This special volume contains a selection of papers that were presented as part of the Seventh International Symposium on Natural and Man-Made Hazards (HAZARDS-98), held in Chania, Crete Island, Greece, during May 1998. The Symposium attracted broad international interest because many cases of natural disaster events, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, storm surges, forest fires, etc., that occurred in several parts of the world during the 1990s were presented not only for their physics but also from the point of view of their impact on society and their environmental consequences. Among these cases are the 1997 Red River Valley flood in Canada and the large earthquake of 18 November 1997, in Zakynthos, Greece. In addition, the volume contains contributions that apply advanced statistical methods and artificial intelligence techniques, such as GIS, and systems analysis to approach the description of physical processes, the discrimination of experimental data and the assessment and management of risk.
Editorial. Regional Air Quality Modelling in Canada - Applications for Policy and Real-Time Prediction; S. Venkatesh, et al. The 1997 El Nino, Indonesian Forest Fires and the Malaysian Smoke Problem: A Deadly Combination of Natural and Man-Made Hazard; M.L. Khandekar, et al. Three-Dimensional Simulation of Water Circulation in the Java Sea: Influence of Wind Waves on Surface and Bottom Stresses; N.S. Ningsih, et al. Tidal Changes and Coastal Hazards: Past, Present and Future; A.C. Hinton. Tsunamis Observed on and Near the Turkish Coast; Y. Altinok, S. Ersoy. Post-Tsunami Field Survey Procedures: An Outline; S.F. Farreras. An Analysis of the Recent Severe Storm Surge Disaster Events in China; Le Kentang. Risk Assessment, Emergency Preparedness and Response to Hazards: The Case of the 1997 Red River Valley Flood, Canada; C. Emdad Haque. Robust Statistical Methods to Discriminate Extreme Events in Geoelectrical Precursory Signals: Implications with Earthquake Prediction; V. Cuomo, et al. Hydrogeochemical Precursors in Kamchatka (Russia) Related to the Strongest Earthquakes in 1988-1997; P.F. Biagi, et al. Multifractal Analysis of the Arnea, Greece Seismicity with Potential Implications for Earthquake Prediction; P.P. Dimitriu, et al. Estimation of Strong Ground Motion Due to Hypothetical Fault Ruptures and Comparison with Recorded Values: The Zakynthos Western Greece Earthquake of 18 November 1997; D.I. Makaris, et al. Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy Used as a Tool for the Detection of Fractures in Rock Samples Exposed to either Hydrostatic or Triaxial Pressure Conditions; G. Nover, et al. Earthquake Hazard for the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia -Contribution to the ILC/IASPEI Global Seismic Hazard Assessment Program; V. Schenk, et al. Contribution of Geographical Information Systems to the Management of Volcanic Crises; F. Gomez-Fernandez. GIS and Volcanic Risk Management; M.T. Pareschi, et al. A Systems Approach to Modeling Catastrophic Risk and Insurability; A. Amendola, et al. Hazards-98: Summary of Papers; M.L. Khandekar.