Today in disaster resilience (15 March 2019)

disasters

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Emergency Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Psychology and Disasters

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

 

Sociology and Disasters

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

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

 

 

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Today in disaster resilience (22 February 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Emergency Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sociology and Disasters

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

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

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

Today in disaster resilience (23 November 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

California wildfires death toll jumps to 79, more than still 1,000 missing https://watchers.news/2018/11/17/california-wildfires-november-2018/

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that flash floods have killed at least 30 people across the desert nation over the past month http://strangesounds.org/2018/11/never-in-the-memory-of-man-theres-been-case-of-flood-of-that-magnitude-in-the-desert-of-saudi-arabia.html

Extreme rainfall events wreak havoc across the Middle East https://watchers.news/2018/11/13/middle-east-floods-october-november-2018/

Cyclone Gaja rips through Tamil Nadu coast: 33 lives lost, 177,500 people in 351 relief camps https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/cyclone-gaja-rips-through-tamil-nadu-coast-33-lives-lost-177500-people-in-351-relief-camps/315889

Another large, deep, event in Fiji (there have been quite a few this year): 500+ km deep M6.7 within subducting slab, no direct tsunami hazard https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/at00pieoqx/executive

12 dead in Vietnam floods, landslides https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/12-dead-in-vietnam-floods-landslides/articleshow/66679432.cms?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Thousands flee as Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupts https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-46261168

Evacuations as flooding hits Dunedin https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/evacuations-flooding-hits-dunedin

Uganda – Deadly Floods in Central Region http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-november-2018

Philippines – Tropical Depression 33W Brings Flooding and Landslides http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-tropical-depression-33w-samuel-november-2018

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Nov 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Turrialba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/71849/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-22-Nov-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Turrialba.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

From sea to rising sea: Climate change in America https://www.seas.harvard.edu/content/from-sea-to-rising-sea-climate-change-in-america

With wildfires, heat waves, and rising sea levels, large tracts of the earth are at risk of becoming uninhabitable https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/26/how-extreme-weather-is-shrinking-the-planet

Climate change on track to make world ‘uninsurable’ https://www.afr.com/business/insurance/climate-change-on-track-to-make-world-uninsurable-iag-20181115-h17xu5

A real-time Global Warming Index https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pfEPgPpARc&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_media_organic&utm_content=AngWan-Nature-Scientific_Reports-Multidisciplinary-Global&utm_campaign=SCIREP_USG_twitter_noncfp_content&sf202400510=1

In Viet Nam’s Mekong Delta, climate change effects such as saltwater intrusion are increasingly devastating crops and livelihoods https://www.climate2020.org.uk/change-in-the-delta/

A small country with a big climate change plan http://www.tl.undp.org/content/timor_leste/en/home/stories/TL_NAPA_aileu_farmers.html

The Urban Adaptation Assessment (UAA) is an interactive database https://gain-uaa.nd.edu/

Broad threat to humanity from cumulative climate hazards intensified by greenhouse gas emissions https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0315-6#Abs1

Deluge and Drought: Climate Council issues grim warning on looming water security crisis https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/water-security-report/

‘Like a Terror Movie’: How Climate Change Will Cause More Simultaneous Disasters https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/19/climate/climate-disasters.html

Broad threat to humanity from cumulative climate hazards intensified by greenhouse gas emissions https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0315-6

China glacier melt speeds up in ‘wake-up call’ for world http://news.trust.org/item/20181120054011-p9qi1

Second warmest October and fourth warmest year-to-date on record https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/global-climate-201810

Assessing the alignment of national-level adaptation plans to the Paris Agreement https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901118306592?via%3Dihub

New study warns we face wildfires, superstorms, floods, droughts all at once, everywhere https://thinkprogress.org/trump-great-climate-wildfires-superstorms-floods-droughts-all-at-once-everywhere-4e5d6e3455a4/

Climate change linked to more destructive fires https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/11/20/letter-climate-change-linked-to-more-destructive-fires/

Images like that of a polar bear on a melting ice field are iconic. But in terms of getting people to act on climate change, they may be ineffective http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181115-why-climate-change-photography-needs-a-new-look

Antarctic melting slows atmospheric warming and speeds sea level rise https://phys.org/news/2018-11-antarctic-atmospheric-sea.html

Warming ocean waters turned Hurricane Michael into a superstorm https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-11-05/warming-ocean-waters-turned-hurricane-michael-superstorm?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=psu%20official

Canadians produce three times more greenhouse gas emissions than G20 average https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-canada-found-to-produce-most-greenhouse-gas-emissions-per-person-among/

Climate change: Report raises new optimism over industry https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46263770

Traceable evidence of the impacts of climate change on humanity http://impactsofclimatechange.info/

Addressing the most vulnerable first: Pro-poor climate action in informal settlements https://unhabitat.org/un-habitat-thematic-guide-addressing-the-most-vulnerable-first-pro-poor-climate-action-in-informal-settlements/

Wildfires Show Snowballing Effect of Climate Change: Study https://www.bna.com/wildfires-show-snowballing-n57982094072/

A Very Grim Forecast: Global Warming of 1.5°C: An IPCC Special Report https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/11/22/global-warming-very-grim-forecast/

Pacific Ocean typhoons could be intensifying more than previously projected https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2018/11/20/pacific-ocean-typhoons-intensifying-more-than-previously-projected/

2018 Yearbook of Climate Action https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/GCA_Yearbook2018.pdf

Fast-growing African cities at ‘extreme risk’ from climate change: analysts https://www.maplecroft.com/portfolio/new-analysis/2018/11/14/84-worlds-fastest-growing-cities-face-extreme-climate-change-risks/

When Rising Seas Hit Home: An Analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists https://ucsusa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=64b2cbd03a3d4b87aaddaf65f6b33332

Twentieth-century contribution to sea-level rise from uncharted glaciers https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0687-9

The Climate Change Gender Gap https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2018-11-20/yale-women-more-worried-less-knowledgeable-about-climate-change

Climate-heating greenhouse gases at record levels, says UN https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/22/climate-heating-greenhouse-gases-at-record-levels-says-un

WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin (GHG Bulletin) – No. 14 https://library.wmo.int/index.php?lvl=notice_display&id=20697#.W_cl8IczbIU

 

Disaster risk reduction

Coastal Cities Consider Waterfront Parks Over Sea Walls To Combat Flooding https://www.greenmatters.com/news/2018/11/08/Z2jLeC8/coastal-cities-waterfront-parks-sea-walls

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

Researchers link urban sprawl to increase in rainfall, flooding during Hurricane Harvey https://now.uiowa.edu/2018/11/researchers-link-urban-sprawl-increase-rainfall-flooding-during-hurricane-harvey

FEMA flood maps don’t factor in sea level rise or changes in extreme weather, and many are years out of date. In Mexico Beach, ‘minimal-risk’ homes were swept away https://insideclimatenews.org/news/01112018/fema-flood-map-climate-change-hurricane-mexico-beach-florida-sea-level-rise

Cities are sinking — and experts say we’re not doing enough to save them https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-17/cities-are-sinking-so-what-are-we-doing-about-it/10503924

What the Dutch Can Teach Us About Wildfires https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/16/opinion/sunday/what-the-dutch-can-teach-us-about-wildfires.html

Images and video of the aftermath of the Jinsha River landslide https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/11/16/jinsha-river-landslide-2/

‘We need help’: N.C. towns plead for dam, levee upgrades after second major flood in two years https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/we-need-help-nc-towns-plead-for-dam-levee-upgrades-after-second-major-flood-in-two-years/2018/09/18/1792b788-bb61-11e8-a8aa-860695e7f3fc_story.html?utm_term=.40671b6d4edc

Call for developers, not taxpayers, to foot bill for flood defences https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/17231475.call-for-developers-not-taxpayers-to-foot-bill-for-flood-defences/

Nearly 400,000 U.S. Homes Will Experience Chronic Flooding by 2050 https://e360.yale.edu/digest/nearly-400000-us-homes-will-experience-chronic-flooding-by-2050

As fires become more frequent and more powerful, is there a way to create resiliency that minimizes the damage? https://www.fastcompany.com/90266666/can-we-design-neighborhoods-to-survive-wildfires

Insurance for disasters is unaffordable for some, but it’s middle Australia that is underinsured https://theconversation.com/insurance-is-unaffordable-for-some-but-its-middle-australia-that-is-underinsured-105662?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Adelaide scientists have proven the ability to issue an accurate warning about deadly heatwaves days in advance https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/adelaide-scientists-have-proven-the-ability-to-issue-an-accurate-warning-about-deadly-heatwaves-days-in-advance/news-story/f18d2b22f6542cb971ad6a0db8f68f23?csp=c42eb5015f5e7725685bd435fbb85d6e

Are big earthquakes a concern for the eastern United States? http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/rockyplanet/2018/11/19/are-big-earthquakes-concern-eastern-united-states/#.W_MsToczbIU

National Disaster Mitigation Program Supports Flood Prevention and Mitigation in B.C. https://www.watercanada.net/national-disaster-mitigation-program-supports-flood-prevention-and-mitigation-in-b-c/

This website provides open access to Environment Agency hydrological data https://environment.data.gov.uk/hydrology/index.html#/landing

Spaces of post-disaster experimentation: Agile entrepreneurship and geological agency in emerging disaster countercartographies https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328925321_Spaces_of_post-disaster_experimentation_Agile_entrepreneurship_and_geological_agency_in_emerging_disaster_countercartographies

Enhanced views of Earth tectonics https://phys.org/news/2018-11-views-earth-tectonics.html

To enhance the diversity of research underway in natural hazards, the National Science Foundation recently created CONVERGE, a $3 million research center at the University of Colorado Boulder https://www.designsafe-ci.org/community/news/2018/november/nsf-creates-3m-converge-center-augment-natural-hazards-research/?platform=hootsuite

Landslides are a growing risk to the poorest http://www.acclimatise.uk.com/2018/11/02/landslides-are-growing-risk-to-poorest/

Community based initiatives to mainstream climate change adaptation into disaster risk reduction: evidence from the Hunter Valley (Australia) https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/PZYujGYTwyRWs5qcXRgP/full

Stormy Weather: Human Security Should Include Freedom from Hazard Impacts https://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2018/11/stormy-weather-human-security-include-freedom-hazard-impacts/?utm_content=buffer5342d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

How California Cities Can Tackle Wildfire Prevention https://www.citylab.com/environment/2018/11/california-wildfire-prevention-wildland-urban-interface-zones/575827/

AFAC TV explores Risk and Resilience https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/afac-tv-explores-risk-and-resilience

Capturing the variability of wind for modelling the variability of bushfires https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/53

EU Floods Directive 2007 had positive effects overall, but planning and implementation now need improvements https://www.eca.europa.eu/en/Pages/NewsItem.aspx?nid=10878

Ghana loses USD $200 million annually due to floods and droughts http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/ghana-loses-200-million-dollars-annually-due-to-floods-droughts–141902

Cheap tsunami system tested http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/cheap-tsunami-system-tested

We can’t stop wildfires – we need to relearn how to live with them https://theconversation.com/we-cant-stop-wildfires-we-need-to-relearn-how-to-live-with-them-106894

The AI shaking up earthquake research https://www.alphr.com/artificial-intelligence/1010215/the-ai-shaking-up-earthquake-research

National Flood Insurance Program is a deluge of damaging policy. Congress must rebuild it https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/11/20/congress-fix-national-flood-insurance-program-prevent-damage-hurricane-column/2018529002/

How mudslides and rivers of debris could suddenly hit California cities https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/20/us/wildfire-flooding-mudslides-debris-flow-dangers/index.html

Global DRR Technology platform http://www.pr4gdm.org:8080/main

Operationalising resilience: A heuristic framework for analysis https://resiliencechallenge.nz/governance-programme/operationalising-resilience/

Resilience Governance in practice https://resiliencechallenge.nz/governance-programme/resilience-governance-in-practice/

Expanding the capabilities of people with disabilities in disaster risk reduction https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918308562?via%3Dihub

How Urbanization Makes Wildfires And Hurricanes Worse https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2018/11/21/how-urbanization-makes-wildfires-and-hurricanes-worse/#66852f7218b3

To Avoid Future Catastrophes Like The California Fires, We Must Learn To Build Smarter https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-california-fires-infrastructure_us_5beb4fefe4b044bbb1a9eaf4?pks

 

Emergency Management

Paradise carnage and destruction reminiscent of Victoria’s Black Saturday fires https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-17/paradise-burning/10504594

California wildfire smoke becomes health hazard as cities become world’s most polluted https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-18/california-wildfires-smoke-sparks-health-concerns/10508830

Firefighters from 17 states are answering the call for help in wildfires that are consuming the state of California https://www.firerescue1.com/mutual-aid/articles/392924018-Firefighters-from-around-the-U-S-travel-to-help-in-Calif-wildfires/

In the wake of deadly wildfires, California needs a reliable emergency alert system to save lives http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-wildfire-emergency-alerts-20181117-story.html

It’s time to fix our broken public warning system https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/its-time-fix-our-broken-public-warning-system-kelly-mckinney/?published=t

Culture – the “X Factor” for Building Back Better after Conflict and Disasters https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2018/11/16/culture-the-x-factor-for-building-back-better-after-conflict-and-disasters

Cities are looking to machine learning to streamline their disaster-response efforts. Will it be too little too late? https://www.fastcompany.com/90232955/disaster-relief-is-dangerously-broken-can-ai-fix-it

Current Australian disaster responses fail to consider the forecast increase in disasters and the cascading impacts of climate-related disasters https://www.governmentnews.com.au/new-era-of-disasters-warrants-response-rethink/

‘Bus driver from heaven’ rescued children from California wildfire https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/18/us/wildfire-school-bus-rescue/index.html

Resilient Post Disaster Recovery through Building Back Better https://www.routledge.com/Resilient-Post-Disaster-Recovery-through-Building-Back-Better/Mannakkara-Wilkinson-Potangaroa/p/book/9781138297531

Disaster after disaster, California keeps falling short on evacuating people from harm’s way https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-paradise-fire-evacuation-system-20181120-story.html

Climate change and the emergency management sector https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/climate-change-and-the-emergency-management-sector-afac-news

Tsunami handbook prepares for rare but devastating hazard https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/tsunami-handbook-prepares-for-rare-but-devastating-hazard

Using graphs for good: Modelling multi-hazard impact scenarios to better inform communities and emergency services https://resiliencechallenge.nz/hazard-programme/using-graphs-for-good/

Impacts of Information from Various Sources on the Evacuation Decision-Making Process during No-Notice Evacuations in Campus Environment https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328912769_Impacts_of_Information_from_Various_Sources_on_the_Evacuation_Decision-Making_Process_during_No-Notice_Evacuations_in_Campus_Environment

Italy storms caused over €3bn in economic losses, says Minister https://www.reinsurancene.ws/italy-storms-caused-over-e3bn-in-economic-losses-says-minister/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

A New Guiding Framework for Engaging Diverse Populations in Disaster Risk Reduction: Reach, Relevance, Receptiveness, and Relationships https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-018-0193-6

Managing Pets During Disasters: Findings and Recommendations from the Horse River Fire, Fort McMurray, Alberta http://www.kawilliamsphd.com/report-managing-pets-during-disasters.html

Fighting the Flood: Community Activism and Education in Pensacola https://publiclab.org/notes/joyofsoy/11-09-2018/fighting-the-flood-community-activism-and-education-in-pensacola

Heatwaves and hot weather have killed more people in Australia than any other natural disaster https://www.redcross.org.au/get-help/emergencies/looking-after-yourself/heatwaves-and-hot-weather?

Practicing for disaster: In Cambodia and around the world, a safe community starts with a safe school https://undpasiapac.exposure.co/practicing-for-disaster

Why Australian retailers should respect the past and rename their ‘Black Friday’ sales https://theconversation.com/why-australian-retailers-should-respect-the-past-and-rename-their-black-friday-sales-107015

Methodology for Participatory GIS Risk Mapping and Citizen Science for Solotvyno Salt Mines https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/10/11/1828

Flash flooding in Jordan: Sirens and evacuation plans are no substitute for education and communication https://phys.org/news/2018-11-jordan-sirens-evacuation-substitute.html

Leveraging cognitive biases and social influence can make conservation efforts more effective http://science.sciencemag.org/content/362/6417/889/tab-pdf

World of Thermo—Thermometer Rising is the story of Thermo the Flying Thermometer, a character designed and illustrated to educate young people about climate change and meteorology https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1724917269/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1724917269&linkCode=as2&tag=weatherdude09-20&linkId=fcc7dcaa8ae4d68911eec22e10083a7d

Training kids to be first responders https://www.cbsnews.com/news/america-today-training-kids-to-be-first-responders-60-minutes/

How game can help flood-prone communities https://games4sustainability.org/2016/08/18/flood-resilience-game-for-flood-prone-communities/

 

Social Media for Emergency Management

Why A New Study Says Scientists Should Use Twitter https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2018/11/19/why-a-new-study-says-scientists-should-use-twitter/#525abd903329

New Guide: Engaging the public through social media https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/sites/default/files/publication/what_works_engaging_the_public_through_social_media_november_2018.pdf

 

Disaster psychology

Study says: 65% of 7,000 firefighters across the nation are haunted by memories of bad calls https://www.ourquadcities.com/news/study-says-65-of-7-000-firefighters-across-the-nation-are-haunted-by-memories-of-bad-calls/1595303034

Hurricanes deliver devastating blows to NC communities hollowed out by disasters https://www.jdnews.com/news/20181120/hurricanes-deliver-devastating-blows-to-nc-communities-hollowed-out-by-disasters

California Offers Safe Space For Firefighters To Work Through Stress And Trauma https://www.npr.org/2018/11/17/668770583/california-offers-safe-space-for-firefighters-to-work-through-stress-and-trauma

 

Sociology and Disasters

A research agenda for disaster entrepreneurship https://www.researchgate.net/publication/317751407_A_research_agenda_for_disaster_entrepreneurship

Today in disaster resilience (9 November 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Severe storms claim 27 lives across Italy, one of the most complex meteorological situations of the past 50 to 60 years https://watchers.news/2018/11/04/severe-storms-italy-november-2018/

Deadly storms move through southeastern United States https://watchers.news/2018/11/02/thunderstorms-tornadoes-texas-oklahoma-mississippi-arkansas-november-2018/

Four people killed in new floods in Red Sea state https://reliefweb.int/report/sudan/four-people-killed-new-floods-red-sea-state

Indonesia – Deadly Floods in West Sumatra and West Java http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-west-sumatra-west-java-november-2018

9 people from 2 families killed in Sicily flooding as Italy death toll rises to 29 https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/04/europe/italy-flooding-deaths/index.html

8 tornadoes confirmed after storms tore across Middle Tennessee https://www.wkrn.com/weather/7-tornadoes-confirmed-after-storms-tore-across-middle-tennessee/1578660229

Melbourne floods: More rain in 2 hours than September and October combined https://watchers.news/2018/11/06/melbourne-flood-australia-november-6-2018/

Fuego volcano enters new eruptive phase, Guatemala https://watchers.news/2018/11/07/fuego-volcano-guatemala-november-2018/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Disappearing Islands: What Happens To Their Nations and People? https://medium.com/@riad.meddeb/disappearing-islands-what-happens-to-their-nations-and-people-f318c374188

It’s not rocket science: Climate change was behind this summer’s extreme weather https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/its-not-rocket-science-climate-change-was-behind-this-summers-extreme-weather/2018/11/02/b8852584-dea9-11e8-b3f0-62607289efee_story.html?utm_term=.93b71bf41560

UK heatwaves lasting twice as long as 50 years ago – Met Office https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/02/uk-heatwaves-lasting-twice-as-long-as-50-years-ago-met-office

Rising danger of deadly river floods with global warming https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/rising-danger-deadly-river-floods-global-warming

They Know Seas Are Rising, but They’re Not Abandoning Their Beloved Cape Cod https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23102018/cape-cod-sea-level-rise-trump-voters-climate-change-questions-science-based-coastal-building-codes

Climate comms research round-up https://climateoutreach.org/climate-communications-research-round-up/#november

The global temperature was well above average in October 2018 https://climate.copernicus.eu/surface-air-temperature-october-2018

This simulation aims to enable a better understanding of the mechanisms of glaciation https://www.cscs.ch/science/earth-env-science/2018/an-ice-age-lasting-115000-years-in-two-minutes/

A rising tide of climate resilience https://www.resilience.org/stories/2018-11-06/a-rising-tide-of-climate-resilience/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Australian students plan school strikes to protest against climate inaction https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/07/australian-students-plan-school-strikes-to-protest-against-climate-inaction

‘Risk data hub’ to enhance EU resilience to climate hazards https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/risk-data-hub-to-enhance-eu-resilience-to-climate-hazards/

The world’s deltas are at risk of being drowned due to rising relative sea levels as a result of climate change http://rspa.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/474/2219/20180396

EIB survey: 70% of Spaniards believe climate change is a threat to humanity https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/11/08/inenglish/1541671878_582991.html?id_externo_rsoc=TW_CM_EN

Climate change: Actuaries sound extreme weather alarm for insurers https://www.afr.com/news/climate-change-actuaries-sound-extreme-weather-alarm-for-insurers-20181107-h17lr4

 

Disaster risk reduction

Tsunami are a clear and ever-present danger https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2018/11/01/commentary/world-commentary/tsunami-clear-ever-present-danger/#.W99gLNIzbIX

Definition of a Disaster http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/definition-of-a-disaster.html

The majority of the world’s cities are highly exposed to disasters https://reliefweb.int/report/world/worlds-cities-2018

Turkey: Micro-earthquakes preceding an earthquake near Istanbul as early warning signs? https://www.gfz-potsdam.de/en/media-and-communication/news/details/article/micro-earthquakes-preceding-an-earthquake-near-istanbul-as-early-warning-signs/

A new probabilistic tsunami hazard assessment for Australia http://www.ga.gov.au/news-events/events/public-talks/public-talks-archive/a-new-probabilistic-tsunami-hazard-assessment-for-australia

Sava Flood Forecasting Warning System: example of transboundary cooperation on flood forecasting https://www.deltares.nl/en/news/sava-flood-forecasting-warning-system-example-transboundary-cooperation-flood-forecasting/

How tsunami risk informs natural hazard management https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yFP4YaB2GE

Good Resilience Planning Involves More Than Building Barriers – It’s About Making Connections http://www.100resilientcities.org/good-resilience-planning-making-connections/

The concept of resilience: a bibliometric analysis of the emergency and disaster management literature https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328754513_The_concept_of_resilience_a_bibliometric_analysis_of_the_emergency_and_disaster_management_literature

Data from Kaikōura quake features in updated geological map of NZ https://www.gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/Media-Releases/updated-map

How do natural hazards cascade to cause disasters? https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06783-6

Improving NC’s Floodplain Buyout Program https://www.coastalreview.org/2018/11/improving-ncs-floodplain-buyout-program/

Meeting on regional co-op for building resilience to disasters opens in Tehran https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/429279/Meeting-on-regional-co-op-for-building-resilience-to-disasters#

If precipitation extremes are increasing, why aren’t floods? https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018WR023749

Protecting Canadian Communities from Floods https://www.intactcentreclimateadaptation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Climate-Change-Adaptation-Projects-FINAL.pdf

FEMA floodmaps failed to predict Mexico Beach flooding http://www.newsherald.com/news/20181103/fema-floodmaps-failed-to-predict-mexico-beach-flooding

Even locals who believe climate change is real have a hard time grasping that NYC will almost certainly be flooded beyond recognition http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2016/09/new-york-future-flooding-climate-change.html

Argentina’s mega-storms attract army of meteorologists https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07268-2

‘We want the opportunity to rebuild out of the floodplain’ https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060102125?platform=hootsuite

Weathering financial shocks from disasters in the Pacific Islands https://www.gfdrr.org/en/feature-story/weathering-financial-shocks-disasters-pacific-islands

How science can help us prepare for disasters https://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/how-science-can-help-us-prepare-for-disasters/story-SLozme2ezuYOu0LpG7so7J.html

Hurricane Michael Teaches New Home Building Lessons https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiegold/2018/11/07/hurricane-michael-teaches-new-home-building-lessons/#2f0a161d48e9

Unplanning a disaster: What India should learn from Kerala https://www.preventionweb.net/experts/oped/view/61693

Hurricane Michael was a deadly reminder that many FEMA flood-risk maps are faulty https://therealdeal.com/miami/2018/11/04/hurricane-michael-was-a-deadly-reminder-that-many-fema-flood-risk-maps-are-faulty/

Natural disasters cost Japan over $10 billion http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/123999.php

The US next housing crash could be caused by weather, not Wall Street – here are the places that should be worried https://www.businessinsider.com.au/housing-hurricanes-floods-weather-building-2018-10?r=US&IR=T

 

Emergency Management

Tropical Cyclone Warning Advice http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/about/warnings/advice.shtml

Lessons from tropical storms Urduja and Vinta disasters in the Philippines https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/DPM-03-2018-0077?journalCode=dpm

California’s new earthquake warnings deliver critical seconds of notice https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/california-s-new-earthquake-warnings-deliver-critical-seconds-notice

Reconstructing Hurricane Harvey to Find Its Overlooked Victims https://www.citylab.com/environment/2018/10/hurricane-harvey-houston-recovery-aid-federal-funds-fema/573094/?utm_medium=social&utm_content=edit-promo&utm_term=2018-11-02T18%3A29%3A13&utm_campaign=city-lab&utm_source=twitter?utm_source=twb

It was a disaster on an almost inconceivable scale, then the world moved on https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/03/it-was-a-disaster-on-an-almost-inconceivable-scale-then-the-world-moved-on

Estimating the Lost Economic Production Caused by Internal Displacement Because of Disasters https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-018-0190-9

Tsunami Emergency Planning in Australia Handbook https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/tsunami-planning-handbook/

Early warning and community preparedness in the Pacific http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2018/preventing-the-next-disaster.html

Puerto Rico governor creates “9/20 Committee” to improve protocols on counting disaster deaths https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/puerto-rico-governor-creates-9-20-committee-to-establish-protocols-on-counting-disaster-deaths/?__twitter_impression=true

Rising Costs Feared to Crimp Puerto Rico’s Building Boom https://www.wsj.com/articles/rising-costs-feared-to-crimp-puerto-ricos-building-boom-1541500202

Tough choices for Uganda landslide survivors https://www.irinnews.org/news-feature/2018/11/06/tough-choices-uganda-landslide-survivors?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

In Disaster’s Grip, Again and Again, on Indonesian Island https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/06/world/asia/indonesia-earthquake-tsunami-sulawesi.html

The first mile of warning systems: who’s sharing what with whom? https://odihpn.org/blog/first-mile-warning-systems-whos-sharing/

Typhoon Haiyan: A Tale of Relief and Recovery https://adb.exposure.co/typhoon-yolanda

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Building the Resilience of 8250 students through Tsunami Simulation Drills http://www.lk.undp.org/content/srilanka/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2018/11/05/building-the-resilience-of-8250-students-through-tsunami-simulation-drills-.html

Schools’ Flood Emergency Preparedness in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-018-0175-8

Guidebook on community disaster preparedness https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/61446

World Tsunami Awareness Day http://www.un.org/en/events/tsunamiday/

Online game aims to save lives by educating children on how to identify storm surges http://www.lboro.ac.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2018/october/storm-force-game-launched/

Over 750 schoolchildren participate in tsunami evacuation trainings in coastal areas http://www.tl.undp.org/content/timor_leste/en/home/newscentre/articles/2018/over-750-schoolchildren-participate-in-tsunami-evacuation-traini.html

Child-centred disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/files/61522_childcentreddrrr2abriefeng2018.pdf

It can take just 15 cm to float a car http://15tofloat.com.au/

Students want more DRR education https://www.unisdr.org/archive/61721

Stop Disasters Game http://www.stopdisastersgame.org/

Flood Snakes & Ladders game is available online http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cyp-floodrecovery/our-outputs/flood-snakes-and-ladders/

2018 Resilient Australia National School Award https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAby63zE_aE

2018 Resilient Australia National Award https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op8qPJtsYF4

Evacuation drills in all tsunami-prone schools in the Philippines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5W3YgT86UA

 

Sociology and Disasters

The unequal vulnerability of communities of color to wildfire https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0205825

Substitute or Complement? How Social Capital, Age and Socioeconomic Status Interacted to Impact Mortality in Japan’s 3/11 Tsunami https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3278259

Rural versus urban perspective on coastal flooding: The insights from the U.S. Mid-Atlantic communities https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096318301037

What causes nations to recover from disasters? An inquiry into the role of wealth, income inequality, and social welfare provisioning https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221242091830712X

Disasters, local organizations, and poverty in the USA, 1998 to 2015 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11111-018-0304-8

Today in disaster resilience (22 June 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

River flooding in north Georgia city http://www.macon.com/news/business/technology/article212175519.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

17 die in NE flood; situation grim in Assam, improves in 3 states https://www.rozanaspokesman.com/news/nation/170618/17-die-in-ne-flood-situation-grim-in-assam-improves-in-3-states.html

Turkey – 1 Missing After Floods in Manisa Province http://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-floods-manisa-province-june-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Myanmar – Record Rain Causes Floods and Landslides in Mon State http://floodlist.com/asia/mynamar-floods-mon-state-june-2018

USA – Damaging Floods Hit Michigan’s Upper Peninsula http://floodlist.com/america/usa/michigan-minnesota-wisconsin-june-2018

Mw 5.5 Earthquake Strikes Japan https://earthobservatory.sg/news/mw-55-earthquake-strikes-japan

At least 18 people have died in flooding in the department of Abidjan in the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) http://floodlist.com/africa/ivory-coast-abidjan-floods-june-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

June floods kill 19, displace over 10,000 in Myanmar https://www.mmtimes.com/news/june-floods-kill-19-displace-over-10000.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Jun 2018: Fuego volcano, Ibu, Dukono, Reventador, Sakurajima, Sabancaya, Aoba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/69481/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Jun-2018-Fuego-volcano-Ibu-Dukono-Reventador-Sakurajima-Sabancaya-Aob.html

Moderately strong eruption at Telica volcano, Nicaragua https://watchers.news/2018/06/21/moderately-strong-eruption-at-telica-volcano-nicaragua/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Parts of southern Texas receive record-breaking June rainfall, worst flooding since Hurricane “Harvey” https://watchers.news/2018/06/21/southern-texas-flood-june-2018/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

Climate scientists are working hard to keep the apocalypse relevant https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2018/june/1527775200/lesley-hughes/when-planetary-catastrophe-your-day-job

Sea levels could rise three feet by 2100, study projects https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/sea-levels-could-rise-three-feet-by-2100-study-projects?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Antarctic ice shelf collapsing due to ice loss and ocean surges https://www.climateleadership.com.au/single-post/2018/06/14/Antarctic-ice-shelf-collapsing-due-to-ice-loss-and-ocean-surges

IPCC says ‘rapid and far-reaching’ measures required to combat climate change https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/15/leaked-un-draft-report-warns-of-urgent-need-to-cut-global-warming?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Lifestyle changes and innovations could limit warming to 1.5°C https://www.climateleadership.com.au/single-post/2018/06/11/Lifestyle-changes-and-innovations-could-limit-warming-to-15%C2%B0C

Changing climate policy in Asia http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/06/16/changing-climate-policy-in-asia/

What saved the West Antarctic Ice Sheet 10,000 years ago will not save it today https://www.pik-potsdam.de/news/press-releases/what-saved-the-west-antarctic-ice-sheet-10-000-years-ago-will-not-save-it-today

Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/17/sea-level-rise-impact-us-coastal-homes-study-climate-change

Climate Change May Already Be Hitting the Housing Market https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-climate-change-home-sales/

A storm of climate change migration is brewing in South Asia http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/06/17/a-storm-of-climate-change-migration-is-brewing-in-south-asia/

Cities face dramatic rise in heat, flood risks by 2050, researchers say http://news.trust.org/item/20180619193948-fyens/

On opposite sides of the levee: Flood berms divide river communities http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/on-opposite-sides-of-the-levee-flood-berms-divide-calgary-river-communities

Antarctica has lost 3 trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years. Time is running out for the frozen continent https://theconversation.com/antarctica-has-lost-3-trillion-tonnes-of-ice-in-25-years-time-is-running-out-for-the-frozen-continent-98176

Which country is leading the EU’s fight against climate change? http://www.euronews.com/2018/06/17/which-country-is-leading-the-eu-s-fight-against-climate-change-

Meteorologists worldwide are wearing global warming-themed ties to raise awareness about climate change https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/06/21/why-are-over-100-television-meteorologists-around-the-world-wearing-this-tie/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.68bff8c83b28

Some rare good climate news: the fossil fuel industry is weaker than ever https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/21/climate-change-fossil-fuel-industry-never-been-weaker?CMP=share_btn_tw

The Science Connecting Extreme Weather to Climate Change https://www.ucsusa.org/our-work/global-warming/science-and-impacts/climate-attribution-science?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tw#.WywrS9IzbIU

Climate change doesn’t have to be polarizing https://www.greenbiz.com/article/climate-change-doesnt-have-be-polarizing

Australian firms told to catch up on climate change risk checks https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/18/australian-firms-told-to-catch-up-on-climate-change-risk-checks

Disaster risk reduction

Tsunamis could hit in any of New Zealand’s major lakes https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/104716329/tsunamis-could-hit-in-any-of-new-zealands-major-lakes

The third edition of the World Atlas of Desertification (WAD3) http://wad.jrc.ec.europa.eu/

Poverty is both a driver and consequence of disasters, and the processes that further disaster risk related poverty are permeated with inequality https://www.preventionweb.net/risk/poverty-inequality

Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/global-warming-impacts/sea-level-rise-chronic-floods-and-us-coastal-real-estate-implications#.WygYPU0h1Ms

Human-Caused Disasters Are also a Threat http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/human-caused-disasters-are-also-a-threat.html

The 2013/14 Thames Basin Floods: Do Improved Meteorological Forecasts Lead to More Skillful Hydrological Forecasts at Seasonal Time Scales? https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/full/10.1175/JHM-D-17-0182.1

As extreme weather intensified by climate change batters our societies and economies, early warning is becoming more important http://news.trust.org//item/20180618070349-mswgr/

‘Enhancing the predictability of seasonal streamflow with a statistical‐dynamical approach’ https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018GL077945

Volcanoes make music https://earther.com/volcanoes-make-music-that-could-reveal-their-secrets-1826825544

Artificial Intelligence in the service of urban flooding prevention https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/news/artificial-intelligence-service-urban-flooding-prevention

How digital advances help insurers respond faster https://www.dig-in.com/opinion/how-digital-advances-help-insurers-respond-faster

Hurricanes, floods and volcanoes bring Americas together to tackle risk http://news.trust.org/item/20180620121343-dk2o7

Hurricane-Proof Homes Are Real. Why Isn’t Anyone Buying Them? https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-06-20/hurricane-proof-homes-are-real-why-isn-t-anyone-buying-them

Betting on Disaster: Why Risk Management Is a Leadership Issue http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/companies-prep-natural-disasters/

Major insurer says Houston must take bold action to prepare for future flooding, hurricanes https://www.zurichna.com/en/knowledge/articles/2018/06/houston-and-hurricane-harvey-a-call-to-action

New Orleans area levee system ‘high risk,’ and ‘minimally acceptable’, Corps says https://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2018/05/doubts_remain_about_safety_of.html

Significant benefits could be achieved by the EU and its Member States by addressing the gaps and barriers in the area of the fight against terrorism https://www.rand.org/pubs/external_publications/EP67618.html?adbsc=social_20180621_2403741&adbid=1009910336651005952&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453

Building Back Better: How to Cut Natural Disaster Losses by a Third http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2018/06/18/building-back-better-how-to-cut-natural-disaster-losses-by-a-third?cid=SURR_TT_WBGCitiesEN_D_EXT

Urban resilience plan for Beirut https://www.gfdrr.org/sites/default/files/publication/Results%20in%20Resilience%20-%20Urban%20Resilience%20Master%20Plan%20in%20Beirut%20-%20final.pdf

Weather Forecast by Google in India: Government to Team up With Tech Giant Google for Flood Forecasting to Help Inhabitants https://www.latestly.com/india/weather-forecast-by-google-in-india-government-to-team-up-with-tech-giant-google-for-flood-forecasting-to-help-inhabitants-221172.html

UNOSAT Supports Disaster Risk Reduction in Djibouti After Tropical Cyclone Sagar http://unitar.org/unosat-supports-disaster-risk-reduction-djibouti-after-tropical-cyclone-sagar

 

Emergency Management

With 5G vital messages could hop from device to device, reaching the citizens in the affected area, even if the mobile network is down http://www.i-react.eu/connection-not-lost-how-the-next-generation-of-mobiles-could-help-us-against-disasters/

Trouble-hit nuclear reactor in Saga resumes operations http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/123185.php

FEMA’s fall and redemption—applied narrative analysis https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/DPM-07-2017-0163?journalCode=dpm

Top 10 Benefits of Emergency Notification Systems https://medium.com/simplycast-feed/top-10-benefits-of-emergency-notification-systems-53b14a8920ac

These Robots For Rescue Operations Amidst Disasters https://interestingengineering.com/video/these-robots-for-rescue-operations-amidst-disasters

Frequency of Major Disaster Exercises – They don’t happen enough to maintain readiness http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/frequency-of-major-disaster-exercises.html

Calgary flood: 5 years later – Photos show dramatic changes from then to now https://globalnews.ca/news/4259407/calgary-2013-flooding-photos-then-versus-2018/

Grenfell inquiry shown speed at which fire spread beyond flat https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/19/grenfell-inquiry-shown-speed-at-which-fire-spread-beyond-flat-thermal-footage-kitchen

What We Don’t Know About State Spending on Natural Disasters Could Cost Us http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2018/06/19/what-we-dont-know-about-state-spending-on-natural-disasters-could-cost-us?utm_campaign=governing&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=flowchart

After volcano eruption, Guatemalans lead their own disaster recovery https://theconversation.com/after-volcano-eruption-guatemalans-lead-their-own-disaster-recovery-98415

Gaps Identified as Early Warning Systems Work Advances http://www.bb.undp.org/content/barbados/en/home/presscenter/articles/2018/06/gaps-identified-as-early-warning-systems-work-advances.html#.Wyu9iSBr7AE.twitter

Many in Puerto Rico still under tarps as storm threat looms https://apnews.com/a99551194b144db490b25c7f0e6d46fd/Many-in-Puerto-Rico-still-under-tarps-as-storm-threat-looms?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

 

“Strategies for driving through floodwaters should educate both males and females on when it is safe to drive through floodwaters and when it is not” http://currents.plos.org/disasters/article/dis-the-flood-related-behaviour-of-river-users-in-australia/

Residents of Sydney (USA) ‘flood zone’ hold community meeting https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/residents-of-sydney-flood-zone-hold-community-meeting-1.3976605#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=Kv3K2HZ

Shouting ‘Fire!’ in the Burning West https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/13/opinion/wildfire-west-yellowstone.html

The Real Life Impact of Flooding | Victims’ Stories | U.K https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uA3P2o6pw4

Fostering children’s participation in DRR with Minecraft and LEGO https://resiliencechallenge.nz/Resilience-Home/Science-Programmes/Culture/Fostering-children-s-participation-in-DRR-with-Minecraft-and-LEGO

Fantastic Failure: Facilitation Flops in a Post-Fire World https://fireadaptednetwork.org/fantastic-failure-facilitation-flops-post-fire-world/

Public warning in Chile http://eena.org/publications/public-warning-in-chile#.Wyn7WE0h1Mt

Why Community-level Resilience? http://www.i-s-e-t.org/single-post/2018/05/31/Why-community-level-resilience

How stories can help communicate volcanic risk to communities https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/how-stories-can-help-communicate-volcanic-risk-communities?cid=SURR_TT_WBGCitiesEN_D_EXT

Launch: Building Child-focused Community Preparedness & Resilience Toolkit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6sxIIoKYCY&feature=youtu.be

In partnership with community leaders, the Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative analyzed, recommended and implemented procedures, training, and guidance to help build child-focused community resilience to disasters https://rcrctoolbox.org/

Participatory efforts such as ‘home-to-school’ mapping exercises and other collaborative activities were spearheaded by the Thessaloniki Municipality to rapidly crowdsource information in high-risk zones http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2018/06/20/in-thessaloniki-citizen-engagement-and-open-data-play-key-role-protecting-against-natural-disasters

 

Social Media and Emergencies

Using Twitter data to provide qualitative insights into pandemics and epidemics http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/20367/

Mary Meeker internet trends http://www.kpcb.com/internet-trends

Hurricane Maria – While social media played an important role in bringing people together or catalyzing relief action from existing networks, their impact depended on the cultural mesh and social ties underpinning it https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/33582-connection-in-the-time-of-almost-cholera

Flooded With Data: Hurricane Harvey Shows the Rising Value of Social Media Content https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/89092-flooded-with-data-hurricane-harvey-shows-the-rising-value-of-social-media-content?ajs_uid=0018G2653790I1E&ajs_trait_oebid=3782E0258467B1M

Biases Make People Vulnerable to Misinformation Spread by Social Media https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/biases-make-people-vulnerable-to-misinformation-spread-by-social-media/

 

Psychology and Disasters

Why do people continue to live in areas vulnerable to flooding and other natural hazards? https://journalistsresource.org/studies/environment/climate-change/relocation-climate-change-flooding-research

Following the Kaikōura earthquake, researchers surveyed residents to find out how they responded to the tsunami threat. They found people were confused about whether they should evacuate or not https://resiliencechallenge.nz/Resilience-Home/News-and-updates/In-the-Media/Tsunami-evacuation-after-the-Kaikoura-Earthquake-Understanding-community-behaviour-in-Petone-and-Eastbourne-21-06-2018

 

Sociology and Disasters

What happens after a disaster? https://discoversociety.org/2017/10/04/what-happens-after-a-disaster/

Portugal’s wildfire that broke a community https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44438505

Designing neighbourhoods with residents is good for community cohesion and resilience https://resilientmelbourne.com.au/resilient-communities/

Transformations for Resilient Rural Futures: The Case of Kaikōura, Aotearoa-New Zealand http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/6/1952

In Puerto Rico, a new hurricane season threatens the elderly http://news.trust.org/item/20180614110011-gi4v4/

Building the Resilience of the Poor in the Face of Natural Disasters https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/25335

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 (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