Environmental Hazards: Assessing Risk and Reducing Disaster (Routledge Physical Environment Series)

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9780415224642: Environmental Hazards: Assessing Risk and Reducing Disaster (Routledge Physical Environment Series)

This substantially revised 3rd Edition of Environmental Hazards, argues that knowledge about hazards and hazard mitigation, must be better applied to reduce death and destruction, particularly in developing countries. All the major rapid onset events which directly threaten humans and what they value are covered:
* tectonic hazards - earthquakes and volcanos
* mass movement hazards
* severe storm hazards
* biophysical hazards - temperature extremes, epidemics and wildfires
* hydrological hazards
* technological hazards.
The revised 3rd Edition includes new material on disaster debates and looks forward to future problems in the 21st century. This important book provides a balanced and up-to-date approach to environmental hazards and is ideally suited to act as a course text.

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Keith Smith is Professor of Environmental Science and Head of the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Stirling. He has held previous posts at the universities of Liverpool, Durham and Strathclyde as well as at several overseas institutions. His other books include Water in Britain, Principles of Applied Climatology, and (with G.A. Tobin) Human Adjustment to the Flood Hazard

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"'The author's master of this complicated subject is reflected in the way the book is clearly written and well-structured...an important accomplishment considering that the subject continues to cry out for debate and action.' - Environmental Politics (on the 2nd Edition) 'In this third edition of Environmental Hazards, Keith Smith has fashioned yet further improvements to what was already a highly readable, well-informed, broad ranging and accessible text. Essential reading for anyone interested in environmental hazards.' - Professor David K.C. Jones, London School of Economics 'An excellent guide to the field of natural hazards: comprehensive, thorough and well-organized.' - David Alexander, University of Massachusetts 'One area that is particularly appreciated by both myself and students is the overview of what a hazard is...the manner in which each hazard is covered, in terms of causes followed by a series of options for mitigation, in both developed and developing countries, is very useful.' - C. Holt, University College Northampton (on the 2nd Edition)"

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