275 pages | 146 B/W Illus.
"Alvarez drives home the point that for buildings and communities located in hurricane-prone regions, it is not a question of whether the area will be impacted, but when it will be impacted. The book makes a strong case for taking responsibility to understand the vulnerabilities of buildings and structures to hurricane impacts."
—Timothy Reinhold, PhD, from the Foreword
Focusing on coastal regions affected by tropical cyclones, Hurricane Mitigation for the Built Environment highlights vulnerability, natural hazards, risk, damage, emergency management, and hazard mitigation as they relate to the threat and occurrence of hurricanes. The product of more than 25 years of the author’s experiences with post-event assessments and studies of hurricane damage, it looks particularly at common sequences of failures and oversights in planning for a hurricane that amplify the damage caused by storms.
This book combines observations of actual damage to the built environment in coastal regions caused by hurricanes with applied research and testing. It uses case studies and imagery from recent storms to show some of the strengths and weaknesses of infrastructure, landscaping, and city planning. The case studies also illustrate, in great detail, what community planning efforts have worked and those that have failed.
The book also goes beyond analyzing immediately visible structural damages following a hurricane. It addresses long-term issues such as beach erosion and struggling tourism economies. It also describes specific, realistic, and essential mitigation measures for reducing the damage potential of future hurricanes and urges developers, designers, and owners to incorporate new knowledge into the design of new buildings or into the retrofitting of existing buildings. By applying the information presented in this book, communities susceptible to recurring hurricanes can reduce storm damage as well as the potential for extended losses that frequently follow a hurricane.
"I just finished reading Hurricane Mitigation for the Built Environment and realize I need to immediately run to our roof to see what shape it is in and how our equipment is anchored. Alvarez writes with such great clarity that the book is an easy read. I just ordered a second copy to share with our condominium's board of directors and maintenance staff!"
—Bernard Horowitz, Ph.D., Co-Founder, V.I. Technologies, Inc.; Board Member, The Cleo Institute
The Art and Science of Hazard Mitigation
Two Hurricanes in Three Weeks
Hurricanes, Vulnerability, and Causes of Damage
We Need to Be Educated
Wind and Water
Air We Breathe
Hurricanes and the Built Environment
Sails, Wind-Catchers, and Wind Tunnels
Symmetry, Continuity, Centricity, Aerodynamics, Hydrodynamics
One Hurricane Is All It Takes
Cancun: A Mexican Gate to the Caribbean
My First Visit to Cancun
1979 Atlantic Hurricane Season
1988 Atlantic Hurricane Season
2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Cyclones of Quintana Roo
Balance of Hurricane Gilbert
From the Lesson Book of Hurricane Gilbert
Typifying Damage Caused by Hurricane Gilbert
Ten Years Later—Higher Vulnerability
Potential for Damage
Balance of Hurricane Wilma
Typifying Damages Caused by Hurricane Wilma
Classification and Mitigation of Damages
Climate Change: An Exacerbating Factor
Links between Hurricanes and Climate Change
Expected Consequences of Business-as-Usual Approach
A Paradigm Shift Is Needed
Recommendations and Timelines