Today in disaster resilience (15 March 2019)

disasters

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Crashed Ethiopian plane carried at least 19 UN officials https://www.smh.com.au/world/africa/crashed-ethiopian-plane-carried-at-least-19-un-officials-20190311-p5138o.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1552263522

South Africa – Deadly Flash Floods in KwaZulu-Natal Province http://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-kwazulu-natal-march-2019

Brazil – Rain in São Paulo Causes Deadly Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-sao-paulo-floods-march-2019

At least 115 people were killed in Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa after heavy rains affected 843,000 people across southeast Africa https://www.enca.com/news/red-alert-mozambique-cyclone-idai-gathers-energy

Severe floods swept away 16 000 homes, death toll rises to 70, Afghanistan https://watchers.news/2019/03/14/afghanistan-flood-damage-march-2019/

‘Cyclone of historic proportions’ hits U.S., sets barometric pressure records, strands over 1 100 drivers and leaves nearly 200 000 without power https://watchers.news/2019/03/14/us-historic-blizzard-march-2019/

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Mar 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Barren Island, Krakatau https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/76848/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-Mar-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Barren-Island-Krakatau-Brom.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Santiago Climate Change Conference – December 2019 https://unfccc.int/santiago

Sea ice plays pacemaker role in abrupt climate change https://www.bees.unsw.edu.au/sea-ice-plays-pacemaker-role-abrupt-climate-change-1

Australia needs a national plan to face the growing threat of climate disasters https://theconversation.com/australia-needs-a-national-plan-to-face-the-growing-threat-of-climate-disasters-113107

U.S.’s wettest winter on record is a ‘glimpse of the future under climate change’ https://thinkprogress.org/extreme-weather-wettest-winter-climate-c87c3ab31156/

Climate change eats away at Torres Strait islands, prompting calls for long-term solutions https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-09/call-for-increased-flood-protection-in-torres-strait/10794696

Warming temperatures are exposing more people to heat waves and increasing the risk of disease spread https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-is-having-a-major-impact-on-global-health/

The Nelson fires are a climate change warning for New Zealand https://thespinoff.co.nz/science/05-03-2019/the-nelson-fires-are-a-climate-change-warning-for-new-zealand/

Dead things, bubbles in ice cores, layers of sediment: together, they testify to the power of the atmosphere to change the Earth https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/hot-planet/deep-time/

Methane levels are increasing – and scientists aren’t sure why https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/methane-levels-are-increasing-and-scientists-aren-t-sure-why

The networks mostly ignored climate solution in 2018, but that’s changing in 2019 thanks to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez https://thinkprogress.org/climate-change-mainstream-media-coverage-2018-4d76f27dbbf8/

Attributing extreme weather to climate change: research mapped globally https://www.carbonbrief.org/mapped-how-climate-change-affects-extreme-weather-around-the-world

It’s 2050 And This Is How We Stopped Climate Change https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/03/11/688876374/its-2050-and-this-is-how-we-stopped-climate-change

‘We’ve been forced into this’: Australia’s school climate strikes to go global https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/11/weve-been-forced-into-this-australias-school-climate-strikes-to-go-global?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Few pathways to an acceptable climate future without immediate action, according to study https://phys.org/news/2019-03-pathways-climate-future-action.html

Is climate change making U.S. tornadoes worse? https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/is-climate-change-making-u-s-tornadoes-worse

Greta Thunberg, schoolgirl climate change warrior: ‘Some people can let things go. I can’t’ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/11/greta-thunberg-schoolgirl-climate-change-warrior-some-people-can-let-things-go-i-cant

Cuba acknowledges climate change threats in its constitution https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00760-3?utm_source=Nature%20Briefing&utm_campaign=e98d492f38-briefing-dy-20190311&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c9dfd39373-e98d492f38-43943857

Navigating climate’s human geographies: Exploring the whereabouts of climate politics https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2043820619829920

The economics of climate change adaptation https://cdn.gca.org/assets/2018-10/18_WP_GCA_Economics_1001_final.pdf

Here’s what Antarctica’s calving glaciers look like up close https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/03/watching-thwaites-glacier-calving-antarctica/

Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html

“Wildly Fluctuating Forecasts” & Flooding — A Common Theme Of Climate Change https://cleantechnica.com/2019/03/11/wildly-fluctuating-forecasts-flooding-a-common-theme-of-climate-change-cleantechnica-exclusive/

As the Sea Rises, Communities Learn to Have Difficult Conversations About Retreat https://www.lincolninst.edu/publications/articles/climate-adaptation

Destruction from sea level rise in California could exceed worst wildfires and earthquakes, new research shows https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-california-coast-storm-damage-20190313-story.html

RBA turns Dorothea Mackellar’s “My Country” right back on climate deniers https://reneweconomy.com.au/rba-turns-dorothea-mackellars-my-country-right-back-on-climate-deniers-16427/

In his new book, futurist Alex Steffen encourages people to think of tackling climate change as an ongoing opportunity to build a sustainable future, not a fight we’ve already lost https://www.fastcompany.com/90318242/climate-change-is-inevitable-how-bad-it-gets-is-a-choice

Exploring climate change through creative arts a focus for Prime Minister’s science award recipient https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/111177380/exploring-climate-change-through-creative-arts-a-focus-for-prime-ministers-science-award-recipient

Sharp rise in Arctic temperatures now inevitable – UN https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/13/arctic-temperature-rises-must-be-urgently-tackled-warns-un

Climate study warns of vanishing safety window—here’s why https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/03/climate-change-model-warns-of-difficult-future/

My New Plan to Climate-Proof Lower Manhattan http://nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/2019/03/bill-de-blasio-my-new-plan-to-climate-proof-lower-manhattan.html?__twitter_impression=true

3-5°C temperature rise is now ‘locked-in’ for the Arctic https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/3-5degc-temperature-rise-now-locked-arctic

 

Disaster risk reduction

NSW law allowing Blue Mountains flooding didn’t follow due process, Unesco told https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/mar/08/nsw-law-allowing-blue-mountains-flooding-didnt-follow-due-process-unesco-told?CMP=share_btn_tw

Floods kill 42,000 AACo cattle, and drought costs to hit $57m https://www.farmonline.com.au/story/5946867/aaco-loses-42000-plus-cattle-to-floods-and-57m-to-drought/

Google leveraging machine learning to predict India floods https://www.livemint.com/companies/people/google-leveraging-machine-learning-to-predict-india-floods-1552193194482.html

What if we could use nature to prevent disasters? http://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/what-if-we-could-use-nature-prevent-disasters?CID=SURR_TT_WBGCities_EN_EXT

Carolinas have fourth-most active tornado alley in US, experts say https://www.foxcarolina.com/news/carolinas-have-fourth-most-active-tornado-alley-in-us-experts/article_bf44cdd9-6011-59a5-90c5-6ba293bdbdbd.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Llandudno declared fifth worst UK town for flooding https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/17491126.llandudno-declared-fifth-worst-uk-town-for-flooding/

Work Starts on 134 Houston-Area Flood-Control Projects after Harvey https://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southcentral/2019/03/11/289688.htm

The summer bushfires you didn’t hear about, and the invasive species fuelling them https://theconversation.com/the-summer-bushfires-you-didnt-hear-about-and-the-invasive-species-fuelling-them-112619?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

The Flood Resilience Portal https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=35&v=EMAkfr3lkFM

Dam incidents and failures can fundamentally be attributed to human factors https://damfailures.org/lessons-learned/dam-incidents-and-failures-can-fundamentally-be-attributed-to-human-factors/

Damaged by Hurricanes, a Historic North Carolina Town Plans for a Resilient Future https://medium.com/changelab-solutions/damaged-by-hurricanes-a-historic-north-carolina-town-plans-for-a-resilient-future-6fc97c0ad89e

Queensland’s flood disaster highlights wide cover gap https://insuranceasianews.com/underinsurance-queenslands-flooding-disaster/

Satellite data powers flood early warning system http://www.un-spider.org/news-and-events/news/satellite-data-powers-flood-early-warning-system

This is where millions will be spent in Somerset on flood prevention https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/millions-spent-somerset-flood-prevention-2637310

Leading the way in flood resilience http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/newsroom/2019/03/13/leading-the-way-in-flood-resilience/

The 10 most flooded cities in Britain revealed https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6772503/Flood-capitals-Britain-revealed-Hull-takes-spot.html

Beta Version of Searchable Federal Flood Risk Management Programs Website Available https://www.floods.org/n-news-hottopics/article.asp?id=608

Quantifying Flood Vulnerability Reduction via Private Precaution https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1029/2018EF000994

77% of Americans Say Federally Funded Infrastructure Must Be Flood Ready https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2019/03/13/77-percent-of-americans-say-federally-funded-infrastructure-must-be-flood-ready

Heat, floods, quakes: Tokyo 2020 preparing for any disaster https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/others/heat-floods-quakes-tokyo-2020-preparing-for-any-disaster/articleshow/68403073.cms

New FEMA plan could make flood insurance more costly for some https://www.inman.com/2019/03/12/new-fema-plan-could-make-flood-insurance-more-costly-for-some/

ARA Flood Risk Map Enhanced with Bluesky 3D Terrain Models https://www.agilitypr.news/ARA-Flood-Risk-Map-Enhanced-with-Bluesky-2526

 

Emergency Management

The State of Recovery in Tōhoku Eight Years after 3/11 https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-data/h00404/the-state-of-recovery-in-tohoku-eight-years-after-311.html

Sirens not a good tornado warning method https://blogs.agu.org/wildwildscience/2019/03/07/thoughts-on-the-lee-county-alabama-tornado-worthless-sirens-and-unsafe-mobile-homes/

Missing ingredient in healing cities after disaster? Culture http://news.trust.org/item/20190304134937-2rmnh/

People living with a disability represented on community disaster management committees – Timor-Leste https://www.australianhumanitarianpartnership.org/field-stories/disaster-ready-people-living-with-a-disability-represented-on-community-disaster-management-committees-timor-leste

‘It could have been my own child’ – Alexandra flash flood hero Vincent Cosa https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/it-could-have-been-my-own-child-alexandra-flash-flood-hero-vincent-cosa-20190310

Civil Protection Cooperation in the European Union: How Trust and Administrative Culture Matter for Crisis Management https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030028572

‘We need our own Elvis’: Former fire chiefs warn Australia is unprepared for bushfire peril https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/we-need-our-own-elvis-former-fire-chiefs-warn-australia-is-unprepared-for-bushfire-peril-20190311-p5139j.html

To build or not build: that is the Townsville question http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/blogpost/agissing/2019/build-or-not-build-townsville-question?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=gissingblogtownsville

Good news for drones: they can be used in rescues and situational awareness https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46829931

Quantitative resilience assessment in emergency response reveals how organizations trade efficiency for redundancy https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753518312013

The road to recovery: Rebuilding the transport sector after a disaster http://blogs.worldbank.org/transport/road-recovery-rebuilding-transport-sector-after-disaster

UN supports humanitarian response to floods in Malawi and joins Government in warning of additional flood risks https://mw.one.un.org/un-supports-humanitarian-response-to-floods-in-malawi-and-joins-government-in-warning-of-additional-flood-risks/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Common Misconceptions about Disaster http://emergency-planning.blogspot.com/2019/03/common-misconceptions-about-disaster.html

Social media usage patterns during natural hazards https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0210484#references

After the 2011 disaster, which killed his grandmother and laid waste to his ancestral home, an American journeys to Japan to search for what the tsunami left in its wake https://longreads.com/2019/03/11/after-the-tsunami/

Role playing to learn about disasters in university https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/03/harvard-students-see-natural-disaster-from-three-sides/

Sismologie éducative au Népal : un programme en milieu scolaire pour rendre les enfants plus vigilants http://wp.unil.ch/geoblog/2019/03/sismologie-educative-au-nepal-un-programme-en-milieu-scolaire-pour-rendre-les-enfants-plus-vigilants/

Japan earthquake and tsunami of 2011 https://www.britannica.com/event/Japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-of-2011

Community engagement for flooding in the Pang Valley https://landwise-nfm.org/2019/03/07/flooding-in-the-pang-valley-past-present-and-future/

Bottom-up citizen initiatives in natural hazard management: Why they appear and what they can do? https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330534915_Bottom-up_citizen_initiatives_in_natural_hazard_management_Why_they_appear_and_what_they_can_do

Resilient Australia Awards open for submissions https://www.aidr.org.au/programs/resilient-australia-awards

ANYCaRE: a role-playing game to investigate crisis decision-making and communication challenges in weather-related hazards https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/19/507/2019/

 

Psychology and Disasters

More than half of the people affected by north Queensland’s unprecedented flooding event chose not to evacuate and were not prepared with one quarter without flood insurance https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-22/preliminary-survey-results-north-qld-floods/10831934

 

Sociology and Disasters

Poverty and tornadoes https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2019/03/08/letter-from-tornado-alley/c05XqVH9UbXGAcP3NKg1RN/story.html?s_campaign=bostonglobe:social:googleamp:sharetools

Culture and Disaster Action Network (CADAN) http://cultureanddisaster.org/

 

 

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Today in disaster resilience (8 March 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Australia bushfires: Homes destroyed in Victoria https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-australia-47434599/australia-bushfires-homes-destroyed-in-victoria

At least 20 people including children were killed in southern Afghanistan by flash floods https://tribune.com.pk/story/1921735/3-flash-floods-afghanistan-kill-least-20/

Massive floods hit Israel and Jordan after more than a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours https://watchers.news/2019/03/02/extreme-rainfall-flood-israel-jordan-february-2019/

Early Flooding Along the Mississippi https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/144598/early-flooding-along-the-mississippi

Death toll from Alabama tornado rises to 23 https://apnews.com/f56c0cfa812d408fbc66ae3d63d1aaf3?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

Heavy rain and snow hit Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, leaving more than 50 people dead https://watchers.news/2019/03/05/pakistan-afghanistan-iran-floods-march-2019/

Destructive tornadoes rip through Talbotton and Cairo, Georgia https://watchers.news/2019/03/04/albotton-cairo-georgia-tornado-damage-march-3-2019/

Explosions at Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico https://watchers.news/2019/03/05/explosions-at-popocatepetl-volcano-mexico/

Huge hailstorm and severe flooding hits areas of Joburg https://rosebankkillarneygazette.co.za/248128/huge-hailstorm-severe-flooding-hits-areas-joburg/

California wine country flooding leaves thousands of homes and businesses damaged http://www.liveinsurancenews.com/california-wine-country-flooding-leaves-thousands-of-homes-and-businesses-damaged/8546614/

Volcanic activity worldwide 7 Mar 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Barren Island, Karangetang https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/76429/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-7-Mar-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Barren-Island-Karangetang-Du.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

A recent court ruling could signal a new direction for Australian climate law https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/climate-change-in-court

California’s Wildfires Burn Through America’s Climate Illusions https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-03-01/california-s-wildfires-show-we-ll-all-pay-for-climate-change

Resilience and Adaptation Strategies Can Address the Impacts of Climate Change https://www.rand.org/blog/rand-review/2019/02/resilience-and-adaptation-strategies-can-address-the.html?adbid=1102588515517255680&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453&adbsc=social_20190304_2711881

Humans cause climate change. Do we just need fewer humans? https://grist.org/article/humans-cause-climate-change-do-we-just-need-fewer-humans/?utm_campaign=RebelMouse&share_id=4440003&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=Daily%20Climate

Climate change is the world’s biggest threat, according to a new global survey https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/02/climate-change-seen-as-top-threat-in-global-survey

One of the most northerly communities in the world, Tuktoyaktuk in Canada’s Northwest Territories, is fighting a losing battle against climate change http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2019/03/01/the-not-so-slowly-disappearing-arctic-shores/

Rising Seas Soaked Home Owners for $16 Billion over 12 Years https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/rising-seas-soaked-home-owners-for-16-billion-over-12-years/?amp

Wildfires, Flooding and Droughts Could Make Climate Change an Issue. Some Are Pushing for It to Be the Top One http://time.com/5543102/2020-election-climate-change/

UK shows how climate action done, with cuts to emissions for six years in a row https://reneweconomy.com.au/uk-shows-how-climate-action-done-with-cuts-to-emissions-for-six-years-in-a-row-86614/

Climate change: Satellite fix safeguards Antarctic data https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47461199

The Silencing Of The Climate Emergency, And What We Should Do About It https://newmatilda.com/2019/03/05/silencing-climate-emergency/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

Scientists struck by New Zealand’s vanishing postcard glaciers https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12210155

Rainfall Is Triggering More Melting on the Greenland Ice Sheet, Study Finds https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07032019/greenland-ice-sheet-melting-rain-increase-climate-change-sea-level-rise-feedback-loop

Australia’s ‘angriest summer’: 200 records broken and fruit cooking on trees https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australia-s-angriest-summer-200-records-broken-and-fruit-cooking-on-trees

The other kind of climate denialism https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/the-other-kind-of-climate-denialism

How Global Warming Changes the Difficulty of Synoptic Weather Forecasting https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2018GL081856

 

Disaster risk reduction

Science For a Risky World https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/science-for-a-risky-world-a-conversation-with-kristin-ludwig-and-dave-ramsey?

Italy Allows Illegal Homes to Be Rebuilt, Earthquake Zone or Not https://www.wsj.com/articles/italy-allows-illegal-homes-to-be-rebuilt-earthquake-zone-or-not-11551524445

An evidence-based urban DRR strategy for informal settlements https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/DPM-08-2018-0263

200,000 People Go Into California’s Volcanic Hazard Zones Every Day https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2019/03/03/200000-people-encounter-californias-volcanic-hazard-zones-every-day/#50035ce76193

Is Haiti better prepared for disasters, nine years on from the 2010 earthquake? https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/01/1030342

Townsville floods show cities that don’t adapt to risks face disaster https://theconversation.com/townsville-floods-show-cities-that-dont-adapt-to-risks-face-disaster-112607

Flood-prone cities like Houston may need to start buying people out, study says https://thinkprogress.org/property-buyouts-flood-resilience-climate-change-study-harvey-texas-93f7ec841fa6/

Thames-style tidal barrier could prevent Bristol floods https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-47399897

‘Well-oiled’ flood-fighting machine will protect Winnipeg this spring, expert say https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-spring-flooding-1.5038996

Latest North Bay disaster underscores growing need for flood insurance https://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/9331124-181/latest-north-bay-flood-underscores

Current and emerging disaster risks perceptions in Oceania: key stakeholders recommendations for disaster management and resilience building https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/63883

Assessing the performance of global hydrological models for capturing peak river flows in the Amazon Basin https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci-discuss.net/hess-2019-44/

Harnessing the GPS Data Explosion for Interdisciplinary Science https://eos.org/project-updates/harnessing-the-gps-data-explosion-for-interdisciplinary-science

Wildfire risk in California no longer coupled to winter precipitation https://phys.org/news/2019-03-north-pacific-jet-stream-moisture.html

Study Proposes Gates to Close Inlets, Curb Back Bay Flooding https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-jersey/articles/2019-03-01/slamming-the-door-on-back-bay-flooding-report-eyes-gates?src=usn_tw

Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Housing Development in Keko Machungwa https://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=90583

Small flank failure of Anak Krakatau Volcano caused catastrophic December 2018 Indonesian tsunami https://eartharxiv.org/u965c?fbclid=IwAR3Jimk0c6y88LewO-HGO5MudCj4WXaEQkJYyTGnLIwRPmEGRDxpc7yzLjU

Researchers study Alaska forest fires over past 450 years https://phys.org/news/2019-03-alaska-forest-years.html

Preparing for extreme weather in Europe https://horizon-magazine.eu/article/preparing-extreme-weather.html

Europe’s flood risk is linked to atmospheric ‘seesaw’ https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00727-4

European Commission reviews progress made in water quality and flood risk management https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/commission-reviews-progress-made-water-quality-and-flood-risk-management-2019-feb-26_en

Tornadoes in the Southeast are getting worse — and they’re often the deadliest https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/05/us/dixie-alley-tornadoes-southeast-wxc/index.html

Preparing for the Era of Disasters https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/preparing-for-the-era-of-disasters/

Historical background and current developments for mapping burned area from satellite Earth observation https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034425719300689

N.J. coastal towns face nearly $1.6B in annual damage from sea rise, flooding, storms, report finds https://www.philly.com/science/climate/new-jersey-climate-change-sea-rise-trump-army-corps-20190304.html

New Jersey’s Lost Valley Tells The Story Of Government Home Buyouts https://www.npr.org/2019/03/06/700625573/new-jerseys-lost-valley-tells-the-story-of-government-home-buyouts

Highways & Floodways https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/highways-floodways-david-skuodas/?published=t

The Forest Service is working with tribes to manage wildfires https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/03/forest-service-works-with-tribes-to-manage-fire/

Anthropogenic changes of the landscape and natural hazards https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/nh/2019/03/06/anthropogenic-changes-of-the-landscape-and-natural-hazards/

Frontiers 2018/19: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern https://www.unenvironment.org/resources/frontiers-201819-emerging-issues-environmental-concern

£46bn needed for future flood protection in UK https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/46bn-needed-for-future-flood-protection-in-uk/10040518.article

A retrospective look at Townsville flooding in February 2019 https://www.jbarisk.com/flood-services/event-response/a-retrospective-of-townsville-flooding/

Oxford one of the worst affected areas for flooding in UK https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17481360.oxford-one-of-the-worst-affected-areas-for-flooding-in-uk/

Flood risk analysis & flood warning systems for Malaysia https://www.ambientalrisk.com/flood-risk-analysis-flood-warning-systems-malaysia/

 

Emergency Management

Building Cultures of Preparedness https://training.fema.gov/hiedu/docs/latest/2019_cultures_of_preparedness_report_10.22.18%20final.pdf

This capacity building toolkit addresses the needs of older adults and those with disability in planning for and responding to emergencies https://www.naccho.org/uploads/downloadable-resources/Capacity-Building-Toolkit-for-Aging-and-Disability-Networks-2-5-19.pdf

Miracle cat survives raging Russian River to return home, embody the spirit of Guerneville https://www.sfgate.com/weather/article/cat-survive-floodwaters-russian-river-guerneville-13655784.php

Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency after Russian River flooding https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Flooding-recedes-after-atmospheric-river-dumps-13652268.php

Brumadinho dam collapse in Brazil: Vale mine chief resigns https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47432134

Still waiting to rebuild after 8 years http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005580016

A pre-evacuation database for use in egress simulations https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379711218302212?dgcid=author

Nearly all tornadoes are survivable, so why are people still dying? https://grist.org/article/nearly-all-tornadoes-are-survivable-so-why-are-people-still-dying/

141 days after Hurricane Michael, here are the people living in tents https://www.newsherald.com/news/20190302/141-days-after-hurricane-michael-here-are-people-living-in-tents

Fire and emergency services professional development https://www.usfa.fema.gov/training/prodev/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Homeowner’s Handbook provides useful tips regarding readiness for natural hazards that may affect Hawaii http://seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/homeowners-handbook-to-prepare-for-natural-hazards/

Your experience can help others cope with flooding https://worcesterobserver.co.uk/news/your-experience-can-help-others-cope-with-flooding/

How To Get Ready For The Next Big Earthquake. You Asked, We Answered https://laist.com/2019/03/01/earthquake_prep_readiness_big_one.php?fbclid=IwAR2F8Xiz5dptuf9a8L_8C0liS87v-skOgI0DtKvgN946MXI9wgZHD9CfBbM

Increasing Flood Risk Awareness Through A Real Estate Professional Training Program https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/flood-risk.html

South Australians don’t see heatwaves as serious events and warnings https://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news105202.html

 

Psychology and Disasters

Russell Dynes, his research was foundational to understanding human behavior in disaster https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/russell-dynes-an-incredible-legacy?

Trauma and Resilience After Deadly Alabama Tornado https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-resilience/201903/trauma-and-resilience-after-deadly-alabama-tornado

A Provisional Conceptual Model of Human Behavior in Response to Wildland-Urban Interface Fires https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10694-019-00821-z

Mental models for conservation research and practice https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/conl.12642

 

Sociology and Disasters

How do natural hazards affect participation in voluntary association? The social impacts of disasters in Japanese society https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329022102_How_do_natural_hazards_affect_participation_in_voluntary_association_The_social_impacts_of_disasters_in_Japanese_societyBeyond ‘just’ flood risk management: the potential for—and limits to—alleviating flood disadvantage https://e-space.mmu.ac.uk/619096/

How Federal Disaster Money Favors The Rich https://www.npr.org/2019/03/05/688786177/how-federal-disaster-money-favors-the-rich?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20190305

Today in disaster resilience (1 March 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tennessee in state of emergency as flood, storm threat continues in Nashville area https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2019/02/23/nashville-braces-severe-storms-may-cap-record-breaking-rainfall/2960994002/

Severe flash flooding in Grenada, Mississippi https://watchers.news/2019/02/22/severe-flash-flooding-grenada-mississippi-february-2019/

Deadly tornado hits Columbus, extensive damage reported, Mississippi https://watchers.news/2019/02/24/columbus-tornado-february-23-2019/

Greece – 1 Dead After Record Rainfall in Crete http://floodlist.com/europe/greece-crete-storm-oceanis-february-2019

Angola – 4 Dead After Heavy Rain Hits Luanda http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-heavy-rain-luanda-february-2019

Papua New Guinea – 70 Houses Destroyed, 2 Dead After Floods in East New Britain http://floodlist.com/australia/papua-new-guinea-east-new-britain-floods-february-2019

Two interesting new landslide videos from the Himalayas https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/02/26/himalayas/#.XHVv0cVvn6s.twitter

Storm water floods California towns only reachable by boat https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/rain-prompts-evacuation-order-for-northern-california-towns/2019/02/26/b7f140e4-3a34-11e9-b10b-f05a22e75865_story.html?utm_term=.0e4b96735e5f

Colombia – 15,000 Affected After Rivers Overflow in Chocó Department http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-choco-february-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Marsden moorland fire: ‘Apocalyptic’ moorland blaze put out https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-47381119

Indonesia mine collapse: Dozens buried by landslide in Sulawesi https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47381579

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Feb 2019: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Ibu https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/76016/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Feb-2019-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Ibu-Duk.html

Devastating floodwaters cut off entire towns in Northern California https://www.cbsnews.com/news/northern-california-flooding-leaves-entire-towns-cut-off-russian-river/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change forces low-lying Marshall Islands to ‘elevate islands’ https://www.sbs.com.au/news/climate-change-forces-low-lying-marshall-islands-to-elevate-islands

The Katowice Climate Package: Making The Paris Agreement Work For All https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/katowice-climate-package

The private sector’s 5 big climate risk and adaptation blind spots https://www.greenbiz.com/article/private-sectors-5-big-climate-risk-and-adaptation-blind-spots

It is absolutely time to panic about climate change https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/2/22/18188562/climate-change-david-wallace-wells-the-uninhabitable-earth

Global Warming’s Compounding Dangers https://www.climatecentral.org/news/report-climate-pile-up-global-warmings-compounding-dangers

What the 17th century’s “Little Ice Age” teaches us about climate change https://qz.com/1554962/what-17th-centurys-little-ice-age-teaches-us-on-climate-change/

A world without clouds? Hardly clear, climate scientists say https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/world-without-clouds-hardly-clear-climate-scientists-say?r3f_986=https://t.co/R0STJ919p5

Evidence for man-made global warming hits ‘gold standard’: scientists https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-temperatures-idUSKCN1QE1ZU?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c7485331adf640001b8e981&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

Is Climate Change to Blame for Queensland’s Historic Flooding? https://www.air-worldwide.com/Blog/Is-Climate-Change-to-Blame-for-Queensland%E2%80%99s-Historic-Flooding-/

‘It’s been extreme’: Australia’s summer smashes seasonal heat records https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/it-s-been-extreme-australia-s-summer-smashes-seasonal-heat-records-20190227-p510od.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1551253168

Sea level rise’s impact on property values will be greatest in N.J. Shore towns, study says https://www.philly.com/science/climate/climate-change-sea-level-rise-new-jersey-shore-ocean-city-property-values-20190227.html?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

‘A Harbinger of Things to Come’: Farmers in Australia Struggle With Its Hottest Drought Ever http://time.com/longform/australia-drought-photos/

Why are there UK wildfires in February? https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47389480

Why action against climate change is so important and How partners are helping the people of Papua New Guinea? http://www.pg.undp.org/content/papua_new_guinea/en/home/presscenter/articles/2019/why-action-against-climate-change-is-so-important-and-how-partne.html

BOM Webinar recording: State of the Climate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFwxiAzRh-U&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=li&utm_medium=org&utm_campaign=sm-017-0025&utm_content=vid

Climate, the crisis that threatens our political duopoly https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-the-crisis-that-threatens-our-political-duopoly-20190227-p510j7.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1551304153

Unprepared for climate change: Mauritius needs to go beyond treating the symptoms of environmental degradation https://diraj.org/unprepared-for-climate-change-mauritius-needs-to-go-beyond-treating-the-symptoms-of-environmental-degradation/

Compared to climate observations that date back to 1910, this summer could certainly be classed as extreme https://www.afr.com/news/economy/if-this-summer-felt-different-that-is-because-it-was-20190227-h1brwl

To fight climate change, first “talk about it,” climate scientist says https://www.cbsnews.com/news/katharine-hayhoe-to-fight-climate-change-talk-about-it/

2018-19 was Australia’s hottest summer on record, with a warm autumn likely too https://theconversation.com/2018-19-was-australias-hottest-summer-on-record-with-a-warm-autumn-likely-too-112616?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Iceberg twice the size of New York City is set to break away from Antarctica https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/26/iceberg-break-away-antarctica-ice-shelf?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Coastal Flooding Is Erasing Billions in Property Value as Sea Level Rises. That’s Bad News for Cities https://insideclimatenews.org/news/28022019/coastal-flooding-home-values-sea-level-rise-climate-change-ocean-city-miami-beach

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World https://www.civilgeo.com/the-water-will-come-examines-the-science-politics-and-humanitarian-crises-posed-by-rising-sea-levels/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Why should flood risk professionals care about how or why the private sector enters the flood insurance market? https://www.floods.org/n-news-hottopics/article.asp?id=597

Flood funds rolled out to Somerset farms in online auction https://www.fwi.co.uk/business/payments-schemes/flood-funds-rolled-out-to-somerset-farms-in-online-auction

PDC’s NDPBA Program strengthens national capacity while reducing disaster risk worldwide https://www.pdc.org/pdcs-national-disaster-preparedness-baseline-assessment-program-strengthens-national-capacity-while-reducing-risk-worldwide/

Indian Monsoon: Soil moisture, temperature pattern to predict threat to life; study https://www.skymetweather.com/content/weather-news-and-analysis/indian-monsoon-soil-moisture-temperature-pattern-to-predict-threat-to-life-study/

Coastal communities should exercise caution in using FEMA Flood Maps as the primary indicator of coastal risk https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/coastal-communities-should-exercise-caution-using-fema-rob-young/

A French beach cleared of homes shows NC the way https://www.newsobserver.com/latest-news/article226637279.html

Copernicus Sentinel-1 reveals shared plumbing led to Agung awakening https://phys.org/news/2019-02-copernicus-sentinel-reveals-plumbing-agung.html

National Drought Map now available https://pmc.gov.au/news-centre/domestic-policy/national-drought-map-now-available

California’s Exposure to Volcanic Hazards https://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2018/5159/sir20185159.pdf

Modeling Wind Direction Distributions Using a Diagnostic Model in the Context of Probabilistic Fire Spread Prediction https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmech.2019.00005/full?utm_source=S-TWT&utm_medium=SNET&utm_campaign=ECO_FMECH_XXXXXXXX_auto-dlvrit

Varying Impact of Earthquake- and Monsoon-Induced Landslides https://eos.org/articles/varying-impact-of-earthquake-and-monsoon-induced-landslides

INFORM is a global, open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters http://www.inform-index.org/

International committee continues study continues on preventing floods https://www.mymalonetelegram.com/article/20190225/MTG01/190229181

Tunneling Offers a Solution to Houston’s Flooding Problems https://apnews.com/3a13c524802349bca8c14eefaf7ba34d

OPERANDUM aims to reduce hydro-meteorological risks in European territories https://www.operandum-project.eu/the-project/

Many impacted by floods don’t have proper insurance to cover damages https://www.wjhl.com/local/many-impacted-by-floods-don-t-have-proper-insurance-to-cover-damages/1812722445

Hampton weighs whether to require future homes be built on pilings https://www.unionleader.com/news/politics/local/hampton-weighs-whether-to-require-future-homes-be-built-on/article_b8c9a6e1-b914-57c5-8e35-84b8a3df782d.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

US may get early warning system for volcanoes https://earther.gizmodo.com/the-u-s-may-finally-get-an-early-warning-system-for-vo-1832931640?IR=T

Developing and trialling improved capabilities for forecasting for surface water flooding via NHP http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/FCERM/en/Default/FCRM/Project.aspx?ProjectID=89cedb43-474a-4c44-ac85-9a1b649022d0&PageID=9719662d-81e9-4a8f-b46f-72675770cdce

Vanuatu and Tonga top the world for disaster risk https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/383558/vanuatu-and-tonga-top-the-world-for-disaster-risk

Is your building safe after an earthquake? These cheap sensors could tell you https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/your-building-safe-after-earthquake-these-cheap-sensors-could-tell-you

Flood risk scenarios for England to 2065 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/environment-agency-publishes-new-evidence-to-plan-for-flood-and-coastal-risk-up-to-2065

Special issue “Flood risk governance for more resilience” https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/63922

Converting flood-prone properties to green space is a smart way to help mitigate future flooding–but only if you do it strategically https://www.fastcompany.com/90312897/heres-the-smartest-way-for-cities-to-rebuild-after-a-flood

 

Emergency Management

‘Lot of grief’ as acute water shortages threaten drought-hit NSW towns https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/lot-of-grief-as-acute-water-shortages-threaten-drought-hit-nsw-towns-20190222-p50zl5.html

How the Forest Stewards Guild is Building the Next Generation of Fire Practitioners: The Forest Stewards Youth Corps Fire and Fuels Program https://fireadaptednetwork.org/how-the-forest-stewards-guild-is-building-the-next-generation-of-fire-practitioners-the-forest-stewards-youth-corps-fire-and-fuels-program/

Reaching Harvey victims 18 months later, one door at a time https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Reaching-Harvey-victims-18-months-later-one-door-13639784.php?utm_campaign=CMS%20Sharing%20Tools%20(Desktop)&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

Townsville flooding – “The health response has been quite remarkable” https://www.ckn.org.au/content/townsville-flooding-health-response-has-been-quite-remarkable

Bracing for worst flooding in 24 years, residents ‘know the drill’ https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/02/26/get-out-now-fueled-cursed-by-russian-river-guerneville-evacuates/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Officials urge people not to play in flood water https://www.newschannel5.com/news/officials-urge-people-not-to-play-in-flood-water

Floods in the Hunter (1870) https://hunterlivinghistories.com/2019/02/25/floods-hunter-1870/

Flood protection to be outlined https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/environment/flood-protection-to-be-outlined-1-9610429

Getting started: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day toolkit https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/national-wildfire-community-preparedness-day/getting-started-wildfire-community-preparedness-day-toolkit?utm_source=fabk&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fabk0006

Flood Exercise https://www.jbaconsulting.com/flood-water-management/flood-emergency-planning/

How to plan ahead for flooding https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/plan-ahead-for-flooding

Downpour! – Flood risk communication through interactive immersive street games https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/ioep/rfa/2019/00000003/00000001/art00003

Six years after: ‘Fukushima memories’ and continued willingness to participate in energy and environmental policy-making process in Japan https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18692729.2018.1543244?journalCode=rcoj20

Developing models for emergency evacuation response https://www.movementstrategies.com/blog-posts/diary-of-an-evacuee

2 billion social media posts show that people are starting to normalise extreme weather events https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/02/15/1816541116

Flood Expo 2019 https://www.construction.co.uk/c/680296/flood-expo-2019

 

Psychology and Disasters

Traumatic stress: Who counsels the fire chief? https://www.firechief.com/2019/01/23/traumatic-stress-who-counsels-the-fire-chief/

Mental health support for fire affected communities https://www.echo.net.au/2019/02/mental-health-support-fire-affected-communities/

Trauma Teddies https://www.redcross.org.au/get-involved/connect/volunteer/knitting-for-charity-trauma-teddies

Household preparedness in an imminent disaster threat scenario: The case of superstorm sandy in New York City https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918312196?fbclid=IwAR1cC4SxK0vcYK5Wg7dnxK25bTb15aNMjTJkv8fiKt8JwWSrykqp2xeQcGQ

We’re starting to normalize extreme weather https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/blogs/were-normalizing-extreme-weather-study

 

Sociology and Disasters

The rural impact of natural hazards https://resiliencechallenge.nz/rural-programme/the-rural-impact-of-natural-hazards/

“Nothing lays bare inequality and discrimination like a disaster” https://www.unisdr.org/archive/63913

Children are particularly at risk of physical injury and death during disaster resulting from extreme natural events such as earthquakes and cyclones https://reliefweb.int/report/world/world-risk-report-2018-focus-child-protection-and-childrens-rights

Today in disaster resilience (22 February 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Heavy rain hits parts of Zimbabwe, breaks 42-year-old record, 60 gold miners feared dead https://watchers.news/2019/02/16/heavy-rain-hits-parts-of-zimbabwe-breaks-42-year-old-record-60-gold-miners-feared-dead/

Heavy rain results in flooding, above average crashes and high-water rescues around the Las Vegas valley, Nevada https://watchers.news/2019/02/15/heavy-rain-results-in-flooding-above-average-crashes-and-high-water-rescues-around-the-las-vegas-valley-nevada/

Deep M6.4 earthquake hits New Ireland region, Papua New Guinea https://watchers.news/2019/02/17/deep-m6-4-earthquake-hits-new-ireland-region-papua-new-guinea/

Zimbabwe – Floods Leave 2 Dead in Masvingo Province http://floodlist.com/africa/zimbabwe-floods-masvingo-province-february-2019

Greece – 4 Missing After Flash Floods in Crete http://floodlist.com/europe/greece-flash-floods-crete-february-2019

Tropical Cyclone Oma to batter New Caledonia into midweek, New Zealand and Australia on alert https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/tropical-cyclone-oma-to-batter-new-caledonia-into-midweek-new-zealand-and-australia-on-alert/70007479

Chile – 6 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Destroyed After Floods in North http://floodlist.com/america/chile-floods-arica-tarapaca-antofagasta-february-2019

Ecuador – Floods in Los Ríos and Pastaza Provinces http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-los-rios-pastaza-february-2019

King tide, supermoon and Cyclone Oma cause flooding in Brisbane city suburbs, with more at risk https://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/kind-tide-supermoon-and-cyclone-oma-cause-flooding-in-brisbane-city-suburbs-with-more-at-risk/news-story/78724933b81e0028e1eea0874616268f

Floods destroyed 346 homes, severely damaged 427, Chile https://watchers.news/2019/02/20/floods-destroyed-346-homes-severely-damaged-427-chile/

Dhaka fire that killed 80 raises questions over chemical stores https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/21/dhaka-fire-more-than-50-die-in-apartments-used-as-chemical-store?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Four dead from flash flood in Pakistan https://www.suchtv.pk/pakistan/balochistan/item/82494-four-killed-70-disappeared-in-balochistan-flash-flooding-as-emergency-declared.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Feb 2019: Etna volcano, Karymsky, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/75607/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Feb-2019-Etna-volcano-Karymsky-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventador-Turr.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sharp rise in methane levels threatens world climate targets https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/17/methane-levels-sharp-rise-threaten-paris-climate-agreement?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

The planet is getting warmer in catastrophic ways. And fear may be the only thing that saves us https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/16/opinion/sunday/fear-panic-climate-change-warming.html

‘If not us, who?’ Failure of representation drives youth climate strike https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/02/14/not-us-failure-representation-drives-youth-climate-strike/

UN announces roadmap to Climate Summit in 2019, a ‘critical year’ for climate action https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/02/1032801

6 Compelling Reasons Climate Change Might Be A National Emergency https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/02/15/6-compelling-reasons-climate-change-might-be-a-national-emergency/#97d93e544c93

New Zealand: The cascading impacts of climate change: New research released https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/63712

Storm-Lashed South Carolina Reassesses Global Warming https://www.necn.com/news/national-international/Storm-Floods-South-Carolina-Reassesses-Global-Warming-Climate-Change-505957031.html

Hard-hit by climate change, Bangladesh finds solution in floating gardens https://www.dw.com/en/hard-hit-by-climate-change-bangladesh-finds-solution-in-floating-gardens/a-47304742

Pacific Regional Climate Risk Adaptation and Insurance study underway https://ehs.unu.edu/media/press-releases/pacific-regional-climate-risk-adaptation-and-insurance-study-underway.html

The Thinking Person’s Guide to Climate Change, 2 ed. https://bookstore.ametsoc.org/catalog/book/thinking-persons-guide-climate-change-0

How climate change can make catastrophic weather systems linger for longer https://theconversation.com/how-climate-change-can-make-catastrophic-weather-systems-linger-for-longer-111832

‘See today, but remember tomorrow’ https://stories.undp.org/coasts-at-risk?platform=hootsuite

A Climate for Change: Millennials, Science and the Humanities https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17524032.2018.1500927?tokenDomain=eprints&tokenAccess=m8QSwkJbkicEuv2z2CXg&forwardService=showFullText&doi=10.1080%2F17524032.2018.1500927&doi=10.1080%2F17524032.2018.1500927&journalCode=renc20

PNG, the largest of the Pacific Island Countries, faces multiple climate change-related challenges https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/kickoff-meeting-of-papua-new-guinea-crews-project

11 Things Climate Change ‘Dismissive’ People Say On Social Media https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/02/16/11-things-climate-change-dismissive-people-say-on-social-media/#1989413c15e4

‘Uninhabitable Earth’ Spotlights 3 Climate Change Misunderstandings https://www.npr.org/2019/02/19/695874069/-uninhabitable-earth-draws-attention-to-3-major-misunderstandings-about-climate

Staten Island’s five-mile seawall will move forward with federal funding https://ny.curbed.com/platform/amp/2019/2/19/18231726/staten-island-climate-change-flood-barrier-usace?__twitter_impression=true

Turning up the heat on Australian cities http://info.propertycouncil.com.au/property-australia-blog/turning-up-the-heat-on-australian-cities#.XGyDHYC50CY.twitter

Countdown to Calving at Brunt Ice Shelf https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/144563/countdown-to-calving-at-brunt-ice-shelf

Florida is drowning. Condos are still being built. Can’t humans see the writing on the wall? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/15/florida-climate-change-coastal-real-estate-rising-seas

Australian headlines are designed to scare people into not acting on climate change https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/21/australian-headlines-are-designed-to-to-scare-people-into-not-acting-on-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

The science/culture blend in climate science https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/02/the-science-culture-blend-in-climate-science/

West Bengal’s climate change conundrum Part II: Changing rainfall patterns have left Kolkata vulnerable to flooding; here’s why https://www.firstpost.com/india/west-bengals-climate-change-conundrum-part-ii-changing-rainfall-patterns-have-left-kolkata-vulnerable-to-flooding-heres-why-6112851.html

 

Disaster risk reduction

“These owners won’t sell after the first flood; they think they have another 99 years to go” https://www.statesman.com/zz/news/20190216/climate-change-means-more-floods-great-and-localized

A Survey of Disaster Risk and Resilience in Small Island States https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330939612_A_Survey_of_Disaster_Risk_and_Resilience_in_Small_Island_States

Dozens of flood-resistant doors fitted in the wake of Storm Desmond have broken https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-47203766

Surveying soil from the sky: Can satellites predict droughts and floods? https://wle.cgiar.org/thrive/2018/01/22/surveying-soil-sky-can-satellites-predict-droughts-and-floods

Brief, Repetitive Floods in Coastal Cities Cause Economic Losses https://eos.org/articles/brief-repetitive-floods-in-coastal-cities-cause-economic-losses

When floods cross borders, satellite data can help https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/63720

Over 350,000 Surinamese to benefit from flood risk management https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/63703

Why do people live near active volcanoes? https://earther.gizmodo.com/why-so-many-people-choose-to-live-near-active-volcanoes-1832649751?IR=T

Great Barrier Reef coral at risk of bleaching from Queensland flood waters https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/18/great-barrier-reef-coral-at-risk-of-bleaching-from-queensland-flood-waters

The Meteorological Culprits Behind Strange and Deadly Floods https://eos.org/research-spotlights/the-meteorological-culprits-behind-strange-and-deadly-floods

The Disaster Risk, Global Change, and Sustainability Nexus https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/4/957

Texas City’s Flood Sensors Aim to Protect Life and Auto http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Texas-Citys-Flood-Sensors-Aim-to-Protect-Life-and-Auto.html

£67.4 million Ipswich tidal flood barrier officially opened https://www.gov.uk/government/news/674-million-ipswich-tidal-flood-barrier-officially-opened

Improving forecasting of flooding from intense rainfall through interdisciplinary research http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/weather-and-climate-at-reading/2019/improving-forecasting-of-flooding-from-intense-rainfall-through-interdisciplinary-research/

Nine minutes to flee: Parramatta’s ‘catastrophic’ flash-flooding warning https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nine-minutes-to-flee-parramatta-s-catastrophic-flash-flooding-warning-20190214-p50xtv.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1550525729

Topographic Controls on the Extension and Retraction of Flowing Streams https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2018GL081799

To build or not build: that is the Townsville question https://riskfrontiers.com/to-build-or-not-build-that-is-the-townsville-question/

Simulation of Daily Extreme Precipitation Over the United States in the CMIP5 30-yr Decadal Prediction Experiment https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JAMC-D-18-0057.1

The government of Kenya is striving to put in place appropriate legislation, policies and strategies to increase the resilience and safety of the built environment https://www.gfdrr.org/en/feature-story/building-regulations-resilience-kenya

In living memory, geologists believed that the Earth was slowly shrivelling, little guessing how vibrantly alive it truly is https://aeon.co/essays/when-geology-left-solid-ground-how-mountains-came-to-be

If lawmakers won’t act, homebuilders and landlords must disclose flood risks https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/tomlinson/article/If-lawmakers-will-not-act-home-builders-and-13608197.php

Rare mega storm could overwhelm Los Angeles area, cause huge damage, experts say https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/rare-mega-storm-could-overwhelm-los-angeles-area-cause-huge-damage-experts-say

Up to 16% of global commercial facilities affected by coastal flooding https://www.carbon-delta.com/coastal-flooding/

Townsville homes may become ‘uninsurable’ due to flooding from climate change https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/20/townsville-homes-may-become-uninsurable-due-to-flooding-from-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

Bridging the Weather-to-Climate Prediction Gap https://eos.org/project-updates/bridging-the-weather-to-climate-prediction-gap

Need for interdisciplinary working in flood forecasting https://hepex.irstea.fr/ffir-interdisplinary/

Are LA’s High-Rises Ready for the Big One? https://the-big-one.scpr.org/stories/skyscrapers.html?_ga=2.33414270.1778670150.1550599204-1795147219.1544228614

Engineering With Nature: An Atlas https://ewn.el.erdc.dren.mil/img/atlas/ERDC-EL_SR-18-8_Ebook_file.pdf

Strategic approach to capacity development for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: a vision of risk-informed sustainable development by 2030 https://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/publications/58211

The Limits of Earthquake Early Warning Accuracy and Best Alerting Strategy https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-39384-y

 

Emergency Management

Teddy’s reopens after destructive flood https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/teddy-s-reopens-after-destructive-flood-1.4300428

Firefighters get new tool for predicting wildfire danger https://wildfiretoday.com/2019/02/14/firefighters-get-new-tool-for-predicting-wildfire-danger/

Science in Puerto Rico Still Recovering After Hurricane Maria https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/science-in-puerto-rico-still-recovering-after-hurricane-maria-65479

Mangaung municipality begins clean up after devastating floods http://www.sabcnews.com/sabcnews/mangaung-municipality-begins-clean-up-after-devastating-floods/

Inquest to be held over deaths in custody during Townsville floods https://www.sbs.com.au/news/inquest-to-be-held-over-deaths-in-custody-during-townsville-floods

Extreme weather to blame for 2017 Lake Ontario flood, board concludes https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2018/06/21/lake-ontario-shoreline-flooding-2017-caused-extreme-rain-not-regulations-board-report/722182002/

Texas county begins using 911 tech to communicate with responders faster https://www.ems1.com/ems-products/technology/articles/393441048-Texas-county-begins-using-911-tech-to-communicate-with-responders-faster/

10 Strategies for Improving Emergency Management https://triecker.wordpress.com/2019/02/18/10-strategies-for-improving-emergency-management/

Flood-ravaged north-west Queenslanders urge BOM to fix radar ‘black spots’ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-19/bom-radar-blackspot-concerns-after-qld-floods/10824146

Using flood model data to assist with humanitarian crises in the Middle East https://www.ambientalrisk.com/using-flood-model-data-assist-humanitarian-crises-middle-east/

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has revealed the cost of Queensland’s “summer of disasters” http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/premier-counts-disaster-costs

Why Brock Long’s Leadership at FEMA Will Be Missed https://www.hstoday.us/federal-pages/dhs/fema-dhs-federal-pages/perspective-why-brock-longs-leadership-at-fema-will-be-missed/

Dog Lost During California Wildfire Reunites With Family 101 Days Later https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dog-reunion-camp-fire-kingston_n_5c6d8558e4b0e37a1ed3f256

Canadian collaboration for flood risk awareness gains ground https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/canadian-collaboration-for-flood-risk-awareness-gains-ground-801556703.html

DOJ sues New York over FEMA claims related to Sandy https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/430838-doj-sues-new-york-over-fema-claims-related-to-sandy

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Legal and Financial Advice Must Be Part of Every Community’s Disaster Response Kit https://citylimits.org/2019/02/15/opinion-legal-and-financial-advice-must-be-part-of-every-communitys-disaster-response-kit/

Disaster management on Twitter https://telanganatoday.com/disaster-management-on-twitter

Social media usage patterns during natural hazards https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0210484

Photography Exhibition – ‘Perspectives of Disaster Risk’ https://www.irec2019.org/photos

Maitland Floods in 1864 https://hunterlivinghistories.com/2019/02/18/maitland-floods-1864/

Disaster Day, hosted by the Health Science Center, is the largest student-led interprofessional emergency response simulation in the country https://today.tamu.edu/2019/02/15/texas-am-simulates-a-disaster-to-train-students-in-emergency-response/?platform=hootsuite

Help us shape bushfire management strategies in your area https://engage.vic.gov.au/bushfire-planning

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm shows video games can make us think seriously about climate change https://theconversation.com/civilization-vi-gathering-storm-shows-video-games-can-make-us-think-seriously-about-climate-change-111791?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1550503278

What defending my home during Tasmania’s bushfires taught me about disaster reporting https://www.abc.net.au/news/about/backstory/news-coverage/2019-02-19/what-i-learnt-about-disaster-reporting-during-tasmanias-fires/10824560

Learning Through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities by Design http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/BOSE/Citizen_Science/index.htm

Waters Rising- CFP special issue of Green Letters on floods https://www.easlce.eu/waters-rising-cfp-special-issue-of-green-letters-on-floods/

In disasters, Twitter influencers get out-tweeted https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190213142654.htm

Monitoring Volcanoes and Magma Movements https://www.edx.org/course/monitoring-volcanoes-and-magma-movements

Thinking about resilience in the face of severe weather events https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library-babel-fish/stopping-library-snowy-evening

 

Sociology and Disasters

How Natural Disasters Can Spur Gentrification https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/02/gentrification-causes-new-orleans-natural-disasters-hurricane-katrina/582499/

Stakeholders’ Perspectives of Social Capital in Informing the Development of Neighborhood-Based Disaster Resilience Measurements https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1936724419827987

Yellow River Floods And The Collapse Of Chinese Dynasties https://sciencetrends.com/yellow-river-floods-and-the-collapse-of-chinese-dynasties/

Today in disaster resilience (1 February 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Queensland rain: Daintree River beats 118 year flood record cutting off hundreds https://www.9news.com.au/national/2019/01/28/06/38/queensland-flooding-rainfall-daintree-river-record-level?ocid=Social-9News

Tasmanian bushfire property losses expected today as authorities warn of ‘risk to life’ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-29/bushfire-risk-to-life-still-high-in-tasmania/10756452

Brazil – Hundreds Missing After Tailings Dam Collapse in Minas Gerais http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-tailings-dam-collapse-brumadinho-minas-gerais-january-2019

Havana tornado: Cuba’s capital hit by rare twister https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47025852?ocid=socialflow_twitter

Congo Ebola cases rise to 736 as problems noted in Katwa http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2019/01/congo-ebola-cases-rise-736-problems-noted-katwa

Death toll from Indonesia floods, landslides jumps to 68 https://coconuts.co/jakarta/news/death-toll-indonesia-floods-landslides-sulawesi-climbs-68-thousands-forced-flee-homes/

Algeria’s civil protection unit said on Saturday that five people died after being swept away by flood waters https://www.sott.net/article/405818-Flooding-kills-five-in-snow-hit-Algeria

Strong injuring mining earthquake near Rudna, Poland – 8 miners missing, 10 injured – January 29, 2019 https://earthquake-report.com/2019/01/29/moderate-earthquake-poland-january-29-2019/

Two dead one missing after floods, landslides in the Philippines https://www.sott.net/article/405960-2-dead-1-missing-due-to-floods-landslide-in-the-Philippines

A powerful polar vortex is blamed for at least seven deaths across the Midwest https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/temperatures-plunge-historic-lows-not-seen-decades-n964391

Peru – Heavy Rain Causes Building to Collapse in Apurímac Region http://floodlist.com/america/peru-hotel-collapse-rain-flood-apurimac-january-2019

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in Bali http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-kubutambahan-bali-january-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 31 Jan 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Planchón-Peteroa, Sabancaya https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/74424/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-31-Jan-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Planchon-Peteroa-Sabanc.html

12 killed and over 170 injured as severe floods hit Saudi Arabia https://watchers.news/2019/01/30/saudi-arabia-flood-january-2019/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate Change’s Hidden Victim: Your Mental Health https://medium.com/s/2069/the-emotional-damage-done-by-climate-change-2f8f9ad59155

Leaving no-one behind: Including a billion people to adapt to climate change https://www.adaptation-undp.org/leaving-no-one-behind-including-billion-people-adapt-climate-change#.XE7BWQtvGaQ.twitter

Get used to polar vortex outbreaks https://phys.org/news/2019-01-science-polar-vortex-outbreaks.html
Faster CO₂ rise expected in 2019 https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/2019/2019-carbondioxide-forecast?WT.mc_id=LinkedIn_Content

Sea Level Rise Has Eroded $400 Million In Regional Home Values, Study Says https://www.wbur.org/news/2019/01/22/flooding-already-costing-homeowners-millions-in-lost-appreciation-study-finds

Can we take climate change more seriously? https://www.cbsnews.com/live/video/20190128184911-is-there-a-way-that-scientists-and-meteorologists-can-help-regular-citizens-take-climate-change-more-seriously/

Losses caused to India doubled due to change in climate https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/losses-caused-to-india-doubled-due-to-change-in-climate/story-Fa6agqIHvTYlCXWvX0iHIJ.html

The Next Financial Crisis Could Be Caused by Climate Change https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/59xpxa/the-next-financial-crisis-could-be-caused-by-climate-change?utm_source=vicetwitterus

Climate change: The more we know, the worse it seems https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/25/opinions/climate-change-getting-worse-intl/index.html

People-powered climate change adaptation in Nepal https://undp-adaptation.exposure.co/in-pictures-peoplepowered-climate-adaptation-in-nepal

Why cold weather doesn’t mean climate change is fake https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/01/climate-change-colder-winters-global-warming-polar-vortex/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=social::src=twitter::cmp=editorial::add=tw20190127env-resurfcoldweather::rid=&sf206643510=1

U.S. Climate Concern Is Trending Upward https://www.carbontax.org/blog/2019/01/28/u-s-climate-concern-is-trending-upward/

World to miss 2020 climate ‘turning point’: analysis https://www.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/health/World-to-miss-2020-climate-turning-point/1954202-4945374-nnsgg8z/index.html

‘A January to forget’: Hot end to month puts heat records in play https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/a-january-to-forget-hot-end-to-month-puts-heat-records-in-play-20190129-p50u9i.html

Virtual-reality app shows future sea-level rise in San Francisco https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/01/app-shows-future-sea-level-rise/

ICRC to UN Security Council: Double impact of climate change and armed conflict harms people’s ability to cope https://reliefweb.int/report/world/icrc-un-security-council-double-impact-climate-change-and-armed-conflict-harms-people-s?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=shared&utm_source=twitter.com

Rapidly receding Arctic Canada glaciers revealing landscapes continuously ice-covered for more than 40,000 years https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-08307-w

Disclosure of climate-related financial risk https://riskfrontiers.com/disclosure-of-climate-related-financial-risk/

Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy https://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-germany-coal-power-20190126-story.html

The World Just Experienced the Four Hottest Years on Record https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/01/nasa-noaa-shutdown-2018-warmest-climate-record/581221/

Your World Is Going to Shatter: A letter from the future https://medium.com/s/2069/your-world-is-going-to-shatter-620ac40ec25c

Here’s How Much Ice Antarctica Is Losing—It’s a Lot https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/heres-how-much-ice-antarctica-is-losing-its-a-lot/

U.S. Midwest Freezes, Australia Burns: This Is the Age of Weather Extremes https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/29/climate/global-warming-extreme-weather.html

European waters drive ocean overturning, key for regulating climate https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190131143344.htm

U.S. Intelligence Officials Warn Climate Change Is a Worldwide Threat https://insideclimatenews.org/news/30012019/worldwide-threat-assessment-climate-change-intelligence-agencies-national-security?amp&__twitter_impression=true

In pictures: Polar vortex strikes North America https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47071683?ocid=socialflow_twitter

Polar vortex: Whatever happened to global warming? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47078054

 

Disaster risk reduction

New earthquake risk model could better inform disaster planning https://phys.org/news/2018-09-earthquake-disaster.html

To Improve Disaster Preparedness and Urban Resilience, Japan Shares Best Practices with Armenia, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2016/09/26/to-improve-disaster-preparedness-and-urban-resilience-japan-shares-best-practices-with-armenia-kyrgyz-republic-and-tajikistan

Near-Real-Time Flood Forecasting Based on Satellite Precipitation Products https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/11/3/252

Ontario Overland Flood Risk Mapping https://www.cityfloodmap.com/2016/06/ontario-overland-flood-risk-mapping.html

Pennsylvania Flood risk and mitigation https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/fact-sheets/2019/01/pennsylvania-flood-risk-and-mitigation

Ashghal to upgrade tunnel designs to prevent flooding https://www.gulf-times.com/story/620322/Ashghal-to-upgrade-tunnel-designs-to-prevent-flood

County recognized for floodplain management program https://www.fayettetribune.com/news/county-recognized-for-floodplain-management-program/article_73afbc9c-2000-11e9-85eb-2380a27c92c4.html

Signs of progress on national flood program for Canada https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/is-flood-re-coming-to-canada-1004151282/

Incorporating inland flooding into hurricane evacuation decision support modeling https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-019-03573-9

Google’s AI can predict floods with 75% precision https://venturebeat.com/2019/01/29/googles-ai-can-predict-floods-with-75-precision/

Space technology predicts droughts several months in advance http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/space-technology-predicts-droughts-several-months-in-advance

Understanding impacts of flooding and drought in South East Asia https://nerc.ukri.org/press/releases/2019/04-impacts/

Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems in Zambia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOygmQFnaXY&feature=youtu.be

From El Nino to earthquakes: A leading disaster watcher scans the horizon for 2019 https://www.irinnews.org/opinion/2019/01/29/el-nino-earthquakes-leading-disaster-watcher-scans-horizon-2019

Extreme rainfall events are connected across the world https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/190029/extreme-rainfall-events-connected-across-world/

Toward a flood-resilient Kolkata http://www.acclimatise.uk.com/2019/01/29/toward-a-flood-resilient-kolkata/

Inside efforts to prevent a regional Ebola crisis in central Africa https://www.irinnews.org/special-report/2019/01/16/ebola-crisis-prevention-central-africa-congo-uganda?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

River levels tracked from space https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190129124901.htm

The Unpredictability of Floods, Erosion, and Channel Migration https://eos.org/research-spotlights/the-unpredictability-of-floods-erosion-and-channel-migration

‘Absolutely necessary:’ Alberta buys more land for flood mitigation project in Calgary https://globalnews.ca/news/4903618/alberta-flood-mitigation-project/

A British tsunami? The Great Flood of 1607 http://www.kyrackramer.com/2018/01/30/a-british-tsunami-the-great-flood-of-1607/

Tackling uncertainty in flood forecasting http://www.hrwallingford.com/news/tackling-uncertainty-in-flood-forecasting

Don’t build mental health hospital on a flood plain, warns St. John’s deputy mayor https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/new-mental-health-hospital-1.4995720

European Flood Awareness System new web page https://www.efas.eu/

Study: Ultra-slow earthquake indicates deep crustal movement near Istanbul, Turkey https://watchers.news/2019/01/31/study-ultra-slow-earthquake-indicates-deep-crustal-movement-near-istanbul-turkey/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Emergency Management

Water Bombing Aircraft Crashes While Battling Victorian Fires https://tendaily.com.au/news/australia/a190128xoy/water-bombing-aircraft-crashes-while-battling-victorian-fires-20190128

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in Paradise, Calif., Offering Services to Camp Fire Victims http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/FEMA-Opens-Disaster-Recovery-Center-in-Paradise-Calif-Offering-Services-to-Camp-Fire-Victims.html

Insurance Claims From Deadly California Wildfires Top $11.4B  https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/California-Insurance-Commissioner-Claims-2018-Wildfires-504979801.html

Heatwaves Strike At The Heart And Claim More Lives Than Any Other Natural Disaster https://tendaily.com.au/lifestyle/health/a190124brh/heatwaves-strike-at-the-heart-and-claim-more-lives-than-any-other-natural-disaster-20190124

Culture of bullying could take years to change – Fire and Emergency boss https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/380907/culture-of-bullying-could-take-years-to-change-fire-and-emergency-boss

A Small Island Town Prepares for a Major Earthquake https://www.citylab.com/life/2019/01/vashon-island-washington-seattle-earthquake-disaster-preparedness/581401/

Vale to Dismantle 10 Dams in Wake of Brazil Mining Disaster https://www.wsj.com/articles/vale-employees-arrested-after-brazil-dam-collapse-11548760265

From Disaster Response to Community Recovery: Nongovernmental Entities, Government, and Public Health https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2018.304895

Displaced by California’s Camp Fire, They’ve Been Through ‘Hell.’ As Last Shelter Closes, Where Will They Go? http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Displaced-by-Californias-Camp-Fire-Theyve-Been-Through-Hell-As-Last-Shelter-Sloses-Where-Will-They-Go.html

Fiji’s unheralded frontline disaster responders: women https://www.irinnews.org/news-feature/2019/01/30/fiji-s-unheralded-frontline-disaster-responders-women?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

Drones to the rescue as Cyclone Desmond storms Mozambique https://insight.wfp.org/drones-to-the-rescue-as-cyclone-desmond-storms-mozambique-d7f501e40b0f

If the police step up stop-and-search tactics, trouble will follow https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/31/police-stop-and-search-riots-2011-london?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The science and art disciplines are usually treated as mutually exclusive entities, but they have much to offer each other https://eos.org/project-updates/sciart-teaching-across-the-interface

Bottom‑up citizen initiatives in natural hazard management: Why they appear and what they can do? https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901118312577

Geography in education: exploring a definition https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education/geography-education-exploring-definition/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab

‘Hell in High Water’: Bluesman taps Mississippi roots in New Stage play about Great Flood of 1927 https://mississippitoday.org/2019/01/29/hell-in-high-water-bluesman-taps-mississippi-roots-in-new-stage-play-about-great-flood-of-1927/

Today in Dutch history: the 1953 North Sea flooding disaster https://www.iamexpat.nl/read-and-discuss/expat-page/articles/today-dutch-history-1953-north-sea-flooding-disaster

 

Disaster psychology

Zeehan residents on Tasmania’s west coast make decision to stay or go as bushfire threat looms https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-25/zeehan-residents-evacuate-or-defend-in-tasmania-bushfires/10748914

Americares: Healing in Puerto Rico https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrZMbCSi8h4&feature=youtu.be

Mild traumatic brain injury linked to higher risk of PTSD, depression https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/30/health/mild-traumatic-brain-injury-ptsd-depression-study/index.html

 

Sociology and Disasters

Anchors of Social Network Awareness Index: A Key to Modeling Postdisaster Housing Recovery https://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/%28ASCE%29IS.1943-555X.0000471?casa_token=raZWxekXXIIAAAAA%3Ap5MUBflPfkTwI2FE4qsdXyYuMa0i-19Pg1yVvpyNQoUdsWSwxyM0gnRKl8DlrwLVeQuLa6k3LJk&

Role of Social and Human Capital in Household Resilience: Empirical Evidence from an Agricultural Village Community with Exposure to Significant Environmental Stresses in Sri Lanka https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40609-018-00137-w

Quantifying inequities in US federal response to hurricane disaster in Texas and Florida compared with Puerto Rico https://gh.bmj.com/content/4/1/e001191

Social capital and disasters: How does social capital shape post-disaster conditions in the Philippines? https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330727013_Social_capital_and_disasters_How_does_social_capital_shape_post-disaster_conditions_in_the_Philippines

The Sociology of Climate Change as a Sociology of Loss https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/european-journal-of-sociology-archives-europeennes-de-sociologie/article/sociology-of-climate-change-as-a-sociology-of-loss/B16D58EC8D7F9AEE3227A35F4A9A5E20

Today in disaster resilience (11 January 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Marshalls and Kiribati hit by unseasonal storm https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/379459/marshalls-and-kiribati-hit-by-unseasonal-storm

Five dead, floods, blackouts after Thai storm, but tourist islands spared https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2180812/five-dead-floods-blackouts-after-thai-storm-tourist-islands

Afghan officials: Flash flood kills at least 30 villagers https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-6562161/Afghan-officials-Flash-flood-kills-30-villagers.html

Philippines – Over 100 Dead After Tropical Depression ‘Usman’ Triggers Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-tropical-depression-usman-floods-landslides-december-2018

Sri Lanka – Over 100,000 Affected by Floods After Days of Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-december-2018

Climate change hits home as Solomons flood again https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/379508/climate-change-hits-home-as-solomons-flood-again

Indonesia landslide death toll reaches 32 https://www.rappler.com//world/regions/asia-pacific/220455-death-toll-indonesia-landslide

Pacific Islands – Thousands Affected by Floods After Heavy Rain and Storm Surge http://floodlist.com/australia/pacific-islands-penny-mona-fiji-solomon-january-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Thailand – Tropical Storm Pabuk Hits Southern Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-tropical-storm-pabuk-january-2019

Powerful eruption at Manam volcano, ash to 16.7 km (55 000 feet) a.s.l., P.N.G. https://watchers.news/2019/01/08/manam-volcano-eruption-january-2019/

Eruption at San Miguel (Chaparrastique) volcano, El Salvador https://watchers.news/2019/01/09/eruption-at-san-miguel-chaparrastique-volcano-el-salvador/

Bolivia – Flooding Reported in Central and Southern Areas http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-floods-january-2019-santa-cruz-cochabamba-chuquisaca-tarija

Storm kills Syrian girl in Lebanon, causes widespread damage https://www.bradenton.com/news/business/article224123330.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Widespread flooding as storm hits northern Argentina https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/widespread-flooding-storm-hits-northern-argentina-190110085213297.html

Fears for more than 11,000 children in Idlib, Syria, as flooding hits camps https://reliefweb.int/report/syrian-arab-republic/fears-more-11000-children-idlib-syria-flooding-hits-camps

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Jan 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Shiveluch, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/73290/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-10-Jan-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Shiveluch-Dukono-.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Katharine Hayhoe: ‘A thermometer is not liberal or conservative https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/06/katharine-hayhoe-interview-climate-change-scientist-crisis-hope

As seas continue to rise, New Jersey buys residents out of flood zones https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/as-seas-continue-to-rise-new-jersey-buys-residents-out-of-flood-zones

With heatwaves like this, what sort of future do we have in store? https://www.smh.com.au/national/with-heatwaves-like-this-what-sort-of-future-do-we-have-in-store-20190103-p50pim.html

Why Are Sea Levels Rising Unevenly? https://www.ecowatch.com/sea-levels-rise-uneven-2625114769.html

All too often it’s poorer outer suburbs that end up far hotter than inner city enclaves https://amp.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/the-australian-suburbs-and-council-areas-most-vulnerable-to-extreme-heat/news-story/0df25ff17daedbb5793b20da70968671?__twitter_impression=true

Bottling generosity: People bring gifts of water to help quench a dry town https://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/5837438/bottling-generosity-people-bring-gifts-of-water-to-help-quench-dry-town/?cs=103

Adapt to climate change fallout, famed Western researcher advises https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/adapt-to-climate-change-fallout-famed-western-researcher-advises/wcm/fe11aade-5624-49eb-83a6-a226efdb0970

4 Ways Cities Can Build More Climate-Resilient Neighborhoods http://100resilientcities.org/4-ways-cities-can-build-climate-resilient-neighborhoods/

Widespread and Accelerated Decrease of Observed Mean and Extreme Snow Depth Over Europe https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1029/2018GL079799

Taking climate model evaluation to the next level https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0355-y

Report: US 2018 CO2 emissions saw biggest spike in years https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46801108

How soon will climate change force you to move? https://www.fastcompany.com/90288934/how-soon-will-climate-change-force-you-to-move

Once derided, ways of adapting to climate change are gaining steam https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/01/communities-adapt-to-changing-climate-after-fires-floods-storms/

Building human resilience for climate change http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/551504/28051577/1546448956667/Preparing+People+on+the+West+Coast+for+Climate+Change-+Recommenations+from+ITRC+Assessment+for+CA+and+the+PNW+Final+1-8-19.pdf?token=YDM8ForQ9ok5%2FALzVJ2t2C7nanw%3D

New solar energy installations tripled in capacity in 2018 in Australia https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/records-blown-away-as-rising-power-bill-fears-trigger-solar-pv-surge-20190108-p50q8f.html

The 2nd edition of the Copernicus Marine Service Ocean State Report (OSR 2) published in 2018 provides information on changes and variations in the ocean over the past decades http://marine.copernicus.eu/science-learning/ocean-state-report/ocean-state-report-2nd-issue/

Climate change poses dire challenges for Bangladesh https://www.dw.com/en/climate-change-poses-dire-challenges-for-bangladesh/a-46740543

The stunning chart revealing Australia’s record-breaking run of rising temperatures https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-stunning-chart-revealing-australia-s-record-breaking-run-of-rising-temperatures-20190110-p50qk1.html

Many companies are failing to accurately characterise their climate change risk or adequately prepare for its physical impacts http://www.acclimatise.uk.com/2018/12/12/new-study-companies-around-the-world-are-vastly-underestimating-climate-change-risks-to-their-business/

Progress on integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction for sustainable development pathways in South Asia: Evidence from six research projects https://www.i-s-e-t.org/resource-integrating-drr-cca-plan

Greenland’s residents grapple with global warming http://news.trust.org/item/20190110115325-p53ly/

Climate change and climate denial: Two realities we need to confront http://news.trust.org/item/20190107133728-c9vqk/

Warming oceans likely to raise sea levels 30cm by end of century – study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/10/warming-oceans-likely-to-raise-sea-levels-30cm-by-end-of-century-study?CMP=share_btn_tw

Using satellite imagery of grounded icebergs near Greenland, researchers estimate the drafts of these ice masses and therefore water depth, measurements that shed light on future sea level rise https://eos.org/articles/icebergs-reveal-contours-of-the-ocean-bottom

Australia had third-warmest year on record in 2018 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/10/australia-had-third-warmest-year-on-record-in-2018

Antarctic sea ice is ‘astonishingly’ low this melt season https://grist.org/article/antarctic-sea-ice-is-astonishingly-low-this-melt-season/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly&utm_content=antarctic-sea-ice-is-astonishingly-low-this-melt-season%3Futm_medium%3Demail

The Last Four Years Have Been Earth’s Warmest on Record https://weather.com/news/climate/news/2019-01-08-2018-global-temperatures-fourth-warmest-climate-change

 

Disaster risk reduction

Trump Administration Sits on Billions in Storm Protection Money https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-03/trump-administration-sits-on-billions-in-storm-protection-money?

The search for the perfect indicator: Reflections on monitoring and evaluation of resilience for improved climate risk management https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096318301414

Register your voluntary commitment to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction https://sendaicommitments.unisdr.org/

The death of Venice? City’s battles with tourism and flooding reach crisis level https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/06/venice-losing-fight-with-tourism-and-flooding?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Volcanic lightning can help warn of dangerous eruptions https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/12/volcanic-lightning-can-help-warn-dangerous-eruptions-earth-geology/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=social::src=twitter::cmp=editorial::add=tw20190105science-volcaniclightning::rid=&sf205397452=1

More than 1.6 million Sydney residents are at high risk of flooding or bushfires, new analysis shows https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/millions-in-australia-s-east-face-natural-disaster-risk-20190101-p50p31.html

Total economic losses from natural and man-made disasters in 2018 are estimated to be USD 155 billion, down from USD 350 billion in 2017 https://www.swissre.com/media/news-releases/nr_20181218_sigma_estimates_for_2018.html

Special Issue “Statistical Analysis and Stochastic Modelling of Hydrological Extremes” https://www.mdpi.com/journal/water/special_issues/hydrological_extremes_model

Global mortality from storm surges is decreasing http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa98a3

Flood Cloud, a highly effective, simple-to-use, and cost-effective solution that is available to anyone who wants to undertake flood risk modeling https://www.wateronline.com/doc/how-cloud-based-modeling-capabilities-can-help-boost-cities-resilience-and-infrastructure-needs-in-the-face-of-climate-variability-0001?hootPostID=4cdf3b9d71a4fd0769a4683af35f9217

Nepal: A bigger, stronger earthquake is in the offing https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/natural-disasters/a-bigger-stronger-earthquake-is-in-the-offing-62668

Building resilient cities: an assessment of disaster risk management policies in Southeast Asia https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/urban-rural-and-regional-development/building-resilient-cities_9789264305397-en

Research to assess the economics of coastal change management in England and to determine potential pathways for a sample of exposed communities https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/economics-of-coastal-change-management-in-england-jacobs/

Adaptive process for SMART community governance under persistent disruptive risks https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-018-0204-7

Forest fires: Sparking firesmart policies in the EU https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/forest-fires-sparking-firesmart-policies-eu_en

CU Boulder hazards center lands $3M grant to support natural disaster research http://www.dailycamera.com/cu-news/ci_32364233/cu-boulder-hazards-center-lands-3m-grant-support

Why doesn’t California treat its wildfire hazards like it battles flood risks? https://www.ocregister.com/2019/01/04/why-doesnt-california-treat-wildfire-hazards-like-it-treats-floods/

Australian Disaster Resilience Conference 2019 https://www.aidr.org.au/programs/australian-disaster-resilience-conference/

AFAC19 – Call for abstracts https://www.afacconference.com.au/call-for-abstracts/

Top 10 countries most at risk of humanitarian disaster in 2019 https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/top-10-countries-risk-humanitarian-disaster-2019-181213184843061.html

For the number of lives lost in flood events, 2018 figure of 35% was substantially higher than the 14% 1980-2017 average https://www.munichre.com/topics-online/en/climate-change-and-natural-disasters/natural-disasters/the-natural-disasters-of-2018-in-figures.html

Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves 2018 Interim Report https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.nibs.org/resource/resmgr/mmc/NIBS_MSv2-2018_Interim-Repor.pdf

Bagan Disaster Risk Management Plan https://www.gfdrr.org/sites/default/files/publication/Bagan%20DRM%20Eng.pdf

Changing construction to boost flood resilience http://www.constructionmanagermagazine.com/onsite/changing-construction-boost-flood-resilience/

Participatory Risk Governance for Reducing Disaster and Societal Risks: Collaborative Knowledge Production and Implementation https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-018-0201-x

Volcanic avalanches and landslides are pretty common in the geologic record  http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/rockyplanet/2019/01/08/volcanic-avalanches-are-pretty-common/#.XDUVPtIzbIU

Storm Surge Propagation and Flooding in Small Tidal Rivers during Events of Mixed Coastal and Fluvial Influence https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1312/6/4/158

How much do floods cost India? https://medium.com/world-of-opportunity/how-much-do-floods-cost-india-4a9446117f71

Forest fire insurance costs soar https://www.reuters.com/article/us-insurance-disasters/forest-fire-insurance-costs-soar-idUSKCN1P2129

‘The focus shall not be on cost but on economic and social benefits of adaptation and resilience’ https://www.climatecentre.org/news/1091/a-the-focus-shall-not-be-on-cost-but-on-economic-and-social-benefits-of-adaptation-and-resiliencea

Congress Again Defers on Reforming Flood Insurance Program https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2019/01/09/congress-again-defers-on-reforming-flood-insurance-program

How Physics‐Based Earthquake Simulators Might Help Improve Earthquake Forecasts https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/ssa/srl/article-abstract/568099/how-physics-based-earthquake-simulators-might-help#.XDYiGSOj_0A.twitter

From Dams to Coastal Barriers: How the U.S. Is Fighting Flooding in 2019 https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/from-dams-to-coastal-barriers-how-the-u-s-is-fighting-flooding-in-2019/

Hull’s £42m tidal flood scheme gets the green light https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hulls-42m-tidal-flood-scheme-gets-the-green-light

New Zealand’s Islands Are Creeping Closer Together https://www.livescience.com/64175-earthquake-pushed-new-zealand-islands-closer.html

Mapping Where Norway is Moving https://www.gislounge.com/mapping-where-norway-is-moving/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gislounge+%28GIS+Lounge%29

California wildfire was world’s costliest natural disaster in 2018, insurer says https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/california-wildfire-was-world-s-costliest-natural-disaster-2018-insurer-n956376?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

Ombudsman to probe flood control ‘scam’ https://www.manilatimes.net/ombudsman-to-probe-flood-control-scam/494445/

Adapt, move or surrender? Manufacturing firms’ routines and dynamic capabilities on flood risk reduction in coastal cities of Indonesia https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918308124

2018 UK Flood Map Update https://www.jbarisk.com/news-blogs/2018-uk-flood-map-update/

Hurricane satellites reveal flooding https://spacenews.com/hurricane-satellites-show-flooding/

Approved developments in Charleston to see more scrutiny for flood rules https://www.postandcourier.com/news/approved-developments-in-charleston-to-see-more-scrutiny-for-flood/article_aac3b754-135f-11e9-922f-c3ea4bc00556.html

Emergency Management

3 Crisis Simulation Exercise Scenario Planning Tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAgcN_H60RE&feature=youtu.be

Deepwater, Baffle Creek bushfire recovery draws Team Rubicon ‘angels’ to help residents rebuild https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-04/deepwater-baffle-creek-bushfire-recovery-draws-team-rubicon/10685300

Night fire bombing deployed for the first time in Australia https://emergency.vic.gov.au/news-and-media/night-fire-bombing-deployed-for-the-first-time-in-australia

2 former deputies arrested after 2 women drowned in their transport van during Hurricane Florence https://www.yahoo.com/gma/2-former-deputies-arrested-2-women-drowned-transport-210515599–abc-news-topstories.html

With floods on the rise in Quebec, group looks to better prepare communities https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/flooding-quebec-prepare-1.4963293

Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarships https://www.aidr.org.au/programs/scholarships-for-volunteers/

Damage bill from Sydney December hail storm ‘catastrophe’ nears $675 million https://www.smh.com.au/money/insurance/damage-bill-from-december-hail-storm-catastrophe-nears-675-million-20190107-p50q1w.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1546852806

Preparing for Wildfire in Puget Sound https://sustain.org/preparing-for-wildfire-in-puget-sound/

February 2019 marks the 10 Year Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires which was one of the most significant disasters Victoria has experienced https://www.vic.gov.au/2009-bushfires.html

Safely Evacuating The Elderly In Any Emergency Takes Planning And Practice https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/12/28/673710296/safely-evacuating-the-elderly-in-any-emergency-takes-planning-and-practice

Guest Editorial: Special Issue on Advances in Evacuation Modelling https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10694-018-0807-y

Global Humanitarian Overview 2018 https://interactive.unocha.org/publication/globalhumanitarianoverview/#ataglanceposition

Australia’s emergency warning system hacked to deliver flood of messages https://portswigger.net/daily-swig/australias-emergency-warning-system-hacked-to-deliver-flood-of-messages

Federal Government Shutdown Could Hurt Hurricane Forecasts, Delay Storm Reports http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Federal-Government-Shutdown-Could-Hurt-Hurricane-Forecasts-Delay-Storm-Reports.html

Anchorage, Alaska, Is Swamped with Requests for Earthquake Damage Inspections http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Anchorage-Alaska-is-Swamped-With-Requests-for-Earthquake-Damage-Inspections.html

How to include more local women in emergency response https://www.irinnews.org/interview/2019/01/09/qa-how-include-more-local-women-emergency-response?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

Oregon took a different approach to planning its initial response and other actions to save lives in the event of a major disaster https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2019-01-08/commentary-oregons-cascadia-playbook-focuses-on-disaster-preparation

President Trump warns he’ll cut off FEMA money for California fires https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/01/09/donald-trump-fema-california-wildfires/2523581002/

California to spend millions more on disaster response http://news.trust.org/item/20190109012252-t7uqp/

Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies Vol 22, Port Hills Wildfire Special Edition http://trauma.massey.ac.nz/issues/2018-2/AJDTS_22_2_full.pdf

Thailand limits death toll from Pabuk https://www.unisdr.org/archive/63029?preview=a0ae0e56534

‘Flood? What flood?’ Pub back open just hours after tidal surge flooding https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/harbour-inn-southwold-suffolk-2019-storm-surge-flooding-1-5846067

European Union brings relief to the victims of floods and landslides in the Philippines https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/philippines_en/56337/European%20Union%20brings%20relief%20to%20the%20victims%20of%20floods%20and%20landslides%20in%20the%20Philippines

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Learning Through Citizen Science https://www.nap.edu/download/25183

The tenth anniversary is a time to reflect and remember the 173 people who died in the 2009 Victorian bushfires, and to learn about how the fires changed the lives of so many, and how communities have rebuilt https://www.vic.gov.au/2009-bushfires.html

Of course everyone can communicate, but not everyone is good at it http://comms2point0.co.uk/comms2point0/2019/1/4/of-course-everyone-can-communicate-but-not-everyone-is-good-at-it?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn

Earthquake early warning app now available in Los Angeles https://www.foxnews.com/tech/earthquake-early-warning-app-now-available-in-los-angeles?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Prepared pet-owners can avoid bushfire grief https://lighthouse.mq.edu.au/article/january/prepared-pet-owners-can-avoid-bushfire-grief

Interactive map plots your address over 750 million years of Earth’s history https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/blogs/interactive-map-plots-your-address-over-750-million-years-earths-history

Education under attack and battered by natural disasters in 2018 https://reliefweb.int/report/world/education-under-attack-and-battered-natural-disasters-2018

Does it take a miracle to survive a wildfire? https://community.nfpa.org/community/fire-break/blog/2019/01/05/does-it-take-a-miracle-to-survive-a-wildfire

 

Disaster psychology

The physics of a crowd https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/the-physics-of-a-crowd/

Dynamic response and hydrodynamics of polarized crowds http://science.sciencemag.org/content/363/6422/46

Flowing crowds http://science.sciencemag.org/content/363/6422/27/tab-article-info

How To Determine if a Risk is Worth Taking https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/wander-woman/201901/how-determine-if-risk-is-worth-taking

Formative research for assisting behavior change: a practical guide for field workers https://www.actionagainsthunger.org/publication/2018/03/formative-research-assisting-behavior-change-practical-guide-field-workers

Geopolitical factors and mental health I https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0020764018808548?journalCode=ispa&

Media Coverage, Forecasted Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms, and Psychological Responses Before and After an Approaching Hurricane https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2720065

Perceptions of floods and flood risk in Hull past/present/future https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/perceptions-of-floods-and-flood-risk-in-hull-past-present-future/?p101726

Factors Influencing Evacuation Behavior in Kīlauea Eruptions: An Examination of Residents in the Puna District, Hawaiʻi https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/factors-influencing-evacuation-behavior-in-kilauea-eruptions-an-examination-of-residents-in-the-puna-district-hawai-i

 

Sociology and Disasters

Young people most at risk in a flood according to British Red Cross and Environment Agency http://nemrc.net/2019/01/05/uk-young-people-most-at-risk-in-a-flood-according-to-british-red-cross-and-environment-agency/

Flood Memories, Social Vulnerability and Risk Communication in Southern Poland https://www.springer.com/la/book/9783030045937

Social Vulnerability as a Factor in Flood Preparedness https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-04594-4_4

How disaster can disrupt the boundaries between the private, parochial and public realms, allowing strangers to freely enter the home https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0038026118754781

How Canadian disaster law can begin to integrate a vulnerability perspective to rectify existing gaps and flaws at all stages of the disaster cycle https://albertalawreview.com/index.php/ALR/article/view/2480

Today in disaster resilience (21 December 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Scotland’s weather: Storm Deirdre wreaks havoc across the country https://www.scotsman.com/news/scotland-s-weather-storm-deirdre-wreaks-havoc-across-the-country-1-4844851

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen Dumps Record Rain in Queensland http://floodlist.com/australia/australia-ex-tropical-cyclone-owen-dumps-record-rain-in-queensland?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Luopu Village: an interesting landslide triggered by a M=5.7 earthquake in Sichuan yesterday https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/12/17/luopu-1/

Tropical Cyclone Owen’s rainfall legacy http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/tropical-cyclone-owens-rainfall-legacy/528934

After Andhra, Cyclone Phethai accompanied by heavy rains makes landfall in Odisha, over 11,600 people evacuated https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india-cyclone-pethai-andhra-pradesh-depression-bay-of-bengal-met-department-indian-navy-standby-rescue-operations-odisha-high-alert-latest-updates-493865

Teenager found dead 2 days after swept away by flood https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1596426/teenager-found-dead-2-days-after-swept-away-by-flood

Thailand – Flash Floods Hit Southern Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-southern-provinces-december-2018

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Dec 2018: Krakatau volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/72441/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-20-Dec-2018-Krakatau-volcano-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-Sa.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

To take on climate change, we need to change our vocabulary https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/15/to-take-on-climate-change-we-need-to-change-our-vocabulary?CMP=share_btn_tw

UN climate accord ‘inadequate’ and lacks urgency, experts warn https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/16/un-climate-accord-inadequate-and-lacks-urgency-experts-warn?CMP=share_btn_tw

200 Nations Agree On Global Climate Pact Rules After Weeks Of Talks https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/paris-climate-agreement-global-deal-poland_us_5c157158e4b049efa752d123?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004

The science is clear. Global warming is happening. We are the primary cause. https://www.ucsusa.org/our-work/global-warming/science-and-impacts/global-warming-science#.XBbArdIzbIV

Arctic’s 2nd-Warmest Year Puts Wildlife, Coastal Communities Under Pressure https://insideclimatenews.org/news/11122018/2018-arctic-report-card-climate-change-sea-ice-alaska-ecosystem-caribou-fish-global-warming?utm_content=buffer07747&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Sydney and Melbourne vow to ditch coal power http://www.climatechangenews.com/2018/12/13/sydney-melbourne-vow-ditch-coal-power/

Paris Agreement: Delivering Better Rules, Higher Ambition https://www.nrdc.org/experts/jake-schmidt/paris-agreement-mobilizing-higher-ambition-right-now

UN report: Cities are ‘key implementers’ of climate policies https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/un-report-cities-are-key-implementers-of-climate-policies/544041/

UN climate change talks avoid contentious issues in draft agreement https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/15/un-climate-change-talks-postpone-contentious-issues-with-draft-agreement?CMP=share_btn_tw

A road map to regional resiliency: solving climate change with capitalism https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article223094850.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Policy plan for renewable-powered Europe https://www.europeaninterest.eu/article/policy-plan-renewable-powered-europe/

How a Warming Himalaya Will Affect the Monsoons https://thewire.in/environment/how-a-warming-himalaya-will-affect-the-monsoons

Climate gentrification: Is sea rise and flooding turning Miami high ground into a hot commodity? https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article222547640.html

November 2018 ranked as the fifth hottest November on record, with the year to date coming in as fourth hottest for planet Earth https://www.noaa.gov/news/november-2018-was-fifth-hottest-on-record-for-globe

Summary of the Katowice Climate Change Conference http://enb.iisd.org/vol12/enb12747e.html

The rising sea and shaping of New Zealand https://interactives.stuff.co.nz/2018/11/beach-road/

‘Greater warming’: different species under threat https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/greater-warming-different-species-under-threat-20181219-p50n7k.html

A warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, and this is an important driver of the observed increase in the intensity of short-duration rainfall in Australia, sometimes linked to flash flooding https://theconversation.com/state-of-the-climate-2018-bureau-of-meteorology-and-csiro-109001

There has been a long-term increase in extreme fire weather, and in the length of the fire season, across large parts of Australia http://www.bom.gov.au/state-of-the-climate/

Why is sea level rising faster in some places along the US East Coast than others? https://phys.org/news/2018-12-sea-faster-east-coast.html

New IFRC report addresses climate change as #1 threat-multiplier for displacement in Asia Pacific https://www.climatecentre.org/news/1083/new-ifrc-report-addresses-climate-change-as-1-threat-multiplier-for-displacement-in-asia-pacific

That Global Warming Hiatus? It Never Happened. Two New Studies Explain Why. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/18122018/global-warming-hiatus-pause-never-happened-studies-explain-climate-change-risbey-oreskes-mann

Concrete outcomes from UN climate change talks in Poland mean it is time to get to work http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/news-centre/news/2018/exceeding-expectations-in-katowice.html

‘Future-proofing’ is how you say climate change in Texas https://grist.org/article/future-proofing-is-how-you-say-climate-change-in-texas/

El Niños will be stronger and more frequent in the decades ahead because of global warming, causing “more extreme events” in the United States and around the world https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2018/12/16/global-warming-el-ninos-stronger-more-often-and-cause-floods/2295717002/

Singapore vulnerable to rising sea level, severe floods https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-vulnerable-rising-sea-level-flood-masagos-climate-11025762

Antarctic ice sheet crack raises global flood concerns https://mygoodplanet.com/antarctic-ice-sheet/

Risks of ‘domino effect’ of tipping points greater than thought, study says https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/20/risks-of-domino-effect-of-tipping-points-greater-than-thought-study-says?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Rising Waters Are Drowning Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-amtrak-sea-level/

The Best Books About Climate Change of 2018 https://chireviewofbooks.com/2018/12/20/the-best-books-about-climate-change-of-2018/

Heatwave set to blaze across Queensland for next few days https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-20/heatwave-weather-across-queensland/10634450

The Met Office global temperature forecast suggests that 2019 will be close to record warmth due to climate change and the added effect of El Niño-related warming in the Pacific https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/2018/2019-global-temperature-forecast

Global warming has already raised the risk of more severe droughts in Cape Town https://theconversation.com/global-warming-has-already-raised-the-risk-of-more-severe-droughts-in-cape-town-107625

What would Jesus do? Talking with evangelicals about climate change https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/19/talking-with-evangelicals-about-climate-change-south

Australia needs to take a leadership position on climate change https://www.theage.com.au/national/australia-needs-to-take-a-leadership-position-on-climate-change-20181218-p50mxh.html?btis

 

Disaster risk reduction

Oakland to mandate seismic retrofits of unsafe apartment buildings https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-to-mandate-seismic-retrofits-of-unsafe-13467812.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Locally-augmented resilience measurement in New Zealand https://resiliencechallenge.nz/trajectories-programme/locally-augmented-resilience-measurement-in-new-zealand/

What gets measured gets done: The New Zealand Resilience Index https://resiliencechallenge.nz/trajectories-programme/the-new-zealand-resilience-index/

Paradise will ‘rise from the ashes’ after Camp Fire. Is that a good idea? https://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/fires/article222900130.html

Preparing for very bad floods in Jakarta https://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2018/12/15/preparing-for-very-bad-floods.html

Number of people living in flood-prone areas in Japan has risen 4.4% over 20 years, research shows https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/12/17/national/number-people-living-flood-prone-areas-japan-risen-4-4-20-years-research-shows/#.XBgLu9IzbIU

Sugar Companies Must Construct Flood Protection Dykes To Save Investments https://nigeriaindustrialdigest.com/2018/12/17/sugar-companes-must-construct-flood-protection-dykes-to-save-investments/

Flood control projects now new cash cows https://inqsnap.inq.news/micro/182011

Anthropogenic stresses on the world’s big rivers https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-018-0262-x

Remodelling the past for a resilient future https://www.gfdrr.org/aftershocks

Tracking open data for disaster risk management https://index.opendri.org/

Analysis of recent Sydney 1-in-100 year storm event https://www.jbarisk.com/flood-services/event-response/1-in-100-year-rainfall-causes-flooding-in-sydney/

Bridging the Gap Between Sustainability and Disaster Management https://eos.org/meeting-reports/bridging-the-gap-between-sustainability-and-disaster-management

Small Particles Play Large Role in Tropical Thunderstorms https://www.newswise.com/doescience/?article_id=705636&returnurl=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cubmV3c3dpc2UuY29tL2FydGljbGVzL2xpc3Q=

Can Rivers Cause Earthquakes? https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/can-rivers-cause-earthquakes/

A million California buildings face wildfire risk. ‘Extraordinary steps’ are needed to protect them https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-california-buildings-in-fire-zones/

European Flood Awareness System https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL84noOfy_U

Top 10 Most Significant Flood Events By National Flood Insurance Program Payouts https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-flood-insurance

How Thames Water is tackling climate change and future flood risk by creating £60 million of green spaces https://www.bitc.org.uk/resources-training/resources/impact-stories/how-thames-water-tackling-climate-change-and-future

After Major Hurricanes, Communities Are Building Back Bigger, Not Smarter https://e360.yale.edu/digest/after-major-hurricanes-communities-are-building-back-bigger-not-smarter

California Knew the Carr Wildfire Could Happen. It Failed to Prevent it. https://www.propublica.org/article/california-carr-wildfire-failed-to-prevent-it

Why do people in Indonesia still live in disaster-prone areas? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/62715?platform=hootsuite

Why do people live in flood-prone areas? Reflections from Dar es Salaam https://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/why-do-people-live-in-flood-prone-areas-reflections-from-dar-es-salaam

Solving Nigeria’s flood menace https://www.stearsng.com/article/solving-nigerias-flood-menace

Improved guidance to assess flood defence overtopping http://www.hrwallingford.com/news/improved-guidance-to-assess-flood-defence-overtopping

This Native American Nation Maintained Canals In The Face Of Flooding For Over 1000 Years https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidanderson/2018/12/17/native-americans-worked-to-maintain-canals-in-the-face-of-flooding-1000-years-ago/#654370b91213

New Reports Give Sask. Guidance on Flood and Natural Hazards https://www.watercanada.net/new-reports-give-sask-guidance-on-flood-and-natural-hazards/

Federal support for 18 Alberta flood mitigation projects https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/federal-support-for-18-alberta-flood-mitigation-projects-702939911.html

Huge Global Tsunami Followed Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Impact https://eos.org/articles/huge-global-tsunami-followed-dinosaur-killing-asteroid-impact

Top 10 publications on PreventionWeb in 2018 https://www.preventionweb.net/collections/2018-top-10

Warning against ‘volcano tourism’ risks https://www.bbc.com/news/education-46621304

The underground cathedral protecting Tokyo from floods http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181129-the-underground-cathedral-protecting-tokyo-from-floods

Mozambique: tackling flooding through climate-resilient agriculture https://reliefweb.int/report/mozambique/mozambique-tackling-flooding-through-climate-resilient-agriculture

Emergency Management

A storm plan: New research creates model to help plan for special needs, pet-friendly shelters https://news.fsu.edu/news/science-technology/2018/11/19/a-storm-plan-new-research-creates-model-to-help-plan-for-special-needs-pet-friendly-shelters/

Lateral knowledge: shifting expertise for disaster management in Chile https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/disa.12313

Navigating the Paradox and Complexity of Humanitarian Relief https://theglobalobservatory.org/2018/12/navigating-paradox-complexity-humanitarian-relief-qa-fiona-terry/

For Many Southcentral Alaska Families, the Quake Isn’t Over. Dozens Are Still Displaced from Unsafe Homes http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/-For-Many-Southcentral-Alaska-families-the-Quake-Isnt-Over-Dozens-are-Still-Displaced-From-unsafe-Homes.html

Pompeii will evacuate people to Sardinia by boat if Vesuvius erupts https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/18/pompeii-authorities-agree-evacuation-plan-in-case-vesuvius-erupts?CMP=share_btn_tw

Learning from the rubble: the case of Christchurch, New Zealand, after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329778744_Learning_from_the_rubble_the_case_of_Christchurch_New_Zealand_after_the_2010_and_2011_earthquakes

L’Aquila, central Italy, and the “disaster cycle”, 2009-2017 https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/DPM-01-2018-0022

Last day in Paradise: the untold story of how a fire swallowed a town https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/20/last-day-in-paradise-california-deadliest-fire-untold-story-survivors

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Community modelling: A technique for enhancing local capacity to engage with flood risk management https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901118302491

Their Plans Derailed by a Wildfire, Seniors at Paradise High School Wonder What’s Next https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/13/us/paradise-fire-survivors-california.html

What Googling Trends Tell Us about Public Interest in Earthquakes https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/ssa/srl/article-abstract/89/2A/653/526296/what-googling-trends-tell-us-about-public-interest?redirectedFrom=fulltext

Preventing fire deaths through fire prevention public education https://www.firerescue1.com/fire-prevention/articles/393100018-Preventing-fire-deaths-through-fire-prevention-public-education/

Can seasonal hydrological forecasts inform local decisions and actions? A decision-making activity https://www.geosci-commun.net/1/35/2018/

Camp Fire created a black hole of communication https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/12/16/camp-fire-created-a-black-hole-of-communication/

Earthquake risk education: a partial statement for Italy https://terremotiegrandirischi.com/2018/12/13/earthquake-risk-education-a-partial-statement-for-italy-interview-with-romano-camassi/

Australian Disaster Resilience Glossary https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/glossary/?wordOfTheDayId=&keywords=&alpha=&page=1&results=50&order=AZ

Visualising the world’s population in 3D https://pudding.cool/2018/10/city_3d/?fbclid=IwAR06hBaoJBtJ-_fUlLYxq0Ku32364rLCyWzIVLNaKIsq7IX3-2KuwB9qfpo

Preparing for the ‘Big One’: ShakeAlert 2.0 May Save Your Life https://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/winter-2018-play/preparing-for-big-earthquake-shakealert-may-save-your-life

The importance of the Let’s Talk About Flooding campaign https://www.floodre.co.uk/guest-blog-paul-cobbing-chief-executive-of-national-flood-forum-looks-at-the-importance-of-the-lets-talk-about-flooding-campaign/

First European mobile app that enables its users to share pictures and other information on natural hazards in real time, and to access data about potential risks in their area https://www.weadapt.org/knowledge-base/disasters-and-climate-change/an-app-to-fight-against-floods-wildfires-and-extreme-weather-events

The Waves Were Enormous, We Were Afraid of a Tsunami Attack https://medium.com/undp-in-asia-and-the-pacific/the-waves-were-enormous-we-were-afraid-of-a-tsunami-attack-c80007352e0d

Satellite Image Guide for Journalists and Media https://pierre-markuse.net/2018/12/18/satellite-image-guide-for-journalists-and-media/

A Serious Game Designed to Explore and Understand the Complexities of Flood Mitigation Options in Urban–Rural Catchments https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/10/12/1885

Communicating for maximum comprehension http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/57

Fire Stories: Living with Risk is a moving and beautifully told documentary about the 2013 bushfires which devastated the Blue Mountains https://www.bmwhi.org/fire-stories-living-with-risk?fbclid=IwAR3JBciqqgDMt8EU-nIPq6FT-U5RiAp0indzJlogUF_vFA3_FfQQfdK4bHU

‘You Cannot Argue with a Flood’: new 360 film in English and Tagalog https://www.humanitarianleadershipacademy.org/you-cannot-argue-with-a-flood-new-360-film-in-english-and-tagalog/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Success of the Workshop on the use of Social Media and Crowdsourcing for Disaster Management https://www.e2mc-project.eu/success-of-the-workshop-on-the-use-of-social-media-and-crowdsourcing-for-disaster-management

Nine tips about how to debunk geohazard misinformation in real time https://eos.org/articles/lessons-learned-from-kilauea-eruptions-media-frenzy

Crowdsourced study into harassment against women on Twitter https://www.wired.com/story/amnesty-report-twitter-abuse-women/

Paris terror attacks: exploring the mainstream and social media reaction https://realkm.com/2015/11/16/paris-terror-attacks-exploring-the-mainstream-and-social-media-reaction/

 

Disaster psychology

‘Children with higher levels of PTSD symptoms reported lower levels of social support from parents, teachers, and their schools’ https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/preliminary-findings-from-the-saint-thomas-strong-study

Stressed into silence: When the worst calls hit home for first responders https://www.whas11.com/article/news/local/stressed-into-silence-when-the-worst-calls-hit-home-for-first-responders/417-623776080

Move out or dig in? Risk awareness and mobility plans in disaster-affected communities https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329788631_Move_out_or_dig_in_Risk_awareness_and_mobility_plans_in_disaster-affected_communities

 

Sociology and Disasters

Biker Bar In The Malibu Hills Serves As Bedrock For A Fire-Ravaged Community https://www.npr.org/2018/12/19/675558726/biker-bar-in-the-malibu-hills-serves-as-bedrock-for-a-fire-ravaged-community?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2049