Geomorphological Hazards and Disaster Prevention (Hardback)
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Geomorphological Hazards and Disaster Prevention (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 04/03/2010
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Human activities have had a huge impact on the environment and landscape, through industrialisation and land-use change, leading to climate change, deforestation, desertification, land degradation, and air and water pollution. These impacts are strongly linked to the occurrence of geomorphological hazards, such as floods, landslides, snow avalanches, soil erosion, and others. Geomorphological work includes not only the understanding but the mapping and modelling of Earth's surface processes, many of which directly affect human societies. In addition, geomorphologists are becoming increasingly involved with the dimensions of societal problem solving, through vulnerability analysis, hazard and risk assessment and management. The work of geomorphologists is therefore of prime importance for disaster prevention. An international team of geomorphologists have contributed their expertise to this volume, making this a scientifically rigorous work for a wide audience of geomorphologists and other Earth scientists, including those involved in environmental science, hazard and risk assessment, management and policy.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521769259
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 910 g
Dimensions: 246 x 188 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... surely one of the most relevant and timely Earth science texts for the early 21st century given the rapidity of current global climate change and predicted increase in associated natural disasters and infrastructural consequences. This comprehensive text on hazards brings fresh relevance and application to geomorphology and is an essential read for environmental consultants, land managers and scholars in Earth and environmental science.' Professor Stefan Grab, University of the Witwatersrand
'This book provides a comprehensive guide to the role of geomorphology in hazard and risk analysis. It presents an excellent and wide-ranging review of hazards and how society can respond and attempt to manage them ... It brings together an impressive group of authors with international reputations in their various fields of geomorphological research.' Professor Tim Burt, Durham University
'... excellent exposition and state-of-the-art analyses of geomorphic hazards for better understanding and prevention of disasters. Alcantara-Ayala and Goudie are to be commended for their selection of topics and choice of so many prominent geoscientists to contribute chapters. Their book sets a high standard in focused analysis of diverse geomorphic hazards.' Professor John (Jack) Shroder, University of Nebraska at Omaha
'Brings together a broad range of research in a well written, comprehensively illustrated and accessible format, covering all of the major events that threaten human activity and life. An excellent synthesis for geomorphologists, the wider Earth Science community, engineers, planners and other decision makers.' Professor Robert J. Allison, University of Sussex
'An international team of geomorphologists have contributed their expertise to this volume, making this a scientifically rigorous work for a wide audience of geomorphologists and other Earth scientists.' The Eggs
'The potential of geomorphology to identify and prevent different types of natural hazards is shown in this state-of-the-art volume, written by nearly 30 scientists from 13 countries ... Since the book is attractively priced, it is definitely a recommended purchase for anyone interested in surface processes and their practical aspects.' Piotr Migon, Geologos
'This is a timely book, as population pressures and the impacts of climate change look set to increase the frequency and severity of disasters. ... Another theme of this book is the need to better understand vulnerability and to incorporate it into the disaster risk reduction process. ... The second part of the book highlights the key role that geography can play in providing expertise, methodologies, research and training in both geomorphology and human geography, as well as a shared forum for discussion and the development of better approaches to disaster risk reduction.' The Geographical Journal
' ... surely one of the most relevant and timely Earth science texts for the early 21st century given the rapidity of current global climate change and predicted increase in associated natural disasters and infrastructural consequences. This comprehensive text on hazards brings fresh relevance and application to geomorphology and is an essential read for environmental consultants, land managers and scholars in Earth and environmental science.' Professor Stefan Grab, University of the Witwatersrand
`This book provides a comprehensive guide to the role of geomorphology in hazard and risk analysis. It presents an excellent and wide-ranging review of hazards and how society can respond and attempt to manage them ... It brings together an impressive group of authors with international reputations in their various fields of geomorphological research.' Professor Tim Burt, Durham University
` ... excellent exposition and state-of-the-art analyses of geomorphic hazards for better understanding and prevention of disasters. Alcantara-Ayala and Goudie are to be commended for their selection of topics and choice of so many prominent geoscientists to contribute chapters. Their book sets a high standard in focused analysis of diverse geomorphic hazards.' Professor John (Jack) Shroder, University of Nebraska at Omaha
'Brings together a broad range of research in a well written, comprehensively illustrated and accessible format, covering all of the major events that threaten human activity and life. An excellent synthesis for geomorphologists, the wider Earth Science community, engineers, planners and other decision makers.' Professor Robert J Allison, University of Sussex
"...overall the book contains much valuable information. Production quality is excellent, with many grayscale drawings and photos. There is a good index, and the layout is very readable. This book would be excellent for use in an upper-level/graduate course on geologic hazards as the concise chapters lend themselves to such (two chaptes per week, for example). But the book also has merit as a reference or learning tool." I.D Sasowsky, University of Akron
"...a comprehensive and engaging look at the many issues surrounding the understanding of climate and the difficulty of changing people's habits." Natural Hazards Observer
"...the book contains much valuable information. Production quality is excellent, with many grayscale drawings and photos. There is a good index, and the layout is very readable ...Highly recommended." CHOICE

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