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

Social capital’s role in humanitarian crises’s_role_in_humanitarian_crises

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

Today in disaster resilience (3 July 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Cote D’Ivoire – More Deadly Floods in Abidjan After 240mm of Rain in a Few Hours

Flood-affected districts in western Ukraine lack drinking water

Floods in India’s Assam force a million from their homes

China – More Deadly Floods in Sichuan

Nigeria – Buildings Damaged After Flash Floods in Ikorodu, Lagos

Poland – Hundreds Evacuate After Floods in South East

Bangladesh – Thousands Affected by Floods as Rivers Overflow in North

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in Wisconsin

Malaysia – Over 1,000 Displaced by Floods in Sabah State

US reports over 48,000 new single-day coronavirus cases, setting a new record for the fourth time in a week

Wildfires in Siberia increase five-fold amid unprecedented heatwave

Severe flooding affects more than 1 million in China’s Hubei

IMO records the largest earthquake swarm in the Tjörnes Fracture Zone since 1980, Iceland

China – Deadly Floods in Yunnan

India – Over 1.4 Million Hit by Floods in Assam

Volcanic activity worldwide 2 Jul 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay

Brazil – Deadly Cyclone Hits Southern States


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Building Flood Resilience in a Changing Climate

Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution are becoming more common – which can’t be a good thing for global health

Deadly heat is killing Americans: A decade of inaction on climate puts lives at risk

More than 3 in 4 of world’s top CEOs and CFOs say their companies are underprepared for climate-related financial risks, finds FM Global

Assessment of climate change vulnerability of Hakha Township, Chin State, Myanmar 2017–2050: Scenarios for resilience building

Excessive heat events guidebook

The Arctic heatwave: here’s what we know

The fire is believed to be ‘the most northernmost in recent years within the Arctic Circle’

Global Warming Is Melting Our Sense of Time

Majority of Canadians and Americans agree on climate change issues, poll suggests

‘Nowhere to hide’: South Pole warms up with climate change a factor

Their fate isn’t sealed: Pacific nations can survive climate change – if locals take the lead

Likelihood of 40C temperatures in UK is ‘rapidly accelerating’

Multiple drivers of the North Atlantic warming hole

The Future Earth: A Radical Vision for What’s Possible in the Age of Warming

Hope in Hell: a decade to confront the climate emergency

Perth weather delivers equal-hottest June and rainfall below average despite weekend drenching

Stress-testing groundwater and baseflow drought responses to synthetic climate change-informed recharge scenarios

Net zero emissions by 2050 push is on, whether the Federal Government follows or not

Why Is the South Pole Warming So Quickly? It’s Complicated

Most Americans say climate change affects their local community, including 70% living near coast


Disaster risk reduction

Flood Risk Management in the United States | Research report

Flood Risk Management in England | Research report

Flood Risk Management in Germany | Research report

The first provincial level disaster risk reduction plan has been prepared in Turkey

A system of systems: Early warning systems and managing the effects of El Niño

Building resilient urban communities: The case study of Setubal municipality

Keeping an eye on natural hazards: Lessons learned to become more resilient

Socio-spatial inequalities in flood resilience: Rainfall flooding in the city of Arnhem

Detecting Earth’s natural hazards high up in the sky

COVID‐19: what is the disaster?

Factors influencing adoption and rejection of fire hazard severity zone maps in California

Profiles of 21 communities across the US that mitigated flood risk

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

Taupō ‘supervolcano’ just had its shakiest year in decades

Fighting extreme weather in Africa with big data

New from the BoM: 7-day Ensemble Streamflow Forecasts

The First National Flood Risk Assessment: Defining America’s Growing Risk

Addis Ababa Resilience Strategy

The number of properties in the United States in danger of flooding this year is 70% higher than government data estimates

Discovery of Ancient Super-eruptions Suggests the Yellowstone Hotspot May Be Waning

Flu virus with ‘pandemic potential’ found in China

When dikes burst, salt marshes might lessen deadly flooding

Global governance and global catastrophic risks: Is the United Nations ready for the Anthropocene?

Integrating Disaster Risk Management in China urban operations: Completion report

Quantitative assessment of flood risk with evaluation of the effectiveness of dam operation for flood control: A case of the Bago River Basin of Myanmar

NSW govt criticised over Warragamba Dam

Innovative flood disaster response and mitigation through PPPs

New, nationwide flood modeling tool paints a picture of the U.S. as a country woefully underprepared for damaging floods, now and in the future

Building sustainable resilience for Sub-Saharan Africa’s urban era

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

Earthquakes trigger landslides. Can landslides also trigger earthquakes?

A journey to achieving integration in flood risk management


Emergency management

EPPO’s handbook on child care centers earthquake planning

California prepares for an intense fire season as Covid-19 adds complications

‘Postcode lottery’ hindered bushfire aid for residents on NSW-Victorian border, inquiry hears

Why Storm Surge Can Be The Deadliest Part of a Hurricane

Why Disaster Preparedness Cannot Wait

Past pandemics exacerbated disadvantages – what we can learn from them about the coronavirus recovery

What coronavirus success of Taiwan and Iceland has in common

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

Drones for Disaster Response: NASA STEReO Project Kicks Off


Disaster education, communications and engagement

WMO launches E-learning platform for hazard alerts

Learn about earthquakes and protect yourself

Who hasn’t heard of COVID-19 by now? More than you think

Accelerating change: Engaging local communities in Disaster Risk Reduction in the Indian Himalayan Region

Social Media Helps Reveal Cause of 2018 Indonesian Tsunami

New book: Effective Science Communication

Here Are Three Ways To Stay Safe During This Summer’s Flash Floods

Earth Education for Sustainable Societies


Psychology and disasters

The New Psychology of Leadership


Sociology and disasters

Characterizing spatio-temporal patterns of social vulnerability to droughts, degradation and desertification in the Brazilian northeast

Collective resilience in times of crisis: Lessons from the literature for socially effective responses to the pandemic

How you measure matters; defining social capital in drought-prone areas

Practitioner approaches to measuring community resilience: The analysis of the resilience of communities to disasters toolkit

When covid-19 deaths are analysed by age, America is an outlier

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

A Viewpoint on Eastern Mediterranean Villages in Late Antiquity: Applying the Lens of Community Resilience Theory

Passing the test: Lessons from a school district’s discourse of renewal before, during and after Hurricane Harvey’s_discourse_of_renewal_before_during_and_after_Hurricane_Harvey

As summer arrives, how will the most vulnerable escape deadly heat and COVID-19?

Today in disaster resilience (26 June 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Indonesia’s Mt Merapi erupts, spewing ash 6 km high

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Iceland, ongoing intense earthquake swarm

Homes destroyed after intense thunderstorms and nearly a month’s worth of rain in just 3 hours, UK

Alert raised for Laguna del Maule volcano – its last eruption took place some 2 000 years ago, Chile

Flooding in five Johor districts, more than 1,210 people evacuated

Indonesia – Hundreds Evacuated After Floods in North Aceh

India – Second Spate of Floods Hit Assam

Turkey – Deadly Flash Floods in Bursa Province

Malaysia – 1,000 Evacuate Flooded Homes in Johor

Tropical Storm “Dolly” forms off the coast of northeastern U.S. as the second-earliest fourth named storm on record

Alert raised after resumption of seismicity at Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion

Slow-moving Old Fort landslide reactivates, forcing evacuations near Peace River, British Columbia

‘Abnormally large dust cloud’ making 5,000-mile trek across Atlantic

Storms batter Romania leaving one dead. Flooding sweeps north and western Romania, with more bad weather in the way

Romania – 1 Missing After Heavy Rain and Floods

Nicaragua – 3 Dead After Heavy Rain Triggers Chinandega Mine Collapse

Bolivia – Torrential Rain Floods Santa Cruz

Mongolia – 2 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Damaged After Floods in Tuv and Govisümber Provinces

In many countries the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, not slowing

Assam floods: More than 35,000 affected, two dead, heavy rain expected in next five day

Ukraine – 3 Dead After Severe Flooding in Western Regions

Turkey – Deadly Flash Floods in Istanbul

7.4 magnitude earthquake hits southern Mexico

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Jun 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Semeru, Reventador, Turrialba, Sangay

State of emergency declared after severe floods hit Serbia and Bosnia

World’s largest dam in ‘danger of collapse’ amid historic floods — 400 million people at risk, China

China – Flooding Worsens in Guizhou and Chongqing

Uruguay – Hundreds Evacuate After Storms and Flash Floods


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Teaching machines to detect climate extremes

Arctic records its hottest temperature ever

Britain still failing on climate crisis, warn advisers

Deadly heat is killing Americans: A decade of inaction on climate puts lives at risk

Australia has failed miserably on energy efficiency – and government figures hide the truth

A Siberian town near the Arctic Circle just recorded a 100-degree temperature

New research centre to explore climate change and natural hazards in the Alpine region

Weathering the storm – crisis lessons for climate resilience

No Climate Event in 2,000 Years Compares to What’s Happening Now

Climate risk insurance as a means to provide emergency liquidity in times of crises

Why Are Siberian Temperatures Plummeting While the Arctic Warms?

The Ticking Time Bomb of Arctic Permafrost

Urban Heat Islands Are Warming the Arctic

Climate Change Could Make Siberia an Attractive Place to Live


Disaster risk reduction

Queensland Resilience and Risk Reduction Fund 2019-20

One-fifth of Earth’s ocean floor is now mapped

New book on sandy beach morphodynamics

FEMA cancels flood map deadlines after towns scrambled to meet upcoming deadline

Critical Airport Infrastructure Disaster Resilience: A Framework and Simulation Model for Rapid Adaptation

Special Issue: The L’Aquila earthquake ten years on (2009-2019): impacts and state-of-the-art

More Resilient Cities to Face Higher Risks. The Case of Genoa

Deadly 85m-high tsunami in Indonesia has lessons for New Zealand

New maps and website give fresh insights into NZ continent

The role of using precipitation or river discharge data when assessing global coastal compound flooding

Learning from multi-hazard early warning systems to respond to pandemics

Alaska Tsunami Threat

Podcast series: when disasters and conflict collide

Four principles to engage policymakers on the DRR agenda


Emergency management

Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Effective Post-Disaster Recovery

Japan braces for perfect storm of COVID-19 spreading at flood shelters

Timor-Leste: Interministerial meeting to analyze the response to disasters

Reconstructing infrastructure for resilient essential services during and following protracted conflict: A conceptual framework

Only around a third of Americans approve of the way President Donald Trump has responded to the coronavirus pandemic

North Carolina launches long-awaited Hurricane Florence home rebuilding program


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Adult learning and education as a tool to contain pandemics: The COVID-19 experience

CONVERGE: The information in these modules is designed to accelerate the training of hazards and disaster researchers

COVID-19: Strengthening business resilience through peer-to-peer support

#NoNaturalDisasters in the workplace: Improving how we talk about disasters at work

The paradox of community involvement: rebuilding Minamisanriku

About three-quarters (74%) of public posts about COVID-19 linked to news organizations, while just 1% linked to health and science sites


Psychology and disasters

The pandemic makes it clear: it’s time to finally address the mental health crisis in America

More Than 80% of Americans Say Nation’s Future is a Major Source of Stress

Nine years on, Fukushima’s mental health fallout lingers


Sociology and disasters

Socio-spatial inequalities in flood resilience: Rainfall flooding in the city of Arnhem

Locals, New-locals, Non-locals: (Re)mapping people and food in post-disaster Ishinomaki, Japan

Reinventing the post-disaster cultural landscape of heritage tourism in Kotagede, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Transformation of social capital during and after a disaster event: the cases Chañaral and Diego de Almagro, Atacama Region, Chile

The next disaster for Black communities

Disaster events motivate people to communicate online, create and reinforce their connections, and lead to a dynamic reticulation of the online social networks

Gender and age inequality in the face of disaster risk

Women’s group boosts resilience in the face of crisis

Multisystem Resilience for Children and Youth in Disaster: Reflections in the Context of COVID-19

Inequalities and identity processes in crises: Recommendations for facilitating safe response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Today in disaster resilience (19 June 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tornadoes touch down in southern Alberta, as floods and tennis ball-sized hail hit Calgary

Turkey – Deadly Flash Floods in Ankara

Pakistan – at Least 7 Killed in Flash Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

France – Dozens Rescued After Flash Floods in Corsica

Indonesia – Over 1,000 Homes Damaged by Floods in Gorontalo Province

Mexico – Floods in Veracruz After Storm Dumps 221mm of Rain

Flash floods leave 1 500 houses damaged or destroyed, 5 400 affected in Gorontalo, Indonesia

Severe storm leaves trail of damage, flooding across city, southern Alberta

Nepal – Landslide in Parbat Leaves 8 Dead

Nigeria – Dozens of Homes Destroyed After Floods in Akwa Ibom

Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides Hit South Sulawesi

Nigeria – 3 Dead or Missing After Flash Floods Destroy a Bridge in Kwara State

Hungary and Czech Republic – 1 Dead, Dozens Evacuated After Storms Trigger Flash Floods

Côte d’Ivoire – Deadly Floods Hit Abidjan and South

Volcanic activity worldwide 18 Jun 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador

Guatemala and Honduras – Floods and Landslides Leave 2 Dead, Thousands Affected

China – Deadly Floods and Mudslides in Sichuan

Thailand – Wind Storms and Flash Floods in North


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Economics of climate adaptation: Identifying cost-effective adaptation measures to climate change

Cost of extreme weather due to climate change is severely underestimated

Adapting to climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa

Financing for climate adaptation – an overview of current regimes

Scaling local and community-based adaptation

Recurring floods in Eastern Africa amidst projections of frequent and extreme climatic events for the region

Innovation in climate change adaptation: does it reach those who need it most?

Island ‘drowning’ is not inevitable as sea levels rise

A journey into Antarctica: the unavoidable signs of global heating

Climate worst-case scenarios may not go far enough, cloud data shows

Ocean Wave Interactions with Sea Ice: A Reappraisal

Why Southern Ocean’s monster waves will get even bigger

2020 likely to be the warmest year on record globally

Tuvalu wields new data in the fight against climate change

Tropical cyclone motion in a changing climate

Free course: Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact

Research Roundup: Depicting Change Across Earth’s Frozen Places

Equity investors must pay more attention to climate change physical risk

Coordinating climate finance in Kenya: technical measures or political change?

Adapting to the uncertain: a different climate strategy

Climate crisis: alarm at record-breaking heatwave in Siberia

Cost of extreme weather due to climate change is severely underestimated

Climate change: Oil and gas sector ‘to halve emissions by 2030’

Risk of massive wildfires continues to grow in California

Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region


Disaster risk reduction

How has Taiwan kept its coronavirus infection rate so low?

A new mindset for resilience in the face of concurrent climate and health risks

Mumbai launches flood early warning system

New study shows wildfires increasing in size and frequency across Victoria

Thousands fled for their lives when two Michigan dams collapsed. More disasters are coming, experts say

Financing increased for early warning systems in Small Island Developing States

The next once-a-century pandemic is coming sooner than you think – but COVID-19 can help us get ready

A model to predict flood loss in mountain areas

Atlas of global surface water dynamics

Implementation of property level flood risk adaptation (PLFRA) measures: choices and decisions

Infiltration efficiency and subsurface water processes of a sustainable drainage system and consequences to flood management

National earthquake research programme (UDAP) success stories

National platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction: UNDRR regional office for Europe and Central Asia overview

Australia had more supersized bushfires creating their own storms last summer than in previous 30 years

Scientists find much earlier birth date for Earth’s tectonic plates

Taking a landslide’s temperature to avert catastrophe

Spatial dependence of floods shaped by spatiotemporal variations in meteorological and land‐surface processes

How We Know a Volcano Is Restless in Remote Alaska

Disaster risk reduction in the Republic of Kiribati


Emergency management

How we evacuated millions from a cyclone during a pandemic

Capacity assessment of tsunami preparedness in the Indian Ocean

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

Emergency management ministers agree to review the national disaster recovery funding arrangements

Whakaari/White Island: Volcanic Alert Level lowered to Level 1, minor volcanic unrest continues

COVID-19 could push 100 million people into extreme poverty, says World Bank

Uganda wants people to leave flooded wetlands – and not come back

Partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation to create early insight into crises

California utility PG&E pleads guilty to 84 wildfire deaths

This Is How Firefighters Are Preparing to Battle Wildfires During a Pandemic

Smoke risk: Scientists warn forest fires could worsen coronavirus harm

When does response end and recovery begin? Exploring preparation and planning to support community’s resilient recovery


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Prints (pre-photograph) that show Japan disasters

Revised hazard posters for Mt Ruapehu 2020 – 12 June 2020

Business preparedness: Calxa Australia

What’s in a name: lessons from a Firewise USA site

Training module: Understanding disaster risk management

Community engagement for COVID-19 infection prevention and control: A rapid review of the evidence

Be climate, environmental and natural hazard smart

Training module on cyclone risk management


Psychology and disasters

Differentiation and Integration of Evacuees with Regard to Lifting the Evacuation Order Following the Nuclear Power Plant Accident: A Case Study of Naraha and Tomioka Towns, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture

A method for monetising the mental health costs of flooding


Sociology and disasters

Adaptive social protection: Building resilience to shocks

The Philippines – Impact of early warning early action: Exploring the interplay between El Niño-induced drought, conflict and gender

Exploring network properties of social media interactions and activities during Hurricane Sandy

Drivers and barriers of societal transformation in natural hazard management focusing on attempts to integrate multi-functional protection schemes in the context of flood and avalanche hazards

This case study makes the case for the effectiveness of early warning and the role of young people in flood preparedness in Jakarta, Indonesia

Today in disaster resilience (12 June 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

A further significant failure at the site of the Alta quick clay landslide

Czech Republic – Deadly Flash Floods in East

China – Thousand Affected by Floods in Hunan, Jiangxi and Guangxi

USA – Storm Cristobal Brings Flooding Along Gulf Coast

New Zealand lifts all Covid restrictions, declaring the nation virus-free

Flooding forcing some southeastern Manitoba residents to flee under mandatory evacuation order

China – Over 2 Million Affected as Floods Worsen in South

Ghana – Floods Turn Deadly in Accra

Tremor at East Java’s Mount Ijen triggers isolated tsunami, killing one

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Jun 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Semeru, Reventador, Sangay

China floods: dozens killed and hundreds of thousands displaced

China – Over 2 Million Affected as Floods Worsen in South


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Finding solutions in nature for climate change

Origin of interannual variability in global mean sea level

New Jersey Becomes First State to Put the Climate Crisis in Its K-12 Curriculum

Measuring farm households’ vulnerability and resilience to climate shocks now possible, new research shows

Traditional knowledge helps Indigenous people adapt to climate crisis, research shows

Gender lens essential to addressing linked climate change and security crises, urges joint UN report

Protection of seagrasses key to building resilience to climate change, disasters – new UN report

Loss and damage from natural disasters made worse by climate change

Patterns in permafrost soils could help climate change models

Bangladesh leads climate-threatened nations in push for global action

Australia’s longest weather record reveals snow in surprising places

‘Surprisingly rapid’ rebound in carbon emissions post-lockdown


Disaster risk reduction

Japan’s Integration of All-Hazard Resilience and Covid-19 Countermeasures

India’s cyclone response saves lives. Climate resilient infrastructure will save livelihoods

Disaster resilience scorecard assessment: Case studies and lessons learned from North Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia

Repeated hurricanes reveal risks and opportunities for social-ecological resilience to flooding and water quality problems

Rush to Publish Risks Undermining COVID-19 Research

Recurring Floods in Eastern Africa amidst Projections of Frequent and Extreme Climatic Events for the Region

What Are the Key Drivers Controlling the Quality of Seasonal Streamflow Forecasts?

Bushfire royal commission looks to the past to show a troubling future

As Pakistan glacier melt surges, efforts to cut flood risk drag

Is the world making progress against the pandemic? We built the chart to answer this question

Q&A with A/Prof Phil Zylstra – National Fire Fuels Science webinar: the science of hazard reduction

Q&A with A/Prof Tina Bell – National Fire Fuels Science webinar: the science of hazard reduction

Q&A with Prof Mike Clarke – National Fire Fuels Science webinar: the science of hazard reduction

Full reservoirs as monsoon sets in: Why India should watch out for floods

Nepalese farmers have much to teach us about disaster risk reduction

Resilient Queensland 2018-2021: Delivering the Queensland strategy for disaster resilience

Impacts of river engineering on river channel behaviour: Implications for managing downstream flood risk

Hydrology of debris-covered glaciers in High Mountain Asia

Active Tectonics and Earthquake Geology Along the Pallatanga Fault, Central Andes of Ecuador

Intergovernmental cooperation for hydrometry – what, why and how?

Letting rivers run wild could reduce UK flooding – new research

A Pacific disaster prevention review

Review article: The spatial dimension in the assessment of urban socio-economic vulnerability related to geohazards

Standards on disaster risk management for hotels and resorts

Queensland communities share in $16 million for resilient infrastructure

Mapping COVID19 cases against earthquake risk

Let’s talk about disaster risk during COVID-19

A trial using nature to reduce flood risk gets on its marks at the Leeds Brownlee Triathlon Centre

Monte Cristo Earthquake fault still active with 6,500 aftershocks

Seismic waves reveal giant structures deep beneath Earth’s surface


Emergency management

Caribbean workshop on impact-based forecasting and risk scenario planning

Pre-monsoon preparedness – Coordinated actions during flood

Displacement in paradise: Hurricane Dorian slams the Bahamas

Bangladesh Has Saved Thousands of Lives From a Devastating Cyclone – Here’s How

COVID-19 and world refugee camps


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Modified usability framework for disaster apps: A qualitative thematic analysis of user reviews

Survey: Pretest of Contents – UNESCO’s ‘KNOW Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)’ Mobile Application

Three years of corporate broadcast news hurricane coverage failed to mention specific risks to marginalized communities

The importance of on-line educational activities on disaster risk management during COVID-19: On-line web based training activities of the new Turkish building earthquake code secured the uninterrupted continuation of capacity building of experts

Summer bushfire smoke caused health problems in two-thirds of people living in parts of NSW


Psychology and disasters

Trust and the communication of flood risks: comparing the roles of local governments, volunteers in emergency services, and neighbours

Timefulness: Thinking Like a Geologist with Professor Marcia Bjornerud


Sociology and disasters

People with disabilities in the face of COVID-19 in the Americas and the Caribbean

Communities with large minority populations are among the most vulnerable in the U.S. to the effects of climate change

Disasters and vulnerable groups: Insights for an inclusive and sustainable recovery from COVID-19

Flooding Disproportionately Harms Black Neighborhoods

Social Capital and Disaster Resilience Nexus: A Study of Flash Flood Recovery in Jeddah City

Population of top 10 counties for disasters: 81% minority

Gender and age inequality of disaster risk