Spatio-temporal and hazard mapping of Earthquake in UAE (1984–2012): Remote sensing and GIS application

Geospatial intelligence revolution in insurance and risk management

The Case for ‘Managed Retreat’

Risk-informed development: from crisis to resilience


Emergency management

Nepal: Preparing for floods during a lockdown

40:40:20 – Balancing the gender ratio

New research to support wellbeing of young volunteers

Wearing a mask cuts own risk of novel coronavirus by 65 percent, experts say

South Australian firefighters to face upcoming fire season with more trucks, improved equipment

Immunity to Covid-19 could be lost in months, UK study suggests

China floods: ‘wartime’ measures brought in to tackle worst deluge in decades

Lessons from the 1918 pandemic: A U.S. city’s past may hold clues

How can we make disaster management evaluations more useful? An empirical study of Dutch exercise evaluations

Development of an Integrated Pathways Model of Factors Influencing the Progress of Recovery After a Disaster

China has just contained the coronavirus. Now it’s battling some of the worst floods in decades

Hurricane Season Is About to Collide With COVID

Côte d’Ivoire: Weather data helps authorities respond to deadly floods in Abidjan

Monsoon-induced disasters occur every year but authorities ill-prepared to handle them

Creation of a Model for Estimating the Home-return Rate of Evacuees Using Mobile Phone Movement Histories and Its Application to the Nankai Trough Earthquake

UN helps monsoon-affected river communities in Bangladesh before peak flooding


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Citizen science as a catalyst for community resilience building: A two-phase tsunami case study

Volunteered Geographic Information for people-centred severe weather early warning: A literature review

Patterns of population displacement during mega-fires in California detected using Facebook Disaster Maps

A content analysis case study of media and public trust in Japan: After the quake

Building Disaster Resilience with Social Messaging Networks: WeChat community in Houston during Hurricane Harvey

Iowa Flood Information System

Multidisciplinary approach to COVID-19 risk communication: A framework and tool for individual and regional risk assessment

Students and teachers from across Australia will once again have the opportunity to participate in a NASA sponsored international science and education program


Psychology and disasters

Pandemic Hurts Student Mental Health

How Wildfires Have Triggered A Spike In Domestic Violence In Australia


Sociology and disasters

Critiquing and Joining Intersections of Disaster, Conflict, and Peace Research

Disease hotspots flourish when the city meets the country

Coronavirus Will Change the World Permanently. Here’s How

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The Mediating Effect of Community Leadership on Community Resilience Elements and Community Preparedness

Community Cohesion at Times of Crises and/or Disaster: An examination of The Grenfell Tower Fire: What Lessons may be learnt?

COVID-19 trigger to re-examine resilience

Today in disaster resilience (10 July 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Japan floods leave up to 34 dead, many at nursing homes

Canada – Floods in Manitoba Prompt Evacuations

Myanmar – Jade Mine Landslide Kills Over 160

Search for survivors continue after Japan floods from record-breaking rainfall kill at least 18

B.C. couple escapes from ‘debris flood’ that filled home with mud, logs, rocks

India – Monsoon Rains Trigger Floods and Landslides in Gujarat and Karnataka

Bulgaria – Storm and Floods in Sofia

Pakistan – Buildings Collapsed After Heavy Rainfall in Karachi

Heavy downpours in southern Japan, which have killed more than 50, now battering the country’s main island

China raises emergency level as heavy rain triggers floods

Mongolia – Floods Leave 8 Dead, 2,300 Homes Damaged

Bangladesh – Floods Affect Over 1 Million People in 13 Districts

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Jul 2020: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Semeru, Reventador, Sangay

Efforts continue to control forest fires in southwestern Iran


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Spain closes half of all its coal-fired power stations in one fell swoop

Trend towards worsening heatwaves is accelerating, new research finds

Increasing trends in regional heatwaves

Could a warming climate be putting Australia’s magnificent alpine landscapes at risk?

Observed changes in dry-season water availability attributed to human-induced climate change

Australia ranks second worst in world on climate action, outside top 50 on clean energy

Rare night clouds may be warning sign of climate crisis

Arctic explorers find unusually thin ice as a result of climate change
Rising above adversity: community-led climate adaptation along Bangladesh’s coastal belt

The world endured 2 extra heatwave days per decade since 1950 – but the worst is yet to come
Extreme heat and rain: thousands of weather stations show there’s now more of both, for longer

Partitioning the Uncertainty of Ensemble Projections of Global Glacier Mass Change

The City of Sydney is now entirely powered by green energy

The Ugly History of Climate Determinism Is Still Evident Today

Siberia just experienced its hottest June on record

CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere nearing levels of 15m years ago


Disaster risk reduction

Japan debuts new bullet train that can run during an earthquake

The Repeat Events and Dollars Index (REDI) is a web-based interactive mapping application developed to help Queensland councils better understand their risk, costs and repeat damage from natural hazard events

Chicago and the region need to step up fast to reduce flooding and protect inhabitants and businesses

Subducting plate angle dictates tsunami threat during large earthquakes

Floods and drought: Two sides of the same coin

Latest issue of the Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies

ERA5-based global meteorological wildfire danger maps

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020

Using opportunities in big data analytics to more accurately predict societal consequences of natural disasters

Super ensemble learning for daily streamflow forecasting: large-scale demonstration and comparison with multiple machine learning algorithms

The U.S. has already had 10 billion-dollar weather disasters this year

Hurricanes Destroy Beachside Homes, But Not This One

Lancaster Flood Risk Management Scheme

A new high-resolution view into Earth’s crust shows what caused more than 22,000 tiny temblors to rumble in Southern California

Houston: A lack of data and options is trapping people in flood-prone homes and driving inequality

In New York City, ‘Managed Retreat’ Has Become a Grim Reality

The truth behind fear-inducing Nankai Trough quake prediction figures

Japan nonlife insurers to raise premiums 6-8% in wake of disasters


Emergency management

COVID-19: This is when life will return to normal, according to the experts

Bushfire royal commission hears longer fire seasons making it harder for states to help each other

Impact of Australia’s catastrophic 2019/20 bushfire season on communities and environment. Retrospective analysis and current trends

Mongolia: National society preparedness case study

As Melbourne goes into coronavirus lockdown, it’s a sign it could happen anywhere in Australia

Navajo Nation faces twin threats as wildfires spread during pandemic

Masks, disinfectant, social distancing: Japan responds to disaster amid coronavirus

Locating the Risk on Foreign Shores: The Making of “Covid-Safe” Japan

$1.2B Calgary hailstorm ranks as Canada’s 4th costliest natural disaster


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Japan’s top mobile carriers launch multilingual disaster information service for tourists

JMA  launches English portal

Dynamics of Crisis Communications in Social Media: Spatio-temporal and Text-based Comparative Analyses of Twitter Data from Hurricanes Irma and Michael

Confusion over warnings during bushfires

Create your Bushfire Survival Plan


Psychology and disasters

Floodwaters Test the Staying Power of a ‘Determined Man’

Addressing COVID-19 Grief and Loss


Sociology and disasters

How do natural hazards affect participation in voluntary association? The social impacts of disasters in Japanese society

Examining of the actor collaboration networks around hazard mitigation: a Hurricane Harvey study

Researching Crime After a Disaster: What We Can Learn From a Large Survey in New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina

Commercial social spaces in the post-disaster context

Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans on August 29, 2005, but the decisions that caused the disaster extend across the twentieth century

Special Issue: Geographies of the COVID-19 pandemic

Function of Social Capital Embedded in Religious Communities at Times of Disaster: Cases of Disaster Relief Activity by a Muslim Community and a Soka Gakkai Community in Japan