Published to mark the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, Floods is the third volume in an important new series of major works on hazards and disasters world-wide. Bringing together leading international researchers, each volume in the series represents a unique achievement, spanning the breadth of disaster-prone regions and the spectrum of themes at the core of current research. Each volume is expertly introduced and collated by specialist editors renowned in the field. The world has a troubled relationship with floods. They are an occurence which can either be a welcomed annual event, or a natural disaster causing the loss of lives, homes and livelihoods. Societies around the world continue to seek ways to reduce their vulnerability to floods, or to manage the adverse effects so they can enjoy the benefits that floods can bring. Floods presents the most comprehensive collection to date of new research, providing a rich body of theory and experience from which future decision-makers might learn. An extensive range of case studies covering major floods and regions prone to flooding world-wide are included.
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