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This is a well-written and generously illustrated overview of all the natural and technological events that threaten humans and what they value. It draws on the latest research across the physical and human sciences and guides students and researchers from problems, theories and policies to explore practical, real-world situations.

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Environmental Hazards

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Overview

This is a well-written and generously illustrated overview of all the natural and technological events that threaten humans and what they value. It draws on the latest research across the physical and human sciences and guides students and researchers from problems, theories and policies to explore practical, real-world situations.

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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. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Booknews
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203884805
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/16/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 416
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Keith Smith is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Stirling.

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Table of Contents

List of plates
List of colour plates
List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Preface to first edition
Acknowledgements
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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