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Floods: Physical Processes and Human Impacts

By: Roy Ward and Keith Smith

382 pages, B/w photos, illus, figs, tabs

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Apr 1998 | #83247 | ISBN: 0471952486
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In developed countries, the pervasive view of floods is that science and technology have largely brought these unpredictable disasters under safe control. This book shows that this is simply not so, and that floods are anything but controlled. Written by two experienced and widely respected environmental authors, this book covers the causes and impacts of river and coastal floods and discusses appropriate ways to respond to flood hazards. An authoritative yet highly readable survey, Floods presents a balanced overview of all aspects of flooding, from complex natural causes and technological problems to recent societal responses.

...the book represents a comprehensive view of flood hazard, vulnerability and mitigation which will form an invaluable guide for undergraduate teaching..., , , Earth Surface Processes & Landforms, Volume 24, Number 6#"...a broad and very readable text...", , , Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers#


THE FLOOD HAZARD IN CONTEXT. Floods: Physical Events and Natural Hazards. Impacts and Interpretations of Flood Hazard. PROCESSES OF FLOODING. River Floods: Geophysical Processes. River Floods: Spatial Characteristics. Coastal Floods. Flood Estimation. RESPONSES TO THE FLOOD HAZARD. Flood Defence. Flood Forecasting and Warning. Mitigating and Managing Flood Losses. Outlook. Appendix. References. Index.

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