Geomorphological Hazards and Disaster Prevention

Geomorphological Hazards and Disaster Prevention

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Irasema Alcántara-Ayala
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 7/10/2014
EAN 9781107414785, ISBN10: 1107414784

Paperback, 304 pages, 24.6 x 18.8 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

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.

List of contributors
1. Introduction Andrew S. Goudie
Part I. Processes
2. Regional seismic shaking hazards in mountains William B. Bull
3. Volcanic hazards and risks
a geomorphic perspective Jean-Claude Thouret
4. Mountain hazards Olav Slaymaker
5. Review and future challenges in snow avalanche risk analysis Michael Bruendl, Perry Bartelt, Margreth Keiler and Thomas Glade
6. Landslide hazards David Petley
7. Catastrophic landslides and sedimentary budgets Monique Fort, Etienne Cossart and Gilles Arnaud-Fassetta
8. Landslides and climactic change Lisa Borgatti and Mauro Soldati
9. The hazardness of high-magnitude floods Avijit Gupta
10. Flood hazards
the context of fluvial geomorphology Gerardo Benito and Paul F. Hudson
11. Geomorphology and coastal hazards Harley Jesse Walker and Molly McGraw
12. Weathering hazards Andrew S. Goudie and Heather Viles
13. Hazards associated to Karst Francisco Gutiérrez
14. Soil erosion Andrew S. Goudie and John Boardman
15. Desertification and land degradation in arid and semi-arid regions Yang Xiaoping
16. Dune migration and encroachment Andrew S. Goudie
Part II. Processes and Applications of Geomorphology to Risk Assessment and Management
17. GIS for the assessment of risk from geomorphological hazards Cees J. van Westen
18. Hazards assessment for risk analysis and risk management Michael Crozier and Thomas Glade
19. Vulnerability analysis in geomorphic risk assessment Gabi Hufschmidt and Thomas Glade
20. Geomorphological hazards and global climate change Andrew S. Goudie
21. Geomorphic hazards and sustainable development David Higgitt
22. Geomorphology and disaster prevention Irasema Alcántara-Ayala
23. Concluding remarks
geomorphology and the international agenda Irasema Alcántara-Ayala