Today in disaster resilience (8 December 2017)

Disaster

Please find below links to some recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Summer in Tasmania brings torrential rain to dry east coast, snowfalls in Central Highlands http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-03/welcome-to-summer-in-tasmania-its-snowing-again/9221090

Sri Lanka – Floods, Rain and Strong Winds Leave 13 Dead and 5,000 Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-cyclone-ockhi-december-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Indonesia: At least 20 killed, 5 missing in landslides, floods https://article.wn.com/view/2017/12/03/Indonesia_At_least_20_killed_5_missing_in_landslides_floods/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Flooding in Northern and Central Albania http://copernicus.eu/news/copernicus-ems-rapid-mapping-activated-floods-albania

Terrawatch: the reawakening of Öræfajökull https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/03/terrawatch-iceland-volcano-oraefajokull-agung?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Homes Flooded in North Eastern Victoria After Record Rain http://floodlist.com/australia/australia-homes-flooded-in-victoria-after-record-rain?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Dramatic Trang River bank collapse hits homes https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1371803/dramatic-trang-river-bank-collapse-hits-homes Ventura County wildfire rages over 45,500 acres, destroys more than 150 structures; 27,000 flee http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-school-fire-20171204-story.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Dec 2017: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Klyuchevskoy, Shiveluch, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/66431/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-6-Dec-2017-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Klyuchevskoy-Shiveluch-Dukono-Re.html

Flooding again in Albania? http://www.albaniannews.com/index.php?idm=17117&mod=2&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

New Zealand considers creating climate change refugee visas https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/31/new-zealand-considers-creating-climate-change-refugee-visas?utm_content=buffer93ede&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Scoping for the Operation of Agile Urban Adaptation for Secondary Cities of the Global South: Possibilities in Pune, India http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/9/12/939

Extremes and Weather: Exploring Connections with Human Health http://www.weathernationtv.com/news/extremes-weather-exploring-connections-human-health/#.WiMF_ea6fG0.twitter

Our scorching sea: Marine heatwave unfolding as hot temperatures continue https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/99491972/week-starts-with-a-scorcher-warm-weather-settled-in

Internet Blogs, Polar Bears, and Climate-Change Denial by Proxy https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article/doi/10.1093/biosci/bix133/4644513

Unusual hot spell for Victoria and Tasmania driven by warm seas, stable systems http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/unusual-hot-spell-for-victoria-and-tasmania-driven-by-warm-seas-stable-systems-20171203-gzxzwf.html

Credit Rating Agency Issues Warning On Climate Change To Cities https://www.npr.org/2017/12/01/567843604/credit-rating-agency-issues-warning-on-climate-change-to-cities

How can climate risk insurance be linked with other forms of social protection to help vulnerable communities absorb climate impacts? https://www.climatecolab.org/contests/2017/absorbing-climate-impacts

UK weather: Could La Niña phenomenon deliver Britain a record freezing winter? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/la-ni-a-uk-weather-winter-record-met-office-could-what-is-polar-vortex-a8088501.html

U.S. Disbands Group That Prepared Cities for Climate Shocks https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-04/trump-disbands-group-meant-to-prepare-cities-for-climate-shocks

With sea-level rise, waterfront owners confront their options https://www.eopugetsound.org/magazine/is/slr

New maps of climate opinions by political party http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/new-maps-climate-opinions-political-party/

November 2017 extended the spell of exceptional global warmth that has now lasted since mid-2015 https://climate.copernicus.eu/resources/data-analysis/average-surface-air-temperature-analysis/monthly-maps/surface-air-3

“Apocalyptic” Melting Transpires in Antarctica as Earth Wraps Up a Scorching Year http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/42777-pollution-and-diseases-wreak-havoc-in-a-scorching-year-with-apocalyptic-melting-in-antarctica

13,000 U.S. Archaeology Sites To Be Flooded by Rising Seas https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/thousands-of-united-states-archaeological-sites-to-be-flooded-by-rising-seas-spd/

The sleeping ice giants of Antarctica are stirring. Will we wake up before they devour us? https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/mark-kernan/Myth-and-dystopia-in-the-Anthropocene

These are the tipping points that will push us into climate disaster https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/11/are-we-reaching-our-climate-change-tipping-points

While Southern California battles its wildfires, we have to start preparing for our hotter, drier future http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-ventura-sylmar-wildfires-20171205-story.html?platform=hootsuite

To forecast sea level rise, a flotilla of robot subs must map the unseen bottom of a melting ice shelf—if they are not sunk by it https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ice-diving-drones-embark-on-risky-antarctic-mission/

 

 

Disaster risk reduction

“The 100-year line is too arbitrary for comfort” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/02/us/houston-flood-zone-hurricane-harvey.html?smid=tw-nytclimate&smtyp=cur

Lawmakers Skeptical of Trump’s $12 Billion Plan to Prevent Flooding https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-01/trump-s-12-billion-plan-to-prevent-flooding-opposed-in-congress

Fixing the broken National Flood Insurance Program http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20171202/fixing-broken-national-flood-insurance-program

How to break the cycle of repeated flooding https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/climate-smart-flood-insurance-ib.pdf

“A dollar spent on mitigation saves society on average $4” http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.nibs.org/resource/resmgr/MMC/hms_vol1.pdf

USGS on Fire: It’s not a matter of “if,” it’s a matter of “more fire science data please!” https://www.usgs.gov/news/usgs-fire-it-s-not-a-matter-if-it-s-a-matter-more-fire-science-data-please?qt-news_science_products=1#qt-news_science_products

Putting Disaster Risk Into Adaptation Plans http://www.unisdr.org/archive/56107

Do weak global stresses synchronize earthquakes? http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017GL074934/abstract

Resiliency Plan of the Year: Resilient Boston https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/resiliency-plan-of-the-year-resilient-boston/510151/

Almaty sits on a huge active fault, and here is why we know http://paleoseismicity.org/almaty-sits-on-a-huge-active-fault-and-here-is-why-we-know/

Modeling Volcanic Mudflow Travel Time with ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Network Analyst http://www.esri.com/esri-news/arcuser/fall-2017/modeling-volcanic-mudflow-travel-time

Damage to vulnerable infrastructure caused by climate hazards could triple by the 2020s and rise over ten-fold by the end of the century http://floodlist.com/europe/vulnerable-infrastructure-at-risk-from-climate?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Two years on from the December 2015 flooding that hit the North of England http://www.newground.co.uk/news-events-media/knowledge-centre/two-years-on-from-the-december-2015-flooding/

An innovative cloud based platform as a service solution for the Goulburn Broken CMA using HydroNET http://watertech.com.au/news/webinars/?utm_content=buffer5803e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

By spring 2020 we aim to have 100% LIDAR coverage of England https://environment.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Styler/index.html?appid=09b15081af4f48e8a2bb6415a830c1f2

This Year’s Hurricane Season Was Intense. Is It A Taste Of The Future? http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Thousands-Still-Await-Clean-Water-After-Harvey.html

Our thirst for drinking water is causing severe subsidence in many areas around the world, putting them at risk of flooding http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20171130-the-ambitious-plan-to-stop-the-ground-from-sinking?ocid=ww.social.link.twitter

The decision of Europe to rely on weather forecasts for wildfire prediction https://www.ecmwf.int/en/about/media-centre/science-blog/2017/wildfires-hazard-no-other

The lack of adequate infrastructure that can defend against the impacts of floods, sea level rise, landslides or earthquakes https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/lets-make-deal-resilient-cities

These half-million-dollar floating villas can withstand Category 4 hurricanes http://www.businessinsider.sg/waterstudio-is-building-floating-villas-in-the-netherlands-2017-12/

Space technologies key to risk reduction http://www.unisdr.org/archive/56167

People like living in hazard zones https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/people-love-to-live-in-places-that-are-at-risk-for-disasters-and-this-is-what-happens/2017/10/15/ba50ed38-b03f-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.21777cd3d38a

Rising Waters: Can a Massive Barrier Save Venice from Drowning? http://e360.yale.edu/features/rising-waters-can-a-massive-sea-barrier-save-venice-from-drowning

Boston Barrier flood defence gets the green light https://www.gov.uk/government/news/boston-barrier-flood-defence-gets-the-green-light

Towards a flood delta city index http://www.delta-alliance.org/nl/25222819-%5Blinkpage%5D.html?location=-792208859356054,10885393,true,true

Supporting the uptake of low cost resilience for properties at risk of flooding http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/32994/

A Global Outlook on Disaster Science Report https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/538091/ElsevierDisasterScienceReport-PDF.pdf

You’ll never guess where homes are the most at-risk for flooding https://therealdeal.com/2017/12/03/youll-never-guess-where-homes-are-the-most-at-risk-for-flooding/

A wave of tsunami modellers descends on Canberra http://www.ga.gov.au/news-events/news/latest-news/a-wave-of-tsunami-modellers-descends-on-canberra?utm_source=2017-promotion&utm_medium=Tsunami-Workshop-News&utm_content=ga-twitter&utm_campaign=News-Highlights

Catastrophe losses triple for P&C insurers in 2017, Fitch Ratings reports http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2017/12/06/catastrophe-losses-triple-for-pc-insurers-in-2017?eNL=5a28322a140ba01e1e9c9d21&utm_content=buffer363db&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Slow slips are silent earthquakes that occur below the Earth’s surface over a large area, unlike traditional earthquakes we feel that occur in a relatively small region https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/videos/1756-slow-slip-event-an-animation

Why shrinking glaciers could mean more volcanic eruptions https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21731814-volcanology-and-glaciology-why-shrinking-glaciers-could-mean-more-volcanic?fsrc=scn/tw/te/rfd/pe

Reviewing and visualizing the interactions of natural hazards http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2013RG000445/full

More than 900 drains in York are permanently blocked – adding to flood risk https://www.yorkmix.com/life/revealed-900-drains-york-permanently-blocked-adding-flood-risk/

 

Emergency Management

 

Over 200,000 Puerto Ricans have arrived in Florida since Hurricane https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/over-200-000-puerto-ricans-have-arrived-florida-hurricane-maria-n825111?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ltMaria

75 days after Maria, this is life in St. Croix https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/12/03/us/us-virgin-islands-maria-recovery-trnd/index.html

5 steps to overcoming volunteer firefighter recruitment obstacles https://www.firechief.com/2017/11/06/5-steps-to-overcoming-volunteer-firefighter-recruitment-obstacles/

New fire trucks not yet ordered to replace ageing, dangerous vehicles, union warns http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-01/old-trucks-hoses-put-firefighters-in-danger-tas-union-warns/9213562

Victorian Premier defends flood warning language and predictions http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5096648/premier-defends-storm-warnings-taken-to-extremities/?cs=48&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

New data shows hurricane deaths in Puerto Rico could be 20 times higher than the government claims https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/29/16623926/puerto-rico-death-toll-hurricane-maria-count

Top Emergency Management Official: Hit the ‘Reset Button’ on Disaster Recovery Roles http://www.routefifty.com/public-safety/2017/11/fema-brock-long-congress/144205/

Queensland floods: Dam engineers ‘bet against’ BOM rain forecasts, class action hearing told http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-04/2011-flood-class-action-begins-against-government-dam-operators/9223624

Quake warnings, seismic culture http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6367/1111

Cross-border agencies join in joint disaster response exercise https://www.discoverferndale.com/cross-border-agencies-join-joint-disaster-response-exercise_71118/

What happens if Mount Baker erupts? Local emergency responders are prepared http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article184033411.html

 

Long-term recovery narratives after natural disasters https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1007/s10113-017-1260-z?author_access_token=syAc6M9P8ib-T85D_-y-mfe4RwlQNchNByi7wbcMAY4ZMNZYPtSF3ZrF_cHc2YCipP4bp1n5Sko4gybkreypPq1YLwUwX6GCD0dVw4W1HUHkWsVGNp7a-XRcDruiEVO6CuxF8ZoGPB6N-ZS5_2RpCQ%3D%3D

Struggling to bounce back after Harvey’s 50-plus inches swamped water systems, subdivisions and mobile home parks across southeast Texas http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Thousands-Still-Await-Clean-Water-After-Harvey.html

Safety risk: waste facilities not prepared to battle fire outbreaks at Victorian centres http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/safety-risk-waste-facilities-not-prepared-to-battle-fire-outbreaks-at-victorian-centres/news-story/92e56e5e3cb683c3d5a5381e63663bd2?csp=6b069891508b7db486a7695f0b27d517

The Walking Forward Disaster Relief Team provides a secure database networking system for Equine and Pet owners across Australia https://www.tepscon.community/aboutNEDTwo years on: £70m spend on Storm Desmond repairs https://www.cumbriacrack.com/two-years-70m-spend-storm-desmond-repairs/

Fort McMurray region acts on lessons learned from 2016 wildfire http://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4402496

Public Health in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria https://www.kff.org/report-section/public-health-in-puerto-rico-after-hurricane-maria-9123-issue-brief/

2017 US National Preparedness Report https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=806107

How the Internet of Things Can Prepare Cities for Natural Disasters https://hbr.org/2017/12/how-the-internet-of-things-can-prepare-cities-for-natural-disasters

Post-event review of flooding in Peru http://blog.i-s-e-t.org/2017-flooding-in-peru-identifying-effective-disaster-risk-management-and-resilience-efforts-through-a-post-event-review/

FEMA Staffers Told They Might Be Billed for Working Too Much https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-05/fema-tells-staffers-they-might-get-billed-for-working-too-much

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

 

Selecting a quality publisher https://royalsociety.org.nz/what-we-do/research-practice/publishing-guidance/

What is at the heart of the rise of citizen science? https://medium.com/@kellygibbs/why-do-people-want-to-be-scientists-7cb7e550b6e5

The Fire Learning Trail https://fireadaptednetwork.org/fire-learning-trail-interview-jenifer-bunty/

Facilitating two-way public communication in crisis and disaster management https://www.crisis-response.com/comment/blogpost.php?post=366

You should never drive into floodwater – some roads are more deadly than others https://theconversation.com/you-should-never-drive-into-floodwater-some-roads-are-more-deadly-than-others-88551

The public understood the potential dangers from storm surge and took the appropriate steps to stay safe http://www.noaa.gov/news/new-storm-surge-watches-and-warnings-saved-lives

Children who were directly affected by flooding proposed a series of measures that they felt should be taken to improve flood resilience in homes, communities, schools and wider society http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cyp-floodrecovery/outputs/

Creating maps in a more open way can generate valuable opportunities to engage with communities in more creative policy-making regarding the threats they face and how they can respond http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tran.12227/epdf

Community engagement and accountability in emergency management: Good practices from around the world http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56095

Strengthening community resilience through peer-to-peer learning http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56112

‘Learning for resilience’: Developing community capital through flood action groups in urban flood risk settings with lower social capital http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917303138

The amount of political information communicated decreases as the number of people in the chain increases. Furthermore, the information is increasingly distorted as the length of the chain increases http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/694767

Flood Snakes & Ladders http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cyp-floodrecovery/what-weve-produced/flood-snakes-and-ladders/

Effective flood early warning systems should be people-centered http://www.floodresilience.net/how-to-build-an-early-warning-system

 

Social media and emergency management

 

Tools that can be used to create network graphs of Twitter data https://wasimahmed.org/2015/06/14/tools-that-can-be-used-to-create-network-graphs-of-twitter-data/

One graph shows how morally outraged tweets stay within their political bubble https://qz.com/1024117/one-visualization-shows-how-morally-outraged-tweets-stay-within-their-political-bubble/

Social media can be used for identifying potential risks through environmental scanning activities, such as identifying real-time events such as a flood and communicating safety information https://www.crisis-response.com/comment/blogpost.php?post=366

Articles published in journals with any sort of Twitter presence receive more citations than those published in journals with no Twitter presence http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2017/12/04/academic-journals-with-a-presence-on-twitter-are-more-widely-disseminated-and-receive-a-higher-number-of-citations/

Social media tools are “democratizing” disaster response efforts, allowing people to communicate more easily with first responders http://www.rmmagazine.com/2017/12/01/technology-to-the-rescue/

The ‘poetic and whimsical’ tweets of the crisis manager handling Bali’s erupting Mt Agung volcano http://www.smh.com.au/world/the-crisis-manager-handling-balis-mt-agung-eruption-one-tweet-at-a-time-20171206-gzzw17.html

 

Disaster psychology

 

Planned and ultimate actions of horse owners facing a bushfire threat: Implications for natural disaster preparedness and survivability http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917303369

What if consciousness is not what drives the human mind? https://theconversation.com/what-if-consciousness-is-not-what-drives-the-human-mind-86785

After Las Vegas shooting, 87 children cope with loss of parent https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/shootings/after-las-vegas-shooting-87-children-cope-with-loss-of-parent/

Only 19% think deaths from terrorist attacks are lower in the past 15 years than they were in the 15 years before that – when they are also significantly down across most of these countries, and overall they are around half the level they were https://theconversation.com/survey-shows-gloomy-public-wrong-about-crime-immigrants-and-teen-pregnancies-88665?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1512556681

Ipsos’ Perils of Perception 2017 Survey https://perils.ipsos.com/

Many are still unaware of the dangers of living in the wildland-urban interface http://www.hcn.org/articles/opinion-firefighters-your-next-mission-might-be-local

 

Sociology and Disasters

 

Through the Fog of Disaster: The Process of (Re)Creating Inequities https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/through-the-fog-of-disaster-the-process-of-re-creating-inequities

From local community volunteers to those on the frontline of natural disasters, volunteers are quintessential to humanity https://volunteeringqld.org.au/blog/1364-international-volunteer-day-5-december-2017?platform=hootsuite

Power to the Flooded! https://www.gofundme.com/flood-fighters

Volunteers, residents work to restore Puerto Rico’s communities https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/volunteers-local-residents-work-to-restore-puerto-ricos-communities/2017/12/05/b2efb1aa-c8b3-11e7-b0cf-7689a9f2d84e_story.html?utm_term=.be6fbf78da20

 

 

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