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Natural disasters

Author: David Alexander
Publisher: New York : Chapman & Hall, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Here is a comprehensive overview of the geophysical, technological, and social aspects of natural disasters. The author's unique interdisciplinary perspective helps the reader to achieve a clear  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Alexander
ISBN: 0412047411 9780412047411 0412047519 9780412047510
OCLC Number: 27974924
Notes: A revised and enlarged translation of the Italian work.
Description: xix, 632 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
The global problem --
Definitions and basic concepts --
Misconceptions about natural disaster --
Time and space in disaster --
Formulating intensity measures --
2. Earthquakes and volcanoes --
The physical nature of earthquakes --
Predicting earthquakes --
The human impact of seismic hazards --
The lessons of recent events --
Tsunamis --
Volcanic eruptions --
3. Atmospheric and hydrological hazards --
Floods --
Drought --
Hurricanes --
Tornadoes --
Lightning --
Hailstorms --
Avalanches --
Glacier hazards --
Snow as a hazard to the urban system --
Frost hazards --
4. Disasters and the land surface --
Soil erosion --
Desertification --
Landslides --
Seismically generated landslides --
Subsidence --
Soil hazards --
Coastal erosion --
Forest and range fires --
5. Damage and the built environment --
Earthquake damage --
Costing and surveying damage --
Buildings, structures and public safety --
Hazards and the urban environment --
High-rise buildings in disaster --
Dam disasters --
6. The logistics of planning and emergency action --
Disaster and hazard mapping --
Remote sensing and disasters --
Models of disaster and their practical uses --
Disaster warning --
Planning for disasters --
Disasters and the mass media --
Emergency management --
Emergency shelter --
Recovery and reconstruction after disaster --
7. Medical emergencies --
Death and injury --
Disease rates --
8. The Third World --
Disasters in developing countries --
Famine and starvation --
Refugees --
The impact of floods upon developing countries --
The case of Bangladesh --
9. Disasters and socio-economic systems --
The sociology of disasters --
Disaster psychology --
Perception of natural hazards and disasters --
Risk assessment and management --
Problems of rational hazard management --
The economics of disasters --
An historical perspective --
10. Towards an international strategy against disasters --
The lessons of disaster --
National policy and disasters --
The International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction.
Other Titles: Calamità naturali.
Responsibility: David Alexander.
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