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Environmental hazards : assessing risk and reducing disaster

Author: Keith Smith
Publisher: New York : Routledge, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 6th edView all editions and formats
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"The much expanded sixth edition of Environmental Hazards provides a fully up-to-date overview of all the extreme events that threaten people and what they value in the 21st century. It integrates cutting-edge material from the physical and social sciences to illustrate how natural and human systems interact to place communities of all sizes, and at all stages of economic development, at risk. It also explains in  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Smith, Keith, 1938-
Environmental hazards.
New York : Routledge, ©2013
(DLC) 2012019907
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Smith
ISBN: 9780203805305 0203805305
OCLC Number: 833337984
Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 478 pages) : color illustrations
Contents: pt. 1. The nature of hazard --
pt. 2. The experience and reduction of hazard.
Responsibility: Keith Smith.

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"The much expanded sixth edition of Environmental Hazards provides a fully up-to-date overview of all the extreme events that threaten people and what they value in the 21st century. It integrates cutting-edge material from the physical and social sciences to illustrate how natural and human systems interact to place communities of all sizes, and at all stages of economic development, at risk. It also explains in detail the various measures available to reduce the ongoing losses to life and property. Part One of this established textbook defines basic concepts of hazard, risk, vulnerability and disaster. Attention is given to the evolution of theory, to the scales and patterns of disaster impact and to the optimum management strategies needed to minimize the future impact of damaging events. Part Two employs a consistent chapter structure to demonstrate how individual hazards, such as earthquakes, severe storms, floods and droughts, plus biophysical and technological processes, create distinctive impacts and challenges throughout the world. The ways in which different societies can make positive responses to these threats are placed firmly in the context of sustainable development and global environmental change"--EBL.

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