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This book highlights the use of historical data in natural hazard assessments. Different types of data, such as historical data from written documents, are linked to technically measured data such as stream gauge height and consequently river discharge in order to archive new possibilities of probability determination of respective hazardous processes. In addition, this book strengthens this interdisciplinary approach through the application to different processes of earthquakes, floods, and landslides.
Based on worldwide examples, the book introduces how various disciplines address the use of historical data in their respective analysis. These studies might give suggestions of new approaches in their own field derived from applications shown by other disciplines.
List of Contributors. Preface. An introduction to the use of historical data in natural hazard assessments; T. Glade, et al. Part A: Earthquakes; P. Albini. Searching for the source of the 1117 earthquake in northern Italy: A multidisciplinary approach; F. Galadini, et al. Sismicite historique des petites Antilles. Un test pour quelques annees du milieu du XIXe siecle; J. Vogt. The 1828-1829 earthquake sequence in the provinces of Alicante and Murcia (S-E Spain): Historical sources and macroseismic intensity assessment; P. Albini, F.R. De La Torre. The seismic history of Nicolosi (Catania, Italy); M.S. Barbano, et al. A new macroseismic catalogue for Catalonia; T. Susagna, et al. Expeditious seismic damage scenarios based on intensity data from historical earthquakes; M. Mucciarelli, M. Stucchi. Part B: Flooding; F. Frances. Incorporating non-systematic information to flood frequency analysis using the maximum likelihood estimation method; F. Frances. Historical flood data analysis using AGIS: The Palaeotagus database; M.F. De Villalta, et al. Collaboration between historians and hydrologists on the Ardeche river (France); R. Naulet, et al. Availability and potential of historical flood series in the Iberian Peninsula (14th -- 20th centuries); M.-C. Llasat, M. Barriendos. Hydraulic modelling and historical inundation assessment for the Versilia river; S. Pagliara. Part C: Landslide; T. Glade. Landslide hazard assessment and historical landslide data -- an inseparable couple? T. Glade. Widespread landslide and flood events in the Catanzaros Isthmus (Calabria, Italy); Relationships with rainfall data; V. Rizzo, et al. The development and application of a historical bibliography to assess landslide hazard in the United States; C. Alger, E.E. Brabb. The contribution of historical information in the assessment of landslide hazard; D. Calcaterra, M. Parise. Index.
From the reviews: "This book contains a collection of papers that deals particularly with the implementation of historical data in three areas of hazard assessment, namely earthquakes, floods and landsides. ! this book is a powerful indicator that historical data in the three areas of hazard assessment have similar characteristics, namely very high magnitude events with substantial uncertainty. Hence the research done in combining these data with the modern records should be shared to facilitate better hazard assessments." (Mayshree Bejaichund and Andrzej Kijko, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Vol. 163, 2006)