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Natural and Anthropogenic Disasters: Vulnerability, Preparedness and Mitigation

Edited By: Madan Kumar Jha

570 pages, 216 illustrations, 16 in colour


Hardback | Aug 2009 | #180338 | ISBN-13: 9789048124978
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The major challenges of the 21st century faced by human beings are: how to achieve water security, food security, energy security and environmental security? Owing to enhanced natural/anthropogenic disasters worldwide, especially in developing countries, these challenges become much more complicated and daunting. Therefore, it is the need of the hour to highlight the risk of different disasters as well as the modern tools and techniques to minimize disaster losses.

Disaster management being highly multidisciplinary in nature, a comprehensive book dealing with different aspects of disaster management in the face of climate change and socio-economic changes, and encompassing all the important disasters faced by humankind is presently lacking; the existing books, though highly limited, provide cursory treatment of the topic or simply present introductory information. The present book is an attempt to fulfill this gap. This book provides clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date information about different facets of disaster management. The information contained in this book will not only serve as general guidelines for effective disaster management, but will also help educate engineers and scientists about various natural and anthropogenic hazards as well as modern tools/techniques and approaches for their mitigation.

This book will be very useful to the teachers, students and researchers of civil, environmental, agricultural, and land and water resources engineering fields as well as to the planners and decision makers, especially of developing nations. This book will be of interest to researchers in the fields of civil, environmental, agriculture and land and water resources engineering, as well as to planners and decision makers.


1. Natural and anthropogenic disasters: An overview.
2. Tools and techniques for assessing climate change impacts on water resources.
3. Identification of landslide hazards zones using Integrated Remote Sensing and GIS techniques.
4. GIS-based groundwater modeling: An integrated tool for managing groundwater-induced disasters.
5. Climate change implications for disaster risk reduction: Some issues and options for developing countries.
6. Applications of geospatial technologies in disaster risk management.
7. Adaptation strategies to counter potential production losses in livestock due to climate change.
8. Mine subsidence: mechanism, prediction and prevention.
9. Arsenic calamity in India: Occurrence, genesis, human health implications and remedial measures.
10. Indicators for assessing drought hazard in arid regions of India.
11. Mine safety and disaster management: Emerging tools and techniques.
12. Climate Change and its Impact on Crop Productivity.
13. Impact of 2004 Tsunami on Housing, Sanitation, Water Supply and Wastes Management in Ampara District of Eastern Sri Lanka. 14. Real-time Flood Forecasting by a Hydrometric Data-Based Technique. 15. Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation of Groundwater Supply: Lessons Learned from Eastern Sri Lanka.
16. Tsunami Early Warning System: An Indian Ocean Perspective. 17. Impacts of Tsunami-genic Earthquakes in the Indian Ocean.
18. Decision Support System: Concept and Potential for Integrated Water Resources Management.
19. Potential of Remote Sensing and GIS Technologies for Mitigating Land and Water Related Disasters.
20. Radiation Emergency Preparedness in Nuclear Power Plants.
21. Cyclone Emergency Preparedness in DAE Coastal Installations, India.
22. Role of El Nino-Southern Oscillation on Extremes over India. 23. Tropical Cyclones: Trends, Forecasting and Mitigation.
24. Monitoring Physiographic Rainfall Variation for Sustainable Management of Water Bodies in India.
25. Drought Management: An Indian Perspective.
26. Climate Change and Food Security: An Assessment.
27. Sustainable Forest Management: Key to Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation.
28. Management of Disasters: Challenges and Prospects.

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