Today in disaster resilience (14 February 2020)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Storms, flooding and power cuts hit NSW

Flooding, road closures and evacuations amid heavy rain in Queensland’s South East and Darling Downs

Brazil – Torrential Rain Triggers Floods in São Paulo

UK and Ireland – Rivers Overflow After Heavy Rain From Storm Ciara

Tanzania – Floods in 4 Regions Leave at Least 40 Dead, Thousands Displaced

South Africa – Floods Cause Havoc in Johannesburg and Gauteng

Severe floods hit Sao Paulo, Pinheiros river at highest level in 15 years, Brazil

Deadly winter storm spawns 19 tornadoes, causes major flooding and power outages, affecting 300 000 across Eastern U.S.

Powerful windstorm wreaks havoc across northwestern Europe, causes widespread disruption and flooding

Rare snowfall blankets Baghdad for the second time in more than 100 years, Iraq

Indonesia – Thousands Hit by Floods in Jakarta and South Sumatra Province

Australia – Evacuations in New South Wales After Days of Heavy Rain

High water levels are wreaking havoc in the Great Lakes, swamping communities

Bolivia – Floods Hit La Paz and Potosí Departments

Burundi – Floods Destroy Homes and Displace 11,000

Volcanic activity worldwide 13 Feb 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Merapi

Australia – Floods in Southern Queensland as Rivers Rise

Peru – Homes Destroyed After Floods in Luyando, Huánuco Department


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

West Australia grid officially hits more than 50% renewables for first time

Fires and floods: maps of Europe predict scale of climate catastrophe

Greenland Rising: The Future of Greenland’s Waterfront

Deforested parts of Amazon ’emitting more CO2 than they absorb’

With sufficient investment and strategic deployment, carbon dioxide removal and storage can play a key role in keeping global warming to a level we can live with

We’re facing a climate crisis but there is good news

Southern California Climate Change over 100,000 Years

There Are Rivers in the Sky Drenching the U.S. Because of Climate Change

Preparing for climate change

US cities at risk of sea level inundation

Burning gas, coal and oil costs global economy $8bn a day and particularly harms children

Marshall Islands, Suriname, Norway upgrade climate plans before Cop26

‘Climigration’: when communities must move because of climate change

Pine Island Glacier’s Newest Iceberg

Inside Australia’s climate emergency: the new fire zone

Who will bear the financial risk of climate-related disasters?

In the span of 141 years of climate records, there has never been a warmer January than last month

How to achieve climate goals: try this tool

Antarctic temperature rises above 20C for first time on record

Partisan gap on dealing with climate change gets even wider

‘Business as usual’ on climate change will cost Australia $29 billion a year

Climate change: Bangkok, Amsterdam and Melbourne ‘face greatest global warming risk’

2050 Climate Change City Index


Disaster risk reduction

Starting (and Stopping) a Fire to Study It

With Australia’s Hillsides Stripped Bare By Fire, Scientists Rush To Predict Mudflows

Salt marshes or sea walls? Preventing coastal flooding in the UK

Coronavirus ‘could infect 60% of global population if unchecked’

Flood-prone residents moving closer to relocation

Proposed amendment to the Toowoomba Region Planning Scheme relating to the region-wide management of flood risk

Canada needs to up its game when it comes to flood maps, says a national group of professional appraisers, as the climate crisis distorts property values across the country

Flood Management in Aqala through an Agent-Based Solution and Crowdsourcing Services in an Enterprise Geospatial Information System

Impacts of Flooding in North-east Scotland

Flood defences not strong enough to protect UK’s towns, warn experts in aftermath of Storm Ciara

Using remarkability to define coastal flooding thresholds

MPs condemn flood defence failures as more rain forecast

Lidar for Floodplain Models: A Project in Florida

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

The 2019-20 bushfires: a CSIRO explainer

Insurance premiums rising after long summer of bushfires, storms and floods

Modeling Storm Surge Attenuation by an Integrated Nature-Based and Engineered Flood Defense System in the Scheldt Estuary (Belgium)

Understanding today’s risk critical in closing the flood protection gap

New facility to test flood prevention technology


Emergency management

Authorities plan emergency and safety measures as seismic activity continues at new underwater volcano near Mayotte

A man has been rescued from rising floodwaters after 10 hours clinging to a tree in Australia

Displaced by the Taal Volcano

Testing the water: flood victims take Anies to court

Australia – Insurers Receive 10,000 Claims for East Coast Floods

Bushfire deaths in Australia, 2010-2020

The role of the state in China’s post-disaster reconstruction planning: Implications for resilience

Storm Ciara – Recovery work begins after flooding in Cumbria and Lancashire

New FAO project to provide urgent support to flood victims in Rwanda

Managing the 2019 Flood Events: USACE Division Highlights | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

All bushfires in NSW contained after a week of heavy rain


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Resources for a safer school

Flood maps don’t convince some residents that their homes will be under water

Twitter might have a better read on floods than NOAA

Monitoring flooding through peoples’ exasperated tweets

Bushfire resources for teachers
The 2019-20 bushfires: a CSIRO explainer

What is resilience?


Psychology and Disasters

Stress, financial hardship and ill-health among lasting effects of flooding, researchers find


Sociology and disasters

As sea level rises, Miami neighborhoods feel rising tide of gentrification

Climate change impacts in Bangladesh show how geography, wealth and culture affect vulnerability

Today in disaster resilience (7 February 2020)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Kuchinoerabujima erupts, generating long pyroclastic flows and ejecting ash up to 7 000 m (23 000 feet) a.s.l., Japan

Hundreds still cut off by floods in Milford Sound

South Africa – Heavy Rain Triggers Flash Floods in Eastern Cape

Heavy rain in B.C. causes flooding, power outages, traps 500 people at Fraser Valley ski hill

Rwanda – at Least 13 Killed in Floods and Landslides

New Zealand – Emergency Declared After Floods in Southland

Canada – Heavy Rain in British Columbia Triggers Floods and Landslides

Strombolian explosions at Fuego volcano, ash up to 4.6 km (15 000 feet) a.s.l., Guatemala

Port Lincoln to truck in sand after ‘140 Olympic swimming pools’ of rain falls on city

Floods destroy 1 746 homes, claiming 21 lives and leaving more than 15 000 homeless in southeastern Tanzania

Avalanches in eastern Turkey claim at least 38 lives, many of them first responders working under blizzard conditions

France and Luxembourg – Emergency Rescues After Rivers Rise

Malawi – Hundreds Displaced After Floods in Karonga

Zambia – More Flooding in Eastern Province Displaces 100 Households

Burundi – Over 1,000 Displaced After Heavy Rain in North West

Papua New Guinea – at Least 3 Dead After Flash Floods in Western Highlands

Deadly storm hits eastern U.S.

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Feb 2020: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Ibu

Australia receives bushfire reprieve with floods, battens down for cyclone

Newcastle weather: Hunter river flood warning as 30mm rainfall a day forecast for weekend


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s horrific bushfires could be the catalyst that pushes the world to a mass recognition that it’s time to act

As cities are shaped by rising seas and extreme weather events, the way we work will be irrevocably altered

As the Himalayas Melt, Thousands of Dangerous Floods Could Sweep Through the Mountain Range

Dwindling Arctic Sea Ice May Affect Tropical Weather Patterns

Response to the Critical review of climate change and water modelling in Queensland

The Stunning Rise Of The Climate Voter

No huge spike in climate alarm after bushfires

Heat kills. We need consistency in the way we measure these deaths

Number of Kiwis who view climate change as an issue doubles

Earth is heating at a rate equivalent to five atomic bombs per second. Or two Hurricane Sandys

Scientists Make First-Ever Observation Of Warm Water Undercutting Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier’

Climate emergency: Indonesia faces catastrophic floods, disappearing islands

Insurers concerned about climate change as bushfire claims bill tops $1.3b|2f57f0369d908c714080e2611efaa8a0

Consolidating Sea Level Acceleration Estimates from Satellite Altimetry

Ideological polarization over the reality of climate change actually increases with respondents’ knowledge of politics, science and/or energy policy

Sea-level rise ‘accelerating’ along U.S. coasts, report warns

U.S. Sea-Level Report Cards

January 2020 warmest on record: EU climate service

Bad news for coal: India lands world’s largest, super cheap solar and storage tender

Andes Meltdown: New Insights Into Rapidly Retreating Glaciers

World’s biggest iceberg makes a run for it

The climate crisis is here, and right now, in Australia, it’s speaking to us in the language of smoke and fire

Climate, extreme weather, biodiversity, food and water crises could lead to ‘systemic collapse

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic


Disaster risk reduction

Hong Kong researchers develop vaccine for coronavirus

This is how much severe weather claims could cost in 10 years

Singapore preparing various contingencies as outbreak of novel coronavirus evolves

Fighting floods with ‘sponge cities’

Washed Away: How communities prepare for more frequent flooding

InSAR observations over the Taupō Volcanic Zone’s cone volcanoes: insights and challenges from the New Zealand volcano supersite

Global Wildfire Information System

Peeking at the plumbing of one of the Aleutian’s most-active volcanoes

The U.S. Army Corps will study how to improve the vast flood control systems along the lower reaches of the Missouri River

A new book shows how we can adapt the built and natural environment to be more flood resilient in the face of climate change

Extreme weather: Business continuity and damage limitation

Flood risk and insurance cost fears highlighted for 1.8 million UK residents

Hazard reduction burning had little to no effect in slowing extreme bushfires

Generation of a global synthetic tropical cyclone hazard dataset using STORM

Australian bushfires prompt conversation about land management practices

How Europe Turned Into a Perfect Landscape for Wildfires

New data sets from the ArcticDEM project help scientists track elevation changes from natural hazards like volcanoes and landslides before, during, and long after the events

USask Professor Leads Project to Predict River Ice Jams and Reduce Risk of Flooding


Emergency management

Australian Smoke Plume Sets Records

Disasters displace more people than conflict and violence

Surf boat competitors describe becoming first responders as bushfires hit NSW south coast

When fires blazed through Northern California last fall, I looked to online maps to tell me whether my family and I were safe. Unfortunately, they couldn’t do that

Heat from helicopter’s landing light starts fire in Australia

Beyond the fires: stories of response

New Zealand floods: first ever red weather warning issued as thousands evacuated

Don’t insult or duplicate firefighter’s efforts’t-insult-or-duplicate-firefighter’s-efforts

Reflect and remember at National Memorial event

No food, no fuel, no phones: bushfires showed we’re only ever one step from system collapse


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Integrating Climate Across the Curriculum

Phreatic eruptions, tephra falls: Making sense of volcano lingo

New Zealand schools to teach students about climate crisis, activism and ‘eco anxiety’

Before and now: lived experiences of early warning systems during a flood

Find out how to develop a community wildfire protection plan

UT scientists’ fossil-finding board game is a success in classrooms

The Environment Agency identified its Long Term Flood Risk Information service (LTFRI) as a way of improving how we tell people about the risk of surface water flooding

Bushfire recovery resources online


Psychology and Disasters

The social psychology of responses to trauma: social identity pathways associated with divergent traumatic responses

Local university students examine hurricane effects on mental health in North Carolina


Sociology and disasters

How Natural Hazards Impact the Social Environment for Vulnerable Groups: An Empirical Investigation in Japan

Today in disaster resilience (31 January 2020)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Brazil: Dozens killed as heavy rains cause floods, landslides

Madagascar – Floods Death Toll Rises to 26, Government Declares Disaster

Indonesia – 18,000 Hit by Floods in Bandung, West Java

Earthquake triggers tsunami warning for Cuba, Jamaica and Caymans

Tanzania – Hundreds Displaced After Floods in Iringa and Lindi

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in Sumedang, West Java

Madagascar declares national emergency as massive floods claim 31 lives and inundate more than 10 000 homes

Heavy monsoon rains drench Queensland, causing widespread floods, Australia

At least 39 killed and 1 607 injured after M6.8 earthquake hits eastern Turkey

Australia’s capital city faces worst bush fire threat since 2003, as scorching heat plots a return

Severe weather affects 60 000, nearly 14 000 homes damaged or destroyed in West Java, Indonesia

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Jan 2020: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl

Flash floods kill at least 3, leaves 4 500 homeless in central and southeastern Tanzania

Over 200 displaced as floods hit Johor

Chile – Emergency Declared After Rain and Floods in Atacama

Kenya – Hundreds Displaced After Rivers Overflow in Homa Bay


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia is going up in flames, and its government calls for resilience while planning for more coal mines

Building community resilience to climate change: The role of a Population-Health-Environment programme in supporting the community response to cyclone Haruna in Madagascar

As sea levels rise, little of the United States will be unaffected

Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: study

Economy-wide effects of coastal flooding due to sea level rise: a multi-model simultaneous treatment of mitigation, adaptation, and residual impacts

Climate change splits the public into six groups. Understanding them is key to future action

How the ‘Venice of Africa’ is losing its battle against the rising ocean

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The outlook for humans is dire without urgent action: 81 laureates’ letter to Australia

Emissions – the ‘business as usual’ story is misleading

Temperatures at a Florida-Size Glacier in Antarctica Alarm Scientists

Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption



Disaster risk reduction

Why prescribed burns don’t stop wildfires

Practical dimension of urban and regional resilience concepts: a proposal of resilience strategy model

Seismic biomarkers in Japan Trench fault zone reveal history of large earthquakes

Disaster research refocuses on climate-related flooding

The Coronavirus Is A Black Swan Event That May Have Serious Repercussions For The U.S. Economy And Job Market

A homebuilder in the floodplain wants a bailout. Should Harris County cut a check?

Venice may put glass wall around St. Mark’s Basilica to curb future flood damage

Why Venice is actually a textbook case for flood prevention

Ottawa’s latest response to calls for government flood insurance

New book: Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice: Challenges for Australia and Its Neighbours

Scientists are working to incorporate wildfire data into climate models, resolving hindrances related to scale, speed, and the complex feedbacks between the climate and wildfire emissions

As a result of natural hazards, 2019 could bring an increase in mortgage delinquency rates, taking 12 or more months before normalizing to pre-disaster rates

Flood Size Increases Nonlinearly Across the Western United States in Response to Lower Snow‐Precipitation Ratios

New coronavirus spreads as readily as 1918 Spanish flu and probably originated in bats

Community collaboration and high-resolution maps are keys to effective flood risk management

Lowestoft floods ‘could have been prevented’ – report

California completes 34 land projects to slow wildfires

New fault system off Gisborne sheds light on East Coast tsunami and earthquake risks, New Zealand

‘Drivers of change’: beavers released on National Trust land to ease flooding risk

A global evaluation of multi‐model ensemble tropical cyclone track probability forecasts


Emergency management

New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons is standing by his criticism of the prime minister’s bushfire response

The bodies of three U.S. firefighters who died in a plane crash earlier this week in Australia’s remote bushland while battling a fierce wildfire have been recovered

China coronavirus: mayor of Wuhan admits mistakes

Preparing for the worst: How Tokyo will respond to an Olympic quake

A panel of U.S. Army MEDEVAC (medicial evacuation) experts explored ways that Army MEDEVAC technology, safety, quality of care and culture has evolved over time

Current methods to estimate evacuation time during flood events do not consider the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of the population – here is a method to improve this

Reflections on disaster events on the one-year anniversary of Cyclone Idai

After Deadly Floods, West Virginia Created A Resiliency Office. It’s Barely Functioning

From authoritarian enclave to deliberative space: governance logics in post‐disaster reconstruction

Exploding canals, collapsing malls: Watch Brazil’s deadly floods

Shane Fitzsimmons: ‘Tireless’ fire chief steering Australians through disaster


Disaster education, communications and engagement

As Virus Spreads, Anger Floods Chinese Social Media

Do Face Masks Really Protect You From Getting Sick?

Gov. Brown pushes new bill, declares earthquake preparedness week

Science Communication Demands a Critical Approach That Centers Inclusion, Equity, and Intersectionality

As climate change worsens – and with it, the bushfire risk – it’s well worth considering how to protect the public against disinformation campaigns in future fire seasons

How to mitigate flooding


Psychology and Disasters

Adding Psychedelic Drugs to Psychotherapy May Help Treat PTSD


Sociology and disasters

Making social connections builds social capital, community resilience

Research shows that community connectedness improves outcomes in disasters


Today in disaster resilience (24 January 2020)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Cyclone Tino: Evacuation centres open in Fiji as storm drives across Pacific

Zimbabwe – Floods Cause Havoc in Matabeleland North

Fiji – Flash Floods From Tropical Cyclone “Tino” Leave 2 Dead

Brazil – 6 Dead After Flash Floods and Landslides in Espirito Santo

Bolivia – 6 Dead as Severe Weather Triggers Floods and Landslides

Papua New Guinea – Hundreds Displaced After Floods in Eastern Highlands Province

Dust storms turn central NSW towns dark

Flooding, landslides kill six in Brazil

Canberra hailstorm prompts record call out for help to ACT SES

Indonesia – 7 Dead After Floods Cause Bridge to Collapse in Bengkulu Province

Guatemala – Over 500 Evacuated After Floods in Alta Verapaz and Izabal

Mozambique – Floods Leave 28 Dead, 58,000 Affected, Says UN

Indonesia – Heavy Rain Triggers Flooding in Central Java and West Sumatra

Spain – Storm Surge From Storm Gloria Reaches 3km Inland

Argentina – Evacuations After Floods in Tucumán Province

Madagascar – Floods and Landslides Leave 6 Dead, More Severe Weather Forecast

Widespread flooding continues in Southern Africa, significantly affecting crops and livestock

Lava now visible at White Island, elevated state of unrest continues, New Zealand

Storm Gloria floods major river delta in eastern Spain

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Jan 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador

Everything you need to know as the China coronavirus spreads

Peru – Homes Damaged After Heavy Rain Triggers Floods and Landslides in Arequipa

Major Chinese city goes into lockdown as new virus death toll rises to at least 17 – Wuhan, Hubei


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

David Attenborough calls Australia’s bushfires ‘the moment of crisis’ to address climate change

The climate factors contributing to Australia’s bushfires are strikingly similar to those at play in California

Fiji calls for urgent action on climate crisis as second cyclone hits in three weeks

From “wet bulb” heat waves that create deadly humidity to cascading economic effects of sea level rise, a new report catalogs some of the unanticipated consequences of runaway global warming

Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts

The misallocation of climate research funding

Annual CEO survey found 65% of bosses were worried about climate, even before the bushfire crisis peaked

Experts say judgment is ‘tipping point’ that opens the door to climate crisis claims for protection

Why we can no longer ignore consecutive disasters

RBA told to ‘mobilise all forces’ to save the economy from climate change

This is what climate change looks like

Emissions of potent greenhouse gas have grown, contradicting reports of huge reductions

Could Australia’s bushfire disaster alter the conversation on climate change?

Bushfires have effectively doubled Australia’s annual greenhouse gas output

Projected Changes to Extreme Runoff and Precipitation Events From a Downscaled Simulation Over the Western United States

Landmark climate migration decision

Funding to build seawalls in the Torres Strait, amidst calls for climate change action

Weather shows evidence of climate change every single day since 2012

Rising temperatures put more US workers at risk of dying from heat

The ‘Doomsday Clock’ has jumped closer to midnight than ever as nuclear weapons and climate disasters turn the world into a ‘pressure cooker

Climate change-driven sea-level rise could trigger mass migration of Americans to inland cities, finds new AI study

Modeling migration patterns in the USA under sea level rise


Disaster risk reduction

Treat coastal erosion as a natural catastrophe, UK ministers urged

Normalised insurance losses from Australian natural disasters: 1966–2017

Applicability of Hydrological Models for Flash Flood Simulation in Small Catchments of Hilly Area in China

Scientists fear major volcanic eruption in the Philippines

Study finds flooding damage to levees is cumulative—and often invisible

Boston Pushes Flood Resilience with New Design Guidelines

Has NSW seen more than twice the amount of prescribed burning this decade compared with the last?

What Controls How Quickly Faults Heal?

Six of the top 10 costliest disasters of 2019 were flood

On the Need for Prospective Disaster Survey Panels

Floods could cost Solihull £6.4m without prevention, engineers warn

The Texas General Land Office announced over the weekend it was giving the city $1.3 million to buy homes and allow those residents to move to an area that doesn’t flood as often

Flooding risks could devalue Florida real estate

Intensification of short-duration rainfall extremes and implications for flash flood risks

InSAR shows massive ground deformation around the erupting Taal Volcano

Vesuvius eruption baked some people to death—and turned one brain to glass

Evidence to explain behavior of slow earthquakes

As Climate Risks Worsen, U.S. Flood Buyouts Fail to Meet the Need

In an ideal world we would have river discharge measurements for every river spanning many decades and updated in real time. We all know this is very far from reality with severe gaps in the global observing network

Wildfire risk can be reduced with agroforestry

Lessons from California fires: Investing in resilience is key

Ireland: The details of the flood risk and proposed feasible measures for each of the 300 studied communities is set out in 29 Flood Risk Management Plans

Risk assessment for areas prone to flooding and subsidence: a case study from Bergen, Western Norway


Emergency management

Parts of the NSW are reopening for business just weeks after bushfires ravaged local lives – and livelihoods. Businesses are desperate for people to return

Army chief warns continued disaster relief efforts will cost them readiness

How long is recovery?

Managed retreat presents a dilemma for at-risk communities: the countervailing imperatives of moving out of harm’s way versus retaining ties to community and place

Rain has helped slow Australia’s fires, but it’s far from a knockout blow

Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China

Australia fires: What’s being done to fight the flames?

Three Americans killed in plane crash while fighting Australia’s wildfires

45 million people across Southern Africa face hunger following natural disasters and economic disarray


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Remote sensing analyses on Twitter. Part 1: floods

Remote sensing analyses on Twitter. Part 2: landslides

A glossary providing the vocabulary necessary to understand the modern glacier environment

National Park Service’s $1.2M project preserving Johnstown Flood history

What to do in a flood

Campaign to show impact of flooding on mental health launched

Ireland’s national flood information portal, providing location specific access to flood risk and flood management information

Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities: how to create community buy-in


Psychology and Disasters

A familiar place among the chaos: how schools can help students cope after the bushfires

Flooding increases the chance of depression by 50%

Impacts of Wildfire on Children


Sociology and disasters

Neighborhood Ties Reduced Depressive Symptoms in Older Disaster Survivors: Iwanuma Study, a Natural Experiment

Risk of natural hazards and the coping capacity of the South African community in Auckland

Today in disaster resilience (17 January 2020)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Taal Volcano erupts in Philippines

U.S. winter storms cause 10 deaths, flight cancellations, power outages

Flooding hits Grand River Watershed hard

Extreme weather leaves Congo capital residents underwater

Dubai airport flooding: Flights delayed or cancelled

Indonesia – Flash Floods in South Sulawesi

Iran and UAE – Deadly Floods After Days of Heavy Rain

Kashmir avalanches and landslides leave 62 people dead

UAE smashes 24-year-old rainfall record, widespread flooding and destruction reported

New eruption at Fernandina volcano (Cerro la Cumbre), lava flows descending to the coast – Galapagos, Ecuador

Strong explosion at Popocatepetl volcano, ash to 11.3 km (37 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico

Extreme cold and heavy snow hit Afghanistan, killing at least 17 people

Iran – Floods in South Leave 3 Dead, Hundreds Rescued

Indonesia – Samarinda Floods Again, Thousands Affected

Namibia – Overflowing Zambezi River Leaves Communities Cut Off

Peru – 2 Dead After Rivers Flood in Pasco and Puno Departments

Oman hit by 4 months’ worth of rain in 1 day, severe flash floods and freezing temperatures

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Jan 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador

Brutal cold snap brings death toll to at least 170 in Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Study Confirms Climate Models are Getting Future Warming Projections Right

Some say we’ve seen bushfires worse than this before. But they’re ignoring a few key facts

Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates

Anomalously warm temperatures are associated with increased injury deaths

Studying Asian glaciers provides glimpse into future of extremes

The ice we’ve lost to climate change this past decade, visualized

Australia is no longer the lucky country

Despite the political smokescreen, scientists are in no doubt that global heating has contributed to Australia’s fire emergency

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell slightly in 2019

US National Climate Report – Annual 2019

Climate change: Australia fires will be ‘normal’ in warmer world

ScienceBrief Review: Climate Change Increases the Risk of Wildfires

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises

Inaction over climate emergency ‘not an option’ says UN Assembly chief

2019 capped off the world’s hottest decade in recorded history

Injuries and Deaths Could Rise with Climate Change in the U.S., a New Study Finds

Climate Change Brings Geopolitical Complications for Australia

Climate change to be brought into new flooding guidance maps for Wales

Climate change to be key element in next Canadian budget: finance minister

New climate models suggest Paris goals may be out of reach

5 states had the wettest year on record in 2019

Climate change is making Australia’s weird weather even weirder

For the first time, the Alarmed are now the largest of Global Warming’s Six Americas

Glacial Lake Outburst Floods: A New Climate-Related Threat from Above


Disaster risk reduction

Ten years after earthquake, Haiti still vulnerable to disasters

Disaster by Choice

In January 2020, Jakarta experienced its worst rainfall in more than a decade

Australia fires: Aboriginal planners say the bush ‘needs to burn’

How Cities are Using Architecture to Combat Flooding

Massive new rooftop farm helps reduce flooding in Bangkok

To fix a flood-prone neighborhood, Dubuque planners use 3D GIS watershed models

U.S. flood risk model to be publicly available in boon for homebuyers

The gathering firestorm in southern Amazonia

Colorado has seen the largest increase in natural disasters, study says

Taal Eruption and Ashfall Continue; Thousands Still at Risk

Jakarta’s flood costs will increase by up to 400% by 2050, research shows

Planning an International Magma Observatory

Tourists are abandoning regional Victoria and NSW in droves, with cancellation rates of more than 60 per cent even in towns outside the bushfire zones causing economic damage of up to $1 billion

Gorkha aftershocks reveal seismic hazard in Nepal

Environment Agency announces updated plans for York flood scheme

How can we stop our village flooding again?

ARC Linkage funds research on early warning system for bushfires

The danger of the Taal Volcano

$9.5 Million In Grants Awarded To Australian Researchers For Bushfire Forecast Project

Tourism loses $4.5b to bushfires as overseas visitors cancel

Residents’ flood-risk fears resurface over new Chorley housing development

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

Disasters, climate change failure and extreme weather three of the top risks facing the world in 2020


Emergency management

Bushfire lessons available to act on ahead of royal commission, experts say

As flood waters recede, Jakarta residents file lawsuit against governor

Smoke from Australia’s fires will make ‘full circuit’ around the world

Shealing: Post‐disaster slow healing and later recovery

Canada to send 69 more fire personnel to Australia to battle wildfires, minister says

American firefighters deployed to fight Australia fires met with cheers in Sydney

More than 20,000 children evacuated from the ‘danger zone’ around erupting volcano

Fire services are facing a ‘toxic’ culture of ‘bullying and harassment’

Flooding becomes politicized as Anies faces criticism

Of potential use in emergency management the V-Coptr Falcon is a bi-copter drone that has a 50-minute battery life

Prehistoric Wollemi pines saved by firefighters from Australia’s bushfires

Australian bushfires from the air: before and after images show scale of devastation

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience is developing Knowledge-into-Action briefs for people who are supporting communities to recover from the bushfire crisis

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Australians must learn a fine-grained language of fire in all its different localities

Beyond lava and ash: What makes volcanoes dangerous?

Children’s book inspired by Somerset’s 1607 killer wave

Artists help communities during a crisis, not hinder. Why are we still told they don’t matter?

Kobe commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake and through education is working to remind younger generations of the past devastation — and the importance of disaster preparedness

Victoria Police rejects social media campaign claiming arson caused fires

Conceptualizing community in disaster risk management

Creating a business contingency plan for flooding


Psychology and Disasters

Geopolitical factors and mental health

The role of risk perception in influencing flood losses over time


Sociology and disasters

Beware of bushfire scams: how fraudsters take advantage of those in need

Global problems need social science

Today in disaster resilience (10 January 2020)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Indonesia floods: Death toll hits 66 as more rain is expected

Israel – Flash Floods Leave 4 Dead, Dozens Rescued

Malawi – Flash Floods Affect 400 Households in Lilongwe

Bushfires destroy more property in Victoria as military, volunteers ramp up disaster relief

Southern Highlands’ Morton bushfire devastates Wingello, Bundanoon and Kangaroo Valley

Before-and-after photos show the scale of devastation on Kangaroo Island, with the world-famous Southern Ocean Lodge decimated

Puerto Rico earthquake: Punta Ventana collapses as powerful tremor hits

6.4-quake strikes Puerto Rico, killing at least 1 amid heavy seismic activity

Peru – Floods in Huanuco Hit Over 300 Families

Angola – Deadly Flash Floods in Luanda

Colombia – 1,200 Families Affected as Rivers Overflow in Chocó Department

Turkey – Torrential Rain Causes Flash Floods and Landslides in Mersin

Australian fires: Victorians urged to leave amid fears ‘heat spike’ will cause bushfires to merge

Israel – More Flash Floods After Almost 100mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Jan 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Krakatau, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

This apocalyptic Australian summer is our Sandy Hook moment – if we don’t take climate action now we never will

The first systematic review finds that climate models have been remarkably accurate

The bushfire crisis has given the Government a political ‘out’ to its climate change problem

Australia Will Lose to Climate Change

Australia’s unprecedented wildfires are supercharged thanks to climate change, the type of trees catching fire and weather, experts say

A theory of adaptation to climate change. From trajectories of vulnerability to adaptation pathways

Glaciers in the Olympic Mountains could vanish by end of this century

How can we adapt to a fierier world?

Climate signals detected in global weather

Forecasted attribution of the human influence on Hurricane Florence

Weather bureau says hottest, driest year on record led to extreme bushfire season

Australia Annual climate statement 2019

In the face of extreme climate events, ASU professor to link network of groups developing nature-based solutions

The summer has seen another cyclone in Fiji and terrible fires in Australia. We don’t need to be scientists to know that something is very wrong here

Miami needs allies in its fight to survive climate change

In 2030, we ended the climate emergency. Here’s how

Experts say climate change is driving up the risk of wildfires in Canada

Decade in review: how climate change has made flooding worse


Disaster risk reduction

Health impacts of bushfires won’t be known for years, experts say

Doing more of the same on fires will not mitigate disaster impact

Bushfires scare off East Gippsland tourists as businesses face struggle to stay afloat

Calls are increasing for more “controlled burns” to cut the bushfire risk. What are they, how much is being done and do they work?

Survey results show flood insurance remains ‘big challenge’

Explainer: how effective is bushfire hazard reduction on Australia’s fires?

‘We’re going to see more of this’: Spring flooding in B.C. may be worsened by logging practices

Why wasn’t there more prescribed burning, and would it have helped?

Why so many earthquakes are rocking Puerto Rico

There’s no evidence ‘greenies’ block bushfire hazard reduction but here’s a controlled burn idea worth trying

Jakarta, the fastest sinking city in the world faces the biggest flooding challenge

Better forecast for better disaster risk management in Cox’s Bazar

Future changes in extreme weather and pyroconvection risk factors for Australian wildfires

Hazard reduction burns are not a ‘panacea’ for bushfire risk, RFS boss says

U.S. billion-dollar weather disasters doubled in last decade-report

To avert future flood chaos, Indonesian capital urged to defend nature

A better estimate of water-level rise in the Ganges delta

Jakartans to File Class Action Against City Administration for Disastrous Flood Management

Resilience planning under information scarcity in fast growing African cities and towns: The CityRAP approach

How one Iowa city is planning for a rising Mississippi River

In 2019 natural catastrophes cause overall losses of US$ 150bn, with insured losses of about US$ 52bn – In line with long-term average

USA experienced 14 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in 2019


Emergency management

NSW fires boss criticises Prime Minister Scott Morrison as blazes destroy ‘hundreds’ more homes

The evidence is many people losing their homes will find themselves unable to rebuild, due to lack of insurance

More than 5,000 insurance claims totalling $375 million have been made in relation to the Australian bushfires, including 1,600 destroyed homes

Industry ministry to help small manufacturers after flood

‘The mood is sombre’: Scientists warn of the bushfire’s lasting impacts on wildlife

Kangaroo Island shows burn scars on one third of the land mass

The bushfires are horrendous—but expect cyclones, floods and heatwaves, too

Returning to Normalcy in the Short‐Term: A Preliminary Investigation of the Recovery from Hurricane Harvey among Individuals with Home Damage

More than one billion animals killed in Australian bushfires

Ten years after Haiti earthquake, medical care is deteriorating

Indonesia’s flooded capital disinfected to fend off disease

Community ‘desperate’ for release of Lancaster flooding report four years on from Storm Desmond

In 2019, the rainy season was particularly significant and persistent in many parts of Africa. More than one million people were affected by unprecedented flooding

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Fires misinformation being spread through social media

After The Floods: creative writing

Operationalizing crowdsourcing through mobile applications for disaster management in India

Online fact-checkers confront deluge of bushfire misinformation


Psychology and Disasters

“I prepared my home as much as I could, I’ve done what I can, it’s not worth dying”

Shock, fear and sadness grip Australia’s ‘bushfire refugees’

‘I can still picture the faces’: Black Saturday firefighters want you to listen to them, not call them ‘heroes’


Sociology and disasters

Finding: Increased neighborhood ties after the disaster reduced the risk of depressive symptoms even when survivors suffered disaster damages – fostering horizontal, neighborhood ties may improve disaster preparedness and mental health resilience

Today in disaster resilience (20 December 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Massive fire burns from Lithgow to Central Coast in New South Wales as Western Australia emergency continues

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuate After Second Wave of Floods in Johor

France – More Floods After Storm Hits South and West

Indonesia – Deadly Floods in Central Sulawesi

Strong quake sends people out of malls in south Philippines

Heavy floods in north and east Sri Lanka displace thousands, reservoirs overflow

Two perish in floods in south-western France

Visual of spread of Gospers Mountain megafire

DR Congo – Deadly Landslide in Ituri Province

Portugal – Heavy Rain Triggers Flash Floods in Alentejo Region

Uganda – More Fatalities After Floods in Central and Eastern Regions

DR Congo – 600,000 Affected by Floods in 12 Provinces, Says UN

Iran – Hundreds of Families Hit by Flooding in Southern Provinces

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Dec 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay

Two volunteer firefighters killed in truck rollover in Buxton

Flash floods batter Devon and Cornwall, southwest England


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UN climate talks end with limited progress on emissions targets

After recent devastating bushfires, dozens of Extinction Rebellion climate activists gathered outside Sydney’s iconic Opera House on Sunday to protest against climate change

How Africa will be affected by climate change

Temperature record could be repeatedly broken as heatwave hits Australia’s south-east, BOM says

November 2019 was the second-hottest November in the 140-year global climate record

UN climate talks: ‘The window of opportunity is open, but barely’

Climate Change Will Shrink Economies of Rich and Poor Countries Alike

Long-Term Macroeconomic Effects of Climate Change: A Cross-Country Analysis

For the vulnerable, UN climate talks are no longer fit for purpose

Oxford City Council commits £19m to climate emergency response

Climate change has cut Australian farm profits by 22% a year over past 20 years, report says

Carbon Market Institute survey finds 96% believe Australia should not delay transition to decarbonised economy

Cross-sector support for Victorian leadership on climate

Preparing for extreme sea levels depends on location, time, study finds

Australia experiences hottest day on record and its worst ever spring bushfire danger

Dramatically increased rate of observed hot record breaking in recent Australian temperatures

Empowering communities to adapt to climate change

Temperature hits 49.9C and roads melt in remote SA ahead of catastrophic fire conditions

2020 to be one of hottest years on record, Met Office says

How much closer to their doors must the fire burn? It’s immoral not to connect the dots

Assessing heat wave risk in cities as global warming continues

What Climate Change Tells Us about Being Human


Disaster risk reduction

White Island eruption: How Monday’s eruption transformed the face of the volcano

I went to New Zealand to understand what a huge California earthquake would look like

Managing Urban Flooding in the San Francisco Bay Area: From a Concrete Bowl to a Green Sponge

The inner Melbourne suburbs at growing risk of coastal flooding linked to climate change

Fire-starting weed or ecological scapegoat? The battle over California’s eucalyptus trees

Four large quakes in two months jolt southern Philippines

Release of the 2019 UK Flood Map update: the mapping covers river (fluvial), surface water (pluvial) and coastal flood across Great Britain and Northern Ireland at 5m resolution

Army Corps Found Liable for Upstream Houston Floods

Cork flood scheme report ‘used out of context’- UK Engineering firm

Cities like New Orleans are partnering with the Dutch Dialogues, a workshop exploring urban design principles that the Netherlands uses to prevent flooding

Flash flooding is a serious threat in the UK – here’s how scientists are tackling its prediction

Scientists fear surge in supersized bushfires that create their own violent thunderstorms


Emergency management

Former fire and emergency chiefs push for national bushfire emergency summit

Cyclone victims face bleak prospects in Mozambique resettlement sites

Australia needs a national crisis plan, and not just for bushfires

Refugees at ‘increased risk’ from extreme weather

Albania earthquake: Arrests over deaths in collapsed buildings

The Top 5 Deadliest Disasters in 2019

‘Hugely disappointed’ emergency chiefs to hold bushfire summit with or without PM

Concerns remain for children affected by floods in Somalia

NSW Premier declares state of emergency ahead of extreme bushfire conditions

How Portland’s Earthquake Preppers Are Planning for the Worst


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Citizen Science in the Post-Disaster Context

NWS makes needed changes to flash flood warnings

When ‘1-In-100-Year’ Floods Happen Often, What Should You Call Them?

The Devon Community Resilience Forum supports communities to develop their community emergency plan; a document that guides community response in an emergency and helps communities to prepare


Psychology and Disasters

Stakeholder Values in Hurricane Michael: Understanding How Value Dynamics Contribute to Collaborative Decision Making in Disasters

Resilience Under Fire: Protective Action, Attitudes, and Behaviors Evidenced in the 2018 Woolsey Fire

Symmetry Breaking in Evacuation Exit Choice: Impacts of Cognitive Bias and Physical Factor on Evacuation Decision

Australian citizens are mostly unaware of their country’s potential volcanic hazards

74% of UK drivers would risk life in flood water


Sociology and disasters

The Vulnerability Bearers

Disaster Justice for All: The Need for a More Equitable and Just Recovery Lens