This Week in Disaster Resilience 27 September 2019

Recent Emergencies/Disaster

Three kids die in Delta floods
https://thenationonlineng.net/three-kids-die-in-delta-floods/

Flood: Over 150 communities submerged in Kogi – Commissioner
https://dailytimes.ng/flood-over-150-communities-submerged-in-kogi-commissioner/

Albania struck by 5.6-magnitude earthquake, injuring at least 37
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/21/europe/earthquake-albania/index.html

Trinidad and Tobago – Tropical Storm Karen Causes Severe Flooding
http://floodlist.com/america/trinidad-tobago-tropical-storm-karen-floods-september-2019

Haiti – 2 Dead, 4 Missing After Flash Floods in Ouest Department
http://floodlist.com/america/haiti-flash-floods-ouest-department-september-2019

Tropical Storm Karen intensifies as it bears down on Puerto Rico
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-karen/tropical-storm-karen-intensifies-as-it-bears-down-on-puerto-rico-idUSKBN1W90KJ?

England weather: Heavy rain causes floods and travel chaos
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-49810079

Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Sep 2019: Popocatépetl volcano, Dukono, Reventador
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/88091/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-26-Sep-2019-Popocatepetl-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Nevados-de-Chill.html

Pune Flood: Death Toll Rises To 7; NDRF Teams On Rescue Operation
https://www.republicworld.com/india-news/accidents-and-disasters/pune-flood-death-toll-rises-to-7-ndrf-teams-on-rescue-operation.html

India – 12 Dead, Thousands Displaced After Floods in Maharashtra
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-pune-maharashtra-september-2019

Sri Lanka – Floods and Landslides Leave 1 Dead and 15,000 Displaced
http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-september-2019

Oman – Rain and Winds From Tropical Cyclone Hikaa Prompt Evacuations and Rescues
http://floodlist.com/asia/oman-tropical-cyclone-hikka-september-2019

Strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Maluku, Indonesia
https://watchers.news/2019/09/26/strong-and-shallow-m6-8-earthquake-hits-maluku-indonesia/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Greta Thunberg condemns world leaders in emotional speech at UN
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/23/greta-thunberg-speech-un-2019-address?CMP=share_btn_tw

Climate effort must be boosted five-fold to limit global warming to 1.5°C
https://reneweconomy.com.au/climate-effort-must-be-boosted-five-fold-to-limit-global-warming-to-1-5c-88884/

Climate change 'hitting harder and sooner' than forecast, warn scientists ahead of UN meeting
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-23/climate-change-accelerating-warn-scientists/11537240

New coastal development is designed to live with sea level rise
https://www.fastcompany.com/90405944/instead-of-trying-to-prevent-flooding-this-coastal-apartment-complex-invites-the-water-in

2019 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Tied for Second Lowest on Record
https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2913/2019-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
https://innovationorigins.com/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
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-25/australian-defence-force-angus-campbell-climate-change-speech/11543464

David Attenborough attacks Australian PM on climate record and support for coal
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/24/david-attenborough-attacks-australian-pm-on-climate-record-and-support-for-coal?CMP=share_btn_tw

Teen girls are leading the climate strikes and helping change the face of environmentalism
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/09/24/teen-girls-are-leading-climate-strikes-helping-change-face-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
https://www.ndtv.com/mumbai-news/just-20-centimetre-rise-in-sea-level-may-double-mumbai-flood-frequency-2106127

A sense of climate crisis now haunts stories which aren’t even about the environment
https://theconversation.com/a-sense-of-climate-crisis-now-haunts-stories-which-arent-even-about-the-environment-123429

Humans Just Held Another Funeral For a Glacier, And It May Not Be The Last
https://www.sciencealert.com/humans-just-held-another-funeral-for-a-glacier-because-that-s-the-world-we-live-in-now?perpetual=yes&limitstart=1

Australia is the runaway global leader in building new renewable energy
https://theconversation.com/australia-is-the-runaway-global-leader-in-building-new-renewable-energy-123694

How we measure glaciers
https://www.wsj.com/video/devising-an-earthquake-algorithm-to-save-lives/A94E85D7-4B25-4025-96A1-1D6FDEA51436.html

New study shows major changes in severity of flooding across Europe linked to climate change
https://www.waterbriefingglobal.org/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
https://www.fastcompany.com/90402599/this-small-public-park-is-model-for-the-water-logged-cities-of-the-future

World's oceans at a tipping point, indicates UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-25/un-ipcc-climate-report-warns-oceans-at-tipping-point/11547454

Italy and France Prepare for Imminent Collapse of Mont Blanc Glacier
https://www.thedailybeast.com/italy-and-france-prepare-for-imminent-collapse-of-mont-blanc-glacier?ref=home

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
https://www.ipcc.ch/2019/09/25/srocc-press-release/

Satellite will gain hi-res view of greenhouse effect
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49799760

Evolution of 21st Century Sea Level Rise Projections
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2018EF000991

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
https://theconversation.com/not-convinced-on-the-need-for-urgent-climate-action-heres-what-happens-to-our-planet-between-1-5-c-and-2-c-of-global-warming-123817?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Climate Change Hits Vulnerable Communities First and Hardest
https://www.iisd.org/blog/climate-change-hits-vulnerable-communities-first-and-hardest

How climate change is melting, drying and flooding Earth — in pictures
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02793-0

World's poorest communities have done the least to cause climate change, but end up paying for it
https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/worlds-poor-1-cent-day-climate-change-oxfam-190923040238683.html

Dying of laughter: comics joke about climate change at U.N. summit
http://news.trust.org/item/20190926175919-4utjd/

 

Disaster Risk Reduction

Experts warn of 'endless' flood cycle
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1755089/experts-warn-of-endless-flood-cycle

Aussie startup FloodMapp raises $1.3 million for tech reducing “catastrophic” impact of flooding
https://www.smartcompany.com.au/startupsmart/news/floodmapp-raise-flood-prediction/

Massive Study of European Flooding Sees North-South Climate Split
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-28/massive-study-of-european-flooding-sees-north-south-climate-split

Gilbert White Special Issue
https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/venv20/current#.VHVLuku4lFI

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
https://scienceisessential.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2019/09/Surging_Waters_credits_pages_web.pdf

Rethinking resilience to wildfire
https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/58436

Hurricane resilience in the Bahamas: Ecosystem
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190924154350.htm

Devising an Earthquake Algorithm to Save Lives
https://www.wsj.com/video/devising-an-earthquake-algorithm-to-save-lives/A94E85D7-4B25-4025-96A1-1D6FDEA51436.html

Imelda, Florence, Harvey: Bigger Rains and Bigger Floods
https://www.nrdc.org/experts/joel-scata/imelda-florence-harvey-bigger-rains-and-bigger-floods

The Effect Of The Rising UK Flood Risk On Commercial Property
https://www.todaysconveyancer.co.uk/partner-news/effect-rising-uk-flood-risk-commercial-property/

Cumbria Strategic Flood Partnership (CSFP) brings together Flood Risk Management Authorities and other organisations including representation from community groups
https://thefloodhub.co.uk/your-local-area/cumbria/

Risk Rating 2.0 Overview
https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1569002542461-a458061bb06a2d7cf6dbdf83bbd8d763/RiskRatingOverview_May2019_to_Sept2019.pdf

Calgary flood protection project faces opposition
https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/catastrophes/calgary-flood-protection-project-faces-opposition-1004168812/

Role of earthquake motions in triggering a 'surprise' tsunami
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190905090931.htm

Herogram illustrates how ECMWF scientists support EU flood work
https://www.ecmwf.int/en/about/media-centre/news/2019/herogram-illustrates-how-ecmwf-scientists-support-eu-flood-work

Paradise Dam will have 'some difficulty' in extreme flood event
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-25/dam-water-release-paradise-drought-bundaberg-north-burnett/11543600

New satellite may make flood prediction easier
https://phys.org/news/2019-09-satellite-easier.html

Extreme floods that once came every 100 years will be annual event by 2050: UN climate report
https://nationalpost.com/news/world/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?
https://medium.com/@SheffSocScience/tsunami-disasters-and-global-heating-in-japan-incremental-or-transformational-adaptation-to-sea-d5f9c0665ad8

Dr Lee Bosher : The terrifying experience that led to a lifetime of work
https://volume.lboro.ac.uk/throughthestorm/

The satellite-based atlas includes information about more than 13 million fires
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145417/a-new-global-fire-atlas

Flood Gates, Flood Walls and Home Buyouts: Coming Soon To Miami?
https://www.wlrn.org/post/flood-gates-flood-walls-and-home-buyouts-coming-soon-miami

 

Emergency Management

‘Opening the Door to Hell Itself’: Bahamas Confronts Life After Hurricane Dorian
https://www.wsj.com/articles/opening-the-door-to-hell-itself-bahamas-confronts-life-after-hurricane-dorian-11569176306

We talked to Obama’s top FEMA official on the future of flooding and what humanity can do to prepare
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/craig-fugate-obama-fema-imelda-flooding-887712/

Why will FEMA spend as much in past 2 years as the previous 37? Here's how disaster aid works
https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/446635-why-will-fema-spend-as-much-in-past-2-years-as-the-previous-37

Imelda dumped 40 inches of rain on Texas — and it wasn’t even a hurricane?
https://grist.org/article/imelda-dumped-40-inches-of-rain-on-texas-and-it-wasnt-even-a-hurricane/

Public-Private-People Relationship Stakeholder Model for disaster and humanitarian operations
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313485734_Public-Private-People_Relationship_Stakeholder_Model_for_disaster_and_humanitarian_operations

Exploring the Complications of Counting Casualties After Natural Disasters
http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=9122019

FEMA officials tour safe rooms in Joplin, Webb City
https://www.joplinglobe.com/news/local_news/fema-officials-tour-safe-rooms-in-joplin-webb-city/article_6cb18444-88a2-564d-b330-a2a4036a381f.html

UAE rescues 50,000 people from floods in Sudan
https://gulfnews.com/uae/uae-rescues-50000-people-from-floods-in-sudan-1.66672578

Minister reassures Nigerians of measures to tackle floods
https://www.matthewtegha.com/2019/09/minister-reassures-nigerians-of.htm

 

Disaster Education, Communications and Engagement

Children, young people and flooding
http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cyp-floodrecovery/

The Role of Children in Creating Culturally Sensitive Disaster Management
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/the-role-of-children-in-creating-culturally-sensitive-disaster-management?

International Day for Disaster Reduction 13 October
https://www.un.org/en/events/disasterreductionday/index.shtml

Climate Watch an App developed to monitor the effects of climate change locally
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBsY_gaLHCg&feature=youtu.be

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
http://buildcommunityresilience.com/northeastflorida/

 

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
https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/182373

Sociology and Disasters

Community Resilience: A Case Study of a Community of Fortaleza, CE
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335943543_Community_Resilience_A_Case_Study_of_a_Community_of_Fortaleza_CE

Visually exploring social perceptions of environmental harm in global urban contexts
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0011392118823842?journalCode=csia

A coupled human–natural systems framework of community resilience
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329587615_A_coupled_human-natural_systems_framework_of_community_resilience

 

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