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
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/sudan-declares-state-of-emergency-from-floods-/1963811 

Flood kills four, destroys 5200 houses in Kano
https://www.legit.ng/1363191-flood-kills-destroys-5200-houses-kano.html 

Creek Fire: Helicopters rescue dozens of trapped California campers
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54046468 

California Sets Record With 2M Acres Burned So Far This Year
https://who13.com/news/california-sets-record-with-2m-acres-burned-so-far-this-year/ 

Sudan: Dozens dead, thousands of homes destroyed by floods
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/sudan-dozens-dead-thousands-homes-destroyed-floods-200816095143076.html 

Nigeria: Flood of Tears, As Homes, Farmlands Get Washed Away
https://allafrica.com/stories/202009050051.html 

Senegal – State of Emergency After Deadly Floods
http://floodlist.com/africa/senegal-state-of-emergency-after-deadly-floods 

West Africa – Floods Hit Burkina Faso and Northern Ghana
http://floodlist.com/africa/west-africa-burkinafaso-ghana-september-2020 

El Dorado Fire: Massive Wall Of Flames Forces More Evacuations
https://www.msn.com/en-us/Weather/topstories/el-dorado-fire-massive-wall-of-flames-forces-more-evacuations/ar-BB18Lxwn?ocid=st 

River Nile in Sudan at highest levels since records began
https://watchers.news/2020/09/08/river-nile-sudan-highest-levels-since-records-began/ 

34 injured, dozens of buildings damaged or destroyed after M5.1 earthquake hits Iran
https://watchers.news/2020/09/07/golestan-iran-earthquake-september-2020/ 

West Africa – More Floods in Niger, Death Toll Rises in Burkina Faso
http://floodlist.com/africa/floods-niger-burkinafaso-september-2020 

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Sep 2020: Semeru volcano, ReventadorSangay, Sakurajima, Sabancaya
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/109801/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-10-Sep-2020-Semeru-volcano-Reventador-Sangay-Sakurajima-Sabancaya.html 

Deadly flash floods paralyze north Algeria, more than 800 homes inundated
https://watchers.news/2020/09/10/algeria-flood-september-2020/ 

200 000 people homeless after severe floods hit Far North, Cameroon
https://watchers.news/2020/09/10/cameroon-flood-far-north-september-2020/ 

 Extreme Weather and Climate Change 

Climate change and the tyranny of psychological distance
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73425 

South Africa: National climate change adaptation strategy
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73410 

What is effective climate adaptation? Case studies from the Least Developed Countries
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73453 

'Catastrophic' fire weather conditions in the NT spark fresh calls for gamba grass action
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-04/nt-gamba-grass-fire-sparks-fresh-calls-for-action/12619960 

Arctic Wildfires Have Never Released This Much Carbon Dioxide
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/09/arctic-wildfires-have-never-released-this-much-carbon-dioxide/ 

Projected changes in persistent extreme summer weather events: The role of quasi-resonant amplification
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/10/eaat3272 

Climate change: Greenland's ice faces melting 'death sentence'
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49483580 

Australia’s main grid hits new renewable energy record of 50.4 per cent
https://reneweconomy.com.au/australias-main-grid-hits-new-renewable-energy-record-of-50-4-per-cent-12567/ 

Challenges for drought assessment in the Mediterranean region under future climate scenarios
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0012825220303949 

Australian coal plants 'on a hiding to nothing' and likely to close before schedule
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/sep/07/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
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/young-activists-take-33-countries-court-bid-step-climate-change-n1239175 

Bering Sea winter ice shrank to its lowest level in 5,500 years in 2018
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/climate-change-bering-sea-ice-winter-melt-lowest-level 

Human contribution to the record-breaking June and July 2019 heatwaves in Western Europe
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aba3d4 

Monitoring and evaluation of national adaptation policies throughout the policy cycle
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73469 

IAG has partnered with the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) on a new report, Severe Weather in a Changing Climate
https://www.iag.com.au/severe-weather-changing-climate 

From 100 Degrees To Snow, Colorado’s Dramatic Weather Forecast Could Be One For The National Record Books
https://www.cpr.org/2020/09/07/from-100-degrees-to-snow-colorados-dramatic-weather-forecast-could-be-one-for-the-national-record-books/ 

Rapid worldwide growth of glacial lakes since 1990
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0855-4 

New models predict El Niño rise
http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/new-models-predict-el-ni-o-rise 

Building coastal resilience in Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Colombia: country experiences with mainstreaming climate adaptation
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73485 

Earth may temporarily pass dangerous 1.5 warming limit by 2024, major new report says
https://theconversation.com/earth-may-temporarily-pass-dangerous-1-5-warming-limit-by-2024-major-new-report-says-145450 

Extreme summer impacts ice shelves and glaciers
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73520 

Arctic warming: are record temperatures and fires arriving earlier than scientists predicted?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73517 

A review of estimating population exposure to sea-level rise and the relevance for migration
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73509 

Climrisk-river: Accounting for local river flood risk in estimating the economic cost of climate change
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73503 

Huge cavities threaten glacier larger than Great Britain
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/09/cavities-threaten-glacier-great-britain-thwaites?CMP=share_btn_tw 

US report warns climate change could create economic chaos
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/09/business/climate-change-economy-cftc-report/index.html 

 Disaster risk reduction 

Greater prevention and “Building Back Better” post-COVID
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73418 

The Cost of Wildfires
https://upenn.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html 

Extreme precipitation events always occurred, but are they changing?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73442 

Global fire outlook not good news, but mitigation is possible, analysis shows
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73447 

10 years since the Darfield earthquake rocked New Zealand: what have we learned?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73437 

1D/2D stormwater modelling to support urban flood risk management in estuarine areas
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73416 

Building community resilience through modern model building codes
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73422 

Community resilience benchmarks: buildings benchmark
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73433 

Flood Risk Management in England
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73415 

Why has the Top End of the NT been experiencing 'catastrophic' fire conditions in 2020?
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-30/nt-bushfires-severe-2020-conditions-explained/12610178 

Lower Nazeing Property Flood Resilience
https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/hnl/lower-nazeing-property-flood-resilience/ 

Preparing for massive earthquake in the Pacific Northwest
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/pacific-northwest-prepares-for-massive-earthquake 

Following the Odisha example for developing community based disaster management in India
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73475 

Current flood risk management practices in Ghana: Gaps and opportunities for improving resilience
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73463 

Special report: natural catastrophes
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73478 

Resilient cities critical infrastructure interdependence: a meta-research
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23789689.2020.1795571 

Extreme summer impacts ice shelves and glaciers
https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/extreme-summer-impacts-ice-shelves-and-glaciers

Last season's climate catastrophes cost insurers $5.4b
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/last-season-s-climate-catastrophes-cost-insurers-5-4b-20200908-p55tiy.html 

Advancing digitalization in DRR and development programs in COVID-19 times 
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73489 

Climate and disaster risk insurance in low income countries: reflections on the importance of indicators and frameworks for monitoring performance and impact
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73491 

UCF researchers are developing models to predict storm surges
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73522 

Compound natural disasters in Australia: a historical analysis
https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/publications/biblio/bnh-7296 

Developing an impact library for forecasting surface water flood risk
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73530 

Flood mitigation measures in an era of evolving flood risk
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12659 

Floodplain losses and increasing flood risk in the context of recent historic land use changes and settlement developments: Austrian case studies
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73524 

Optimization-based decision-making models for disaster recovery and reconstruction planning of transportation networks
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73505 

FEMA Flood Map updates
https://social.selective.com/articles/fema-flood-map-updates-your-questions-answered 

Emergency management 

Policymakers should pre-plan for earthquake cordon use, Otago research
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73421 

Mass Sheltering and Disasters Special Collection
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/mass-sheltering 

Flood prone communities in Bangladesh are struggling to cope with monsoon and Coronavirus impacts
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73450 

An optimal scenario for the emergency solution to protect Hanoi Capital from the Red River floodwater using Van Coc Lake
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73427 

Interim observationsThe Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73448 

Survey finds 71 per cent of koala populations died in some NSW fires
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/survey-finds-71-per-cent-of-koala-populations-died-in-some-nsw-fires-20200905-p55so2.html 

Did Europe Make a Mistake Reopening Its Borders?
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-08-24/coronavirus-why-germany-is-struggling-to-stop-the-new-covid-spike 

Terrifying images of California's wildfires show firefighters tackling the flames
https://mashable.com/article/california-wildfire-september-photos/ 

Coronavirus World Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Outbreak
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/03/30/822491838/coronavirus-world-map-tracking-the-spread-of-the-outbreak 

USA: mapping a wildfire's next move is getting easier, thanks to computers
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73466 

On the frontline: The roles of pharmacists in disasters
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73462 

Sudan floods threaten ancient archaeological gem
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/9/8/sudan-floods-threaten-ancient-archaeological-gem  

Disaster education, communications and engagement 

South East Europe gets new flash flood App
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73411 

Assessing policy preferences amongst climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction stakeholders using serious gaming
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73456 

Disaster-Resilient Communication Ecosystem in an Inclusive Society – A case of foreigners in Japan
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343674169_Disaster-Resilient_Communication_Ecosystem_in_an_Inclusive_Society_-_A_case_of_foreigners_in_Japan 

Disaster Resources from the National Academies
https://www.nap.edu/collection/35/emergency-preparedness-disaster-management 

Flood Resilience: Preparedness and Recovery Collection
https://www.nap.edu/collection/65/flood-resilience-preparedness-and-recovery 

The "Rising Risk" docuseries explores how those rising sea levels will play out in the lower Manhattan of the late 21st century
https://abc7ny.com/weather/rising-risk-examines-threat-posed-to-lower-manhattan-by-higher-sea-levels--/6390277/ 

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
https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/ssa/srl/article-abstract/doi/10.1785/0220190354/590621/Forecasting-for-a-Fractured-Land-A-Case-Study-of?redirectedFrom=fulltext 

McKinney’s Office of Emergency Management offering free disaster preparedness kits
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2020/09/09/mckinneys-office-of-emergency-management-offering-disaster-preparedness-kits/  

Psychology and disasters 

Insights into behavior during Chimney Tops 2 Fire could improve evacuation planning
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73419 

68% of US adults have pursued three or more of the six basic preparedness actions
https://community.fema.gov/story/2020-NHS-Data-Digest-Summary-Results 

Wildfires: Can we adapt to live with them?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73498 

 Sociology and disasters 

COVID-19 will widen poverty gap between women and men, new data shows
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73414 

Racist housing policies have created some oppressively hot neighborhoods
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73420 

Bangladesh: compound risks of COVID-19 and floods driving more people into poverty
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73474 

Translocal social capital as a resource for community-based responses to coastal flooding – Evidence from urban and rural areas on Java, Indonesia
https://www.researchgate.net/project/Building-adaptive-capacity-through-translocal-social-capital-Sea-level-rise-and-resilience-of-coastal-communities-and-households-in-Indonesia-TRANSOCAP-SPP-1889-Regional-Sea-Level-Change-and-Society 

Laura: The Latest Climate Disaster for Low-Income Americans
https://www.nrdc.org/experts/rob-moore/laura-latest-climate-disaster-low-income-americans 

 

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