In pursuit of useful knowledge - the principles and practice of applied geography. Section I Natural and environmental hazards: global warming, Keith Boucher; acid precipitation, Antoinette Mannion; extreme weather events, Rory Walsh; earthquakes and volcanism, David Alexander; landslides, Michael Crozier; floods, Edmund Penning-Rowsell; coastal erosion, Tom Spencer; physical problems of the urban environment, Ian Douglas. Section II Environmental change and management: water supply and mangement, Adrian McDonald; water quality and pollution, Bruce Webb; irrigation, Peter Beaumont; desertification, Andrew Millington; deforestation, Martin Haigh; maintaining biodiversity, Nick Brown; landscape evaluation, Rosemary Burton; environmental impact assessment, John Blunden; countryside recreation mangement, Guy Robinson; the deintensification of European agriculture, Brian Ilbery; wetlands conservation, Max Wade and Elena Lopez-Gunn; land use conflict at the urban fringe, Gordon Clark; derelict and vacant land, Phillip Kivell; sustainable tourism, Lesley France; townscape conservation, Peter Larkham. Section III Challenges of the human environment: urbanization and coiunterurbanization, Tony Champion; boundary disputes, Gerald Blake; political spaces and representation within the state, Ron Johnston; housing problems in the developed world, Keith Jacobs; the geogrpahy of poverty and deprivation, Michael Pacione; segregation and discrimination, David Herbert; socio-spatial variations in health, Matthew Smallman-Raynor and David Phillips; crime and fear of crime, Norman Davidson; retail location analysis, Cliff Guy; urban transport and traffic problems, Brian Turton; rural accessibility and transport, Stephen Nutley; city marketing as a planning tool, Mike Barke; low income shelter in the Third World city, Rob Potter. (Part contents).