Environmental Hazards: Assessing Risk and Reducing Disaster / Edition 5

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Environmental Hazards covers all major rapid-onset events, whether natural, human or technological in origin, which directly threaten human life on a community scale. Combining insights from both the natural and social sciences, this book offers a complete introduction to environmental hazards. A broad overview is followed by a systematic analysis of specific hazards to explore a wide range of global case studies and policy responses. This substantially revised and expanded second edition includes important new global case studies with fresh material on risk management, epidemics, disaster trends, Third World vulnerability, remote sensing, mass movements and droughts. Drawing from the most recent research, this edition is a major new contribution in the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction.
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Covers all major rapid-onset events (natural, human, or technological in origin) which directly threaten human life on a community scale. Combining insights from both the natural and social sciences, presents a broad overview followed by a systematic analysis of specific hazards. The new edition includes new global case studies and fresh material on risk management, epidemics, disaster trends, Third World vulnerability, remote sensing, mass movements, and droughts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"The latest edition of Environmental Hazards provides a reliable guide to the ever changing field of natural hazards and disasters. The sixth edition covers a remarkable range of interdisciplinary topics in an accessible manner. The text is a unique resource for anyone wanting to understand how human society on planet Earth often finds itself in peril, and what we can do about it." Roger Pielke, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.

"Environmental Hazards has become the indispensable text for hazards students and scholars. The new edition brings together a wealth of updated and new case studies and examples. The common structure adopted for the chapters in Part II enables useful comparisons between hazard types and the varied risks and adaptation opportunities they present. This is a detailed and thorough treatment of the complex approaches to and challenges of hazard management." Dr Maureen Fordham, Enterprise Fellow Principal Lecturer in Disaster Management, University of Northumbria, UK.

"This is one of a minority that combines information on the range of disasters—natural, biophysical and technological. It is also one of the only textbooks that provides a good general overview of the basic concepts important to the study of hazards such as disaster trends, risk management, vulnerability, mitigation/risk reduction, adaptation, etc. I would further argue that the language, case studies, suggestions for further readings, web links, etc. contribute to the book’s pedagogical value for an undergraduate introductory text. If students have only one opportunity to learn about hazards in their undergraduate program then this book will indeed provide ‘the basics’." Jessica Lehman - The University of British Columbia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415428651
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/11/2009
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Smith is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Science and former Dean of Natural Sciences at the University of Stirling. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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Table of Contents

List of plates
List of colour plates
List of figures
List of tables
Preface to first edition
1 Hazard in the Environment 3
2 Dimensions of Disaster 27
3 Risk Assessment and Management 54
4 Adjustment to Hazard: Accepting and Sharing the Loss 78
5 Adjustment to Hazard: Reducing the Loss 97
6 Tectonic Hazards: Earthquakes 121
7 Tectonic Hazards: Volcanoes 155
8 Mass Movement Hazards 182
9 Atmospheric Hazards: Severe Storms 210
10 Biophysical Hazards: Temperature Extremes, Epidemics and Wildfires 237
11 Hydrological Hazards: Floods 256
12 Hydrological Hazards: Droughts 286
13 Technological Hazards 314
14 Conclusion 341
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