Today in disaster resilience (18 May 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Schools, University of Tasmania reopen after record flood as clean-up continues http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-13/university-of-tasmania-to-reopen-after-flood-damage/9756404

Kīlauea Volcano Erupts https://www.usgs.gov/news/k-lauea-volcano-erupts

B.C. town submerged by worst flood in 70 years, 30 people rescued https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/b-c-town-submerged-by-worst-flood-in-70-years-30-people-rescued-1.3926926

Tasmanian flood damage bill hits $20m as insurance claims pour in after wild weather http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-14/hobart-floods-insurance-claims-come-pouring-in/9758208

Some New Brunswick residents facing tough choice after floods: clean up, or move https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/05/14/new-brunswick-floods-leave-residents-with-costly-and-stressful-cleanup.html

China – Days of Heavy Rain Cause Deadly Floods in Guangxi http://floodlist.com/asia/guangxi-floods-may-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Sri Lanka – Thousands Hit by Floods in Galle and Kalutara http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-galle-kalutara-may-2018

Shinmoedake volcano eruption ejects ash up to 7.6 km (25 000 feet), Japan https://watchers.news/2018/05/15/shinmoedake-volcano-eruption-ejects-ash-up-to-7-6-km-25-000-feet-japan/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Kenya Dam burst and floods death toll reached 48, 40 still missing https://watchers.news/2018/05/14/kenya-dam-burst-and-floods-death-toll-reached-48-40-still-missing/

At least 61 killed as fierce dust storms strike India, death toll over 200 https://watchers.news/2018/05/14/dust-storms-india-2018/

The Finnish regions of Lapland and Saimaa are likely to see flooding in the coming weeks, as warm temperatures set spring thaws in motion https://www.sott.net/article/385520-Finnish-Lapland-braces-for-worst-spring-flooding-in-20-years

Somalia: Flood Response – May 2018 (as of 15 May 2018) https://reliefweb.int/report/somalia/somalia-flood-response-may-2018-15-may-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Afghanistan – Over 30 Dead After Flash Floods in 11 Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-floods-may-2018

USA – Deadly Storms Hit North East, Flash Floods in Maryland http://floodlist.com/america/usa/usa-storms-north-east-flash-floods-maryland-may-2018

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 May 2018: Popocatépetl volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Kilauea https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68984/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-17-May-2018-Popocatepetl-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Kilauea-Sakuraj.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The world’s population must globally move to zero emissions across agriculture, air travel, shipping, heating homes https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/26/were-doomed-mayer-hillman-on-the-climate-reality-no-one-else-will-dare-mention?CMP=share_btn_tw

A Hawaiian island got about 50 inches of rain in 24 hours. Scientists warn it’s a sign of the future http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-hawaii-storm-kauai-20180428-story.html?outputType=amp&__twitter_impression=true

The military paid for a study on sea level rise. The results were scary https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/04/25/climate-change-could-make-thousands-of-tropical-islands-uninhabitable-in-coming-decades-new-study-says/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c8933efbbbdb

Mapped: African heatwaves could increase ‘five-fold’ with 3C of global warming https://www.carbonbrief.org/mapped-african-heatwaves-could-increase-five-fold-with-3c-of-global-warming

We May Be on the Verge of a Human-Made Climate Disaster https://www.alternet.org/environment/climate-disaster-looms

Australia beats 100MW rooftop solar installs for 7th month in a row https://onestepoffthegrid.com.au/australia-beats-100mw-rooftop-solar-installs-7th-month-row/

‘Glaring inconsistency’: National emissions jump may be underestimated https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/glaring-inconsistency-national-emissions-jump-may-be-underestimated-20180514-p4zf75.html

Six languages for a risky climate: how farmers react to weather and climate change https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-018-2217-z

Climate change is already making droughts worse https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-climate-change-is-already-making-droughts-worse?utm_content=buffer4a285&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Climate Change and Drought: From Past to Future https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40641-018-0093-2

Future climate risk from compound events https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0156-3.epdf?

2016 Arctic heat would have been virtually impossible without global warming https://www.climate.gov/news-features/featured-images/2016-arctic-heat-would-have-been-virtually-impossible-without-global

Adventurer scientists swarm the melting Thwaites Glacier for clues to how fast sea level will rise https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/antarctic-quest-seeks-to-predict-the-fate-of-a-linchpin-glacier/

Arctic Heat Surges Again, and Studies Are Finding Climate Change Connections https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08052018/arctic-heat-wave-climate-change-sea-ice-loss-amplification-north-pole?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

New study finds variations in global warming trend are caused by oceans https://phys.org/news/2018-05-variations-global-trend-oceans.html

A Drone’s Eye View: UAV applications for a resilient Seychelles https://www.gfdrr.org/en/feature-story/drones-eye-view-uav-applications-resilient-seychelles

Emerging trends in global freshwater availability https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0123-1

Worst-case climate change scenario is even worse than we thought https://www.newscientist.com/article/2168847-worst-case-climate-change-scenario-is-even-worse-than-we-thought/

Short-term rainfall deficiencies increase in southeastern Australia http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/drought/

‘Adapting to uncertainty’ needed in face of climate shocks – experts http://www.eco-business.com/news/adapting-to-uncertainty-needed-in-face-of-climate-shocks-experts/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Disaster risk reduction

Landslides and monsoon variation in India https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/04/26/landslides-monsoon-variation-1/

From property damage to lost production: How natural disasters impact economics https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180411174141.htm

Houston City Council unanimously backs plan to build homes in flood plain https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/City-Council-unanimously-backs-plan-to-build-12863712.php

Cornellians pitch in to update federal flood guide http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/05/cornellians-pitch-update-federal-flood-guide#.WvicAVK7dAM.twitter

Earthquake prediction is a fool’s errand http://all-geo.org/highlyallochthonous/2018/05/earthquake-prediction-is-a-fools-errand/

Will your property flood next year? These tech startups have answers https://www.edf.org/blog/2018/05/10/will-your-property-flood-next-year-these-tech-startups-have-answers?

Developing a global operational seasonal hydro-meteorological forecasting system https://www.geosci-model-dev-discuss.net/gmd-2018-118/

The only way to reduce risk is to understand it http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2018/The-only-way-to-reduce-risk-is-to-understand-it.html#.WvmXObnen4Q.twitter

Earthquake science could have predicted North Korea’s nuclear climbdown https://theconversation.com/earthquake-science-could-have-predicted-north-koreas-nuclear-climbdown-96378?

Why Does Ebola Keep Showing Up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-does-ebola-keep-showing-up-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo/

Fears of flooding as Mumbai plans to open salt pans for social housing https://www.zilient.org/article/fears-flooding-mumbai-plans-open-salt-pans-social-housing

Addressing gender inequality in early warning systems https://floodresilience.net/blogs/reaching-the-last-mile-addressing-gender-inequality-in-early-warning-systems

A near-real-time tool to characterize global landslide hazards https://eos.org/research-spotlights/a-near-real-time-tool-to-characterize-global-landslide-hazards

Buyer beware: Evaluating property disclosure as a tool to support flood risk management https://www.cigionline.org/sites/default/files/documents/PB%20No.131.pdf

Transforming Development and Disaster Risk http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/5/1458

Assessing the Real Cost of Disasters https://www.oecd.org/gov/risk/assessing-the-real-cost-of-disasters-9789264298798-en.htm

How a New Flood Strategy Helped a Colorado City Skirt Disaster http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2018/05/14/how-a-new-flood-strategy-helped-a-colorado-city-skirt-disaster

In Flood-Weary Kansas City, Modifications Save Buildings and Dollars http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2018/05/14/in-flood-weary-kansas-city-modifications-save-buildings-and-dollars

Ash could paralyze Tokyo if Mount Fuji erupts, government report warns https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/05/01/national/ash-paralyze-tokyo-mount-fuji-erupts-government-report-warns/#.WvtZo–FPIW

India to soon begin forecasting reach of tsunami waves in-land https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/science/india-to-soon-begin-forecasting-reach-of-tsunami-waves-in-land/articleshow/64052209.cms

What Houston Is Learning About Underground Tunnels To Mitigate Flooding https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/in-depth/2018/05/12/284919/what-houston-is-learning-about-flood-tunnels-in-other-cities/

How to stop a humanitarian disaster before it happens https://grist.org/article/how-to-stop-a-humanitarian-disaster-before-it-happens/

Helping vulnerable homeowners move out of harm’s way to break the cycle of flood-rebuild-repeat https://www.nrdc.org/experts/rob-moore/title

Damage from flooding doesn’t have to be inevitable https://theconversation.com/damage-from-flooding-doesnt-have-to-be-inevitable-95847

Forgetting the Flood?: An Analysis of the Flood Risk Discount over Time http://opim.wharton.upenn.edu/risk/library/J2013LandEcon_Atreya.pdf

We’re making hurricanes worse. We’re also not preparing for them https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/were-making-hurricanes-worse-were-also-not-preparing-for-them/2018/05/11/bd0647e8-549b-11e8-abd8-265bd07a9859_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6f2ce8118a85

Satellite Data Archives Reveal Unrecorded Himalayan Floods https://eos.org/articles/satellite-data-archives-reveal-unrecorded-himalayan-floods#.Wvye3y87–A.twitter

Flood Protection Infrastructure: The Fine Line Between Disaster Generation and Disaster Prevention http://www.i-s-e-t.org/single-post/2018/05/16/Flood-Protection-Infrastructure-The-Fine-Line-Between-Disaster-Generation-and-Disaster-Prevention

Less talk, more action: It’s time to get serious about floodplain management http://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2018/05/16/less-talk-more-action-its-time-to-get-serious-about-floodplain-management/

Concern piloted a Flood Resilience Measurement Tool (FRMT) https://floodresilience.net/blogs/a-flood-resilience-measurement-tool-concern%E2%80%99s-experience-in-afghanistan

Your Sea Wall Won’t Save You https://placesjournal.org/article/your-sea-wall-wont-save-you/#.Wsj6V8vVnmc.twitter

Understanding New Zealand’s largest fault https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/2018644982/understanding-new-zealand-s-largest-fault

Federal researchers forecast long, hot wildfire season for most regions in Canada https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-federal-researchers-forecast-long-hot-wildfire-season-for-most/

 

Emergency Management

Centre to launch National Disaster Database https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/centre-to-launch-national-disaster-database/articleshow/63954927.cms

Female firefighters defy old ideas of who can be an American hero https://theconversation.com/female-firefighters-defy-old-ideas-of-who-can-be-an-american-hero-95342

A tiny town in Washington state fears a massive earthquake will wipe it out. But one man is leading the fightback http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43841897

Margaret River locals says short-stay, party-house tourists wouldn’t know what to do if a fire hit https://thewest.com.au/news/bushfires/margaret-river-locals-says-short-stay-party-house-tourists-wouldnt-know-what-to-do-if-a-fire-hit-ng-b88778290z

The privacy implications of high-resolution aerial imagery of disaster areas https://werobotics.org/blog/2018/05/10/aerial-imagery-disasters-and-data-privacy-any-applied-research/

New Report Looks at Past Disasters to Prepare for the Future http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2018/05/08/new-report-looks-at-past-disasters-to-prepare-for-the-future

Mapping Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Migration With Mobile Phone Data https://www.citylab.com/environment/2018/05/watch-puerto-ricos-hurricane-migration-via-mobile-phone-data/559889/?utm_source=twb

Community resilience and crisis management: policy lessons from the ground http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/pap/2016/00000044/00000004/art00005;jsessionid=1bfvzspe5t9nt.x-ic-live-01

Preparing for a natural disaster: the guide to using RediPlan for carers of people with dementia https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/58224

Hurricane Maria caused the largest blackout in American history and the second largest blackout in the world https://rhg.com/research/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-worlds-second-largest-blackout/

Direct-to-Consumer Telemedicine Can Deliver Routine Care to Affected People Following Natural Disasters https://www.rand.org/news/press/2018/04/25.html?adbsc=social_20180428_2305981&adbid=990369575031078912&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453

Improve flood response and recovery with earth observation http://www.acclimatise.uk.com/2018/05/08/improving-flood-response-recovery-efforts-with-earth-observation/

Flooding takes a hefty toll, as Kelowna couple learned http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/flooding-takes-a-hefty-toll-as-kelowna-couple-learned

Global Report on Internal Displacement 2018 http://www.internal-displacement.org/global-report/grid2018/

Hobart Mayor’s plea for Federal funding to help with flood recovery http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/hobart-mayors-plea-for-federal-funding-to-help-with-flood-recovery/news-story/3b46afc9e2308c83234845ed1c5d299b

EMAP Releases the EMAP 5-2019 Draft Emergency Management Standard for Public Comment http://emap.org/

How should the interests of vulnerable communities guide collective efforts to ensure an effective response and equitable recovery? https://civichall.org/civicist/need-talk-talk-community-led-disaster-response/

Pakistan one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change is now trying to boost its ability to respond to disasters https://tribune.com.pk/story/1711394/1-ajk-boosts-emergency-plans-climate-risks-grow/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

NIST Launches Study of Hurricane Maria’s Impact on Puerto Rico https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2018/05/nist-launches-study-hurricane-marias-impact-puerto-rico

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Dash cam footage of lava consuming a Ford Mustang https://boingboing.net/2018/05/07/dash-cam-footage-of-lava-consu.html

Flood recovery resources https://www.aia.org/pages/147016-aia-flood-recovery-resources

Flood Snakes & Ladders uses words, pictures and models from children and young people who were directly affected by flooding in the UK http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/cuidar/en/flood-snakes-ladders/

Sichuan earthquake: Tenth anniversary of 2008 quake marred by police crackdowns, violence http://amp.abc.net.au/article/9756670?__twitter_impression=true

Rolling, hopping, floating and invisibly moving along Investigating how sediment is transported by water http://www.earthlearningidea.com/PDF/230_Sediment_transport.pdf

Play ‘Game of Floods’ in your community to understand flood risks, and test out various ways to manage flooding https://www.marincounty.org/~/media/files/departments/cd/planning/slr/game-of-floods/game-of-floods-materials.pdf?la=en

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is a world-class centre for multidisciplinary disaster prevention research and communication https://www.iclr.org/

Communicating volcanic risk: lava, eruptions and uncertainty http://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/communicating-volcanic-risk-lava-eruptions-and-uncertainty?cid=SHR_BlogSiteShare_XX_EXT

Disaster Preparedness for Livestock https://www.texvetpets.org/article/natural-disaster-preparedness-for-horses-and-other-livestock/

Crowdsourcing is particularly useful when it comes to enlisting helpers to measure the devastation caused by flooding http://blog.lboro.ac.uk/research/changing-environments-infrastructure/citizen-scientists-flooding-research/

Volcano information page https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vhp/about_volcanoes.html?

E-learning course on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation https://www.weadapt.org/knowledge-base/climate-adaptation-learning-resources/e-learning-course-on-drr-cca

Flood season is here and the city wants to help Calgarians prepare http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-flood-open-house-1.4664909

Effective science communication https://www.nap.edu/download/24958

Teaching resources on flooding https://www.geography.org.uk/Flooding

A 100-year flood does not only happen once every 100 years. So why is it called that? https://www.gfdrr.org/en/100-year-flood

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Using Social Media Analytics during Disasters: Lessons from the 2015 Chennai Floods https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomdavenport/2018/05/03/using-social-media-analytics-during-disasters-lessons-from-the-2015-chennai-floods/#5e0beee45cca

How good are the social media platform’s most active users at detecting these falsehoods, especially during public emergencies? http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2018/05/020.html

Rumor response, debunking response, and decision makings of misinformed Twitter users during disasters https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-018-3344-6

False tweets during Harvey, Irma under scrutiny by UB researchers http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2017/09/044.html

 

Psychology and disasters

Sierra Leone mudslide survivors live in fear of fresh disaster https://reliefweb.int/report/sierra-leone/sierra-leone-mudslide-survivors-live-fear-fresh-disaster

 

Sociology and Disasters

The sociology of streetlife http://journals.sagepub.com/page/sor/collections/virtual-issues/streetlife-issue

 

 

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Today in disaster resilience (27 April 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

‘It’s going to be biblical’: flood fears rise in southern B.C. as snowpack melts http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/landslide-evacuation-osoyoos-bc-flood-1.4630027

Lifeless Ambae: Heavy ashfall forces permanent relocation of entire island https://watchers.news/2018/04/24/lifeless-ambae-heavy-ashfall-forces-permanent-relocation-entire-island/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Violent explosions at Stromboli volcano, Italy https://watchers.news/2018/04/24/violent-explosions-at-stromboli-volcano-italy/

Significant damage after M5.2 earthquake hits Turkey, dozens injured https://watchers.news/2018/04/24/significant-damage-after-m5-2-earthquake-hits-turkey-dozens-injured/

Four tornadoes hit southern US, including a destructive tornado at Fort Walton beach https://watchers.news/2018/04/23/four-tornadoes-in-southern-us-including-a-destructive-tornado-at-fort-walton-beach/

Flooding in Kenya leaves at least 15 people dead and thousands displaced in several parts of country https://www.garda.com/crisis24/news-alerts/112106/kenya-flooding-leaves-at-least-15-dead-and-thousands-displaced-april-23-update-4

Somalia – Floods in 3 Regions as Juba and Shabelle Rivers Rise http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-floods-juba-shabelle-rivers-april-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Rwanda – Floods and Landslides Leave 18 Dead http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-floods-landslides-april-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Réunion and Mauritius – Heavy Rain From Tropical Cyclone Fakir Triggers Deadly Landslide http://floodlist.com/africa/reunion-mauritius-cyclone-fakir-april-2018

Sweden – Snowmelt Causes Flooding in Gävleborg http://floodlist.com/europe/sweden-snowmelt-flooding-april-2018

Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Apr 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Turrialba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68658/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-26-Apr-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Turrialba.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate gentrification: from theory to empiricism in Miami-Dade County, Florida http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aabb32

What happened to winter? Vanishing ice convulses Alaskans’ way of life https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/21/alaska-climate-change-winter-way-of-life?CMP=twt_gu

On the 20th anniversary of the graph that galvanized climate action, it is time to speak out boldly https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/earth-day-and-the-hockey-stick-a-singular-message/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sa-editorial-social&utm_content=link-post&utm_term=sustainability_blog_text_free&sf187410215=1

Here’s how fast a glacier can slip into the sea once it’s destabilized https://qz.com/1257090/heres-how-fast-a-glacier-can-slip-into-the-sea-once-its-destabilized/

Review of the draft second “State of the Climate Cycle Report” (SOCCR2) https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25045/review-of-the-draft-second-state-of-the-carbon-cycle-report-soccr2?

California is headed for a future of precipitation extremes https://www.ioes.ucla.edu/article/study-forecasts-a-severe-climate-future-for-california/

The Great Crack-Up http://time.com/antarctica-climate-change/?xid=tcoshare

Who should pay the costs for climate-change-related disasters? https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2018-3-may-june/feature/the-case-for-climate-reparations

Greenland’s Biggest Fire Is a ‘Warning’ for Its Future https://www.livescience.com/62297-greenland-biggest-wildfire-warning-sign.html

In ‘This is Climate Change,’ you can’t look away from the destruction https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/22/this-is-climate-change-vr/

Flooding Hot Spots: Why Seas Are Rising Faster on the U.S. East Coast https://e360.yale.edu/features/flooding-hot-spots-why-seas-are-rising-faster-on-the-u.s.-east-coast

Climate change to drive migration from island homes sooner than thought https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/25/climate-change-to-drive-migration-from-island-homes-sooner-than-thought?CMP=share_btn_tw

New NASA Study Solves Climate Mystery, Confirms Methane Spike Tied to Oil and Gas https://www.ecowatch.com/nasa-study-methane-spike-2526089909.html

How Are We Learning to Live With Climate Change? https://www.ecowatch.com/linktv-earth-focus-2563242538.html

Russian Arctic glacier loss doubles as temps warm https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180425162015.htm

Friday essay: recovering a narrative of place – stories in the time of climate change https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-recovering-a-narrative-of-place-stories-in-the-time-of-climate-change-95067?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

UK worries about climate change are at their highest level since 2010 http://www.noiseofthecrowd.com/uk-worries-climate-change-highest-level-since-2010/

Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/energy-and-climate-change-public-attitudes-tracker-wave-25

 

Disaster risk reduction

‘Green’ coastal protection solutions could prevent damages worth $50 billion in the Gulf of Mexico http://www.aidforum.org/Topics/disaster-relief/green-coastal-protection-solutions-could-prevent-damages-worth-50-billion-i

Seismologist Lucy Jones catalogues devastating earthquake and tsunamis throughout history https://www.sciencefriday.com/episodes/april-20-2018/

Scientists can examine rain–induced landslide threats anywhere around the globe every 30 minutes https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=92018

The CEOS Working Group on Disasters – Maximising the use of EO data in Disaster Risk Reduction http://copernicus.eu/news/ceos-working-group-disasters-%E2%80%93-maximising-use-eo-data-disaster-risk-reduction

Strengthening Integrated Early Warning Systems for More Effective Disaster Risk Reduction in the Caribbean Through Knowledge and Tool Transfer http://www.cdema.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1780:strengthening-integrated-early-warning-systems-for-more-effective-disaster-risk-reduction-in-the-caribbean-through-knowledge-and-tool-transfer&catid=34:news&Itemid=266

How could a moderate-sized earthquake so far away cause so much damage? https://earthquake.usgs.gov/research/everyone/dcshake/

An Operational Method for Flood Directive Implementation in Ungauged Urban Areas http://www.mdpi.com/2306-5338/5/2/24

Contrary to common belief, some forests get more fire-resistant with age https://theconversation.com/contrary-to-common-belief-some-forests-get-more-fire-resistant-with-age-95059

‘Earthquake Lady’ Relates Her Decades of Understanding Science and Disasters http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Earthquake-Lady-Relates-Her-Decades-of-Understanding-Science-and-Disasters-.html

A seven-part Houston Chronicle series will explain why the storm’s damage was both a natural and man-made disaster https://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/hc-investigations/harvey/developingstorm/

Flood Apex http://coastalresiliencecenter.unc.edu/crc-projects/flood-apex/?platform=hootsuite

Helping coastal managers plan better for future storms http://www.ga.gov.au/news-events/news/latest-news/helping-coastal-managers-plan-better-for-future-storms?utm_source=2018-promotion&utm_medium=29-April-CoastalErosion&utm_content=Twitter&utm_campaign=News-Highlights

Connecting with the people beyond the computers: my experience in flood risk management in Buenos Aires https://blogs.worldbank.org/water/my-experience-in-flood-risk-management-in-Buenos-Aires

Disasters could cost Asia-Pacific region $160 billion per year by 2030, UN warns https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/04/1008182

Centre to help plug flooding skills gap launched at Brunel https://www.brunel.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/articles/Centre-to-help-plug-flooding-skills-gap-launched-at-Brunel

Winter Wave Heights and Extreme Storms on the Rise in Western Europe http://floodlist.com/europe/winter-wave-heights-and-extreme-storms-on-the-rise-in-western-europe?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Geography of global floods and droughts http://www.pbl.nl/sites/default/files/cms/publicaties/pbl-2018-the-geography-of-future-water-challenges-2920.pdf

New methods in resilience measurement: early insights from a mobile phone panel survey in Myanmar using subjective tools https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56775?&a=email&utm_source=pw_email

The “Build-Destroy-Rebuild” cycle https://lesliechapmanhenderson.blog/2018/04/25/learning-from-the-2017-disasters-to-create-a-reliably-resilient-u-s/

Squamish residents at highest risk of flood unlikely to find insurance http://squamishchief.com/news/local-news/squamish-residents-at-highest-risk-of-flood-unlikely-to-find-insurance-1.23281508

Brisbane City Council has announced a 20-year plan to transform a renowned flood corridor, sitting on more than 1000 hectares, into park land http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/qld-flood-corridor-to-become-leisure-area/news-story/076351f22aa5ddac583b25a289d75439?

Disasters Are Costing Us More. Why Aren’t We Insuring More? https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-04-20/sparklines-disasters-are-costing-us-more-as-we-insure-them-less

Floods in urban areas are a growing risk in many countries of the developing world http://www.globaldev.blog/blog/flood-warning-urgent-action-needed-three-continents

Unjust waters: climate change, flooding and the urban poor in Africa http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0956247808089156

Manhattan is building a massive $1 billion wall and park to guard against the next inevitable superstorm https://www.businessinsider.com.au/new-york-city-flooding-manhattan-coastal-barriers-2018-4?r=US&IR=T

 

Emergency Management

Handbook for assessing disaster loss and damage in vulnerable communities http://collections.unu.edu/eserv/UNU:6032/Online_No_21_Handbook_170510w.pdf

Top 5 Resources for Planning For Wildfire https://fireadaptednetwork.org/top-5-resources-planning-wildfire/?platform=hootsuite

Resources on Post-Event Analysis of Natural Hazards http://www.i-s-e-t.org/resources-by-theme-perc

Emergency Alert and Warning Systems: Current Knowledge and Future Research Directions https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24935/emergency-alert-and-warning-systems-current-knowledge-and-future-research?

The Limits of Earthquake Early-Warning Alerts http://www.routefifty.com/smart-cities/2018/04/limits-earthquake-early-warning-alerts/147273/

Big gaps in emergency preparedness for seniors https://www.mapleridgenews.com/community/big-gaps-in-emergency-preparedness-for-seniors/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=EM_Weekly

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Ready for disaster: Why more people are preparing for the worst https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/article-why-the-preparedness-movement-is-gaining-momentum/

Ipsos survey: 19% of Americans feel very prepared and 51% feel somewhat prepared for an emergency in their community https://www.ipsos.com/en-us/news-polls/booz-allen-hamilton-ipsos-study-on-community-resilience

Introducing EarthTime: animations which show how our planet is changing https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/04/introducing-earthtime-a-global-magnifying-glass-to-help-us-see-common-ground?utm_source=Facebook%20Videos&utm_medium=Facebook%20Videos&utm_campaign=Facebook%20Video%20Blogs

IMMERSED: A VR Experience About Flood & Resilience https://www.fema.gov/immersed

The HayWired scenario depicts a scientifically realistic earthquake sequence, and its cascading impacts https://www.usgs.gov/natural-hazards/science-application-risk-reduction/science/haywired-scenario?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

A City of York Councillor has called for a review of flood messaging https://www.minsterfm.com/news/local/2559315/calls-for-a-review-of-flood-messaging-alerts/?platform=hootsuite

Resilient Systems, Resilient Communities book https://era.library.ualberta.ca/items/489c0395-45a1-4290-a1ad-210a543d6d25

Heed hints when relocating to Houston https://www.chron.com/news/article/Heed-hints-when-relocating-to-Houston-12857926.php

Business continuity planning for disasters http://evaq8.co.uk/Business-Continuity-Disaster-Preparedness-for-Business.html

“Our teachers and students need to be prepared for tsunami events” http://fijisun.com.fj/2018/03/02/tsunami-preparedness-vital-seruiratu/

Communicating volcanic risk: lava, eruptions and uncertainty https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/communicating-volcanic-risk-lava-eruptions-and-uncertainty

Perceptions of water in Britain http://aboutdrought.info/news-review-drought-briefing/

National Hurricane Preparedness Week https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness

Disasters Create Emotional Connections With Future Generations http://freeresources.luciencanton.com/2018/04/disasters-create-emotional-connections-with-future-generations.html

Flooding challenges in spotlight at Shrewsbury event https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/2018/04/26/flooding-challenges-to-be-discussed/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

51% of Americans say they would rely heavily on social media to keep them updated during a disaster https://www.slideshare.net/AnneMarieMoran2/booz-allen-community-resilience-report-4-418

Introducing VOST: A Way to Make Social Media Work for Emergency Response http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Introducing-VOST-A-Way-to-Make-Social-Media-Work-for-Emergency-Response.html

Twitter and Facebook used to investigate the relationship between meteorological conditions and the sentiment of human expressions http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0195750

British adults using Facebook less to communicate with friends https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/25/british-adults-using-facebook-less-to-communicate-with-friends?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Add_to_Pocket

As the internet becomes more mobile, newer forms of social media are gaining popularity https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/113222/Adults-Media-Use-and-Attitudes-Report-2018.pdf

 

Psychology and disasters

Junot Díaz’s beautiful and searing personal essay ‘The Silence’ https://longreads.com/2018/04/23/on-junot-diazs-the-silence-and-our-uncomfortable-reckoning/

 

Sociology and Disasters

Volunteer weather observers: more than 100 years of vital data collection http://media.bom.gov.au/social/blog/853/volunteer-weather-observers-more-than-100-years-of-vital-data-collection/

Motel misery: Hundreds fled Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico only to end up functionally homeless in Florida https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/04/20/politics/sutter-puerto-rico-motel-misery-invs/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

Louisiana ‘islanders’ find a new home beyond the water https://www.zilient.org/article/louisiana-islanders-find-new-home-beyond-water

Community cooperation following disasters key to recovery, Stanford study finds https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/57918

Today in disaster resilience (20 April 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Sydney bushfire: Residents breathe a sigh of relief as disaster averted for a second night http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-16/sydney-bushfire-conditions-ease-for-firefighters/9660818

Storm system brings flooding, freezing rain, snow to Midwest https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/21/02/2018/Storm-system-brings-flooding,-freezing-rain,-snow-to-Midwest

Destructive flash floods, rare tornado hit Algeria https://watchers.news/2018/04/15/destructive-flash-floods-rare-tornado-hit-algeria/

Record-shattering rains trigger destructive floods in Hawaii, 699 mm (27 inches) in 24 hours https://watchers.news/2018/04/16/record-shattering-rains-trigger-destructive-floods-in-hawaii/

Massive storm system sweeps through US, at least 3 deaths reported https://watchers.news/2018/04/15/massive-storm-system-sweeps-through-us-at-least-3-deaths-reported/

One person killed after tornado hits Greensboro in Guilford County, North Carolina https://watchers.news/2018/04/16/one-person-killed-after-tornado-hits-greensboro-in-guilford-county-north-carolina/

Malawi – Hundreds Displaced by Floods Across the Country http://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-floods-february-2018

Colombia – 12 Dead, 1,067 Families Affected by Recent Severe Weather http://www.smcyinternationalfamily.org/colombia-12-dead-1067-families-affected-recent-severe-weather/

Tanzania – 9 Dead as Flooding Hits Dar Es Salaam http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-floods-dar-es-salaam-april-2018

USA – Heavy Rain Floods Parts of New York and New Jersey https://twitter.com/GlobalFloodNews

Homes lost, flood damage in Leamington area worst in 20 years https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/homes-lost-flood-damage-in-leamington-area-worst-in-20-years-1.3886781

Earthquake hits Banjarnegara, kills one, destroys buildings http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/04/18/earthquake-hits-banjarnegara-kills-one-destroys-buildings.html

Kenya – Thousands Displaced as Flooding Continues http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-thousands-displaced-flooding-april-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Martinique – Severe Flooding After 250mm of Rain in 6 Hours http://floodlist.com/america/martinique-floods-april-2018

Entire island of Ambae to be permanently evacuated due to volcano https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/vanuatu-island-evacuation-volcanic-ambae-eruption-entire-population-permanent-a8311716.html?amp&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter&__twitter_impression=true

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Apr 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68574/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-19-Apr-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sinabung.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Special Climate Statement 65—persistent summer-like heat sets many April records http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/statements/scs65.pdf

Alaskan glaciers melting at rate not seen in 400 years https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/alaskan-glaciers-melting-rate-not-seen-400-years/#.WtEfNNoYjkY.twitter

Arctic melting could worsen future California droughts https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/04/arctic-melting-could-worsen-california-droughts/

Experimental effects of climate messages vary geographically https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0122-0

97% consensus on climate change? More like 99.94%, study finds https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/climate-change-consensus-07042018/

Greenhouse effect https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/greenhouse-effect/

Rising sea levels and intense cyclones prompt council action https://www.news-mail.com.au/news/rising-sea-levels-and-intense-cyclones-prompt-coun/3387868/

March was the third warmest globally since 1891 https://ds.data.jma.go.jp/tcc/tcc/products/gwp/temp/mar_wld.html

In the coastal communities near the Bering Strait, a winter unlike the rest https://www.climate.gov/news-features/features/coastal-communities-near-bering-strait-winter-unlike-rest

Miami is racing against time to keep up with sea-level rise http://www.businessinsider.com/miami-floods-sea-level-rise-solutions-2018-4/?r=AU&IR=T

The Commonwealth can kickstart a global offensive on climate change https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/18/commonwealth-global-climate-change-new-zealanders?CMP=share_btn_tw

As climate scientists predicted, glaciers are vanishing due to rapidly warming temperatures https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/apr/18/glacier-loss-is-accelerating-because-of-global-warming?CMP=share_btn_tw

World Glacier Monitoring Service http://wgms.ch/latest-glacier-mass-balance-data/

Climate change in a San Francisco courtroom http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/news/2018/0410.html

As Climate Costs Grow, Some See A Moneymaking Opportunity https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/17/603230754/as-climate-costs-grow-some-see-a-money-making-opportunity

 

Disaster risk reduction

Disaster Management Research Roadmap for the ASEAN Region https://reliefweb.int/report/world/disaster-management-research-roadmap-asean-region

How building science and research can help avert disaster https://www.aia.org/articles/185061-how-building-science-and-research-can-help-

29 years on from the Hillsborough disaster, Grenfell shows how little we’ve learnt https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/sport/2018/04/29-years-hillsborough-disaster-grenfell-shows-how-little-we-ve-learnt

Heat exposure now more deadly than any other natural disaster https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/heat-exposure-now-more-lethal-than-any-other-natural-disaster

Houston-Area Officials Say They Didn’t Know About Reservoir Flood Risks Pre-Harvey https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2018/04/13/486330.htm

Safer and Stronger Cities: Strategies for Advocating for Federal Resilience Policy https://medium.com/safer-and-stronger-cities-strategies-for-advocatin/introduction-b7ad940f8c72

W&M grad students aid Virginia’s battle against flooding https://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2018/wm-grad-students-aid-virginias-battle-against-flooding.php

At USD 144 billion, global insured losses from disaster events in 2017 were the highest ever, sigma study says http://www.swissre.com/media/news_releases/nr20180410_sigma_global_insured_loses_highest_ever.html

Drought-stricken Cape Town prepares for winter flood risks https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/1894883/drought-stricken-cape-town-prepares-for-winter-flood-risks/

Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast http://coastal.la.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2017-Coastal-Master-Plan_Web-Book_CFinal-with-Effective-Date-06092017.pdf

An Affordability Framework for the National Flood Insurance Program https://www.eenews.net/assets/2018/04/17/document_gw_06.pdf

San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/04/17/us/san-francisco-earthquake-seismic-gamble.html

Landslides in Nepal: the need for a national agency? https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/04/17/landslides-in-nepal-1/

Study proposes link between formation of supercontinents, strength of ocean tides https://phys.org/news/2018-04-link-formation-supercontinents-strength-ocean.html

North American and Caribbean Hazards and Disaster Research Centers https://hazards.colorado.edu/resources/research-centers Supercritical river terraces generated by hydraulic and geomorphic interactions https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article-abstract/530330/supercritical-river-terraces-generated-by?redirectedFrom=fulltext

Can We Outsmart a Disaster? http://seismo.berkeley.edu/blog/2018/04/17/can-we-outsmart-disaster.html

Scientists unveil 10,000 sq ft model of Mississippi delta to help save coastline https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/18/mississippi-delta-model-coastal-erosion-scientists?CMP=share_btn_tw

On anniversary of great 1906 quake, California still struggles to prepare for the next ‘big one’ http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-quake-san-francisco-20180418-story.html

The U.S. Is Finally Getting a System to Warn When an Earthquake Is Coming https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/the-app-quakealert-hopes-to-warn-west-coasters-when-an-earthquake-is-coming.html

Visualization of earthquake risk in California https://www.americangeosciences.org/critical-issues/maps/visualization-earthquake-risk-california

Seattle is starting to take steps to ready itself for an increased onslaught of rain as a result of climate change and historic weather patterns https://psmag.com/environment/seattle-preps-for-thousand-year-storm

Yorkshire Water hosts first flooding and pollution Hackathon https://www.waterbriefing.org/home/company-news/item/15036-yorkshire-water-hosts-first-flooding-and-pollution-hackathon

Where Next for Flood Risk? Use of Building Polygons Instead of Address Points for Assessment http://blogs.lexisnexis.com/insurance-insights/2018/04/where-next-for-flood-risk-use-of-building-polygons-instead-of-address-points-for-assessment/

Kilauea volcano: Magma system becomes increasingly pressurized, Hawaii https://watchers.news/2018/04/19/kilauea-volcano-magma-system-becomes-increasingly-pressurized-hawaii/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Development of an urban flood management plan that can deal with conditions of deep uncertainty https://understandrisk.org/adaptive-management-urban-flood-risk/

Humans in a Flammable Forest https://www.sfreporter.com/news/theenthusiast/2018/04/18/humans-in-a-flammable-forest/

Opinion: How to achieve better flood-risk governance in the United States http://www.pnas.org/content/115/15/3731

How San Francisco’s next big quake could play out https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-04489-3

 

Emergency Management

Ulverston’s forgotten flood victims talk of hardship 10 years on http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/ulverston/Ulverstons-forgotten-flood-victims-talk-of-hardship-10-years-on-485a71cf-1b38-4185-bfe9-0d7858375586-ds

FEMA’s plan underestimated Puerto Rican hurricane https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/15/puerto-rico-hurricane-fema-disaster-523033

Rural fire service announced for WA in wake of Yarloop blaze, funded by levy hike http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-13/wa-to-get-rural-fire-service-within-dfes-funded-by-levy-hike/9652920

Developing a coordinated, multi-agency response plan for a future great Alpine Fault earthquake https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00288306.2018.1455716?journalCode=tnzg20#.WtQPmDc3qE8.twitter

Public perceptions of emergency decontamination: Effects of intervention type and responder management strategy during a focus group study http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0195922

Federal study launched to revamp hurricane cone of error http://weatherplus.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2018/03/27/just-in-federal-study-launched-to-revamp-hurricane-cone-of-error/

Volunteer Fire Departments Face Declining Numbers http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Volunteer-fire-Departments-Face-Declining-Numbers.html

Greece: The use of satellite imagery in crisis management after flooding https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/57841

Flooded communities in Fiji showing resilience https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/354057/flooded-communities-in-fiji-showing-resilience

Large-Scale and Smaller Disasters Increasingly Call for Shared Responsibility by Everyone http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/-EDITORIAL-Large-scale-and-smaller-disasters-increasingly-call-for-shared-responsibility-by-everyone.html

Late bushfire season and extreme heat put pressure on resources https://lighthouse.mq.edu.au/article/late-bushfire-season-will-cost-australia-dearly

How Many Wireless Emergency Alerts Are Too Many? https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/how-many-wireless-emergency-alerts-too-many.html

Puerto Rico In The Midst Of An Islandwide Blackout https://www.npr.org/2018/04/18/603693077/puerto-rico-in-the-midst-of-an-island-wide-blackout

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response efficiently and effectively addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters https://allhandsandhearts.exposure.co/

Citizen scientists keep a watchful eye on the world’s streams https://eos.org/project-updates/testing-the-waters-mobile-apps-for-crowdsourced-streamflow-data

CrowdWater is a citizen science project to collect hydrological data http://www.crowdwater.ch/en/welcome-to-crowdwater/

Virtual reality technology puts people through ‘searing’ bushfire scenario http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-14/virtual-reality-puts-people-through-searing-bushfire/9645584

Could citizen geologists help scientists make geological maps? https://eos.org/features/crowdsourcing-digital-maps-using-citizen-geologists

Earthquake Education Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDbAmX72CFA&list=PLYJjP6lVJvswbQzrA1O_VA_StEun7HqN8

Tsunami Drills Encourage Students to be Aware of the Impacts of Natural Disasters http://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/SchoolTsunamiPreparedness.html

Geoscience Communication https://www.geoscience-communication.net/about/aims_and_scope.html

Disaster education and preparedness in the acute care setting: A cross sectional survey of operating theatre nurse’s disaster knowledge and education https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29524836/disaster-education-and-preparedness-in-the-acute-care-setting-a-cross-sectional-survey-of-operating-theatre-nurse-s-disaster-knowledge-and-education

People tend to ignore low-probability risks. And some people think that they have flood insurance when they do not https://www.rand.org/blog/2017/09/why-houstonians-didnt-buy-flood-insurance.html

Minecraft & Lego Used For Emergency Preparedness https://resiliencechallenge.nz/Resilience-Home/Science-Programmes/Culture/Minecraft-Lego-Used-For-Emergency-Preparedness

Ceremonies commemorate 112th anniversary of 1906 earthquake in SF http://abc7news.com/ceremonies-commemorate-112th-anniversary-of-1906-earthquake-in-sf/3360492/

Rare footage of San Francisco after 1906 earthquake shown in Fremont theater http://abc7.com/footage-of-san-francisco-after-1906-quake-shown-in-fremont/3361514/

Utahns prepare for ‘the big one’ in Great Shakeout earthquake drills http://fox13now.com/2018/04/19/utahns-prepare-for-the-big-one-in-great-shakeout-earthquake-drills/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Is anyone out there? The social media for emergency management audience https://disasterece.com/2018/04/17/is-anyone-out-there-the-social-media-for-emergency-management-audience/

 

Psychology and disasters

Flood risk denial in US coastal communities https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180402085848.htm

 

 

Sociology and Disasters

Daniel Aldrich: More focus on social capital needed as measure of disaster resilience https://federalnewsradio.com/federal-drive/2018/03/daniel-aldrich-more-focus-on-social-capital-needed-as-measure-of-disaster-resilience/

“The most resilient communities appear to be those with a wide variety of deeply rooted cooperative organizations, often made up of volunteers” https://www.futurity.org/volunteers-community-resilience-disasters-1729652/

The opportunity for good in Cape Town’s drought https://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/cape-town-drought/

Today in disaster resilience (6 April 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Very deep M6.8 earthquake hits Chuquisaca, Bolivia https://watchers.news/2018/04/02/very-deep-m6-8-earthquake-hits-chuquisaca-bolivia/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Tropical Cyclone “Josie” claims 4 lives in Fiji https://watchers.news/2018/04/02/tropical-cyclone-josie-claims-4-lives-in-fiji/

Dust storm kills three in Uttar Pradesh, India https://watchers.news/2018/04/01/dust-storm-kills-three-in-uttar-pradesh-india/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Several rivers in the Balkans have broken their banks over the last few days, causing flooding in parts of northern Greece, southeastern Bulgaria and northwestern Turkey https://www.sott.net/article/381404-Rivers-overflow-flooding-areas-of-Greece-Bulgaria-and-Turkey

Flood warnings issued across UK as river levels rise after wet Easter https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/03/flood-warnings-issued-across-uk-as-river-levels-rise-after-wet-easter

Village near Ambae volcano faces relocation after flash flood, Vanuatu https://watchers.news/2018/04/03/vanuatu-village-faces-relocation-after-flash-floods/

Scientists keep close eye on Alpine Fault quake swarm http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12025977

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Apr 2018: Fuego volcano, Dukono, Agung, Reventador, Turrialba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68344/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-5-Apr-2018-Fuego-volcano-Dukono-Agung-Reventador-Turrialba-Sakuraj.html

Cape Town ‘Day Zero’ pushed back to 2019 as dams fill up in South Africa https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-safrica-drought/cape-town-day-zero-pushed-back-to-2019-as-dams-fill-up-in-south-africa-idUKKCN1HA1LN

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Changes in climate extremes, fresh water availability and vulnerability to food insecurity projected at 1.5°C and 2°C global warming with a higher-resolution global climate model http://rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/376/2119/20160452

‘Extreme’ Changes Underway in Some of Antarctica’s Biggest Glaciers https://insideclimatenews.org/news/02042018/antarctica-ice-sheet-shelf-glaciers-grounding-line-receding-worst-case-sea-level-rise-risk

The number of new coal plants under development worldwide continues to fall dramatically http://reneweconomy.com.au/global-new-coal-plant-pipeline-keeps-shrinking-45886/

An alarming 10 percent of Antarctica’s coastal glaciers are now in retreat, scientists find https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/04/02/an-alarming-10-percent-of-antarcticas-coastal-glaciers-are-in-retreat-scientists-find/?utm_term=.66c3420b18a6

Ice-free Arctic summers could hinge on small climate warming range https://www.colorado.edu/today/2018/04/02/ice-free-arctic-summers-could-hinge-small-climate-warming-range

Reduced probability of ice-free summers for 1.5 °C compared to 2 °C warming https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0127-8

Impact of Climate Change on Flood Frequency and Intensity in the Kabul River Basin http://www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/8/4/114

FEMA removed all reference to climate change from its planning document earlier this month https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/fema-climate-change-strategic-plan-ellison-letter_us_5abc16ede4b04a59a3143183

Fiji PM: Climate change threatens our survival http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43625608

The Climate Ex map will tell you what the weather will be like in 2070–and where to go to get the weather you like in 50 years https://www.fastcompany.com/40548716/these-maps-show-how-climate-change-will-mess-up-the-weather-where-you-live

At least 7 countries break monthly records as heat wave hits Asia https://mashable.com/2018/04/03/severe-heat-wave-asia-monthly-records/#ZVipSzSfMGqU

Senegal city races to move families as sea swallows homes https://www.zilient.org/article/senegal-city-races-move-families-sea-swallows-homes

Warmest March in Bahrain since 1902 https://watchers.news/2018/04/05/warmest-march-in-bahrain-since-1902/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

April snowstorm covers parts of Saudi Arabia in white https://watchers.news/2018/04/04/april-snowstorm-covers-parts-of-saudi-arabia-in-white/

New York City sees heaviest April snow since 1982 https://watchers.news/2018/04/04/new-york-city-sees-heaviest-april-snow-since-1982/

Five key lessons other cities can learn from Cape Town’s water crisis https://theconversation.com/five-key-lessons-other-cities-can-learn-from-cape-towns-water-crisis-94045

Arctic sea ice extent for March 2018 was the second lowest in the 1979 to 2018 satellite record http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2018/04/2018-winter-arctic-sea-ice-bering-down/

More than 100 cities now mostly powered by renewable energy, data shows https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/feb/27/cities-powered-clean-energy-renewable

‘Summer-like’ heat to nudge late-season heat records across south-east https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/summer-like-heat-to-nudge-late-season-heat-records-across-south-east-20180405-p4z7x4.html

Global warming of 1.5°C is imminent, likely in just a decade from now https://reneweconomy.com.au/climate-change-1-5c-closer-imagine-44124/

 

Disaster risk reduction

How Overbuilt Levees Along the Upper Mississippi River Push Floods Onto Others https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/rockisland

World’s first 3D thermal image of volcano https://watchers.news/2018/04/02/first-3d-thermal-image-of-volcano/

Large crack in East African Rift is evidence of continent splitting in two https://watchers.news/2018/03/30/large-crack-in-east-african-rift-is-evidence-of-continent-splitting-in-two/

USGS Publishes Bulletin 17C, “Guidelines for Determining Flood Flow Frequency” https://www.floods.org/n-news-hottopics/article.asp?id=539

California Earthquake: Big Risk, Big Exposure http://www.rms.com/blog/2018/03/27/california-earthquake-big-risk-big-exposure/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=wcirb_eq

National flood insurance is underwater because of outdated science https://www.salon.com/2018/04/01/national-flood-insurance-is-underwater-because-of-outdated-science_partner/#.WsKdvAAdi6J.twitter

Atmosphere and land model development has historically been segregated but coupled processes crucial to prediction and extremes can be properly represented only with a holistic approach https://eos.org/editors-vox/coupled-from-the-start

Welcome Dutch fixes for Charleston’s flooding woes https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/editorials/welcome-dutch-fixes-for-charleston-s-flooding-woes/article_50d6006e-3375-11e8-9ebf-73482288f347.html

“Mitigation is most likely to occur soon after a flood, and is most successful when decisions are community-based” https://phys.org/news/2018-04-denial-coastal.html

Proposed Floodplain Changes to Raise Houston Elevations https://www.enr.com/articles/44236-proposed-floodplain-changes-to-raise-houston-elevations

Could Sydney be the next Houston? https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2018/could-sydney-be-next-houston

FEMA Announces its Intent to Transfer NFIP Risk to the Capital Markets https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2018/04/02/fema-announces-its-intent-transfer-nfip-risk-capital-markets

Urban wetlands management in Colombo: a new model for urban flood resilience https://reliefweb.int/report/sri-lanka/urban-wetlands-management-colombo-new-model-urban-resilience

Landslides triggered by the 14 November 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake, New Zealand https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/04/03/bssa-mw-7-8-kaikoura-earthquake-1/

FG installs flood warning system in 5 Niger Delta states http://ndlink.org/2018/04/03/fg-installs-flood-warning-system-in-10-states/

“The next generation of flood-risk assessment models should integrate better knowledge of how people deal with risk and damage” https://www.cmcc.it/article/human-behavior-is-the-key-to-reducing-flood-risk

Houston City Council adopts stricter flood plain development rules https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/Houston-City-Council-adopts-stricter-flood-plain-12805504.php?src=hp_totn

Ecosystem-based adaptation to increase flood resilience of vulnerable people – Evidence from central Vietnam https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/57603?&a=email&utm_source=pw_email

Forecasting and warning system for Sava River almost complete https://www.deltares.nl/en/news/forecasting-warning-system-sava-river-almost-complete/

Skilful seasonal forecasts of streamflow over Europe? https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/22/2057/2018/hess-22-2057-2018.pdf

Will a Huge New Flood Barrier Save Venice? https://www.citylab.com/environment/2018/04/will-a-huge-new-flood-barrier-save-venice/556226/

Government dedicates £36 million to new UK flood defence schemes https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/government-dedicates-36-million-to-new-uk-flood-defence-schemes/70004548

In conversation with the next generation of flood engineers https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/2018/03/19/in-conversation-with-the-next-generation-of-flood-engineers/

Study: flood control engineering likely has worsened floods http://www.wbrz.com/news/study-flood-control-engineering-likely-has-worsened-floods/

Climatic control of Mississippi River flood hazard amplified by river engineering https://www.nature.com/articles/nature26145

Bushfire Prevention — Data-Driven Powerline Installation and Brush Monitoring https://medium.com/planet-os/bushfire-prevention-data-driven-powerline-installation-and-brush-monitoring-d7919e8d1e7e

Two of the more interesting landslides from the Papua New Guinea earthquake https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/04/04/papua-new-guinea-earthquake/

Hurricane forecasters see above-average 2018 U.S. storm season http://news.trust.org/item/20180405173130-fo5zg/

Tokyo’s enormous underground flood protection system pumps excess water out of the metropolitan area into the sea but climate change might take it to its limits http://www.acclimatise.uk.com/2018/03/29/tokyos-massive-flood-protection-facility-might-not-be-enough-cdue-to-climate-change/

 

Emergency Management

Mudslide losses top $421 million in hard-hit California town https://apnews.com/9b8ef4351765428e9f57beeb4781cf15/Mudslide-losses-top-$421-million-in-hard-hit-California-town?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=APWestRegion

Global disaster response needs at networked approach https://news.northeastern.edu/2018/03/30/global-disaster-response-needs-a-networked-approach/

A model for relief and recovery https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/resilienceindex?utm_source=Twitter&utm_term=0_f923f18da4-7eaf9480f4-555353465&utm_content=can-atmospheric-science-improve-global-disaster-resilience

Municipal plans to fight wildfire and floods in focus as draft bill hits the road http://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/municipal-plans-to-fight-wildfire-and-floods-in-focus-as-draft-bill-hits-the-road

Victoria has gained approval to conduct night time firebombing operations next summer season https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/news/night-time-firebombing-approved

Namibia: Floods DREF MDRNA010 Emergency Plan of Action Final Report https://reliefweb.int/report/namibia/namibia-floods-dref-mdrna010-emergency-plan-action-final-report

Are we leading enough in the emergency services? https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/afac-ceo-are-we-leading-enough

How Cyclone Alby 40 years ago caught WA off-guard, with deadly consequences http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-04/a-look-at-cyclone-alby-40-years-on/9614592

Bureau of Meteorology blames late cyclone warning on ‘staffing issue’ https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/04/04/06/21/cyclone-iris-queensland-wild-winds-flooding-as-storm-moves-southeast

Aid distribution underway in Fiji post cyclone http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/354003/aid-distribution-underway-in-fiji-post-cyclone?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Rewiring Puerto Rico: Power and Empowerment After Hurricane Maria https://medium.com/@dangerbui/rewiring-puerto-rico-power-and-empowerment-after-hurricane-maria-7efdff23da6d

Earthquake warning system expands with the help of federal funding http://bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/early-earthquake-system-expands-with-the-help-of-federal-funding

Puerto Rico says tourism has roared back to life http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/03/news/puerto-rico-tourism/index.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The information needs of women during disasters http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-02/helping-women-overcome-disaster-preparedness-gaps/9549862

Facilitating Dialogue in Communities: Using the FAC Self-Assessment Tool https://fireadaptednetwork.org/using-fac-self-assessment-tool/?platform=hootsuite

Children aren’t liabilities in disasters – they can help, if we let them https://theconversation.com/children-arent-liabilities-in-disasters-they-can-help-if-we-let-them-93794

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Countering False Information on Social Media in Disasters and Emergencies https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/SMWG_Countering-False-Info-Social-Media-Disasters-Emergencies_Mar2018-508.pdf

Social Media Analysis During Disasters online course https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dis_courses/social-media/index.html

What strategies do public service media have for news distribution on social media? https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/our-research/public-service-news-and-social-media

 

Psychology and disasters

The impact on mental health has been greatest among people who were affected by flood damage in a variety of ways http://ucrh.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/After-the-Flood-Research-Seminar-22-Mar-2018-flyer_.pdf

Climate changes mental health https://apha.org/-/media/files/pdf/topics/climate/climate_changes_mental_health.ashx?la=en&hash=AFF50C8C183A2846372355AB2B438A1157E1B3AE

 

 

Sociology and Disasters

“Building that connectedness before a disaster happens is an important part of preparedness so it naturally happens in response to a disaster” http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-29/natural-disaster-impact-on-mental-health-costly/9597104

When the flood that resulted from last year’s Cyclone Debbie swept through, the community of Murwillumbah didn’t wait for the wheels of government bureaucracy to act http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-01/murwillumbah-the-town-that-refuses-to-define-itself-by-disaster/9602180

Today in disaster resilience (16 March 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Queensland floods: Mammoth clean-up and more rain to come https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/03/12/05/38/queensland-floods-mammoth-clean-up-as-potential-cyclone-looms

Single lightning strike kills 16, injures 140 in Rwanda https://watchers.news/2018/03/11/single-lightning-strike-kills-16-injures-140-in-rwanda/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

State of emergency after landslide destroys over 100 homes, Peru https://watchers.news/2018/03/09/state-of-emergency-after-landslide-destroys-over-100-homes-peru/

Deadly thunderstorm, tornado hits Thailand https://watchers.news/2018/03/10/deadly-thunderstorm-tornado-thailand/

Kazakhstan – Hundreds Evacuated After Heavy Rain and Melting Snow Cause Flooding in East http://floodlist.com/asia/kazakhstan-floods-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

At least a third of the Queensland’s local government areas are impacted by floods, with the damage bill to reach “in the millions” http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-03-12/queensland-floods-man-assaulted-with-baseball-bat-amid-breakins-in-flooded-ingham/1741758?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Records broken by 3rd nor’easter in 2 weeks, 4th possible next week https://watchers.news/2018/03/15/records-broken-skylar-3rd-noreaster-in-2-weeks-4th-possible-next-week/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Landslide destroys 7 homes in Hrvatska Kostajnica, Croatia https://watchers.news/2018/03/13/landslide-destroys-6-homes-in-hrvatska-kostajnica-croatia/

Tropical cyclone expected to form off Northern Territory coast, Australia https://watchers.news/2018/03/15/tropical-cyclone-expected-to-form-off-northern-territory-coast-australia/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Mar 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68025/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-15-Mar-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sakurajim.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Britain’s CO2 Emissions Have Fallen to Levels Last Seen in 1890 https://e360.yale.edu/digest/britains-co2-emissions-have-fallen-to-levels-last-seen-in-1890

Special issue: Resilience and the climate threat https://thebulletin.org/blog/whats-new-bulletin/resilience-and-climate-threat-guest-edited-alice-c-hill?platform=hootsuite

Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution levels have jumped yet again, increasing for the third consecutive year https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/emissions-data-released-2017

Global Carbon Budget 2017 https://www.earth-syst-sci-data.net/10/405/2018/

Australia’s solar future bright as households install record 3.5m panels https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/06/australias-solar-future-bright-as-households-install-record-35m-panels

22 leading Commonwealth science bodies urge action on climate change http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12010657

‘Vulnerable’: Climate change threatens Wollongong homes, WIN Stadium https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/vulnerable-climate-change-threatens-wollongong-homes-win-stadium-20180312-p4z40u.html

When Rising Seas Hit Home: Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of US Coastal Communities https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/global-warming-impacts/when-rising-seas-hit-home-chronic-inundation-from-sea-level-rise#.Wqb5SR1ubIW

Data Snapshot: Millennials and Climate Change https://carsey.unh.edu/publication/snapshot/millennials-climate

Climate Conflicts: Myth or Reality? https://theglobalobservatory.org/2018/03/climate-conflicts-myth-reality/

As the Arctic warms, nor’easters may get worse https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/13/us/winter-weather-arctic-warmth-linked/index.html?utm_content=buffer3ce09&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Climate change is a disaster foretold, just like the first world war https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/12/climate-change-is-a-disaster-foretold-just-like-the-first-world-war?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

A climate-themed album sobers and inspires https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/03/climate-themed-album-sobers-inspires/

February 2018 was sixth warmest February on record https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2694/february-2018-was-sixth-warmest-february-on-record/

It’s 50 years since climate change was first seen. Now time is running out https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/15/50-years-climate-change-denial

Physicians are noticing an influx of patients whose illnesses are directly or indirectly related to global warming https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/doctors-warn-climate-change-threatens-public-health/

How people in Nepal live with the threat of a dangerous glacial lake outburst flood caused by climate change https://slate.com/technology/2018/03/how-people-in-nepal-live-with-the-threat-of-a-glacial-lake-outburst-flood-caused-by-climate-change.html

 

Disaster risk reduction

Turning Dhaka into a resilient city http://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/environment/turning-dhaka-resilient-city-1546240

After the tsunami: Japan’s sea walls – in pictures https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2018/mar/09/after-the-tsunami-japan-sea-walls-in-pictures?CMP=share_btn_tw

Drones will be used to investigate Auckland’s big landslide threats as part of EQC-funded study http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12010555

Sendai Framework Monitor takes off https://www.unisdr.org/archive/57401

Wet, cool summers create major fire threat on neglected crown land http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-11/are-wa-authorities-dropping-the-ball-on-fire-prevention/9532028

Water crises are hitting our economies: Time to hit back with natural infrastructure http://news.trust.org/item/20180221150159-vjq6b

Options for reducing house-losses during wildfires without clearing trees and shrubs https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204618300598

Improving meteorological services to issue advance warnings & protect people from climate hazards in Moldova https://undp-adaptation.exposure.co/sound-the-alarm

Flooding has flushed 43 billion plastic pieces out to sea http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/flooding-has-flushed-43-billion-plastic-pieces-out-sea?utm_source=newsfromscience&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=floodinghas-18361

Continental United States Hurricane Landfall Frequency and Associated Damage: Observations and Future Risks https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0184.1

Vietnam and U.N. to build storm-proof housing for coastal communities http://news.trust.org/item/20180312080130-dwbm2?platform=hootsuite

Once the levee is constructed and accredited, more than 3,100 properties in Aberdeen and Hoquiam will be removed from the area that FEMA has mapped https://www.thedailyworld.com/news/design-permit-phases-of-north-shore-levee-project-now-fully-funded/

St. Louis’s Preliminary Resilience Assessment https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/mayor/news/city-releases-preliminary-resilience-assessment.cfm

How plant traits determine the flammability of ecosystems and interact with climate and weather to influence fire regimes http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa9ead/meta

Study shows NRA is wrong about Aussie gun laws https://www.smh.com.au/national/study-shows-nra-is-wrong-about-aussie-gun-laws-20180312-p4z41i.html?

To grow economically, protect Houston from flooding https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Houston-needs-housing-that-doesn-t-flood-12744658.php

Six figures for six feet: Some Harvey victims in Houston spend huge sums to elevate their homes https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/14/harvey-elevate-homes-flood-houston-money-costs/

U.S. Infrastructure Must Be Flood-Ready, State and Local Officials Say http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2018/03/13/us-infrastructure-must-be-flood-ready-state-and-local-officials-say

A New Flood Protection Standard for the US’ Flooding Problem https://www.nrdc.org/experts/joel-scata/new-flood-protection-standard-us-flooding-problem

East Coast Nor’easters Amplify Calls for Resilient Building Code Regulations https://www.enr.com/articles/44146-east-coast-noreasters-amplify-calls-for-resilient-building-code-regulations

Delivering urban resilience https://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/delivering-urban-resilience-summary-report-2018.pdf

Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters: A Starter Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-08/documents/160815-hazardmitigationfornaturaldisasters.pdf

Disaster Risk Reduction can protect smallholder farmers, experts say http://news.trust.org//item/20180314224038-vuc5p/

Historic reconstructions of daily river flow for 303 UK catchments (1891-2015) https://catalogue.ceh.ac.uk/documents/f710bed1-e564-47bf-b82c-4c2a2fe2810e

Disaster resilience at the local level http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/opinion/2018/03/14/editorial-disaster-resilience-local-level-593557

Implementation guide for local disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/57399_drrresiliencepublicreview.pdf

Natural Disasters Are Costing Farming Billions of Dollars a Year https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-15/natural-disasters-are-costing-farming-billions-of-dollars-a-year

Africa: Climate-Threatened Nations to Get Profiles of Drought, Flood Risk https://africareportonbusiness.com/2018/03/15/africa-climate-threatened-nations-to-get-profiles-of-drought-flood-risk-2/

Floods don’t just happen in flood zones https://www.philrichardinsurance.com/floods-dont-just-happen-flood-zones/

Number of natural disasters in the United States from 1900 to 2016, by type https://www.statista.com/statistics/236504/number-of-natural-disasters-in-the-us-by-type/

Cascading hazards: need to focus on research https://thehimalayantimes.com/opinion/cascading-hazards-need-to-focus-on-research/

 

Emergency Management

Papua New Guinea quake: An invisible disaster which could change life forever http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43297145

Five months after Hurricane Maria, the rebuilding effort in Puerto Rico is powered by women https://www.vogue.com/projects/13542078/puerto-rico-after-hurricane-maria-2/

Here’s How Mobile Technology Makes Disaster Zones Less Disastrous https://sanvada.com/2018/03/04/heres-mobile-technology-makes-disaster-zones-less-disastrous/

Puerto Rico’s New Resiliency Commission Pushes for Community-Led Recovery https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2018/03/09/puerto-ricos-new-resiliency-commission-pushes-community-led-recovery/

Fukushima nuclear disaster: did the evacuation raise the death toll? https://www.ft.com/content/000f864e-22ba-11e8-add1-0e8958b189ea

Firebombers in Australia set to tackle bushfires at night https://www.9now.com.au/today/2018/clip-cjenij2jh002j0gpcdgr90qqa

Incorporating intelligence for typical evacuation under the threat of fire spreading https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753517308330

90 Years Later, The St. Francis Dam Failure Remains A Vital Safety Lesson https://damsafety.org/article/awareness/90-years-later-st-francis-dam-failure-remains-vital-safety-lesson

Irma Caused 129 Deaths, More Than $53 Billion in Damages, Hurricane Center Concludes http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Irma-Caused-129-Deaths-More-Than-53B-in-Damages-Hurricane-Center-Concludes.html

Elevating Emergency Response in Tanzania https://www.gfdrr.org/en/feature-story/elevating-emergency-response-tanzania

A study of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami has emphasized the importance of economic recovery to the well-being of communities in the post-disaster phase https://www.unisdr.org/archive/57445

The Relationship Between Firearm Availability and Suicide https://www.rand.org/research/gun-policy/analysis/supplementary/firearm-availability-suicide.html

Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) Community Resilience Strategy 2016-2019 – Year One Outcomes Report has been released https://www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/resilience

FEMA Releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2018/03/15/fema-releases-2018-2022-strategic-plan

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Impressive animation – family prepares for major Tokyo earthquake https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/972022507669667840

Dozens of persons with disabilities (PWDs) from the Province of Benguet underwent a one day training on disaster preparedness https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/03/10/pwds-undergo-disaster-preparedness-training-in-benguet/

Tornado safety starts with preparedness http://www.wandtv.com/story/37697941/tornado-safety-starts-with-preparedness

3M survey shows public has hope for science, if others do it http://www.startribune.com/3m-survey-shows-public-has-hope-for-science-if-others-do-it/476336893/

Japan marks 7th anniversary of tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster http://www.dw.com/en/japan-marks-7th-anniversary-of-tsunami-and-fukushima-nuclear-disaster/a-42926522?maca=en-rss_top_news-13961-xml-mrss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Seismic waves visualisation http://ds.iris.edu/seismon/swaves/

European Region countries convene to boost emergency preparedness and response http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/emergencies/disaster-preparedness-and-response/news/news/2018/2/european-region-countries-convene-to-boost-emergency-preparedness-and-response

We should be promoting early STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills https://theconversation.com/five-things-parents-can-do-every-day-to-help-develop-stem-skills-from-a-young-age-92927?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

When the Earth Moves Under Your Feet: What to Do When an Earthquake Strikes http://riskconversation.com/blog/personal/2017/03/08/what-to-do-when-an-earthquake-strikes/

Fun way to examine Australia’s future population scenarios http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-13/big-australia-or-small-australia-you-decide-our-population/9470156

Everything has changed. Even the way we change has changed https://globalecoguy.org/inflection-point-97d81c4ec445

FEMA offers tips for rebuilding after Harvey at home improvement stores https://www.chron.com/business/bizfeed/article/FEMA-offers-tips-for-rebuilding-after-Harvey-at-12742309.php?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Giant Spider Rescued From Herbert River, North Queensland, Twitterati Frightened After Watching The Video https://www.latestly.com/social-viral/giant-spider-rescued-from-herbert-river-north-queensland-twitterati-frightened-after-watching-the-video-60801.html

Drills in schools to mark 2011 Japan earthquake & tsunami https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/live/

“Americans use the phrase ‘natural disaster’ with ease, but have continued to debate its meaning even more following Hurricane Katrina” http://www.processhistory.org/parker-disasters-have-histories/

Australians rescued a giant spider from floodwaters. The rest of the world wonders why http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-australians-giant-spider-20180312-story.html

Measurement and communication: what worked and what did not in Fukushima http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/ANIB_45_2S

Malawi’s Recovery and Resilience Efforts Have Major Impact on Education https://reliefweb.int/report/malawi/malawi-s-recovery-and-resilience-efforts-have-major-impact-education

Gamification in disaster management http://www.humanitarianleadershipacademy.org/topics/gamification/

Resilience Through Creativity: Global Resilience Institute Art Show https://globalresilience.northeastern.edu/event/resilience-art-show/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

A social media analysis tool that monitors Twitter to gather real-time information on the disaster situation to be tested in Piedmont http://www.i-react.eu/i-react-tests-for-the-first-time-its-technology-against-floods-in-piedmont/

A majority of Americans use Facebook and YouTube, but young adults are especially heavy users of Snapchat and Instagram http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/03/01/social-media-use-in-2018/

Unofficial weather forecaster Higgins Storm Chasing criticised for alarmist social media flood post http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-15/higgins-storm-chasing-criticised-by-farmers-for-flood-forecast/9549878

With 7 billion hits, Hurricane Irma nearly broke the Internet http://www.bradenton.com/news/state/article204796764.html

 

Psychology and disasters

Pre-Disaster PTSD as a moderator of the relationship between natural disaster and suicidal ideation over time https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322239746_Pre-Disaster_PTSD_as_a_moderator_of_the_relationship_between_natural_disaster_and_suicidal_ideation_over_time

 

Sociology and Disasters

Flooding and gentrification https://mailchi.mp/ef63e5ab2d8b/flooding-the-g-word?e=c165902733

Humans ‘thrived’ after historic Mount Toba eruption http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43377960

Research shows the importance of social capital in longevity https://hackspirit.com/psychologist-reveals-secret-longevity-us-largely-ignore/?utm_content=bufferff8ae&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

 

Today in disaster resilience (9 March 2018)

disaster

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rains pound, flood parts of Nairobi http://www.kbc.co.ke/heavy-rains-pound-flood-parts-nairobi/

Nor’easters are now just as dangerous as hurricanes https://grist.org/article/boston-noreaster-hurricane-like-winter-bomb-cyclone/

At least 6 killed in deadly storm, thousands still without power https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/03/us/weather-bomb-cyclone/index.html

Dozens die across Europe as cold weather blights continent http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/europe-weather-snow-deaths-freezing-killed-cold-poland-homeless-lithuania-france-a8236096.html

Storm Emma: Risk of flooding in many areas as thaw begins https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/storm-emma-risk-of-flooding-in-many-areas-as-thaw-begins-830663.html

PNG earthquake: 11 people dead after strong aftershocks rock Highlands http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-05/aftershocks-rattles-quake-hit-papua-new-guinea/9508534

Angola – 8 Dead, Thousands Displaced After Floods in 3 Provinces http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-floods-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Rwanda – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Western Province http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-floods-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Explosive eruptions and ash venting at Shinmoedake (Kirishimayama), Japan https://watchers.news/2018/03/06/explosive-eruptions-and-ash-venting-at-shinmoedake-kirishimayama-japan/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Australia – Rivers Rise After Record Rain in Central Queensland http://floodlist.com/australia/australia-record-rain-central-queensland-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Indonesia – 3,000 Evacuated After Floods in West Nusa Tenggara http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-west-nusa-tenggara-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Tropical Cyclone “Hola” crossing Vanuatu before turning toward Loyalty Islands https://watchers.news/2018/03/06/tropical-cyclone-hola-crossing-vanuatu-before-turning-toward-loyalty-islands/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Another nor’easter to slam the storm-weary Mid-Atlantic and Northeast https://watchers.news/2018/03/07/another-noreaster-to-slam-the-storm-weary-mid-atlantic-and-northeast/

Malawi – Floods in Central and Southern Regions Affect 2,000 http://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-floods-central-southern-regions-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Albania suffers floods, landslides after days of heavy rain https://uk.news.yahoo.com/albania-suffers-floods-landslides-days-heavy-rain-095557257.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Mar 2018: Fuego volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Turrialba, Mayon, Kirishima https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/67909/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-8-Mar-2018-Fuego-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Turrialba-Mayon-Kirishima.html

New Zealand – Evacuations After Rivers Flood in Hawke’s Bay http://floodlist.com/australia/new-zealand-flood-hawkes-bay-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Vanuatu – Tropical Cyclone Hola Brings Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/australia/vanuatu-tropical-cyclone-hola-march-2018

Flood warning: Ingham residents told rising river will isolate communities, inundate properties http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-08/flood-warning-for-ingham-residents/9528970

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

A new study finds that waiting 5 extra years to peak carbon pollution will cost 20 cm sea level rise https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/mar/01/decisions-today-will-decide-antarctic-ice-sheet-loss-and-sea-level-rise?CMP=share_btn_tw

Extreme Temperature Fluctuations Tied to Increase in Heart Attacks https://nexusmedianews.com/extreme-temperature-fluctuations-tied-to-increase-in-heart-attacks-aa5727dab40

Climate Short film: They said it couldn’t be done http://climatestate.com/2018/03/04/short-film-they-said-it-couldnt-be-done/

Southern Californians know: climate change is real, it is deadly and it is here https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/03/california-climate-change-fires-flood-landslide

Climate change is causing the season to start comparatively earlier the further north you go, say scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/02/arctic-spring-is-starting-16-days-earlier-than-a-decade-ago-study-shows

It was officially New Zealand’s hottest summer on record https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/101996439/it-was-officially-new-zealands-hottest-summer-on-record

Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival http://www.claritypress.com/Carter.html

In doomed Alaska town, hunters turn to drones and caribou as sea ice melts https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/02/alaska-climate-change-indigenous-hunting

What It’s Like To Live Through Cape Town’s Massive Water Crisis http://time.com/cape-town-south-africa-water-crisis/

As sea levels rise, Bangladeshi islanders must decide between keeping the water out—or letting it in http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/sea-levels-rise-bangladeshi-islanders-must-decide-between-keeping-water-out-or-letting

How Australia’s warming climate is changing the way we live and work http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/four-corners/NC1803H005S00#pageloaded

Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/earth-and-environmental-science/climatology-and-climate-change/climate-change-and-cities-second-assessment-report-urban-climate-change-research-network?format=PB#TtCPOCZjVeCQRg1W.97

13 Cities May Exceed 2C Temperature Rise by 2020s, Say Scientists http://floodlist.com/climate/13-cities-may-exceed-2c-temperature-rise-by-2020s-say-scientists?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Disaster risk reduction

Defining Extreme Wildfire Events: Difficulties, Challenges, and Impacts http://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/1/1/9

The challenge of urbanisation in Africa https://www.irinnews.org/in-depth/poverty-your-doorstep-challenge-urbanisation-africa?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

Despite recommendations, some Southern Indiana homeowners reject flood insurance http://www.newsandtribune.com/news/despite-recommendations-some-southern-indiana-homeowners-reject-flood-insurance/article_8b80836e-1e72-11e8-821c-cbc6d19b2ac0.html

Los Angeles Releases Resilience Strategy https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/los-angeles-releases-resilience-strategy

Province working on technology to ease damage in flood season https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/province-working-technology-ease-damage-flood-season-1004128230/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

‘Water is the new fire,’ says the Insurance Bureau of Canada https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/03/05/water-is-the-new-fire-says-the-insurance-bureau-of-canada-as-researchers-point-to-development-as-major-cause-of-basement-flooding.html

New Report Predicts Rising Tides, More Flooding https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/05/590901652/new-report-predicts-rising-tides-more-flooding?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20180305&utm_campaign=breakingnews&utm_term=nprnews

Volcanologists warn world is unprepared for next major eruption https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02784-7#ref-CR1

Flood insurance program remains in limbo as U.S. Senate makes few moves before deadline http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/environment/article_d83ffe1a-1e71-11e8-9184-4fbd531d91ac.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Wildfire problem to increase in coming decades http://wildfiretoday.com/2018/03/05/wildfire-problem-increase-coming-decades/

Autumn planned burning program kicks off across Victoria https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/media-releases/Autumn-planned-burning-program-kicks-off-across-Victoria

The floodplains work — if only we didn’t develop in them https://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/The-floodplains-work-if-only-we-didn-t-12728492.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

For Households: Technical Handbook on Design, Construction and Renovation of Typhoon-Resilient Low-Income Housing http://i-s-e-t.org/resources/working-papers/household-technical-handbook-typhoon-resilient-low-income-housing.html?platform=hootsuite

Megathrust quake: Evacuation zones would protect Kiwis from monster Hikurangi tsunami, scientist say https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/nz-earthquake/102012175/heres-how-prepared-nz-is-for-monster-tsunami-waves

Hikurangi tsunami warning system: Is it possible? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12007960

Canadian researchers find way to better predict severe storms https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/canadian-researchers-find-way-better-predict-severe-storms-1004128360/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Drilling project probes New Zealand’s risk of killer quakes https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02640-8

Green Spaces in Cities Help Control Floods, Store Carbon – Study http://floodlist.com/protection/green-spaces-in-cities-help-control-floods-store-carbon-study?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Will Miami Beach’s anti-flooding measures work? http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article204038184.html

Catastrophe models that Canadian insurers use to predict flood damage should be open-sourced, free and accessible to everyone https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/insurers-urged-share-cat-models-help-map-flood-risk-1004126875/

 

Emergency Management

Go inside when storm comes and go upstairs when it floods! http://www.vn.undp.org/content/vietnam/en/home/ourwork/environmentclimate/successstories/go-inside-when-storm-comes-and-go-upstairs-when-it-floods.html

Papua New Guinea earthquake: Tens of thousands need urgent aid http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43277013?ocid=socialflow_twitter

President Trump declares disaster in American Samoa https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/351699/president-trump-declares-disaster-in-american-samoa

Health staff ‘too stressed’ to deal with disasters https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180226122503.htm

CRC research on floodwater-related deaths has been by showcased in ‘Stories of Australian Science’ magazine https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2018/flood-research-highlighted?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=floodaussci2017

Marshall County family suffers fire and flood in the same year http://wsbt.com/news/local/marshall-county-family-suffers-fire-and-flood-in-the-same-year

Drones Helping in Puerto Rico https://www.wired.com/story/drones-electricity-puerto-rico/

Papua New Guinea aid workers race to deliver supplies as aftershocks strike https://www.reuters.com/article/us-papua-quake/papua-new-guinea-aid-workers-race-to-deliver-supplies-as-aftershocks-strike-idUSKCN1GI0FA

The European Commission signed an administrative arrangement with Tunisia to boost ties in civil protection and disaster risk management http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-1522_en.htm

Workshop on Civil Society and Emergency Response: conflicting discourses of dependency and empowerment https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/esrc-workshop-civil-society-and-emergency-response-tickets-43927315784

Exodus from Puerto Rico grows as island struggles to rebound from Hurricane Maria https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/exodus-from-puerto-rico-grows-as-island-struggles-to-rebound-from-hurricane-maria/2018/03/06/b2fcb996-16c3-11e8-92c9-376b4fe57ff7_story.html?utm_term=.b66e6edc65cb

‘We put our lives at risk’: What it’s like running a remote Aussie roadhouse in cyclone season http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-08/what-its-like-running-a-remote-roadhouse-in-cylone-season/9522392

Measuring Hurricane Wind Speed from Space https://eos.org/research-spotlights/measuring-hurricane-wind-speed-from-space

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

HayWired is a California regional and statewide earthquake preparedness initiative that aims to shift behavior about earthquakes https://outsmartdisaster.com/

Letters From the Dust Bowl https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1936/05/letters-from-the-dust-bowl/308897/

Forming a flood action group can play a vital role in reducing the communities flood risk http://www.newground.co.uk/news-events-media/knowledge-centre/flood-action-groups/

Footage of San Francisco After 1906 Quake Found at Flea Market https://www.kqed.org/news/11653858/film-with-footage-after-san-franciscos-1906-quake-found-at-flea-market

Why we must engage women and children in disaster risk management https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/why-we-must-engage-women-and-children-disaster-risk-management?CID=SURR_WBGCitiesEN_D_EXT

Implementing a tiered wildfire risk assessment approach to inform wildfire education programs https://wildfireresearchcenter.org/approach/

Sketches of the Seine flooding http://www.urbansketchers.org/2018/02/the-seine-is-flooding.html

Covering disasters: Expert tells media not to focus on death toll https://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/197249-aseannale-media-coverage-report-deaths-losses-disasters

Words matter – using language & technology to better inform the CCA & DRR communities http://www.placard-network.eu/words-matter-using-language-technology-to-better-inform-the-cca-drr-communities/?utm_content=buffer3de97&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Risk and warning communication that supports women during disasters https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/blogpost/amisha-mehta/2018/risk-and-warning-communication-supports-women-during-disasters?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=mehtablogmarch2018

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

 

Five billion people — two-thirds of the global population — now use mobile phones to connect to life-enhancing opportunities and services https://medium.com/@plus_socialgood/leveraging-mobile-data-to-achieve-the-sdgs-98dbd07120b6

Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/03/largest-study-ever-fake-news-mit-twitter/555104/

 

Psychology and disasters

 

Inadequate sleep can help explain high rates of suicide and cardiac events among firefighters http://wildfiretoday.com/2018/02/24/inadequate-sleep-can-help-explain-high-rates-suicide-cardiac-events-among-firefighters/

More than 12 years after Hurricane Katrina, scientists are learning what makes some survivors more resilient than others http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/more-12-years-after-hurricane-katrina-scientists-are-learning-what-makes-some-survivors

Demographic and Health Disparities in Recovery from Hurricane Katrina https://sph.tulane.edu/katrina10

 

Sociology and Disasters

 

Beyond men and women: a critical perspective on gender and disaster https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/54174

Women, resilience and social movements https://www.northeastern.edu/cssh/policyschool/2018/03/research-women-resilience-and-social-movements/

Since 2000, 6.4 million Brazilians moved after large-scale flooding, droughts and other disasters https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/07/at-least-77m-brazilians-forced-to-leave-homes-since-2000-natural-disasters-dam-building-brazil

Today in disaster resilience (9 February 2018)

Disaster

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Recent emergencies/disasters

Flood in Central and Eastern Latvia http://emergency.copernicus.eu/mapping/list-of-components/EMSR268

Ex TC Fehi causes major flooding in New Zealand https://www.sott.net/article/376041-Ex-Cyclone-Fehi-causes-major-flooding-in-New-Zealand

Record rainfall causes flooding in southern Bolivia https://www.sott.net/article/376076-Record-rains-cause-flooding-in-Tarija-Bolivia-50000-affected

Snowfall of the century: Record-breaking snow and freezing rain wreak havoc across Moscow https://watchers.news/2018/02/04/snowfall-of-the-century-record-breaking-snow-freezing-rain-wreak-havoc-across-moscow/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Massive floods hit Argentina as Pilcomayo River reaches record highs https://watchers.news/2018/02/04/massive-floods-hit-argentina-as-pilcomayo-river-reaches-record-highs/

Eruption of Fuego volcano forces school closures, Orange Alert issued https://watchers.news/2018/02/02/eruption-of-fuego-volcano-forces-school-closures-orange-alert-issued/

Indonesia’s capital braces for floods as landslides kill 2 http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/nation-world/article198402844.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Taiwan has been hit by a 5.7 magnitude aftershock almost 24 hours after a 6.4 quake that led to the deaths of at least seven people http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/349886/taiwan-faces-aftershocks-as-death-toll-rises

Selangau floods worst in 15 years https://www.theborneopost.com/2018/02/09/tamin-rep-selangau-floods-worst-in-15-years/

Nine Dead, 10 Still Missing in Aftermath of Taiwan Earthquake https://reliefweb.int/report/china-taiwan-province/nine-dead-10-still-missing-aftermath-taiwan-earthquake

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Feb 2018: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/67397/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-8-Feb-2018-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-.html

Heaviest snowfall since 1986 gridlocks Paris, record 740 km (460 miles) of traffic jams https://watchers.news/2018/02/08/heavy-snowfall-gridlocks-paris-record-740-km-460-miles-of-traffic-jams-reported/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

Climate Change, Transitions, and Geopolitics https://www.sei-international.org/publications?pid=3287&utm_content=buffer98906&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

The number of hot days in Sydney increased in the past decade across the city, particularly those with extreme heat http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/heat-is-on-in-sydney-as-number-of-extreme-days-nudges-higher-20180201-h0sdkf?

Call for scientists to lead action on climate change https://media.uow.edu.au/releases/UOW243305.html

Climate change further complicates the urbanisation challenge http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/immersive-story/2018/01/31/3-big-ideas-to-achieve-sustainable-cities-and-communities?CID=SURR_WBGCitiesEN_D_EXT

Let Cape Town revolutionise the way we think about water https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/04/let-cape-town-revolutionise-the-way-we-think-about-water

‘Nepal’s climate to get warmer and wetter in future’ http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-02-02/nepals-climate-to-get-warmer-and-wetter-in-future.html

Scientists Find Strong Link Between Climate Change and Wildfires http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/02/07/scientists-find-strong-link-climate-change-wildfires/

HUD tells states to consider sea level rise when rebuilding from storms https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/hud-tells-states-to-consider-sea-level-rise-when-rebuilding-from-storms/article/2648437

As climate changes, we need the arts more than ever https://ensia.com/voices/arts/

This Overview Brief explores the topic of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process http://napglobalnetwork.org/resource/snapshot-monitoring-evaluation-nap-process-opportunities-challenges-emerging-solutions/

Disaster risk reduction

Volcanic Threat and Monitoring Capabilities in the United States https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2006/3142/

Create “Sponge Cities” to Tackle Worsening Floods http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/01/create-sponge-cities-tackle-worsening-floods/

Central Asia Fault Database https://esdynamics.geo.uni-tuebingen.de/faults/

Barriers towards hotel disaster preparedness: Case studies of post 2011 Tsunami, Japan https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918300384

Moving Mitigation Forward https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/moving-mitigation-forward-new-knowledge-and-next-steps

The Great Unconformity—a huge time gap in the rock record—may have been triggered by the uplift of an ancient supercontinent https://eos.org/articles/erasing-a-billion-years-of-geologic-time-across-the-globe

Building urban disaster resilience in 2018 http://thecityfix.com/blog/improving-urban-climate-resilience-in-2018-requires-more-data-and-urgency-arianna-flores-corral/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=wricities&utm_campaign=socialmedia

Hurricane-hit Dominica hurries to prepare for next storm season https://www.zilient.org/article/hurricane-hit-dominica-hurries-prepare-next-storm-season

Conceptualising the link between information systems and resilience: A developing country field study http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/isj.12177/abstract

As Paris mops up, warning of more floods in Europe’s future https://phys.org/news/2018-01-paris-mops-europe-future.html

Cities from five continents – Amman, Cape Town, Greater Miami and the Beaches, Hull and Mexico City – have been selected to contribute to the development of a global framework for water resilience https://www.waterbriefing.org/home/water-issues/item/14811-hull-one-of-five-cities-selected-to-develop-global-water-resilience-framework

Stronger measures required in NSW to reduce the risk of fatalities in home fires https://www.fire.nsw.gov.au/news.php?news=2364

Centre of Excellence for Prescribed Burning resources available https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/centre-of-excellence-for-prescribed-burning-resources-available

Report Says Houston Can Learn From Floodplain Buyout Programs In Other Cities https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2018/02/05/265892/report-says-houston-can-learn-from-floodplain-buyout-programs-in-other-cities/

Creating a flood resilient city: Moving from disaster response to disaster resilience in Ibadan http://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/creating-a-flood-resilient-city-moving-from-disaster-response-to-disaster-resilience-in-ibadan?cid=SHR_BlogSiteShare_XX_EXT

Complex picture for likelihood of ENSO-driven flood hazard https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14796

Paris flooding harks back to one of the great breakthroughs in hydrology https://phys.org/news/2018-02-paris-harks-great-breakthroughs-hydrology.html

Common sense flood reforms would save lives, billions of dollars http://www.thetelegraph.com/opinion/117235/op-ed-common-sense-flood-reforms-would-save-lives-billions-of-dollars

What fault caused the M=6.4 Taiwan earthquake? http://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/what-fault-caused-the-m6-4-taiwan-earthquake-6254/

A hydroclimatological approach to predicting regional landslide probability using Landlab https://www.earth-surf-dynam.net/6/49/2018/

A Focus on Resilience After Southern California Fires http://www.resilience.org/stories/2018-02-08/a-focus-on-resilience-after-southern-california-fires/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Giant working model of the Mississippi https://www.fastcodesign.com/90159442/this-giant-working-model-of-the-mississippi-could-help-save-louisiana

Insurance, public assistance and household flood risk reduction: A comparative study of Austria, England and Romania http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/14737/#.WnwpRaOSPG8.twitter

 

Emergency Management

Area-specific flood alerts give residents time to save lives, property https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/article/Area-specific-flood-alerts-give-residents-time-to-12549180.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Localizing Humanitarian Drones: Robotics & Disaster Response https://werobotics.org/blog/2018/02/01/localizing-humanitarian-drones/

Research strengthens Incident Management Team development https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/research-strengthen-imt-development

Annual National Memorial Service for fire and emergency services https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/national-memorial-service-to-recognise-over-400-names

FEMA’s Core Capability Development Sheets identify tools for organizations to sustain or to improve their capabilities to close identified gaps https://www.fema.gov/core-capability-development-sheets

Responding to Peru’s worst floods in 30 years http://ec.europa.eu/echo/field-blogs/videos/responding-perus-worst-floods-30-years_en

City of Elko faces $3.6 million suit over February flooding http://www.kmvt.com/content/news/City-of-Elko-faces-36-million-suit-over-February-flooding-467164453.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Do It Together Toolkit for Building Urban Community Resilience http://i-s-e-t.org/resources/training/do-it-together-toolkit-for-building-urban-community-resilience.html

Which fault line do I live on? A guide to the major Bay Area faults http://www.sfgate.com/local/article/Bay-Area-fault-line-San-Andreas-Fault-Hayward-12530797.php

The Environment Agency has launched a new series of short films to help north east communities be better prepared for flooding https://www.gov.uk/government/news/communities-urged-to-log-on-for-new-flood-films

A cycle of prediction, comparison, and feedback supports spatial learning in geoscience https://eos.org/features/learning-to-form-accurate-mental-models

A virtual river valley showing the devastation of flash flooding https://sourceforge.net/projects/flash-flood/

Virginia Tech students help develop flood strategies in Hampton http://www.dailypress.com/news/science/dp-nws-student-flooding-hampton-20180201-story.html

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Making use of the overwhelming amounts of imagery content on social media within minutes of a potential disaster hitting http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/IDy29rzmwwGQvqDiztWb/full

 

Disaster psychology

 

Psychosocial aspects of the Grenfell Fire disaster https://www.newyorker.com/culture/2017-in-review/the-year-the-grenfell-tower-fire-revealed-the-lie-that-londoners-tell-themselves

How do children recover from disasters? https://www.newsy.com/stories/how-do-you-help-children-recover-from-natural-disasters/

How to deal with victim confrontation and stress https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/how-to-deal-victim-confrontation-stress-emergency-services-health

 

Sociology and Disasters

An Assessment of the Effects of Social Connections on the Decision to Evacuate https://hazards.colorado.edu/quickreport/evacuation-behavior-measured-during-an-evacuation-order

Social attachment shapes emergency responses: Evidence from a postfire study http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/sbp/sbp/2018/00000046/00000001/art00012

Individuals and families who are homeless are among the most vulnerable to disasters https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/preparing-the-whole-community-including-homelessness-in-disaster-planning

Enhancing Flood Resilience through Livelihood adaptation https://practicalaction.org/blog/programmes/markets-and-livelihoods/enhancing-flood-resilience-through-livelihood-adaptation/

Disaster Citizenship: Survivors, Solidarity, and Power in the Progressive Era https://academic.oup.com/ahr/article-abstract/123/1/243/4840318?redirectedFrom=fulltext

In poorer neighborhoods, no recovery yet from Matthew http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20180127/in-poorer-neighborhoods-no-recovery-yet-from-matthew?platform=hootsuite