This Week in Disaster Resilience 11th September 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters 

Sudan declares state of emergency from floods 

Flood kills four, destroys 5200 houses in Kano 

Creek Fire: Helicopters rescue dozens of trapped California campers 

California Sets Record With 2M Acres Burned So Far This Year 

Sudan: Dozens dead, thousands of homes destroyed by floods 

Nigeria: Flood of Tears, As Homes, Farmlands Get Washed Away 

Senegal – State of Emergency After Deadly Floods 

West Africa – Floods Hit Burkina Faso and Northern Ghana 

El Dorado Fire: Massive Wall Of Flames Forces More Evacuations 

River Nile in Sudan at highest levels since records began 

34 injured, dozens of buildings damaged or destroyed after M5.1 earthquake hits Iran 

West Africa – More Floods in Niger, Death Toll Rises in Burkina Faso 

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Sep 2020: Semeru volcano, ReventadorSangay, Sakurajima, Sabancaya 

Deadly flash floods paralyze north Algeria, more than 800 homes inundated 

200 000 people homeless after severe floods hit Far North, Cameroon 

 Extreme Weather and Climate Change 

Climate change and the tyranny of psychological distance 

South Africa: National climate change adaptation strategy 

What is effective climate adaptation? Case studies from the Least Developed Countries 

'Catastrophic' fire weather conditions in the NT spark fresh calls for gamba grass action 

Arctic Wildfires Have Never Released This Much Carbon Dioxide 

Projected changes in persistent extreme summer weather events: The role of quasi-resonant amplification 

Climate change: Greenland's ice faces melting 'death sentence' 

Australia’s main grid hits new renewable energy record of 50.4 per cent 

Challenges for drought assessment in the Mediterranean region under future climate scenarios 

Australian coal plants 'on a hiding to nothing' and likely to close before schedule 

Young activists take 33 countries to court in bid to step up climate change fight 

Bering Sea winter ice shrank to its lowest level in 5,500 years in 2018 

Human contribution to the record-breaking June and July 2019 heatwaves in Western Europe 

Monitoring and evaluation of national adaptation policies throughout the policy cycle 

IAG has partnered with the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) on a new report, Severe Weather in a Changing Climate 

From 100 Degrees To Snow, Colorado’s Dramatic Weather Forecast Could Be One For The National Record Books 

Rapid worldwide growth of glacial lakes since 1990 

New models predict El Niño rise 

Building coastal resilience in Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Colombia: country experiences with mainstreaming climate adaptation 

Earth may temporarily pass dangerous 1.5 warming limit by 2024, major new report says 

Extreme summer impacts ice shelves and glaciers 

Arctic warming: are record temperatures and fires arriving earlier than scientists predicted? 

A review of estimating population exposure to sea-level rise and the relevance for migration 

Climrisk-river: Accounting for local river flood risk in estimating the economic cost of climate change 

Huge cavities threaten glacier larger than Great Britain 

US report warns climate change could create economic chaos 

 Disaster risk reduction 

Greater prevention and “Building Back Better” post-COVID 

The Cost of Wildfires 

Extreme precipitation events always occurred, but are they changing? 

Global fire outlook not good news, but mitigation is possible, analysis shows 

10 years since the Darfield earthquake rocked New Zealand: what have we learned? 

1D/2D stormwater modelling to support urban flood risk management in estuarine areas 

Building community resilience through modern model building codes 

Community resilience benchmarks: buildings benchmark 

Flood Risk Management in England 

Why has the Top End of the NT been experiencing 'catastrophic' fire conditions in 2020? 

Lower Nazeing Property Flood Resilience 

Preparing for massive earthquake in the Pacific Northwest 

Following the Odisha example for developing community based disaster management in India 

Current flood risk management practices in Ghana: Gaps and opportunities for improving resilience 

Special report: natural catastrophes 

Resilient cities critical infrastructure interdependence: a meta-research 

Extreme summer impacts ice shelves and glaciers

Last season's climate catastrophes cost insurers $5.4b 

Advancing digitalization in DRR and development programs in COVID-19 times 

Climate and disaster risk insurance in low income countries: reflections on the importance of indicators and frameworks for monitoring performance and impact 

UCF researchers are developing models to predict storm surges 

Compound natural disasters in Australia: a historical analysis 

Developing an impact library for forecasting surface water flood risk 

Flood mitigation measures in an era of evolving flood risk 

Floodplain losses and increasing flood risk in the context of recent historic land use changes and settlement developments: Austrian case studies 

Optimization-based decision-making models for disaster recovery and reconstruction planning of transportation networks 

FEMA Flood Map updates 

Emergency management 

Policymakers should pre-plan for earthquake cordon use, Otago research 

Mass Sheltering and Disasters Special Collection 

Flood prone communities in Bangladesh are struggling to cope with monsoon and Coronavirus impacts 

An optimal scenario for the emergency solution to protect Hanoi Capital from the Red River floodwater using Van Coc Lake 

Interim observationsThe Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements 

Survey finds 71 per cent of koala populations died in some NSW fires 

Did Europe Make a Mistake Reopening Its Borders? 

Terrifying images of California's wildfires show firefighters tackling the flames 

Coronavirus World Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Outbreak 

USA: mapping a wildfire's next move is getting easier, thanks to computers 

On the frontline: The roles of pharmacists in disasters 

Sudan floods threaten ancient archaeological gem  

Disaster education, communications and engagement 

South East Europe gets new flash flood App 

Assessing policy preferences amongst climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction stakeholders using serious gaming 

Disaster-Resilient Communication Ecosystem in an Inclusive Society – A case of foreigners in Japan 

Disaster Resources from the National Academies 

Flood Resilience: Preparedness and Recovery Collection 

The "Rising Risk" docuseries explores how those rising sea levels will play out in the lower Manhattan of the late 21st century 

Forecasting for a Fractured Land: A Case Study of the Communication and Use of Aftershock Forecasts from the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikōura Earthquake in Aotearoa New Zealand 

McKinney’s Office of Emergency Management offering free disaster preparedness kits  

Psychology and disasters 

Insights into behavior during Chimney Tops 2 Fire could improve evacuation planning 

68% of US adults have pursued three or more of the six basic preparedness actions 

Wildfires: Can we adapt to live with them? 

 Sociology and disasters 

COVID-19 will widen poverty gap between women and men, new data shows 

Racist housing policies have created some oppressively hot neighborhoods 

Bangladesh: compound risks of COVID-19 and floods driving more people into poverty 

Translocal social capital as a resource for community-based responses to coastal flooding – Evidence from urban and rural areas on Java, Indonesia 

Laura: The Latest Climate Disaster for Low-Income Americans 


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