Many countries are increasingly threatened by major landslide disasters and fatalities due to extreme weather events which have major implications for public safety and the sustainability of infrastructure and the built environment. A further increase in such a trend could come from climate change.
This book helps to fill in the gap due to the fact that landslide hazards are commonly not covered under the policy debate on climate change. The book highlights the importance of raising awareness to the challenges of landslide hazards due to climate impact. It provides a holistic frame for understanding the key issues and new tools that could be used to assess and manage the landslide risks.
The book gathers contributions from 21 countries and regions in the form of national reports or summaries with respect to four key aspects: a) the methods used for evaluating changing weather and changing landslide patterns; b) the changing weather patterns; c) the changing landslide patterns and hazard scenarios; d) the applications to risk management and the formulation of adaptation measures.
Recommendations are made for enhanced preparedness and resilience. Improved crisis management and areas for future work are suggested.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 572
Weight: 1184 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 x 36 mm
"It gives me great pleasure to write this note in support of this excellent volume on the topic of the impact of climate change on landslides. [...] I can assure you that this book will be on my shelf as soon as it comes out."
Jean-Louis Briaud, President of FedIGS, Federation of International Geo-engineering Societies, and Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University
"The editors of this volume compile current views from around the world about the impact of climate change on landslide frequency and strength. Organized into 14 chapters, the work specifically provides 13 reports that represent 17 worldwide regions. These reports identify the impact of climate change on rainfall and related weather patterns, slope instability and landslide risk, and engineered slope design. They examine the variations in landslide risk management and adaptation actions while noting that more research is necessary. Although the actual content in each chapter deviates somewhat from this general framework, each one is fairly thorough in its regional analysis. With an in-depth summary in chapter 1, the editors provide coherence and context to the reports by comparing and contrasting their content. The editors identify key findings and discuss the science of climate modeling and landslide prediction, the projected range of landslide frequency and magnitude, landslide risk management, and the need for more research. A substantial number of quality figures and tables support the text, and each chapter is well referenced. A thorough index is also included.
Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals."
J. B. Huffman, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in: Choice Connect, September 2017 issue
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