Earth's Processes as Hazards, Disasters, and Catastrophes
The new revised fifth edition of Natural Hazards remains the go-to introductory-level survey intended for university and college courses that are concerned with earth processes that have direct, and often sudden and violent, impacts on human society. The text integrates principles of geology, hydrology, meteorology, climatology, oceanography, soil science, ecology, and solar system astronomy.
The textbook explains the earth processes that drive hazardous events in an understandable way, illustrates how these processes interact with our civilization, and describes how we can better adjust to their effects. Written by leading scholars in the area, the new edition of this book takes advantage of the greatly expanding amount of information regarding natural hazards, disasters, and catastrophes. The text is designed for learning, with chapters broken into small consumable chunks of content for students. Each chapter opens with a list of learning objectives and ends with revision as well as high-level critical thinking questions. A Concepts in Review feature provides an innovative end-of-chapter section that breaks down the chapter content by parts: reviewing the learning objectives, summary points, important visuals, and key terms. New case studies of hazardous events have been integrated into the text, and students are invited to actively apply their understanding of the five fundamental concepts that serve as a conceptual framework for the text. Figures, illustrations, and photos have been updated throughout.
The book is designed for a course in natural hazards for nonscience majors, and a primary goal of the text is to assist instructors in guiding students who may have little background in science to understand physical earth processes as natural hazards and their consequences to society.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction to Natural Hazards
2 Internal Structure of Earth and Plate Tectonics
7 Mass Wasting
8 Subsidence and Soils
9 Atmospheric Processes and Severe Weather
10 Hurricanes and Extratropical Cyclones
11 Coastal Hazards
12 Climate Change and Natural Hazards
14 Impacts and Extinctions
Edward A. Keller is a professor in the Environmental Studies and Earth Sciences Departments at University of California at Santa Barbara, USA.
Duane E. DeVecchio is a research professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University, USA.
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