This Week in Disaster Resilience 18 October 2019


Recent Emergencies/Disaster

Typhoon Hagibis: Japan deploys military rescuers as deadly storm hits

Firefighters make progress on Saddleridge fire; Southern California blazes kill 3, injure others

Typhoon Hagibis hammers Tokyo, 33 dead

Tanzania – Floods Cause Fatalities in Morogoro and Tanga Regions

El Salvador – Flooding and Landslides Leave 4 Dead

Iran – Deadly Flooding in Northern Provinces

Ethiopia – Over 20 Killed in Landslide in South

Colombia – Flooding and Landslides in Risaralda Department

At least 27 people have been confirmed dead after days of flooding in the Upper East region of Ghana

DR Congo – Deadly Floods Hit Kinshasa

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Oct 2019: Etna volcano, Fuego, Krakatau, Shiveluch, Karangetang


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

National Governments Can't Solve Climate Change Alone

Climate Change Insurance; California's Homeless Crisis

Stripped bare: Australia's hidden climate crisis

Four Storytellers Tackle Climate Change

Higher temperatures driving 'alarming' levels of hunger – report

Transforming mined out lands into solar plants

'It's a crisis, not a change': the six Guardian language changes on climate matters

Tracking the Ongoing Recovery of Earth's Ozone Hole

Prince William calls for climate change action on glacier visit

Extinction Rebellion and the Birth of a New Climate Politics

Mass migration from Africa likely as government invests in satellite monitoring of vulnerable countries

How Scientists Finally Got Americans to Worry About the Climate

Climate Change Impacts Monsoon Flooding In India

GHI 2019: Climate change driving alarming levels of global hunger

Assessing the health effects of extreme temperatures and the development of adaptation strategies to climate change in the Asia-Pacific region

More than 370,000 sign e-petition for climate emergency declaration

Australia wasted decades in climate denial – and must break free of the mire of misinformation

A visual alternative to tackling the 1170 pages of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 
Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC)

Planning for the economic risks of climate change

Peruvian Glaciers Have Shrunk By 30 Percent Since 2000

Climate change and displacement

Olympics Marathon Moved Out of Tokyo Over Heat Concerns

Firms ignoring climate crisis will go bankrupt


Disaster Risk Reduction

Japan Spent Mightily to Soften Nature’s Wrath, but Can It Ever Be Enough?

Probabilistic Hydrological Post-Processing at Scale: Why and How to Apply Machine-Learning Quantile Regression Algorithms

What happens if you put 100 people interested in flood risk management in a room for a full month?

Our attempts to wall in a surging Mississippi have failed up and down the river, leading to catastrophic flooding. Now momentum is building to work with nature, not against it

Flooding Menace: Italian Firm, Rivers Community Sign Pact To End Flooding

New study analyzes FEMA-funded home buyout program

Lagos flood: Beyond panic control, but high-tech engineering solutions

Edinburgh's 'urban creep' flood risk: 15 football pitches worth of green land lost each year to conservatories, driveways and patios

Australian Tropical Cyclone Outlook for 2019 to 2020

Great Lakes flooding: The warning signs that homes must be moved

Disaster Risk Analysis Part 2: The Systemic Underestimation of Risk

Factors influencing the behaviour and perceptions of Australian veterinarians towards antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance

We can’t drought-proof Australia, and trying is a fool’s errand

FSU Research: Strong storms often generate earthquake-like seismic activity

UK: Flood defences save £1.1 billion a year

Asia-Pacific DRR Country Status Reports

Evidence for sharp increase in the economic damages of extreme natural disasters

Practitioner perspectives of disaster resilience in international development

Catalyzing urban resilience

Thirty years after devastating quake, is San Francisco ready for the next?

Unprecedented movement detected on California earthquake fault capable of 8.0 temblor

Florida Keys neighborhood’s been flooded for over 40 days

Thoughtfully Using Artificial Intelligence in Earth Science

Exmoor river 'reset' aims to cut flood risk and bolster wildlife

Fixing Insurance in Far North Queensland


Emergency Management

Two Years After Hurricane Harvey, One Group Says It Has Been Overlooked: Renters

Toll from typhoon in Japan, both human and material, keeps rising

Limitations and challenges of early warning systems: A case study of the 2018 Palu-Donggala Tsunami

Proceedings of the 2019 International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

Flooding of Tama River put capital on the brink of crisis during Typhoon Hagibis

Estimating the Sequencing of Evacuation Destination and Accommodation Type in Hurricanes

Developing a freely available platform to simulate the evacuation of residential communities from wildfire

Vladimir Putin held a meeting on flood relief measures in Irkutsk Region and the Far East

Urban flooding a hot button topic among those affected

Hagibis Floods Japan


Disaster Education, Communications and Engagement

International Day for Disaster Reduction

Tips on How to Prepare Your Business for Flooding

Strategic approaches for developing a culture of safety management in schools: Indications from literature studies

Immersed: a VR experience about flood and resilience

Virtual reality based disaster resilience training

Philippines disaster preparedness simulator

Disaster Scope is an augmented reality (AR) application which contains flooding and fire smoke simulations built by Itamiya laboratory

PreparedBC: Guide for Apartments, Condos and Townhomes

Download California's New Earthquake Early Warning App


Psychology and Disasters

Large Study Shows PTSD Has Strong Genetic Component

Getting Canadians prepared for natural disasters: a multi-method analysis of risk perception, behaviours, and the social environment

Flash Flood Risk Perception by the Population of Mindelo, S. Vicente (Cape Verde)

Geo-hydrological and seismic risk awareness at school: Emergency preparedness and risk perception evaluation

Educational Attainment, Disaster Experience, and Emergency Preparedness 1 Formal Education and Disaster Protective Action Decision Making: The Interacting Effects of Prior Experience and Income

Florida names its first mental health coordinator for hurricanes, disaster recovery


Sociology and Disasters

Post-disaster recovery and sociocultural change: Rethinking social capital development for the new social fabric

The role of traditional leadership in disaster management and disaster risk governance: A case of Ugu District Municipality by-laws

Gender mainstreaming: A lasting solution to disaster risk reduction


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This Week in Disaster Resilience 11 October 2019


Recent Emergencies/Disaster

More than 90,000 people affected by flooding in Yemen

Ireland – Homes Damaged After Floods From Storm Lorenzo

Iran – Deadly Flash Floods in South

Colombia – Thousands Hit by Flooding in North

Alert Level 1 raised over Taal volcano, Philippines

Strong eruption at Sheveluch volcano with ash up to 10 km (34 000 feet), pyroclastic flow produced, Russia

Venezuela – Thousands Hit by Floods in Zulia State

Kenya – Over 1,000 Displaced by Floods in North

Sudan – North Darfur Town Devastated by Rains, Flash Floods

Vietnam – High Tides and Rising Rivers Flood Cần Thơ

NSW bushfires that destroyed dozens of homes may have been deliberately lit, authorities say

Hagibis intensifies to Category 5 Super Typhoon in one of the most explosive intensification rates on record, heading toward Tokyo, Japan

Flood sweeps away Ondo varsity final year student

Côte d’Ivoire – Deadly Floods in Abidjan and Aboisso Departments

Nigeria – Almost 20,000 Displaced by Benue and Niger River Floods

Kenya – Over 1,000 Displaced by Floods in North

Venezuela – Thousands Hit by Floods in Zulia State

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Oct 2019: Etna volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay

Wildfires rage in California as residents scramble without power

Two people confirmed dead in NSW bushfires after police find bodies on remote property

Honduras – Evacuations After Flash Floods in Copán and Colón Departments


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Analysis: How well have climate models projected global warming?

My Community Is Warming Three Times Faster Than the Rest of the World

How citizen science is building climate resilience in South Asia

Black Communities Need Climate Change Help, Groups Tell Congress

Climate change poses a ‘direct threat’ to Australia’s national security

Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days

The National Climate Assessment (NCA): Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States

This graph illustrates the change in global surface temperature relative to 1951-1980 average temperatures

What are Extinction Rebellion's key demands?

Hundreds of temperature records broken over summer

There are three types of climate change denier, and most of us are at least one

‘What happens in the Arctic, doesn’t stay in the Arctic’—why the north pole matters to Asia

New Research Tying 20 Companies to One-Third of Global Emissions Aids Liability Argument

Is it time for Asian cities to declare a climate emergency?

Improved understanding of conditions in the stratosphere is helping to produce more-accurate short-term climate forecasts

Ice core source discovery adds to study of volcanic activity, climate system interactions

The world needs a massive carbon tax in just 10 years to limit climate change, IMF says

Offering solutions to Ice Age ocean chemistry puzzle

Rich Counties Get More Help to Escape Climate Risk, New Data Show

Peruvian Glaciers Have Shrunk By 30 Percent Since 2000

'Super lucky to catch it': Researchers get time-lapse video of glacial lake flood


Disaster Risk Reduction

Experts warn world ‘grossly unprepared’ for future pandemics

Warming climate alarms Montana scientists

Warragamba plan 'flawed': former SES deputy

Disaster risk reduction must secure a place in all budgets, UN expert says

A core and a periphery in disaster-related research and practice

It’s only October, so what’s with all these bushfires? New research explains it

Sweeping Study Raises Questions About Who Benefits From Buyouts Of Flood-Prone Homes

A systematic review and evaluation of Zika virus forecasting and prediction research during a public health emergency of international concern

Communities across Washington are removing human development rather than engineering bigger and costlier fixes to the flooding that is likely to get worse as a consequence of climate change

Don’t count on Canada-wide, high-resolution flood modelling anytime soon

FEMA Bought 44,000 Flood-Prone Homes. They May Have to Buy Millions More

How to protect homes from wildfire is subject of professor's new book


Emergency Management

The climate is changing, but our disaster-response system isn’t keeping up, experts say

International satellites supporting disaster management

Nearly 1,900 Dead In Monsoon Rains, Floods Across India

Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) initiates national engagement

Australian Emergency Management Arrangements Handbook updated

More Frequent and Intense Tropical Storms Mean Less Recovery Time for the World’s Coastlines

Adaptation, adaptability and resilience: the recovery of Kobe after the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995

Hurricane Michael recovery efforts point to the power of local generosity after overlooked disasters

Why Machine Learning Is Critical for Disaster Response


Disaster Education, Communications and Engagement

Living With Wildfire

Are You Ready For Your Customers To Hear Thunder?

Championing a bottom-up approach to community resilience

On 13 October, communities across the world will recognise the United Nation’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction to help promote a global culture of risk awareness and disaster reduction

The Survive and Thrive program is a long-term bushfire education partnership between Anglesea Primary School and the Anglesea CFA community

This joint special issue of Disasters and Development Policy Review discusses the role of information technology and social media both in disasters and development contexts

PG&E power outage: How to survive with just your cellphone


Psychology and Disasters

Living near a coast is linked with better mental health, study suggests

A typology of spontaneous societal responses to disasters that planners can use to help them understand the links to the affected communities and motivations for action

Can some people sense that an earthquake is about to happen (earthquake sensitives)?


Sociology and Disasters

The Social Impact of Natural Hazards: A Multilevel Analysis of Disasters and Forms of Trust in Mainland China

Disasters, Vulnerabilities, and Equity: Moving Forward

The politics of disaster vulnerability


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This Week in Disaster Resilience 4 October 2019


Recent Emergencies/Disaster

‘Totally terrified’ observers catch tornado touching down outside Davis on video

Drought-hit Australian towns prepare for 'unimaginable' water crisis

Lorenzo becomes the strongest hurricane this far north and east in the Atlantic basin

Tibesti – another mining-induced landslide

Niger: Tens of Thousands Impacted by Devastating Floods

Bihar and Uttar Pradesh: More than 100 dead in fresh India flood chaos

Turkey – 13 Rescued After Flash Floods in Artvin Province

Severe thunderstorms north of Brisbane flood homes and businesses

Worst monsoon in 25 years kills 148 across India, floods ravage Patna

UK weather: Torrential rain brings floods across Britain

Hurricane Lorenzo lashes mid-Atlantic Azores Islands

Pakistan – Fatalities After Heavy Rain and Flash Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Mexico – Deadly Floods After Heavy Rain From Tropical Storm Narda

Senegal – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Dakar and Kaolack Regions

South Korea – Torrential Rain From Typhoon Mitag Causes Deadly Floods and Landslides

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Oct 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UK’s new flagship polar research vessel officially named Sir David Attenborough

Climate lessons from the classroom spill into the streets

This Victorian surf club is under threat as climate change eats away at the coast

'It's heartbreaking': a coastal community watches its beach wash away

Didn’t teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg cause a stir last week?

Girt by sea, Australia faces serious climate challenge

U.S. taxpayers are at risk for homes threatened by climate change

Where climate cash is flowing and why it’s not enough

Feeling flight shame? Try quitting air travel and catch a sail boat

Australia’s mangroves and seagrass meadows absorb 20m tonnes of CO2 a year but report warns damage to ecosystems contributing to climate change

NSW considers laws to stop courts and planners blocking coalmines on climate grounds

What Climate Change Will Do to Three Major American Cities by 2100

Use the Sea Ice Aware App to Monitor Conditions in the Poles

Vast iceberg bigger than Los Angeles breaks off Antarctic shelf

Australia Must Listen To First Nations People If It Wants To Combat Climate Change

Human Activity Outpaces Volcanoes, Asteroids in Releasing Deep Carbon

Watch: Thirty-five years of Arctic thaw in two minutes

Report: Global Use of Renewable Energy Will Soar By 2050 (But So Will CO2)


Disaster Risk Reduction

North Miami bought her flooded home. Now it’s going to become a park to fight sea rise

Resilient Cities, User-Driven Planning, and Open Data Policy

Hydrological signatures describing the translation of climate seasonality into streamflow seasonality

Scientists have found that most fires start on the side of highways or near power lines. What if the vegetation in those places was impervious to fire?

 Life on the coast is already hazardous. Groundwater mismanagement amplifies other risks

FEMA's flood maps may not accurately reflect the real risk for millions of Americans

The launch of Australia FloodScore now marks an important step forward for rating flood risk in the region

How the American nuclear industry downplays the threat of climate-induced flooding

A new study highlights the potential to improve the accuracy of flood hazard maps by incorporating richer data

Phase two of the £112 million Leeds flood defence scheme is one of the largest river flood alleviation scheme in the UK

This Beautiful Bamboo Sports Hall Can Withstand Earthquakes And Has A Zero-Carbon Footprint

Researchers Hone Our Ability to Map Storm Flooding

Houston’s pocket prairies: Natural solutions to unnatural flooding

Groundwater pumping in some of the world’s critical watersheds exceeds safe levels. It’s causing surface waters to fall at an alarming rate

Fire as a key driver of Earth's biodiversity


Emergency Management

Iowa residents asked to ignore false weather alert

NISC - Our members include the following public safety, emergency preparedness, management, and response stakeholders

Bangladesh promises to improve local flood warnings after complaints

More than 1,600 die in India's heaviest monsoon season for 25 years

US Aid for Hurricane Dorian


Disaster Education, Communications and Engagement

See where your town was located in the ancient past

The Best Nature Books of 2019

Hull Flood Protection Guide

Hurricane Evacuation Decision Making

Resident input sought for Harvey-related flood projects

"You wouldn't walk into a bushfire, so why would you drive your car into floodwaters?"

The Role of Introductory Geoscience Courses in Preparing Teachers—And All Students—For the Future: Are We Making the Grade?

Most Americans are highly concerned about several issues when it comes to social media and news

The Great Flood of 2019: A Complete Picture of a Slow-Motion Disaster

Flood Snakes and Ladders – a community flood engagement event


Psychology and Disasters

Nearly 20 percent of Hurricane Harvey flood victims reported post-flood PTSD, depression and anxiety

Flooding, Recovery and Hydraulic Citizenship in Post-Harvey Houston

Every Single Cognitive Bias in One Infographic

Why Near‐Miss Events Can Decrease an Individual's Protective Response to Hurricanes


Sociology and Disasters

Black Wave: How Networks and Governance Shaped Japan’s 3/11 Disasters

The number of people in the average U.S. household is going up for the first time in over 160 years

New research suggests the assumption Aboriginal people lived in open vegetation sustained by fire is misplaced


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Floodplain Manager September 2019


I am sure many readers will be surprised this month to read that a local council in Victoria is incorporating flood mapping for the first time in its local development controls.  However, there are many councils throughout Australia who have only this decade recognised that limits need to be placed on development due to flood risk and there are others who are still holding out.  Even where development controls in relation to flooding exist, very often risks beyond the 1% AEP event are not considered.

We also report on more climate change research which suggests that flooding will only get worse in Australia and that this has already been happening in north-western Europe.  And while cities such as Perth are making plans for future frequent inundation, a group of farmers in the midst of a drought, are calling for more action on climate change to mitigate increasing weather extremes including floods.

Meanwhile, there is genetic research underway to see whether the genes which make crops like rice flood resistant can be switched on in other crops to mitigate agricultural losses from floods.  Other innovations we report on this month include a new satellite which will be able to more accurately map flood extents in remote locations and a couple of Australian start-ups using artificial intelligence and machine learning to make more accurate real-time flash flood forecasts.

It’s also great to see that a Young Floodplain Managers Network is starting up within Floodplain Management Australia.  These are the people who will be using the new tools and technologies to deal with the evolving flood challenges long after others of us have retired.  Let’s give them the encouragement and support they need to rise to those challenges.

Steven Molino

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IPCC Special Report Sparks Concern for Australia

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a special report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate which reveals that the average sea level rise is now 3.6mm a year.

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According to the report, global warming has already reached 1oC above the pre-industrial level, and smaller glaciers are projected to lose more than 80% of their current ice mass by 2100. These trends are predicted to have flow-on effects in Australia due to sea level rise, particularly as 21 million people live within 50km of the coast. The report predicts that Australia’s coastal cities and communities can expect to experience what was previously a 1% AEP extreme coastal flooding event at least once every year by the middle of this century. As sea levels rise, Australia is also expected to see more extreme winds, waves, storm surges and flooding from intensified tropical cyclone (Read here and here).

Paradise Dam Safety Concerns Trigger Storage Reduction Despite Drought

SunWater has confirmed it will release 105,000 megalitres from Paradise Dam in the drought-declared Bundaberg region, Queensland, permanently reducing the dam's capacity for safety reasons.

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The dam was built and opened in 2006. It is currently 75% full but was damaged by floods in 2011 and 2013. The decision was based on investigations of the dam which identified that it could pose a flood risk in a 0.5% AEP flood such as was experienced in 2013. In order to mitigate this risk it is proposed that water releases will happen progressively and will be available to local irrigators, with the remainder of the water to be collected by two weirs downstream. The decision has incited negative responses from farmers in the region who believe that the water will be wasted as crops are not at peak water need, and that water should be allocated more wisely in a time of drought (Read here).

Victorian Council Finally Acknowledges Flood Risk

A proposed amendment to the Moorabool Planning Scheme would ensure that flood risk is considered in future land development decisions.

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Recent heavy rainfall in the Moorabool Shire region in Victoria has illuminated the fact that the current planning scheme does not have any overlays to identify land affected by a 1% AEP flood. It is proposed that the plan is amended to ensure that flood risk in the catchments of the Werribee River, Lerderderg River and Little River is considered in future land development decisions. The amendment would allow council to appropriately regulate proposed development on flood-prone land and ensure that flooding is not exacerbated on other properties by inappropriate development (Read here).

Perth Planning for Sea-Level Rise

A map released by Western Australia’s government as part of the Draft Perth Water Precinct Plan, shows that some of Perth's waterside suburbs would be under water by early next century.

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The map is based on modelling conducted by the state government in 2014, which is currently under review by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. Forecasting shows that areas such as Elizabeth Quay, Heirisson Island and South Perth’s Mill Point could be inundated as a result of climate change driven sea-level rise. The precinct is susceptible to several variables such as extreme rainfall and storm surges which will likely affect the river foreshore and the associated infrastructure. The precinct plan would require policy makers to respond to the impacts of climate change by developing and implementing infrastructure upgrades and maintenance. This includes relocation of drainage infrastructure, appropriate design responses based on acceptable levels of inundation of recreational and transport assets, as well as erosion impacts (Read here).

Farmers Fear Flood, Fires and Drought if No Climate Change Action

A group of farmers concerned about the future have formed the Farmers for Climate Action lobby group.

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A conference held this month in Orange, NSW attracted nearly 200 people from across NSW to discuss ways of lobbying for more action on the effects of climate change on farmers. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has considered the past 100 years of records and has reported a 1oC rise in temperature. This trend has likely contributed to more extreme weather events such as the drought affecting much of Queensland and New South Wales, and the floods in north Queensland this year (FM February). The farmers are concerned that not enough is being done to prevent extreme weather conditions, and that there needs to be a more concerted effort to combat the risk of drought and floods. The lobby group hopes that it may bring in new ideas and insights on farming practices that can inform decision making and assist in more sustainable farming in the face of a changing climate (Read here ).

Aussie Startup FloodMapp Raises $1.3 Million

Brisbane start-up FloodMapp has received a funding boost to take its flood-prediction technology across Australia and the world.

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FloodMapp combines data analytics and machine learning techniques with traditional hydrology and hydraulic modelling, to deliver river height and rainfall data in real-time to predict flooding. The technology created by founders Juliette Murphy and Ryan Prosser, allows the creation of area specific inundation maps which can be shared with third parties. At its base, FloodMapp can be used as an early-warning tool to prevent loss of life. However, as the creators hope,  it may have applications in the insurance sector to warn policyholders that a flood is coming, allowing them to move to safety, and remove valuable items, in order to minimise losses. The funding will help FloodMapp expand across Australia, and internationally as a globally scalable tool (Read here). Flash Flooding Start-up Bags Melbourne Water as First Client

Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions startup has secured a partnership with Melbourne Water, to develop a flash flood warning system for the city.

Read more is a start-up created by Tim Kallady who recognises the potential for AI technology in various industries and environments. In Melbourne, as is the case in many cities, the majority of flood damage occurs in flash flooding. The AI solution learns from past rainfall and flood data, to recognise the weather patterns that lead to flash flooding. The system can then automatically send SMS messages to warn people likely to be affected and alert councils to facilitate timely road closures. Kallady hopes that is successful during the 12 month pilot project, and aims to expand his innovative technology to the address the universal issue of flash flooding on a global scale (Read more here).

FloodScore Launched in Australia

Ambiental’s FloodScore risk rating tool which was developed for the UK is now available for Australian Properties.

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FloodScore rates individual property flood risk using an algorithm which assigns a 0-100 score, with 100 representing extreme flood risk.  In Australia, FloodScore relies on Ambiental’s Australia FloodMap which uses a 5m grid LiDAR terrain database where available and elsewhere uses GeoScience Australia’s DEM-H topography data to estimate flood extents.  This is combined with the G-NAF property database to estimate flood depths but it can also extract data at a building footprint scale for greater accuracy.  The developers see this tool being particularly attractive to smaller insurance brokers for rapid screening and simplified setting of premiums across an insurance portfolio (Read more here ).

FMA 2020 Call for Abstracts

Floodplain Management Australia (FMA) is seeking a range of high quality presentations from across Australia dealing with riverine, overland and flash flooding, and coastal inundation for the national conference that has been held annually for the past 60 years.

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The theme for conference is “A Flood Resilient Australia: Transforming Vision into Action” and will be held from 19-22 May in Toowoomba, Queensland. For more information please refer to the FM diary (Read more here ).

Young Floodplain Managers

A Young Floodplain Managers (YFM) network is in the process of being established within FMA.

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The YFM network is being established to represent, engage, support and inspire young floodplain management professionals across Australia. The YFM network will aim to promote networking, knowledge sharing and collaboration, and gender equality and diversity. The network will champion initiatives such as workshops, networking events, and industry mentoring programs. For further information or to join the YFM network please get in touch via the LinkedIn group here. An end of year network event will also be held, details can be found in FM diary (Read more here and here).

Climate Change Affects Flooding Differently Across Europe

Researchers from 35 European research institutions have found that climate change affects flood volume differently depending on the region.

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A multinational team of researchers led by the Vienna University of Technology in Austria has looked at river flow data from 4,000 monitoring stations across Europe to identify regional trends in flooding over a 50 year period. Results indicate that increases in autumn and winter precipitation and wetter soils are increasing floods in north-west Europe, while in southern Europe floods are decreasing due to a reduction in precipitation and increased evaporation of soil moisture. Floods are also decreasing in eastern Europe but this is driven by reduced snow cover and snowmelt due to warmer spring temperatures. The team found that in some areas, spring air temperature has increased by as much as 1°C per decade.  These trends have ignited concern in northwest Europe as across Great Britain and Ireland flood magnitudes have been increasing at a rate of about five per cent per decade. In Ireland, $1.6 billion is being spent on 118 flood-risk management schemes, including 50 priority flood defence schemes in some of the country’s at-risk locations. However, it is predicted that many of these strategies will not be adequate under increased flood frequencies and intensities. Another study by researchers at the University of Reading, UK, reaffirms these regional trends suggesting that coastal areas in the UK and Northern Europe will experience an increase in “compound flooding” under a changed climate. Modelling of the current climate indicates that a higher probability of experiencing concurring storm surges and heavy precipitation will lead to increased compound flooding especially in river mouths and low lying coastal areas (Read more here , here, here and here).

Community Based Flood Mitigation System in Africa

A flood risk monitoring system has been developed to support flood risk reduction through community engagement in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Twaa Mtaro (adopt a drain), is a web-based application that engages communities in drain clean ups, facilitates community reporting on blockages affecting the flood risk of local drainage systems, and provides municipalities with relevant data related to drain cleaning activities. Dar es Salaam is prone to flooding due to poor planning, frequently blocked storm water drains, and inadequate solid waste management. This has led to a number of floods, the most recent being in 2015, that have resulted in substantial damages, injury, and loss of life. Furthermore, intense urbanisation and expansion expected to occur in the city over the coming decades, is predicted to exacerbate the risk of flooding. The monitoring system reflected on the key issues of the city and aimed to facilitate, collect, disseminate and act on local drainage information. A group of community volunteers and university students surveyed all drains across the city which were then mapped and presented on the open-access map. Each drain is colour coded according to whether it is clean, dirty, needs help, or is flood prone. Community members are encouraged to “adopt” drains within their area and to monitor and update their condition and respond accordingly in order to lower flood risk in the event of heavy rainfall (Read more here and here).

Mental Health Flood Impacts Rising

Studies find an inextricable link between flood damage and mental health in flood affected people.

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A national survey of 7,500 people in Great Britain found that those whose homes are damaged by floods are 50% more likely to suffer mental health problems such as depression or anxiety. Researchers believe that these anxieties could be financial, which is exacerbated by a lost sense of security. Similarly, another study of people in post-Hurricane Harvey Houston, USA found that 20% of flood victims in the study reported post-flood post traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, and more than 70% of survey respondents said the prospect of future flood events was a source of concern. The study also found that while first-time flood victims may still feel strong ties to their neighbourhoods, this emotional attachment erodes after their neighbourhood repeatedly floods. Similar themes of financial anxiety and loss of security resonate in this study with 28% of respondents reporting “financial concerns” as their primary motivation for staying or leaving flooded residences. The overall message in both articles is that comprehensive community-level planning to reduce flood risks, along with recognition of the psychological casualties associated with floods is paramount (Read more here and here).

Urban Growth makes Indian Cities more Flood-Prone

Maps show how the change in built up area in India’s coastal cities, at the cost of its natural ecosystems, have made them especially vulnerable to extreme weather events.

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An estimated 14% of India’s total population lives along its 7,500km coastline that includes 77 towns and cities such as the rapidly expanding Mumbai, Chennai and Kochi. Historically, these cities contained natural ecosystems of rivers, creeks and wetlands, but have increasingly become more urbanised. Maps were produced as part of a publication by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) which visualise the expansion of 100 Indian cities over the past two decades using publicly available data. In Kochi, rapid urbanisation paired with inadequate and inefficient waste and sewerage systems have caused the pollution and blockage of drainage and natural run-off across the city. Additionally, construction over the top of natural waterbodies has reduced the permeability of the ground making the city further susceptible to flooding. Mumbai is the most populous city in India, and supports a population of 22 million. It is estimated that 40% of the city’s mangroves which provide effective barriers against flooding have been lost as a result of urbanisation between 1995 and 2005. Similarly, in Chennai natural drainage sinks provided by marshland have depleted from 5,500ha recorded in 1965, to 600ha in 2013 (Read more here ).

Looking Beyond Flood Defence Strategies in India

Flood management needs to focus not only on flood defence strategies but also on flood risk preparation, mitigation, protection, and post-flood recovery to help make flood-prone areas more resilient.

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Floods in the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Barak floodplains in India are becoming more frequent affecting nearly 6,000 villages and resulting in the deaths of at least 200 people in July this year (FM July). Traditionally, flood management efforts have been centred on flood defence strategies that aim to minimise the probability of flooding through structural interventions such as dams, levees bank strengthening works and dredging. However, constructing physical defences isn’t without issues.  This year, around 24 of 33 districts in Assam reported damages in dam embankments as a result of lack of maintenance and forethought into the nature of high silt quantity river systems. Some are calling for a shift in focus to the simultaneous implementation of diversified strategies which may be a more appropriate approach to achieving flood resilience, including investments in health, education and livelihoods (Read more here ).

Global Collaboration for Forecasting Floods

Against the backdrop of climate change driven extremes, transnational relationships between forecasting and disaster management services should be at the forefront of flood resilience.

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A good example of the importance of integrated local information and resources with global scale forecasts and support, was the recent floods in Africa cause by tropical Cyclone Idai (FM March) and Kenneth (FM May). These floods spanned vast areas and crossed borders leaving tens of thousands of people homeless and thousands dead. During this time, researchers from the University of Reading, UK, produced real-time emergency flood hazard and exposure bulletins containing interpretations of flood forecasts and satellite images from the Copernicus Emergency Management Service. This was provided to humanitarian response groups in order to identify areas of most risk in order to better allocate resources, and to anticipate areas that could become affected.  A number of international initiatives currently exist which seek to enhance cooperation between scientific organisations and flood risk managers, and deploy humanitarian resources prior to floods occurring. These global partnerships between flood forecasting experts and humanitarian efforts on the ground are shipped to improve flood resilience and decrease flood risk especially for large-scale floods like those in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique earlier this year (Read more here ).

Researchers Hone our Ability to Map Storm Flooding

Researchers at the University of Connecticut, USA, are developing a radar satellite-based mapping technique that reduces the time it takes to delineate flooded areas following a storm.

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The flood mapping system is automated and is not reliant on human interpretation, from the detection of potentially flooded areas to the generation of the flood maps. The process currently takes two days to obtain the data from European Space Agency’s satellite after a storm, and then another 12 hours to generate maps. The new technique allows almost real-time estimates of flood inundation after a storm passes. This may provide invaluable assessments of where the water is flooding, which can be used by emergency response personnel to make quick assessments of the damage even in areas that may be inaccessible after a storm (Read more here ).

New Satellite May Make Flood Prediction Easier

A satellite on schedule to launch in 2021 could offer a more comprehensive look at flooding in vulnerable, under-studied parts of the world.

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A study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters found that the satellite would enable more accurate floodplain maps and better predictions about which areas are likely to flood. This is because the radar installed in the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (or SWOT) mission will enable the capture of about 55% of floods worldwide, and capture more detailed images of severe flooding. More broadly, the mission is the first-ever global survey of the planet’s surface water, and will allow scientists to measure how water bodies, including the world’s oceans, change over time (Read more here ).

New Study Opens the Door to Flood Resistant Crops

A study published in Science has identified the genes responsible for flood resistance, thus paving the way for flood resilient crops.

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Traditionally, most scientific studies of plant gene expression in relation to climate change have focused on cellular adaptations to drought conditions. However, comparatively little is known about plant adaptations to flooding, which is likely to become a threat to global crop species under a changed climate. Currently, rice is the only crop immune to flooding due to evolutionary exposure to the monsoons and waterlogging of the tropics. Researchers from the University of California, USA, have found that a wild-growing tomato and alfalfa-like plant share at least 68 families of genes in common with rice that are activated in response to flooding. The genes are found in tips of the root cells and have evolved to “switch-on” in rice when the roots are being flooded. The genes involved in flooding adaptations are called submergence up-regulated families (SURFs), and it is hoped that by activating these genes in other crop species such as corn, soybeans and alfalfa researchers, can produce plants that can withstand floods (Read more here ).

International Floods

There were 21 international floods reported across 22 countries throughout September 2019. At least 412 people died and over 233,600 were displaced.

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Internationally significant floods included:


In Sudan, Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) have demanded that the government declare Sudan a natural disaster zone following widespread destruction from heavy rains and flash floods over the past months. The death toll stands at 78, with at least 65,300 families affected, 40,800 homes collapsed, 184 schools affected, and 4,500 animals drowned. A total of 67 localities are affected in 14 states with the most damage reported in White Nile state, Kassala, El Gedaref, Khartoum, El Gezira, Sennar, and Red Sea state. Relief goods have been supplied including emergency shelter and non-food items, water, sanitation and hygiene, food and agricultural aid, health, and vector control. (Read more here).


Hurricane Dorian caused major devastation to the Bahamas early this month bringing with it heavy rain and damaging winds of up to 295km/h as well as storm surges of up to 7m. Dorian is the most powerful hurricane to strike the Bahamas on record making landfall on 1 September, and destroying 70,000 homes. The category 5 hurricane led to the deaths of at least 70 people ( however the official toll is yet to be announced) and caused in excess of $11 billion dollars’ worth of damage. (Read more here and here).


At least 45,000 people have been displaced and 20 people have died after flooding in India’s central state of Madhya Pradesh. Almost all the major rivers are flowing above or close to danger levels, with reports that 19 of the 28 major dams across the state have had their gates opened. More than 15,000 homes have been damaged, along with 1.5 million hectares of crops. This year marks the heaviest monsoon rains to lash India in 25 years. More than 1,600 people have died since June, with the season producing 10% more rain than a 50-year average. (Read more here and here ).


At least 42 people have died as a result of major flooding that has devastated the region since late July. Houses, schools and shops have been damaged or destroyed, along with food stocks, agricultural lands and cattle. Approximately, 5,500 houses have been completely destroyed leaving an estimated 70,000 people affected. (Read more here).


Flash flooding and landslides have affecting 147 districts across 32 provinces in Thailand since late August following heavy rainfall associated with tropical cyclone Podul. At least 19 people have died and widespread damage to infrastructure and assets has been reported . (Read more here).


At least 14 people have died and 88,000 have been displaced by flooding following heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Cyclone Podul and Tropical Depression Kajiki. An area of over 1,000km2 is currently underwater across the six provinces of Khammouan, Savannakhet, Champasak, Saravan, Sekong, and Attapeu. (Read more here).


2019 International River Symposium
Where: Brisbane, Australia
When: 20-24 October 2019
For more information visit here

“A River with a City Problem” a seminar with the author of the book with the same name
Where: Suncorp – Level 28, 266 George Street Brisbane, QLD 4001
When: 31 October, 2019
For more information visit here, tickets are available for purchase here

Young Floodplain Managers End of Year Event
Where: Sydney
When: 6:00pm- 9:00pm, Tuesday 12 November, 2019
Register here

2019 The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) Annual Conference
Where: Goyang, Korea
When: 12-15 November, 2019
For more information visit here

2020 Floodplain Management Australia Conference
Where: Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
When: 19-22 May, 2020

2020 Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Annual National Conference
Where: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
When: 7-12 June 2020
For more information visit here

2020 International Conference on Flood Management
Where: The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
When: 17-19 August, 2020
For more information visit here


The Great Flood of 2019: A Complete Picture of a Slow-Motion Disaster

The New York Times has published an interactive composite map depicting the flooding in Mid-west and South USA from January to June 2019. The map depicts the extent and intensity of flooding and the effects on nearby farmlands. The map also includes area specific captions explaining mitigation and evacuation measures taken, as well as historical and current rainfall and flood level data. (Click here).

Levees and Dams: Are They the Flooding Problem?
Flood guru Chris Green presents a short podcast on the history of dams and levees in the USA and their implications on flood protection with the backdrop of the recent mid-west flooding. (Click here).

“A River with a City Problem” a book about the Brisbane River Floodplain
Margaret Cook’s book: “A River with a City Problem” is a history of floods in the Brisbane River catchment, especially those in 1893, 1974 and 2011. Extensively researched, it highlights the force of nature, the vagaries of politics and the power of community. With many river cities facing urban development challenges, Cook argues for what must change to prevent further tragedy. A seminar is to be held in Brisbane on the 31st October which will feature a panel Q&A session with the author (more information is provided in the FM diary). Margaret’s book is available for purchase online here or at most bookstores.





Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan

The population of the Western Parkland City is projected to grow from 740,000 in 2016 to 1.1 million by 2036, and to well over 1.5 million by 2056. The NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) is developing the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan (the Plan) which will strategically protect the area’s endangered biodiversity into the future. The Plan uses a strategic conservation planning process that identifies, avoids and minimises impacts on endangered biodiversity on a landscape scale early in the planning process. This process also brings together a package of conservation measures such as new national parks, private land conservation, creating new corridors and connected conservation areas and revegetating areas to protect biodiversity on a local and landscape scale.

The Plan covers 200,000 hectares in the Cumberland Plain across parts of eight Local Government Areas (LGA’s): Blacktown, Wollondilly, Campbelltown, Camden, Liverpool, Fairfield, Penrith and Hawkesbury – and transport corridors.
Molino Stewart was engaged to facilitate the community and key stakeholder engagement aspect of the Plan. Events were held across the study area and were attended by local councils, environment groups, developers, and the broader Western Sydney Community. Molino Stewart provided workshop and feedback activities designed to gather valuable perspectives and input to better inform and regulate the intentions of the Plan. More information about the Plan can be found here.

This Week in Disaster Resilience 27 September 2019

Recent Emergencies/Disaster

Three kids die in Delta floods

Flood: Over 150 communities submerged in Kogi – Commissioner

Albania struck by 5.6-magnitude earthquake, injuring at least 37

Trinidad and Tobago – Tropical Storm Karen Causes Severe Flooding

Haiti – 2 Dead, 4 Missing After Flash Floods in Ouest Department

Tropical Storm Karen intensifies as it bears down on Puerto Rico

England weather: Heavy rain causes floods and travel chaos

Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Sep 2019: Popocatépetl volcano, Dukono, Reventador

Pune Flood: Death Toll Rises To 7; NDRF Teams On Rescue Operation

India – 12 Dead, Thousands Displaced After Floods in Maharashtra

Sri Lanka – Floods and Landslides Leave 1 Dead and 15,000 Displaced

Oman – Rain and Winds From Tropical Cyclone Hikaa Prompt Evacuations and Rescues

Strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Maluku, Indonesia


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Greta Thunberg condemns world leaders in emotional speech at UN

Climate effort must be boosted five-fold to limit global warming to 1.5°C

Climate change 'hitting harder and sooner' than forecast, warn scientists ahead of UN meeting

New coastal development is designed to live with sea level rise

2019 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Tied for Second Lowest on Record

Increasing flood risk due to co-occurring storm surges and heavy precipitation in Northern Europe

Climate change could stretch our capabilities, Defence Force chief speech warns

David Attenborough attacks Australian PM on climate record and support for coal

Teen girls are leading the climate strikes and helping change the face of environmentalism

Even a 20-centimetre rise in sea level would more than double the frequency of flooding in tropical zones such as the Mumbai coast, according to a 2017 report by US experts

A sense of climate crisis now haunts stories which aren’t even about the environment

Humans Just Held Another Funeral For a Glacier, And It May Not Be The Last

Australia is the runaway global leader in building new renewable energy

How we measure glaciers

New study shows major changes in severity of flooding across Europe linked to climate change

Home to “New York City’s newest island,” Hunter’s Point South is a city-funded park that offers lessons for cities struggling with rising tides

World's oceans at a tipping point, indicates UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report

Italy and France Prepare for Imminent Collapse of Mont Blanc Glacier

The IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, approved on 24 September 2019 by the 195 IPCC member governments, provides new evidence for the benefits of limiting global warming to the lowest possible level

Satellite will gain hi-res view of greenhouse effect

Evolution of 21st Century Sea Level Rise Projections

Not convinced on the need for urgent climate action? Here’s what happens to our planet between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming

Climate Change Hits Vulnerable Communities First and Hardest

How climate change is melting, drying and flooding Earth — in pictures

World's poorest communities have done the least to cause climate change, but end up paying for it

Dying of laughter: comics joke about climate change at U.N. summit


Disaster Risk Reduction

Experts warn of 'endless' flood cycle

Aussie startup FloodMapp raises $1.3 million for tech reducing “catastrophic” impact of flooding

Massive Study of European Flooding Sees North-South Climate Split

Gilbert White Special Issue

Surging Waters looks at flooding in the United States and demonstrates how science is supporting flood management, as well as furthering the solutions needed to mitigate flood impacts on people and property in the future

Rethinking resilience to wildfire

Hurricane resilience in the Bahamas: Ecosystem

Devising an Earthquake Algorithm to Save Lives

Imelda, Florence, Harvey: Bigger Rains and Bigger Floods

The Effect Of The Rising UK Flood Risk On Commercial Property

Cumbria Strategic Flood Partnership (CSFP) brings together Flood Risk Management Authorities and other organisations including representation from community groups

Risk Rating 2.0 Overview

Calgary flood protection project faces opposition

Role of earthquake motions in triggering a 'surprise' tsunami

Herogram illustrates how ECMWF scientists support EU flood work

Paradise Dam will have 'some difficulty' in extreme flood event

New satellite may make flood prediction easier

Extreme floods that once came every 100 years will be annual event by 2050: UN climate report

Tsunami Disasters and Global Heating in Japan: Incremental or Transformational Adaptation to Sea Level Rise?

Dr Lee Bosher : The terrifying experience that led to a lifetime of work

The satellite-based atlas includes information about more than 13 million fires

Flood Gates, Flood Walls and Home Buyouts: Coming Soon To Miami?


Emergency Management

‘Opening the Door to Hell Itself’: Bahamas Confronts Life After Hurricane Dorian

We talked to Obama’s top FEMA official on the future of flooding and what humanity can do to prepare

Why will FEMA spend as much in past 2 years as the previous 37? Here's how disaster aid works

Imelda dumped 40 inches of rain on Texas — and it wasn’t even a hurricane?

Public-Private-People Relationship Stakeholder Model for disaster and humanitarian operations

Exploring the Complications of Counting Casualties After Natural Disasters

FEMA officials tour safe rooms in Joplin, Webb City

UAE rescues 50,000 people from floods in Sudan

Minister reassures Nigerians of measures to tackle floods


Disaster Education, Communications and Engagement

Children, young people and flooding

The Role of Children in Creating Culturally Sensitive Disaster Management

International Day for Disaster Reduction 13 October

Climate Watch an App developed to monitor the effects of climate change locally

The Regional Resilience Exposure Tool (R2ET) is intended to function as a base-line resource for citizens, businesses, and governmental actors to kickstart conversations about sea level rise and emergency preparedness


Psychology and Disasters

The National Household Survey (NHS) tracks progress in personal disaster preparedness through investigation of the American public's preparedness actions, attitudes, and motivations

Sociology and Disasters

Community Resilience: A Case Study of a Community of Fortaleza, CE

Visually exploring social perceptions of environmental harm in global urban contexts

A coupled human–natural systems framework of community resilience


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This Week in Disaster Resilience 20 September 2019

Recent Emergencies/Disaster

The drought is now so severe it is biting in even the greenest corners of the country

Tens of thousands in Chiba urged to evacuate due to possible mudslides, Japan

Worst storm in over a century hits Spain, major floods and tornadoes reported

Strong explosion at Sakurajima volcano, Japan

Floods In Rajasthan After Release Of Water From Dams, Thousands Evacuated

'This is mind-blowing': Residents cope with historic flooding in Dell Rapids

23,000 flee after floods in northeast Thailand

'On pins and needles': Flooded-out Iowans brace for a third round in six months

At least 33 people dead as floods submerge large areas of northern Thailand

Record 1,422 people killed in monsoon rains from June to September, India

One killed, two escape death as flood ravages Anambra capital

Imelda brings heavy rainfall, fears of flooding to Texas

USA – Flooding in South East Texas After Tropical Depression Imelda Dumps Heavy Rain

India – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Rajasthan

Algeria – 2 Dead as Floods Hit Algiers and Souk Ahras

Indonesia shuts down plantations linked to illegal forest fires

Forest fires in Bolivia burn Switzerland-sized area

Eruption Of Russian Volcano Caused Colorful Skies


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Eight More Effects of Climate Change: Some Surprising, Some Fatal

‘Climigration’: when communities must move because of climate change

Emission impossible? Harsh facts on climate change

The world has a third pole – and it's melting quickly

Are businesses doing enough to prepare for climate change or do executives have their heads in the sand?

UK will see four heatwaves a year and twice as many flash floods by 2070s, Met Office predicts

The case for strategic and managed climate retreat

Jacinda Ardern on rising to the climate change challenge

Worrying new calculations show Earth is warming faster than previously thought

With Greenland's Extreme Melting, a New Risk Grows: Ice Slabs That Worsen Runoff

The Impact of Climate Change on Kivalina, Alaska

Scientists set out how to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

Fighting for a stolen future

Inequality and climate change

Hundreds of Australian academics declare support for climate rebellion

Ignoring young people’s climate change fears is a recipe for anxiety

Climate disasters to leave 150 million in humanitarian need by 2030: Red Cross

New UN report launched to help ratchet up action to combat climate crisis

The Arctic and climate change (1979 – 2019): What the ice record tells us

We want to learn about climate change from weather presenters, not politicians

A survey of Australian TV audiences' views on climate change

Climate change: Warming to drive 'robust increase' in UK flooding

Global warming simulations: Parts of U.K. and northern Europe to see more compound flooding


Disaster Risk Reduction

"There's no record of fire dangers that high that early in those areas in NSW"

Don't politicise the bushfires? The alternative is to sit back while more severe events happen

Work on Wangaratta's inadequate flood levees delayed by bureaucracy

Researchers Hone Ability to Map Storm Flooding

Flood: When Disaster Becomes Unnatural By Ahmed Maiyaki

Constructing a comprehensive disaster resilience index: The case of Italy

Review of the Transition From Smouldering to Flaming Combustion in Wildfires

Dams were built to control floods; they are now triggers

Flood relief scheme will be a catalyst for Cork city

More than half of FEMA’s flood maps rely on decades-old data. Now, a group of Texas researchers is tackling the problem with a $3 million grant and crowdsourced data

Hurricane Dorian: Harbinger of the new normal

Why Flood Victims Blame Their City, Not the Climate

As Flooding Worsens, Home Buyouts Move at a Snail's Pace

Resilient Communities: A New Disaster Preparedness Approach

What to do about the constant threat - and reality - of flooded homes in coastal communities

Flooding and Land Use Change in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia

Google to expand AI-powered flood forecasts in India for monsoon season

Urban flood resilience in Indonesia: New approaches through an urban design lens


Emergency Management

Haitians fear deportation from Bahamas after storm disaster

Extreme Weather Displaced a Record 7 Million in First Half of 2019

California Prepares For Wildfire Season As Climate Change Keeps Temperatures Rising

Mozambique cyclones: One million facing food shortages

The University of the Bahamas, After Dorian

False Tsunami Warning In Hawaii Triggered By Police Exercise

20,000 flood victims in Northeast remain trapped


Disaster Education, Communications and Engagement

Preparedness Day Educates Thousands of Californians on Disaster Readiness

Capacity Building toward Resilience: How Communities Recover, Learn, and Change in the Aftermath of Extreme Events

Global Mapping of Citizen Science Projects for Disaster Risk Reduction

In the past 20 years climate change education has been in and out of the formal curriculum depending on the whims of Australian governments

Psychology and Disasters

Recent Development in Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics: Bibliographic Analyses, Collaboration Patterns, and Future Directions

How to talk to children and teens about their fears surrounding climate change


Sociology and Disasters

Women are at the Heart of Disaster Preparedness and Response

Improving community resiliency following disasters is a dynamic partnership between community-based organizations and public health agencies established pre-disaster


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This Week in Disaster Resilience 13 September 2019


Recent Emergencies/Disaster

'Like nothing we've seen': Queensland bushfires tear through rainforest

Tens of thousands in Atlantic Canada still in the dark after Hurricane Dorian

Peregian homes destroyed after ferocious bushfire rips through Sunshine Coast community

Hurricane Dorian Lashes the Carolinas with Storm-Surge Flooding, Tornadoes

Morocco and Algeria – More Flash Floods Leave 11 Dead

Firefighters fear significant losses on Sunshine Coast, while more than 50 blazes are burning across New South Wales

Dorian's death toll in Bahamas rises to 50 -official

Heavy rains result in landslide killing 7 in southern Ethiopia

Typhoon "Lingling" killed 8 in North Korea, destroyed 460 houses and 46 200 ha (114 162 acres) of farmland

Floods kill seven people, 700 pigs in Cambodia

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Sep 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Ubinas

More than 800 homes destroyed by floods in Mali

Worst storm in over a century hits Spain, major floods and tornadoes reported

17 dead, 1 missing as more flooding hits Morocco and Algeria

Sweden – Flash Floods in Gothenburg After Heavy Rain

Ethiopia – Deadly Landslide After Heavy Rains in South East

West Africa – Death Toll Rises in Niger, Homes Destroyed in Nigeria, Hundreds Displaced in Chad


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australians increasingly fear climate change-related drought and extinctions

Climate gentrification: Coming to a community near you

Australia’s main grid hits new peak of 41 per cent wind and solar

Climate change survey shows Australians want action on emissions, but are divided on nuclear

Extreme heat a far greater threat for most Australians than extreme cold weather, study finds

European summer heatwave killed 1,500 in France, Minister says,-minister-says/11491610

Climate change: 'Invest $1.8 trillion to adapt'

What Is the Sun's Role in Climate Change?

The climate apocalypse is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it

Stay or go? Asian nations mull options as seas rise, cities sink

Climate change is bringing a new world of bushfires

Urban growth, heat islands, humidity, climate change: the costs multiply in tropical cities

Adaptation can deliver high rates of return, bringing multiple benefits to people and the economy

How much do direct livestock emissions actually contribute to global warming?

“Business as usual” could lead to catastrophic global sea-level rise, says new study

Emergent Constraints on Climate-Carbon Cycle Feedbacks

Climate change, reforestation/afforestation, and urbanization impacts on evapotranspiration and streamflow in Europe

Why gender matters in climate adaptation

Dangerous new hot zones are spreading around the world

‘In for a roasting’: Australia ‘on brink’ of ‘apocalyptic’ conditions

The losses from glaciers on Arctic islands and middle-latitude mountain ranges have been quite significant

Building climate change defences could massively boost world economy


Disaster Risk Reduction

‘Dead things everywhere’: is Australia facing the summer from hell?

Dorian One of Strongest, Longest-Lasting Hurricanes on Record in the Atlantic

We’re Barely Listening to the U.S.’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes

Recharging Aquifers by Capturing Flood Flows - Texas Case Study

Government pledges £62m flood funding for communities in England

Flood risk management: Slowing the flow

Going Under: Post-Flood Buyouts Take Years to Complete


Emergency Management

Meet air attack supervisor Nadia Rhodes, Canberra's eyes in the sky this bushfire season

Five things to watch after Hurricane Dorian strikes the Bahamas

Fires are burning where they never used to burn

Nebraska’s Emergency Management Agency Strained by Record Floods


Disaster Education, Communications and Engagement

National forums to understand disaster risk

Capacity Building toward Resilience: How Communities Recover, Learn, and Change in the Aftermath of Extreme Events

Canada Tries a Forceful Message for Flood Victims: Live Someplace Else

Remembering 9/11


Psychology and Disasters

Study reveals link between flooding and poor mental health


Sociology and Disasters

Bridging Social Capital through the Techno-subsystem: A Qualitative Analysis of GoFundMe Requests for Hurricane Relief


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