This Week in Disaster Resilience 9th October 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Mexico – Thousands Affected by Floods After Heavy Rain From Tropical Storm Gamma
http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-storm-gamma-october-2020

France and Italy – Deadly Flash Floods After 630mm of Rain in 24 Hours
http://floodlist.com/europe/france-italy-floods-storm-alex-october-2020

Western Pacific season returns, Chan-Hom forecast to become an intense typhoon and head towards Japan
https://www.severe-weather.eu/tropical-weather/typhoon-japan-chan-hom-mk/

Hurricane Delta Prompts Evacuations in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula
https://weather.com/news/news/2020-10-06-hurricane-delta-mexico-cancun-yucatan-evacuations-preparations

California’s largest wildfire on record is now a million-acre “gigafire”
https://www.vox.com/2020/10/5/21502397/august-complex-gigafire-wildfire-california-record

Hundreds Evacuated As French Villages Dig Out From Flooding
https://www.channelstv.com/2020/10/05/hundreds-evacuated-as-french-villages-dig-out-from-flooding/

Indonesia – Homes Damaged After Floods in East and West Java Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-west-java-october-2020

Philippines – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Cebu Province
http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-cebu-province-october-2020

Flooding hits six million people in East Africa
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-54433904

Malaysia – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Sabah
http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-sabah-october-2020

Hurricane Delta: Louisiana declares state of emergency as it braces for storm
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/08/hurricane-delta-louisiana-winds-flooding

Vietnam – at Least 7 Dead or Missing After Floods in Central Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-quangtri-october-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Oct 2020: Etna volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Semeru
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/111162/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-8-Oct-2020-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Re.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Giving vulnerable Bangladeshis the resources to cope with climate change
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73900

Climate change and concrete turn up heat on vulnerable communities in New Jersey’s cities
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73903

This page will track a selection of the planet’s vital signs, from carbon dioxide levels to Arctic sea ice
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2020/oct/05/climate-data-dashboard-carbon-atmosphere-sea-level-arctic-ice

Beyond a token effort: gender transformative climate change action in the Pacific
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/73940

Climate change and migration in Bangladesh: gender perspective
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/73951

Climate Change in the Minds of U.S. News Audiences
https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/climate-change-in-the-minds-of-u-s-news-audiences/

Flooded Asia: Why climate change hits region the hardest
https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Asia-Insight/Flooded-Asia-Why-climate-change-hits-region-the-hardest

Climate change responsible for record sea temperature levels, says study
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73961

What is holding back the promise of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation?
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73962

Natural catastrophe resilience remains low as climate risks increase
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/73977

Europe’s new climate target would mean near total exit from coal by 2030
https://reneweconomy.com.au/europes-new-climate-target-would-mean-near-total-exit-from-coal-by-2030-2030/

'Thrilled': Next generation climate modelling gets budget kickstart
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/thrilled-next-generation-climate-modelling-gets-budget-kickstart-20201007-p562vn.html

Polar ice, atmospheric water vapor biggest drivers of variation among climate models
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-polar-ice-atmospheric-vapor-biggest.html

Climate-menaced nations say survival depends on stronger 2020 action
https://news.trust.org/item/20201007163811-6igh1/

Is climate change reversible?
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/western-wilfires-record-temperatures-california-60-minutes-2020-10-04/

New research: nitrous oxide emissions 300 times more powerful than CO₂ are jeopardising Earth’s future
https://theconversation.com/new-research-nitrous-oxide-emissions-300-times-more-powerful-than-co-are-jeopardising-earths-future-147208

Billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in 2020 tie annual record
https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-202009

Extreme heat in Western and Southern Europe: A real and increasingly regular peril of climate change
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74012

Assessing Shifts in Regional Hydroclimatic Conditions of U.S. River Basins in Response to Climate Change over the 21st Century
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2020EF001657#.X36hcB4dxS8.twitter

This infographic illustrates three storylines of these possible warmer worlds based on different mitigation option
https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/mulitimedia/worlds-apart/

Warming makes Delta, other storms power up faster
https://apnews.com/article/climate-climate-change-oceans-storms-weather-108ee106d20ab2ab4880011b78e71981

Disaster risk reduction

Why are people still losing their lives and livelihoods to disasters?
https://global-report.vfl.world/

North Atlantic hurricane season halftime report: Will the second half be as active as the first?
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73883

Using drones to better predict urban flooding
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73879

Infrastructuring floods in the Brahmaputra river basin: hydrocracies, hubris, hazardscapes
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/73839

Mapping bushfire hazard and impacts – Final report
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/73871

Latest edition of Floodplain Manager newsletter
https://molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-september-2020/

A Decade on: Canterbury Aftershocks
https://www.geonet.org.nz/news/Oxqzia27irP0VXIyVdNgV

Previsico’s real time flood forecasting ushers in next generation insurtech
https://www.truehollywoodtalk.com/previsicos-real-time-flood-forecasting-ushers-in-next-generation-insurtech/

California Will Keep Burning. But Housing Policy Is Making It Worse
https://www.propublica.org/article/california-will-keep-burning-but-housing-policy-is-making-it-worse

2020: The Year of the Converging Crises
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/2020-crises-wildfires-pandemic-election-climate-crisis-1069907/

Earthquake forecasting clues unearthed in strange precariously balanced rocks
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73941

Marine heatwaves and hurricanes: Study examines compounding impact of severe weather
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73930

Adaptive social protection and disaster risk management: A case study of Japan
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/73917

Community- and nature-based solutions for integrated urban flood risk management: Mini studios for water-sensitive urban design - a handbook for organizers and facilitators
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/73915

Geologists raise the speed limit for how fast continental crust can form
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-geologists-limit-fast-continental-crust.html

Mose flood barrier finally holds the waters back for fragile Venice
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-weather-venice-idUSKBN26O0AZ

Researchers aim to improve coastal storm surge forecasting
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73967

Fuzzy Postprocessing to Advance the Quality of Continental Seasonal Hydrological Forecasts for River Basin Management
https://journals.ametsoc.org/jhm/article-abstract/21/10/2375/354568/Fuzzy-Postprocessing-to-Advance-the-Quality-of?redirectedFrom=fulltext

Seismic data yields deeper quake knowledge
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-seismic-yields-deeper-quake-knowledge.html

Thinning forests doesn't reduce bushfire risk and could make some blazes worse, study finds
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/08/thinning-forests-doesnt-reduce-bushfire-risk-and-could-make-some-blazes-worse-study-finds

Faraway Magma Reservoirs Complicate Volcano Monitoring
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/faraway-magma-reservoirs-complicate-volcano-monitoring/

Landslide susceptibility assessment of wildfire burnt areas through earth-observation techniques and a machine learning-based approach
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/73991

The frightening implications of California’s first million-acre fire
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-10-06/the-frightening-implications-california-first-million-acre-wildfire

Property Flood Resilience Update
https://edition.pagesuite.com/html5/reader/production/default.aspx

Emergency management

Assessing the cost of disaster recovery and identifying funding sources in the HSOAC Puerto Rico economic and disaster recovery plan project
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/73893

Building back locally : Supporting Puerto Rico's municipalities in post-hurricane reconstruction
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/73895

Isolated nursing centre that became a bushfire refuge gets renewable energy funding
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-05/isolated-nursing-centre-that-became-refuge-gets-renewable-energy/12730610

Understanding the Australian Fire Danger Rating System Program
https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/understanding-the-australian-fire-danger-rating-system-program

Aerial firefighting webinar series
https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/aerial-firefighting-webinar-series

Current issue of Fire Australia
https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/magazine

ANU launches centre for early fire detection and suppression
https://themountainjournal.wordpress.com/2020/10/06/anu-launches-centre-for-early-fire-detection-suppression/

Improving Pandemic Preparedness: Lessons From COVID-19
https://www.cfr.org/report/pandemic-preparedness-lessons-COVID-19/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

GIDM launches 5 hours self-paced online course on the basics of disaster risk management
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73876

Disaster-resilience education helps students take the lead in a changing Australia
https://education.abc.net.au/newsandarticles/blog/-/b/3653653

Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?
https://hoodcp.wordpress.com/other-selected-research-publications/disaster-narratives-by-design-is-japan-different/

A guide to long-term thinking: how to envision the far future of Earth
https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/deep-time-reckoning

Incidents within Incidents: social perspectives on the global pandemic and wildfire
https://www.iawfonline.org/article/incidents-within-incidents-social-perspectives-on-the-global-pandemic-and-wildfire/

There are more than 3,000 volunteer rainfall recorders across Australia
https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2020-10-07/bush-families-recording-australias-rainfall-for-more-100-years/12735430

Using Art as an In-Road to Science and Activism
https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/10/01/jill-pelto-climate-art-activism/

Beachgoers keep high eye on Victoria's changing coastline
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/beachgoers-keep-high-eye-on-victoria-s-changing-coastline-20201007-p562ss.html

Psychology and disasters

It’s normal for hurricanes to cause people to experience emotional distress
https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline/disaster-types/hurricanes-tropical-storms

Sociology and disasters

Exclusion of at-risk communities a major barrier to preventing disaster losses
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73908

Pacific women shut out of disaster management
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73858

Review of gender-responsiveness and disability-inclusion in disaster risk reduction in Asia and the Pacific United Nations
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/73853

A standardized community resilience measurement framework for flooding
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479720312585?via%3Dihub

Coastal flooding will disproportionately impact river delta populations
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-18531-4

Disaster Relief: Why the Poor Need Higher Priority
https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/disaster-relief-why-the-poor-need-higher-priority/

Preliminary rapid gender analysis of monsoon flood 2020
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/73977

African Americans Are Disproportionately Exposed to Extreme Heat
http://info.primarycare.hms.harvard.edu/blog/african-americans-extreme-heat

Nepal: Why more women die in natural disasters
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73982

Replication Data for: Capturing Bonding, Bridging, and Linking Social Capital through Publicly Available Data
https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataset.xhtml?persistentId=doi:10.7910/DVN/IUNNZM

Social capital and COVID-19: a multidimensional and multilevel approach
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21620555.2020.1814139

 

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