Earth's Natural Hazards: Understanding Natural Disasters and Catastrophes

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OUR PLANET IS A DYNAMIC PLACE

Global pandemics, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, cyclonic storms and many other natural hazards occur across our planet every day and have significant human impact. This textbook examines how normal processes of the Earth-atmosphere-hydrosphere-space systems result in events that are capable of dealing disastrous blows to humans on the scale of individual lives to civilizations.

Earth’s Natural Hazards: Understanding Natural Disasters & Catastrophes focuses on events such as pandemics, earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, tornadoes, climate change, and meteorite impacts, and their local, national and global repercussions. In particular, we examine the spatial and temporal occurrences of these hazards, methods and processes for hazard preparedness, response and recovery, and the social, economic and policy aspects that affect and, in many cases, compound the magnitude of the disasters associated with these natural phenomena.

Earth’s Natural Hazards features:

  • A chapter focusing on epidemics and global pandemics, with case studies from contemporary and ancient societies.
  • Case Studies highlighting current events with discussions of their timelines and impact.
  • An updated full-color text with photos, graphs and maps to help illustrate the broad range of natural disasters that are discussed.
  • Questions for Thought which function as study guide questions at the end of each chapter.
  • References to current websites and publications for additional resources.

Chapter 1 Living With Earth’s Natural Hazards

Chapter 2 The Dynamic Earth System

Chapter 3 Volcanic Eruptions

Chapter 4 Earthquakes

Chapter 5 Tsunami: The Utmost in Destruction From the Sea

Chapter 6 Unstable Ground: Mass Movements and Subsidence

Chapter 7 Threats From Space

Chapter 8 Weather Hazards

Chapter 9 Flooding

Chapter 10 Coastal Regions and Land Loss

Chapter 11 Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons

Chapter 12 Wildfires

Chapter 13 Epidemics, Pandemics, and Infectious Diseases

Chapter 14 Environmental Sustainability and Our Role in Earth’s Future

Chapter 15 Climate Change

  • Area 9
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  • Study Guide
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Ingrid A. Ukstins
David M Best

David grew up in North Carolina, where he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B. S. in mathematics. He completed his M. S. in geology and then served in the U. S. Navy. After returning to UNC-Chapel Hill to obtain his Ph. D. in geology, he began his teaching career at Northern Arizona University in 1978. During his more than three decades at NAU, he has taught classes in introductory and physical geology, geophysics, statistical methods, and the geology of Arizona. He has also served in various administrative roles, including department chair, and associate dean and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. After returning to the teaching ranks in 2003, he began teaching geologic hazards along with the geocommunications course required of geology majors. Since 1998 he has team-taught a biology and geology field course in the national parks with Syl Allred.

OUR PLANET IS A DYNAMIC PLACE

Global pandemics, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, cyclonic storms and many other natural hazards occur across our planet every day and have significant human impact. This textbook examines how normal processes of the Earth-atmosphere-hydrosphere-space systems result in events that are capable of dealing disastrous blows to humans on the scale of individual lives to civilizations.

Earth’s Natural Hazards: Understanding Natural Disasters & Catastrophes focuses on events such as pandemics, earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, tornadoes, climate change, and meteorite impacts, and their local, national and global repercussions. In particular, we examine the spatial and temporal occurrences of these hazards, methods and processes for hazard preparedness, response and recovery, and the social, economic and policy aspects that affect and, in many cases, compound the magnitude of the disasters associated with these natural phenomena.

Earth’s Natural Hazards features:

  • A chapter focusing on epidemics and global pandemics, with case studies from contemporary and ancient societies.
  • Case Studies highlighting current events with discussions of their timelines and impact.
  • An updated full-color text with photos, graphs and maps to help illustrate the broad range of natural disasters that are discussed.
  • Questions for Thought which function as study guide questions at the end of each chapter.
  • References to current websites and publications for additional resources.

Chapter 1 Living With Earth’s Natural Hazards

Chapter 2 The Dynamic Earth System

Chapter 3 Volcanic Eruptions

Chapter 4 Earthquakes

Chapter 5 Tsunami: The Utmost in Destruction From the Sea

Chapter 6 Unstable Ground: Mass Movements and Subsidence

Chapter 7 Threats From Space

Chapter 8 Weather Hazards

Chapter 9 Flooding

Chapter 10 Coastal Regions and Land Loss

Chapter 11 Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons

Chapter 12 Wildfires

Chapter 13 Epidemics, Pandemics, and Infectious Diseases

Chapter 14 Environmental Sustainability and Our Role in Earth’s Future

Chapter 15 Climate Change

Ingrid A. Ukstins
David M Best

David grew up in North Carolina, where he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B. S. in mathematics. He completed his M. S. in geology and then served in the U. S. Navy. After returning to UNC-Chapel Hill to obtain his Ph. D. in geology, he began his teaching career at Northern Arizona University in 1978. During his more than three decades at NAU, he has taught classes in introductory and physical geology, geophysics, statistical methods, and the geology of Arizona. He has also served in various administrative roles, including department chair, and associate dean and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. After returning to the teaching ranks in 2003, he began teaching geologic hazards along with the geocommunications course required of geology majors. Since 1998 he has team-taught a biology and geology field course in the national parks with Syl Allred.

  • Area 9
  • Cases
  • Study Guide
  • Website