Comet/Asteroid Impacts and Human Society: An Interdisciplinary Approach / Edition 1

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Leading specialists in various disciplines were first invited to a multidisciplinary workshop funded by ICSU on the topic to gain a better appreciation and perspective on the subject of comet/asteroid impacts as viewed by different disciplines. This volume provides a necessary link between various disciplines and comet/asteroid impacts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540327097
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 2/21/2007
  • Edition description: 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 546
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

The Geologic Record of Destructive Impact Events on Earth.- The Archaeology and Anthropology of Quaternary Period Cosmic Impact.- Celestial Objects and Events in Archaeology and Popular Culture.- The Asteroid Impact Hazard and Interdisciplinary Issues.- Understanding the Near-Earth Object Population.- Physical Properties of NEOs and Risks of an Impact.- Evaluating the Risk of Impacts and the Efficiency of Risk Reduction.- Physical Effects of Comet and Asteroid Impacts.-Frequent Ozone Depletion Resulting from Impacts of Asteroids and Comets.- Tsunami as a Destructive Aftermath of Oceanic Impacts.- The Climatic Effects of Asteroid and Comet Impacts.- The Tunguska Event.- Atmospheric Megacryometeor Events Versus Small Meteorite Impacts.- Social Science and Near-Earth Objects.- Perception of Risk from Asteroid Impact.- Hazard Risk Assessment of a Near Earth Object.- Social Perspectives on Comet/Asteroid Impact Hazard.- The Societal Implications of a Comet/Asteroid Impact on Earth.- Disaster Planning for Cosmic Impacts.- Insurance Coverage of Meteorite, Asteroid and Comet Impacts.- The Economic Consequences of Disasters due to Asteroid and Comet Impacts.- Communicating Impact Risk to the Public.- Impact Risk Communication Management.- Towards Rational International Policies on the NEO Hazard.- A Road Map for Creating a NEO Research Program in Developing Countries.
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