This Week in Disaster Resilience 1 November 2019

 

Recent Emergencies/Disaster

90,000 Sonoma County residents evacuated ahead of Kincade fire
https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/10223201-181/kincade-fire-grows-to-more

2 Million Californians Without Power And 180,000 Ordered To Evacuate Amid Wildfires
https://www.npr.org/2019/10/27/773844324/2-million-californians-without-power-and-180-000-ordered-to-evacuate-amid-wildfi

UK weather: 'Horrendous' conditions as heavy downpours cause flooding and travel disruption
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/travel-disruption-and-football-matches-cancelled-as-heavy-rain-hits-uk-a4271531.html

Deadly rains to hit Rwenzori, Kigezi areas
https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1509314/deadly-rains-hit-rwenzori-kigezi?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Nigeria – Floods Hit Lagos, Situation Worsens in Niger and Adamawa States
http://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-lago-niger-adamawa-october-2019

Japan – 10 Dead After More Floods and Landslides Hit Eastern Areas
http://floodlist.com/asia/japan-fukushima-chiba-october-2019

Ethiopia – 120,000 Displaced After Floods in 4 Regions
http://floodlist.com/africa/ethiopia-october-2019

France – Major Flooding in South After 120mm of Rain in 3 Hours
http://floodlist.com/europe/france-south-flood-herault-october-2019

Bushfires continue to rage in NSW and Queensland
https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/bushfires-continue-to-rage-in-nsw-and-queensland/news-story/92fab9b645eeaf9984d99faac1887b51

Indonesia and Malaysia – Thousands of Homes Damaged in Floods
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-sumatra-malaysia-floods-october-2019

Tanzania – More Deadly Floods Hit Tanga Region
http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-floods-tanga-region-october-2019

Peru – Deadly Landslide in Junín Region
http://floodlist.com/america/peru-landslide-chanchamayo-junin-region-october-2019

Kincade Fire: 80,000 homes under threat as crews race against next windstorm
https://www.sfchronicle.com/california-wildfires/article/Kincade-Fire-won-t-let-up-rages-south-14567209.php#photo-18509933

Kyarr intensifies, becomes the first Super Cyclone in Arabian Sea in 12 years
https://www.livemint.com/news/india/kyarr-intensifies-becomes-the-first-super-cyclone-in-arabian-sea-in-12-years-11572168570934.html

Two dead in Baja California wildfires
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/26/americas/baja-california-wildfire-trnd/index.html

7 dead, 11 injured as floods sweep through Saudi Arabia
https://watchers.news/2019/10/28/7-dead-11-injured-as-floods-sweep-through-saudi-arabia/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Flash floods hit more than 60 spots in Penang
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/10/27/flash-floods-hit-more-than-60-spots-in-penang/1804340

A landslide killed at least 34 people in Cameroon
https://reliefweb.int/report/cameroon/floods-cameroon-claim-13-render-hundreds-homeless

At least 44 killed, major traffic disruption as severe floods hit Tanzania
https://watchers.news/2019/10/29/at-least-44-killed-major-traffic-disruption-as-severe-floods-hit-tanzania/

5 killed, 2 missing, 394 injured after M6.6 earthquake in Mindanao, Philippines
https://watchers.news/2019/10/30/m6-6-earthquake-damage-casualties-mindanao-philippines/

Over 15 people feared dead after boat capsizes as flooding in Somalia forces 182,000 people from their homes
https://somalitopnews.com/2019/10/30/over-15-people-feared-dead-after-boat-capsizes-as-flooding-in-somalia-forces-182000-people-from-their-homes/

Cyclone Kyarr: Emirati towns set for relief as storm heads for southern Oman
https://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/cyclone-kyarr-emirati-towns-set-for-relief-as-storm-heads-for-southern-oman-1.930837

UAE and Oman – Evacuations After Cyclone Kyarr Brings Coastal Floods
http://floodlist.com/asia/cyclone-kyarr-uae-oman-october-2019

Ghana – Floods Hit Accra and Ashanti Region
http://floodlist.com/africa/ghana-floods-accra-ashanti-region-october-2019

Kenya – 100,000 Affected by Floods Says UN
http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-october-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 31 Oct 2019: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Dukono
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/90754/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-31-Oct-2019-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventa.html

UK – Days of Rain Cause Rivers to Overflow in England and Wales
http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/floods-england-wales-october-2019

200,000 forced to evacuate, fatalities feared as massive floods hit Beledweyne, Somalia
https://watchers.news/2019/10/31/somalia-flood-october-2019/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Incessant heavy downpour wreaks havoc in El Salvador
https://watchers.news/2019/10/30/incessant-heavy-downpour-wreaks-havoc-el-salvador/

Floods reported in numerous areas across Iran
https://english.mojahedin.org/i/iranian-regime-rains-tehran-ahvaz-saveh-isfahan-natanz-20191030

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

To fight climate change, science must be mobilised like it was in World War II
https://theconversation.com/to-fight-climate-change-science-must-be-mobilised-like-it-was-in-world-war-ii-125258?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Oceans are rising around the world, causing dangerous flooding. Why is this happening, and what can we do to stem the tide?
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/sea-level-rise/

Emissions flat-line as 'carrot's not working and there's no stick'
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/emissions-flat-line-as-carrot-s-not-working-and-there-s-no-stick-20191027-p534mr.html

Venezuelan scientists look for hope in last remaining glacier
https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2019/0927/Venezuelan-scientists-look-for-hope-in-last-remaining-glacier?icid=rss

Seeing Red Across the North Pacific Ocean
https://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/seeing-red-across-north-pacific-ocean

Nearly four in ten Americans say they have personally experienced the effects of global warming
https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/climate-change-in-the-american-mind-april-2019/5/

Warming Will Cost Rich and Poor Countries Alike
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/warming-will-cost-rich-and-poor-countries-alike/

Flooding and extreme heat are coming to nearly every city (especially their vulnerable populations). But a new report finds that few cities are ready for what’s coming
https://www.fastcompany.com/90422482/85-of-cities-are-feeling-climate-change-but-nearly-half-arent-dealing-with-it

Waterworld? Floating Cities Turn Hollywood Sci-fi Into Reality As Sea Levels Rise
https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2019/10/23/waterworld-floating-cities-turn-hollywood-sci-fi-into-reality-as-sea-levels-rise/

Belize: Social Resilience in an Age of Climate Change, Disasters
http://www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com/belize-social-resilience-in-an-age-of-climate-change-disasters/

Greenland ice cap melt measured by satellites — and it's enough to cover Tasmania in almost 5m of water
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-30/melting-greenland-glaciers-weighed-by-australian-scientists/11630970

Queensland must rapidly ditch coal-fired power to meet Australia's emission targets, report finds
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-29/queensland-urged-to-abandon-coal-and-expand-renewables-rollout-/11650966

Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/10/29/climate/coastal-cities-underwater.html

Rising sea levels pose threat to homes of 300m people – study
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/29/rising-sea-levels-pose-threat-to-homes-of-300m-people-study?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

New elevation data triple estimates of global vulnerability to sea-level rise and coastal flooding
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-12808-z

Climate change and Californian wildfires
https://www.newsweek.com/climate-change-california-fuel-fire-1468431

Sediment accumulation, elevation change, and the vulnerability of tidal marshes in the Delaware Estuary and Barnegat Bay to accelerated sea level rise
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/821827v1

Antarctic sea ice is key to triggering ice ages, study finds
https://phys.org/news/2019-10-antarctic-sea-ice-key-triggering.html

How Do We Measure Climate Risk?
https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/how-do-we-measure-climate-risk

The last advancing Juneau Icefield glacier begins its retreat
https://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/last-advancing-juneau-icefield-glacier-begins-its-retreat

Two-million-year-old snapshots of atmospheric gases from Antarctic ice
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1692-3

World’s oldest ice core could solve mystery of ‘flipped’ ice age cycles
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/10/world-s-oldest-ice-core-could-solve-mystery-flipped-ice-age-cycles

Reducing Risk And Vulnerability To Climate Change In Colombia
https://soundcloud.com/adaptationfund/reducing-risk-and-1

Sea level rise map and coastal flooding tool
https://coastal.climatecentral.org/map/5/82.025/20.8395/?theme=sea_level_rise&map_type=coastal_dem_comparison&elevation_model=coastal_dem&forecast_year=2050&pathway=rcp45&percentile=p50&return_level=return_level_1&slr_model=kopp_2014

The science of drought is complex but the message on climate change is clear
https://theconversation.com/the-science-of-drought-is-complex-but-the-message-on-climate-change-is-clear-125941?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Six biggest coalminers in Australia produce more emissions than entire economy
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/01/six-biggest-coalminers-in-australia-produce-more-emissions-than-entire-economy?CMP=share_btn_tw

Sydney and Melbourne will likely be exposed to more intense hail storms, tropical cyclones will track further south and bushfire risks will increase in most of Australia as the climate warms
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/hail-cyclones-and-fire-extreme-weather-risks-on-the-rise-20191031-p536aw.html

Climate crisis affects how majority will vote in UK election – poll
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/30/climate-crisis-affects-how-majority-will-vote-in-uk-election-poll?CMP=share_btn_

"This will only get worse in the future": Experts see direct line between California wildfires and climate change
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/this-will-only-get-worse-in-the-future-experts-find-direct-line-between-california-wildfires-and-climate-change/

Climate crisis – here’s what the experts recommend we do
https://theconversation.com/climate-crisis-heres-what-the-experts-recommend-we-do-123238

 

Disaster Risk Reduction

The Power of Trees: Fighting Floodwaters
https://medialibrary.climatecentral.org/resources/the-power-of-trees-fighting-floodwaters

Community business resilience: adaptation practice of micro- and small enterprises around the Pearl River Estuary
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336828460_Community_business_resilience_adaptation_practice_of_micro-_and_small_enterprises_around_the_Pearl_River_Estuary

Surrey County Council’s cabinet is set to agree £270m of funding for long term flood risk management work
https://www.insidermedia.com/news/south-east/council-set-to-270m-of-funding-for

In Texas, Home Sellers Must Now Disclose More About The Risk Of Flooding
https://www.npr.org/2019/10/27/772996585/in-texas-home-sellers-must-now-disclose-more-about-the-risk-of-flooding

These N.J. properties flood over and over again, costing taxpayers like you millions
https://www.nj.com/data/2018/07/these_nj_properties_flood_over_and_over_again_costing_taxpayers_like_you_millions.html

Should Californians Be Rebuilding Homes in a Fire Zone?
https://www.kqed.org/science/1932387/should-californians-be-rebuilding-homes-in-a-fire-zone

Japanese government to discuss new flood prevention steps in wake of disasters
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/27/national/japan-discuss-new-flood-prevention-steps-wake-disasters/#.XbdhTeYzbIU

Deadly typhoon forces Japan to face its vulnerability to increasingly powerful storms
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/10/deadly-typhoon-forces-japan-face-its-vulnerability-increasingly-powerful-storms

The city of Newcastle announced it has a “network of sensors spread across the city” to help it manage risks including flooding
https://www.iothub.com.au/news/city-of-newcastle-completes-enviro-sensor-network-532831

The False Comfort of Higher Seawalls
https://newrepublic.com/article/155519/false-comfort-higher-seawalls

Latest edition of Earthquake Spectra
https://earthquakespectra.org/toc/eqsa/35/3

Geoscientists invented a machine learning tool to sift through satellite data
https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-scientists-are-using-machine-learning-to-study-the-planet/

Go with the flow? Reservations about river morphology models
https://www.uu.nl/en/news/go-with-the-flow-reservations-about-river-morphology-models

Evidence from measuring community flood resilience in Asia
https://reliefweb.int/report/world/evidence-measuring-community-flood-resilience-asia

Contrasting seasonality of storm rainfall and flood runoff in the UK and some implications for rainfall-runoff methods of flood estimation
https://iwaponline.com/hr/article/50/5/1309/69442/Contrasting-seasonality-of-storm-rainfall-and

Environment Agency say £7m river defences worked as 'other sources' cause flood
https://www.northwichguardian.co.uk/news/17998809.environment-agency-say-7m-river-defences-worked-other-sources-cause-flood/

Future shifts in extreme flow regimes in Alpine regions
https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/23/4471/2019/

Resilient Construction: Building Structures That Withstand Nature's Fury
https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesrealestatecouncil/2019/10/30/resilient-construction-building-structures-that-withstand-natures-fury/#38d49d1d1b31

Mumbai, Kolkata may get flooded by 2050, says new research
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/new-study-corrects-nasa-s-flawed-model-hastens-flooding-of-mumbai-and-kolkata-to-2050/story-En4pkIYekXUKObwW2nvpbP.html

Houston’s pocket prairies: Natural solutions to unnatural flooding
https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2019/1001/Houston-s-pocket-prairies-Natural-solutions-to-unnatural-flooding

Worrying new flooding map shows the areas of North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and Wirral at risk
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/climate-change-puts-more-people-17162112

Multi-scale synthesis of historical fire regimes along the south-central US prairie–forest border
https://fireecology.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s42408-019-0043-y

Florida doesn’t require home sellers to reveal flooding history
https://www.restorationlaw.com/florida-doesnt-require-home-sellers-to-reveal-flooding-history/

Uncertainty quantification of flood damage estimation for urban drainage risk management
https://iwaponline.com/wst/article/80/3/478/69627/Uncertainty-quantification-of-flood-damage

A dynamic river network method for the prediction of floods using a parsimonious rainfall-runoff model
https://iwaponline.com/hr/article/doi/10.2166/nh.2019.003/69546/A-dynamic-river-network-method-for-the-prediction

 

Emergency Management

Using drone to find missing 6-year old
https://www.dpreview.com/news/1907862357/photographer-uses-drone-with-thermal-camera-to-find-missing-6-year-old-boy

Pursuing innovation and partnerships for emergency response to disasters in Peru
https://www.unv.org/our-stories/pursuing-innovation-and-partnerships-emergency-response-disasters-peru

In flooded Lagos community, canoe replaces Uber and children are on forced holiday
https://www.thecable.ng/inside-lagos-community-where-canoe-has-replaced-uber-and-many-children-are-on-forced-holiday

Almost one million people affected by floods in South Sudan
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/million-people-affected-floods-south-sudan-191025180736910.html

Better alerts can save lives in an emergency. Google Crisis Response is using AI to help
https://about.google/stories/soundingthealarm/

490,000 children affected by devastating floods in South Sudan
https://reliefweb.int/report/south-sudan/490000-children-affected-devastating-floods-south-sudan

10 European startups tackling natural disasters and other emergencies
https://www.eu-startups.com/2019/10/10-european-startups-tackling-natural-disasters-and-other-emergencies/

B.C. to overhaul emergency management regime as fire and flood risk grows
https://globalnews.ca/news/6093640/bc-overhaul-emergency-management-flood-fire/

In California, Air Tanker Pilots Help Keep Wildfires At Bay
https://www.npr.org/2019/10/29/774456972/in-california-air-tanker-pilots-help-keep-wildfires-at-bay?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=environment

Koalas in their hundreds feared dead in bushfires south of Port Macquarie
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-30/important-koala-habitat-destroyed-in-out-of-control-bushfire/11653076

Improving the Disaster Recovery of Low-Income Families
https://www.urban.org/debates/improving-disaster-recovery-low-income-families

One week on, death toll rises to 4 from Spain flash flooding
http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/one-week-on-death-toll-rises-to-4-from-spain-flash-flooding/article/560766

Latest (October) edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-october-2019/

Drones tested in Japan nuclear disaster drill for first time near Ikata plant in Ehime
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/30/national/drones-nuclear-drill-ikata-ehime/#.XbtNSuYzbIW

Grenfell firefighters who deserve our respect and understanding
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/30/grenfell-firefighters-who-deserve-our-respect-and-understanding

Inside The New Tech Helping LA Firefighters Decide Who And When To Evacuate
https://laist.com/2019/10/29/lafd-brush-fires-firefighting-technology-firis-wifire.php

Disaster Education, Communications and Engagement

Rapid collaborative knowledge building via Twitter after significant geohazard events
https://www.geosci-commun-discuss.net/gc-2019-23/

Psychology and Disasters

First responders struggle with PTSD caused by the emergencies, deaths, tragedies they face every day
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/first-responders-struggle-with-ptsd-caused-by-the-emergencies-deaths-tragedies-they-face-every-day/2019/10/25/9c4c9a0e-d4b8-11e9-9610-fb56c5522e1c_story.html

 

Sociology and Disasters

Importance of libraries as social infrastructure
https://lithub.com/libraries-are-even-more-important-to-contemporary-community-than-we-thought/

A SNA-based Methodology for Measuring the Community Resilience from the Perspective of Social Capitals: Take Nanjing, China as an Example
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S221067071931488X#fig0020

Post-disaster recovery and sociocultural change: Rethinking social capital development for the new social fabric
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420919306120#fig1

Mobile phone data reveals the importance of pre-disaster inter-city social ties for recovery after Hurricane Maria
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336913311_Mobile_phone_data_reveals_the_importance_of_pre-disaster_inter-city_social_ties_for_recovery_after_Hurricane_Maria

 

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