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Hazards and Disasters: Storms (2-Volume Set)

Series: Hazards and Disasters

Edited By: Roger Snr Peilke and Roger Jnr Peilke

908 pages, plates with b/w illustrations; illustrations


Hardback | Dec 2000 | #99248 | ISBN: 041517239X
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Storms are fundamental to life on earth, but their impacts on society and the environment are not always welcome. They bring rain to sustain life, but in extremes, this rain can have a huge detrimental affect on lives by destroying homes, livelihoods, food supplies, communications and, in the worst cases, by taking lives. As a result of these impacts, societies around the world have sought to reduce their vulnerability to storms, through different levels of planning and legislation. However, sometimes these societal responses to storm impacts can serve to exacerbate vulnerability. This broad spectrum of events, vulnerability and responses provides a rich body of theory and experience from which future decision-makers might learn from. Storms explores the important themes in that spectrum through a collection of papers from leading worldwide academics in the field, arranged into sections devoted to Storm Science and Vulnerability, Tropical Cyclones, Extratropical Cyclones, Mesocale Convective Systems and Other Storms. Detailed accounts of storms and their implications include incidents in USA, Canada, Cuba, Australia, India, Russia, Vietnam, Brazil and Mexico. This is a definitive collection of both newly-written and previously-published material which provides a broad-reaching and thought-provoking account of storms and their environmental and societal impact.


1. Storm Science and Societal Vulnerability Introduction to storms, Roger A. Pielke,Jr. and Roger A. Pielke, Sr., Vulnerability to disaster and sustainable development: A general framework for assessing vulnerability, Mary B. Anderson, Targeting households at risk for storms: Community vulnerability mapping, Betty H. Morrow, The WMO and global response to storms, Robert Landis, Severe storms and the insurance industry, David L. Malmquist and Anthony F. Michaels, Stormforecasting for emergency response: A United States perspective, Donald R. Wernly and Louis W. Uccellini, Social science and severe weather warnings, B.E. Aguirre, Atmospheric observations in weather prediction, R.E. Carbone, Short-term climate variations: Recent accomplishments and issues for future progress, Kevin E. Trenberth 2.Tropical Cyclones General characteristics of tropical cyclones, William M. Gray Geographic impacts of tropical cyclones, Charles Neumann, Tropical cyclones during and after landfall, Mark D. Powell, Climate variability of tropical cyclones: Past, present and future, Christopher W. Landsea, Wind engineering as related to tropical cyclones, Leighton Cochran, Tropical Cyclone warning-response strategies, Robert L. Southern, Hurricane evacuation in the United States, Earl J. Baker, Tropical Cyclone impacts in Australia, Gary R. Foley, Tropical Cyclone impacts in India and neighbourhood, S. Raghavan and A.K. Sen Sarma Tropical Cyclone impacts in China, Lianshou Chen, Reframing the United States hurricane problem, Roger A. Pielke, Jr 3.Extratropical Cyclones Overview of extratropical cyclones, Robert E. Davis, Patrick J. Michaels and Bruce P. Hayden, Storms and the coast, Orrin H. Pilkey, David M. Bush and William J. Neal, Wind storms associated with extratropical cyclones, John F. Weaver, The structure, effects and forecasting of ice storms, Douglas A. Wesley, Flooding from extratropical cyclones, Kenneth E. Kunkel, Winter storms over Canada, R.E.Stewart, D. Bachand, R.R. Dunkley, A.C. Giles, B. Lawson, L. Legal, S.T. Miller, B.P. Murphy, M.N. Parker, B.J. Paruk and M.K.Yau, Winter storms in Russia, N. Chakina, Impact of extratropical cyclones in Cuba, Lino R. Naranjo-Diaz, Flood forecasting in the lower Mekong Basin, Thanongdeth Insisiengmay, Climate conditions associated with flooding in Changjiang China, Wang Shou Wu 4.Mesoscale convective systems An overview of mesoscale convective systems, William R. Cotton, Issues in forecasting mesoscale convective systems: An observational and modeling perspective, Conrad L. Ziegler, Thunderstorms in a social context, David A. Etkin and Mary Fran Myers, Lightning, Walter A. Lyons, Flash floods associated with convective storms, Mark Hjelmfelt, Tornadoes, Joseph H. Golden, Hailstorms, Hans H. Schiesser and A. Waldvogel, Mesoscale convective systems over South Africa, Michael Garstang and Peter Tyson, Impacts of hail in the United States, Stanley A. Changon, Flash floods in

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