La Nina variant may power this year’s monsoon

‘We know our community better than they do’: why local knowledge is key to disaster recovery in Gippsland

Overcoming the odds is second nature to the Gippsland community. The people in this region have seen it all — fires, floods, droughts and extreme weather. And every time, these capable, resourceful and independent communities bounce back.

However, recovery from bushfires of the 2019/2020 Black Summer followed by the COVID-19 pandemic has been different.

Even before these events, we were researching vulnerability to natural hazards, risk ownership and diversity and inclusion nationally as part of our work with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.

Through a mix of interviews, focus groups and surveys, we sought insights about communities, how they recover after disaster and what factors have the greatest impact. We focused on community strengths and how to build on them…

La Nina variant may power this year’s monsoon

India may experience good monsoon in 2021

It is that time of the year when monsoon watchers turn their focus to the Equatorial Pacific Ocean for clues on the seesawing temperature patterns in its western and eastern basins as reflected in an El Nino or a La Nina, which are collectively called the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle.

Conventional La Nina and El Nino events have become less frequent since the 1970s

A La Nina (cooler Equatorial and East Pacific and warmer West Pacific) has been associated with a good monsoon in India though without direct cause-effect relationship. An El Nino is the exact reverse, and usually portends a poor monsoon. In 1997, though, the monsoon was good despite a strong El Nino…

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