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Crucibles of hazard : mega-cities and disasters in transition

Author: James K Mitchell
Publisher: Tokyo : New York : United Nations University Press, ©1999.
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"As a result of repeated experiences with devastating earthquakes, storms, floods, and wildfires, places like Tokyo, Mexico City, San Francisco and Los Angeles are already identified with catastrophe in both scientific literature and popular culture. Similar prospects face less obvious urban candidates like Dhaka, Miami, London, Lima, Seoul, and Sydney. This collaborative study of environmental risks in ten of the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James K Mitchell
ISBN: 9280809873 9789280809879
OCLC Number: 40674909
Notes: Based on a 1994 Tokyo conference, several of whose participants became founding members of the steering committee of the International Geographical Union's Study Group on the Disaster Vulnerability of Megacities.
"UNUP-987"--Page 4 of cover.
Description: xiii, 535 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / James K. Mitchell --
Natural disasters in the context of mega-cities / James K. Mitchell --
Urbanization and disaster mitigation in Tokyo / Yoshio Kumagai and Yoshiteru Nojima --
Flood hazard in seoul : a preliminary assessment / Kwi-Gon Kim --
Environmental hazards in Dhaka / Saleemul Huq --
Natural and anthropogenic hazards in the Sydney sprawl : is the city sustainable? / John Handmer --
Disaster response in London : a case of learning constrained by history and experience / Dennis J. Parker --
Lima, Peru : underdevelopment and vulnerability to hazards in the city of the kings / Anthony Oliver-Smith --
Social vulnerability to disasters in Mexico : an assessment method / Sergio Puente --
Natural hazards of the San Francisco Bay mega-city : trial by earthquake, wind, and fire / Rutherford H. Platt --
There are worse things than earthquakes : hazard vulnerability and mitigation capacity in Greater Los Angeles / Ben Wisner --
Environmental hazards and interest group coalitions : Metropolitan Miami after hurricane Andrew / William D. Solecki --
Findings and conclusions / James K. Mitchell.
Responsibility: edited by James K. Mitchell.

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