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

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Today in disaster resilience (27 April 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Emergency Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

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

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

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

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

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

 

Psychology and disasters

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

 

Sociology and Disasters

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

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

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

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

Today in disaster resilience (6 April 2018)

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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