Today in disaster resilience (24 August 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Flash floods in Spain https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1004879/spain-weather-costa-blanca-floods-alacante-Benidorm-storm-ernesto-rain-heatwave

Shallow M6.9 earthquake hits Lombok https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us1000gda5#executive

Emergency bushfire warnings issued in NSW after strong winds stoke Newcastle inferno https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/nsw/2018/08/18/emergency-bushfire-warnings-nsw/

Nine killed, 3.5 million affected as Typhoon “Rumbia” wreaks havoc across central and eastern China https://watchers.news/2018/08/19/nine-killed-3-5-million-affected-as-typhoon-rumbia-wreaks-havoc-across-central-and-eastern-china/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

B.C. declares state of emergency as nearly 600 wildfires burn across the province, Canada https://watchers.news/2018/08/15/b-c-declares-state-of-emergency-as-nearly-600-wildfires-burn-across-the-province-canada/

Flooding in southern Indian state kills more than 350, displaces 800,000 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-19/india-floods-in-kerala-kill-hundreds-and-displace-800000/10137934

M8.2 Fiji earthquake – a rare big, deep quake for the South Pacific https://www.geonet.org.nz/news/44iu2m8JXiCguqoyyiYEyO

Niger – Floods and Rain Leave 19 Dead and 65,000 Affected http://floodlist.com/africa/niger-floods-july-august-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Record rainfall kills 1; leaves Madison region swamped https://madison.com/wsj/weather/man-lost-in-flooding-on-madison-s-far-west-side/article_352c4985-7047-5b46-8bde-220e2d3f9bbe.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Fires in Oregon and California Grow in Size and Intensity https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2018/fires-in-oregon-and-california-grow-in-size-and-intensity

M 7.3 – 20km NNW of Yaguaraparo, Venezuela https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us1000gez7#executive

South East Asia – Floods Affect 130,000 After Tropical Storm Bebinca http://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-vietnam-laos-storm-bebinca-august-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Crews recover body of man swept away in Wisconsin flooding https://uk.news.yahoo.com/divers-rescuers-hunt-man-missing-wisconsin-floods-115938339.html

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Vanuatu https://watchers.news/2018/08/22/strong-and-shallow-m6-5-earthquake-hits-vanuatu/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

10 people killed after flash flood hits Raganello gorge in southern Italy’s Calabria https://watchers.news/2018/08/21/10-people-killed-after-flash-flood-hits-raganello-gorge-in-southern-italy-s-calabria/

Floods in India’s Kerala state claim 383 lives, destroy tens of thousands of homes https://globalnews.ca/news/4402895/kerala-india-floods/

Widespread flooding leaves 46 dead, 97 missing in Laos: report http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-08/22/c_137409616.htm

Kauai Keeps a Wary Eye on Storm’s Approach http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Kauai-Keeps-a-Wary-Eye-on-Storms-Approach.html

Landslides, flash floods hit Phang Nga http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30352790?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hawaii bracing for damaging winds, catastrophic flooding as Hurricane Lane approaches https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/hawaii-may-face-direct-hit-serious-damage-from-hurricane-lane-to-end-this-week/70005829

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Aug 2018: Etna volcano, Krakatau, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/70274/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Aug-2018-Etna-volcano-Krakatau-Semeru-Dukono-Reventador-Sakuraj.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Doomsday scenarios are as harmful as climate change denial https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/doomsday-scenarios-are-as-harmful-as-climate-change-denial/2017/07/12/880ed002-6714-11e7-a1d7-9a32c91c6f40_story.html?utm_term=.7766007d9ccd

The summer we woke up to the health impact of climate change https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2018/08/17/the-summer-we-woke-up-to-the-health-impact-of-climate-change/

Renewable Energy Could “Effectively Be Free” by 2030, Says UBS Analyst https://www.inverse.com/article/48017-by-2030-renewable-energy-costs-will-be-effectively-zero-says-ubs-researcher

A rough 1st-order comparison of the magnitude of contemporary global warming to estimates of past climate change https://patricktbrown.org/2018/08/19/contemporary-global-warming-placed-in-geological-context/

Climate change will drive thousands to emergency room in U.S. for heat illness https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2018/08/07/new-study-predicts-warming-climate-will-drive-thousands-to-er-for-heat-illness/

Climate Resilience Working Paper #2- Developing Indicators of Urban Climate Resilience https://www.i-s-e-t.org/resource-resilience-working-paper-2

Think the Paris CO2 target is hard? You ain’t seen nothing yet https://www.afr.com/news/think-the-paris-co2-target-is-hard-you-aint-seen-nothing-yet-20180818-h145sx

Biased Estimates of Changes in Climate Extremes From Prescribed SST Simulations https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2018GL079176

As the Arctic Heats Up, Summer Weather Is Lingering in Place https://e360.yale.edu/digest/as-the-arctic-heats-up-summer-weather-is-getting-stuck-in-place

Majority of UK public want to install solar panels, poll finds https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/aug/20/majority-of-uk-public-want-to-install-solar-panels-poll-finds

NSW declared 100% in drought as farmers fear relief package ‘too late’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/08/nsw-declared-100-in-drought-as-farmers-fear-relief-package-too-late

What Lies Beneath is the inside story of how climate policy-making has become embedded in a culture of failure and scientific reticence https://www.breakthroughonline.org.au/publications

Researchers no longer hesitate to blame climate change for floods, fires and heat waves. Here’s how the science works https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/global-warming-can-make-extreme-weather-worse-now-scientists-can-n901751

Estimating Recent Local Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on Current Real-Estate Losses: A Housing Market Case Study in Miami-Dade, Florida https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11113-018-9473-5

9 ways we know humans triggered climate change https://www.edf.org/climate/9-ways-we-know-humans-triggered-climate-change?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=edf_none_upd_dmt&utm_medium=social-media&utm_id=1534790519&utm_content=annie

Project to explore localised warnings on killer heatwaves https://www.governmentnews.com.au/project-to-explore-localised-warnings-on-killer-heatwaves/

Modeling rivers’ reactions to a warming world https://www.wired.com/story/think-rivers-are-dangerous-now-just-wait/amp?__twitter_impression=true

Heatwaves, wildfires and floods being caused by ‘stalling’ weather system phenomenon triggered by climate change, study finds https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/weather-heatwaves-wildfires-floods-climate-change-global-warming-jet-stream-arctic-a8499291.html

The influence of Arctic amplification on mid-latitude summer circulation https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-05256-8

Take unprecedented action or bear the consequences, says eminent scientist and advisor https://www.climatecodered.org/2018/08/take-unprecedented-action-or-bear.html

Drought, wind and heat: when fire seasons start earlier and last longer https://theconversation.com/drought-wind-and-heat-when-fire-seasons-start-earlier-and-last-longer-101663

Adapt to more wildfire in western North American forests as climate changes https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28416662

Climate Change, Young Women and Girls https://plan-international.org/publication/climate-change-girls-thailand#

Australia burns while politicians fiddle with the leadership https://theconversation.com/australia-burns-while-politicians-fiddle-with-the-leadership-101905?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Australia pulls out of climate change targets agreed at Paris conference https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/australia-climate-change-malcolm-turnbull-prime-minister-leadership-a8499366.html

New satellite images show parts of the Arctic that used to never thaw are now melting https://qz.com/1366826/parts-of-the-arctic-that-used-to-never-thaw-are-now-melting/

Some Arctic Ground No Longer Freezing—Even in Winter https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/08/news-arctic-permafrost-may-thaw-faster-than-expected/

Rising seas will displace millions of people – and Australia must be ready https://theconversation.com/rising-seas-will-displace-millions-of-people-and-australia-must-be-ready-101906?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Handbook for District Collectors on Climate Resilient – Disaster Risk Reduction https://www.i-s-e-t.org/resource-handbook-for-district

‘Absolutely daft’: How did we end up getting climate policy so wrong? https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/absolutely-daft-how-did-we-end-getting-climate-policy-so-wrong-20180823-p4zz83.html

Annual global temperatures from 1850-2017 http://www.climate-lab-book.ac.uk/2018/warming-stripes/

As the seas have been rising, home values have been sinking https://assets.floodiq.com/2018/07/ee94ac7b8efe808e9312fa34048e77f6-First-Street-Foundation-As-the-seas-have-been-rising-home-values-have-been-sinking.pdf

 

Disaster risk reduction

European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction https://www.unisdr.org/conference/2018/efdrr

Laos tragedy prompts questions about future dam construction in SE Asia http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/big_read/30352407#.W3jGna4FzUg.twitter

Science Says: Hotter weather turbocharges US West wildfires https://apnews.com/60cb625542184d58addf9bb774eb3514/Science-Says:-‘The-warmer-it-is,-the-more-fire-we-see?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP

World’s first wind-mapping satellite set to launch https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05976-3

A look back at New Orleans’ 300-year-long drainage drama https://www.nola.com/expo/life-and-culture/erry-2018/08/790f1ed00f4886/a-year-after-the-aug-5-flood-a.html

Global bimodal precipitation seasonality: A systematic overview https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/joc.5786

Why is Raspberry Pi perfect for building flood resilience? https://floodresilience.net/blogs/why-raspberry-pi-is-perfect-for-building-flood-resilience

Preventing natural hazards from becoming societal disasters https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uota-pnh080218.php

How can Bangladesh increase its resilience to disasters through data sharing? http://blogs.worldbank.org/endpovertyinsouthasia/how-can-bangladesh-increase-its-resilience-disasters-through-better-informed-policies-and-programs

Why most states in India are less than half prepared to deal with floods https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/why-most-states-are-less-than-half-prepared-to-deal-with-floods/articleshow/65468696.cms

Can we keep rebuilding in the line of wildfires? https://earther.gizmodo.com/can-we-afford-to-keep-rebuilding-in-the-line-of-wildfir-1828467429?IR=T

While Kerala Is Recovering From Unprecedented Flood Disaster, Will It Be Cauvery Or Krishna Basin Next? https://sandrp.in/2018/08/20/drp-news-bulletin-20-august-2018-while-kerala-is-recovering-from-unprecedented-flood-disaster-will-it-be-cauvery-or-krishna-basin-next/

‘Gradual dam water release could have contained Kerala flood crisis’ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/gradual-dam-water-release-could-have-contained-crisis/articleshow/65436339.cms

Dynamic viability of the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake cascade on weak crustal faults https://eartharxiv.org/aed4b/

One Year Later: What We’ve Learned Since Harvey https://kinder.rice.edu/2018/08/19/one-year-later-what-weve-learned-harvey

Recognizing Women Leaders in Fire Science http://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/1/2/30

Developing a global operational seasonal hydro-meteorological forecasting system: GloFAS-Seasonal v1.0 https://www.geosci-model-dev.net/11/3327/2018/

Is Dredging a Solution to Flooding Problems? http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Is-Dredging-a-Solution-to-Flooding-Problems.html

Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown must tackle deforestation, poor housing and decrepit drainage if it is to prevent the next disaster http://news.trust.org//item/20180813235952-l24vn/

Why the Kerala floods proved so deadly https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45243868

Constraining coupled hydrological-hydraulic flood model by past storm events and post-event measurements in data-sparse regions https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022169418306048

Cumbria Flood Resilience Showcase Project http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=a56b3613-b7cb-4bc7-9141-48e0b04d3712

India ignored warnings of Kerala flood disaster: experts http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6082399/India-ignored-warnings-Kerala-flood-disaster-experts.html

Landslide shape, ellipticity and length‐to‐width ratios https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/esp.4479

Arundhati Roy on the Kerala floods https://english.manoramaonline.com/news/columns/straight-talk/2018/08/21/arundhati-roy-article-on-kerala-floods.html

A milestone for forecasting earthquake hazards https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180822141037.htm

Kerala shows the risk of severe floods is still evolving https://theconversation.com/kerala-shows-the-risk-of-severe-floods-is-still-evolving-101880

NASA captures monsoon rains bringing flooding to India https://phys.org/news/2018-08-nasa-captures-monsoon-india.html

Operational eruption forecasting at high-risk volcanoes: the case of Campi Flegrei, Naples https://appliedvolc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/2191-5040-1-5

Understanding Niamey’s flood risk through open source mapping, drones, and modeling http://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/understanding-niameys-flood-risk-through-open-source-mapping-drones-and-modeling

Lombok earthquakes: different building designs could lessen future damage https://sciblogs.co.nz/guestwork/2018/08/21/lombok-earthquakes-different-building-designs-could-lessen-future-damage/

Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation Planning: Tools for Prioritizing Potential Solutions https://www.i-s-e-t.org/resource-climate-smart-development

Landslides triggered by human activity on the rise, study shows https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/landslide-study-petley-froude-1.799171

Global fatal landslide occurrence from 2004 to 2016 https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/18/2161/2018/

Societies with high protection levels show no significant changes in human proximity to rivers and continue to rely heavily on structural measures, reinforcing flood protection and quickly resettling in flood-prone areas after a flooding event http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/8/eaar5779

Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan are in advanced stages of disaster risk reduction strategy development https://www.unisdr.org/archive/60137

Alignment of country efforts under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction http://napglobalnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/napgn-en-2018-alignment-to-advance-climate-resilient-development.pdf

Study: Coastal Georgia homes lost $15.3 million value due to flooding https://politics.myajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/study-coastal-georgia-homes-lost-million-value-due-flooding/tIh9Q5kSuBkQZ2VlSfOgEK/

A year after Hurricane Harvey, some Texans are using outdated flood risk maps to rebuild https://theconversation.com/a-year-after-hurricane-harvey-some-texans-are-using-outdated-flood-risk-maps-to-rebuild-99178

Deploying chartered drones to provide detailed insights into flooding and damage https://www.geospatial-insight.com/resources/case-studies/uk-floods/

Nearly 100% of US commercial policyholders with business incomes of less than US$ 250,000 have no flood insurance coverage at all https://www.munichre.com/topics-online/en/2018/08/flood-usa

A New Approach to Flood Mapping https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/arcnews/a-new-approach-to-flood-mapping/

 

Emergency Management

Oxfam responds to Kerala floods https://reliefweb.int/report/india/oxfam-responds-kerala-floods

Hundreds dead in Indian flood disaster https://amp.news.com.au/world/asia/hundreds-dead-in-indian-flood-disaster/news-story/420f1ccbc0887d76954871a6384059ab

‘We’ve been warned’: Swelling Northern Hemisphere heatwaves bring unprecedented fires http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-19/northern-hemisphere-heat-brings-unprecedented-bushfires/10134490

Pilot fighting fire views his own destroyed house https://www.newsweek.com/carr-fire-first-lead-pilot-working-flames-lost-his-own-home-california-1078758

Massive ‘Fire Tornado’ Revealed In Footage Released By Officials https://www.npr.org/2018/08/17/639530730/watch-massive-fire-tornado-revealed-in-footage-released-by-officials?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180817

Carr Fire Fatality Report https://drive.google.com/file/d/177gelZFHdYwH8BXRe1t7dRGAM0C68k7r/view

Laos dam collapse: survivors tell devastating tales as blame shifts to government’s aggressive growth model https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2159945/laos-dam-collapse-survivors-tell-devastating

Disaster Planning: Infant and Child Feeding https://www.cdc.gov/features/disasters-infant-feeding/index.html

Utah 2018 wildfires destroy the most structures in past 15 years https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900028664/utah-2018-wildfires-destroy-the-most-structures-in-past-15-years.html

Disaster Recoveries Typically Hampered by a Lack of Data http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Disaster-Recoveries-Typically-Hampered-by-a-Lack-of-Data.html

Pilot dies in waterbombing helicopter crash on NSW south coast http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-17/waterbombing-helicopter-crash-nsw-south-coast-woodstock/10133264

India’s flood-hit Kerala faces huge clean-up, fear of disease https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/indias-flood-hit-kerala-faces-huge-clean-up-fear-of-disease-3439172

More than a million people in India flood relief camps https://www.gulf-times.com/story/603486/More-than-a-million-people-in-India-flood-relief-c

Countless stories of selfless gestures were recorded from the flood-hit state https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/heroes-kerala-deserves-individuals-who-shone-during-kerala-floods-87012

Laos – Scientists Deploy Damage Assessment Tool in Flood Relief Efforts http://floodlist.com/asia/laos-scientists-deploy-damage-assessment-tool-flood-relief-efforts?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

India to ‘politely’ reject foreign aid for Kerala flooding crisis https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kerala-floods-inida-aid-reject-international-help-dead-rescue-rebuild-a8502406.html

Firefighters on Mendocino, Calif., Complex Endangered by Verizon Move to Limit Data Service, Fire Chief Says http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Firefighters-on-Mendocino-Complex-Endangered-by-Verizon-Move-to-Limit-Data-Service-Fire-Chief-says.html

A Year After Harvey, Some Texans Are Still Suffering, Survey Finds https://www.kff.org/other/press-release/one-year-after-hurricane-harvey-3-in-10-texas-gulf-coast-residents-say-lives-remain-disrupted/

Catastrophic floods can trigger human resettlement away from rivers https://phys.org/news/2018-08-catastrophic-trigger-human-resettlement-rivers.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Latest articles in the journal ‘Disasters’ https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/14677717/0/0

Flood map for planning https://flood-map-for-planning.service.gov.uk/

Calderdale flood network – river monitoring live feed now available http://slowtheflow.net/elementor-1998/

College student creates documentary on victims impacted by hurricanes https://weartv.com/news/local/college-student-creates-documentary-on-victims-impacted-by-hurricanes?platform=hootsuite

NWS TsunamiReady® Program https://www.weather.gov/tsunamiready/

National bravery awards have been announced for two Aboriginal men who rescued 68 people from the flooded NSW town of Gundagai in 1852 https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2018/08/20/wiradjuri-heroes-honoured-posthumous-awards-flood-rescues

100-year flood according to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100-year_flood

From tree spotters to beach brigades: a golden age of citizen science https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2018/0719/From-tree-spotters-to-beach-brigades-a-golden-age-of-citizen-science

How does the law stand with regard to flooding in England & Wales? http://www.lawplainandsimple.com/legal-guides/article/how-does-the-law-stand-with-regard-to-flooding-in-england-and-wales

Play new Earth Arcade game to answer how do we make flooding less damaging? https://seriousgeogames.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/the-earth-arcade-its-game-on-for-solving-environmental-issues-eartharcade-gameon/

Students being trained on disaster risk reduction https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/students-being-trained-on-disaster-risk-reduction/

Storm Surge Visualization https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6W_20bwqWo&feature=youtu.be

Landslide Preparedness https://landslides.usgs.gov/learn/prepare.php

 

Social Media and Emergencies

Indians from different parts of the country are using social media to help people stranded in the flood-hit southern state of Kerala https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45218556

The use of social media for news has started to fall in a number of key markets – after years of continuous growth http://www.digitalnewsreport.org/

“Social media analysis provides fast and relevant information during emergencies” http://www.i-react.eu/a-tweet-can-save-lives/

 

Psychology and Disasters

After Nate, Costa Rica looks to measure mental health damage too https://www.reuters.com/article/us-costa-rica-climatechange-mentalhealth/after-nate-costa-rica-looks-to-measure-mental-health-damage-too-idUSKBN1L114J?platform=hootsuite

Study finds evidence that ‘trigger warnings’ can be psychologically harmful https://www.psypost.org/2018/08/study-finds-evidence-that-trigger-warnings-can-be-psychologically-harmful-52007

Predicting self-evacuation in Australian bushfire https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17477891.2018.1512468?journalCode=tenh20

 

Sociology and Disasters

Community Participation to Build Back Better: Evidence from the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327077647_Community_Participation_to_Build_Back_Better_Evidence_from_the_2015_Nepal_Earthquakes

Social ties are the engine of resilience https://works.bepress.com/daniel_aldrich/44/

Aerial photos reveal the stark divide between rich and poor https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-45257901

Natural disasters widen racial wealth gap https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180820164234.htm

Damages Done: The Longitudinal Impacts of Natural Hazards on Wealth Inequality in the United States https://academic.oup.com/socpro/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/socpro/spy016/5074453?redirectedFrom=fulltext

“Social components of disaster preparedness and response…are far more important factors in determining whether or not a community will recover successfully from a natural disaster” https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/lets-strengthen-our-community-lucy-jones-on-the-big-socal-shakeout/#!

“Human settlements are clustered near the outlets of major river basins, with settlement density decreasing exponentially with distance upstream” https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2017EF000746#.W33q6Z9gNPw.twitter

Mosque gives shelter to Hindu families displaced by Kerala floods https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/mosque-gives-shelter-to-hindu-families-displaced-by-kerala-floods/story-yPsVL0k74ik1upcUXx4zoN.html

 

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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