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Routledge Handbook of Environmental Hazards and Society

ISBN 9780367427146
Published June 30, 2022 by Routledge
616 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This Handbook provides a state-of-the-science review of research and practice in the human dimensions of hazards field.

The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Hazards and Society reviews and assesses existing knowledge and explores future research priorities in this growing field. It showcases the work of international experts, including established researchers, future stars in the field, and practitioners. Organised into four parts, all chapters have an international focus, and many include case studies from around the world. Part I explains geophysical and hydro-meteorological/climatological hazards, their impacts, and mitigation. Part II explores vulnerability, resilience, and equity. Part III explores preparedness, responses during environmental hazard events, impacts, and the recovery process. Part IV explores policy and practice, including governments, support provided during and after environmental hazard events, and provision of information.

This Handbook will serve as an important resource for students, academics, practitioners, and policymakers working in the fields of environmental hazards and disaster risk reduction.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Environmental Hazards today and tomorrow

Tara K. McGee and Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell

Part 1: Environmental Hazards

Geophysical hazards

2 Earthquakes and Tsunami

Julia S. Becker, Sara K. McBride, Lauren J. Vinnell, Wendy S.A. Saunders, Graham S. Leonard, Timothy J. Sullivan and Ken Gledhill

3 Volcanic Eruption

David K. Chester and Angus M. Duncan

4 Landslides

Irasema Alcántara-Ayala and Marten Geertsema

Hydro-meteorological /climatological hazards

5 Tropical cyclones: Experiences from Bangladesh and the USA

Edris Alam and Bill DelGrosso

6 Flooding

Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell, Sally M. Priest and Lydia Cumiskey

7 Drought: The case of South Africa

Andries Jordaan

8 Extreme Heat and Cold

Michael J. Allen and Daniel J. Vecellio

9 Wildfire

Tara K. McGee, Elise Gatti and Amy Cardinal Christianson

10 Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation

Jörn Birkmann and Hannes Lauer

Part 2: Vulnerability, Resilience, and Equity

Vulnerability and Resilience

11 Social Vulnerability and Resilience to Environmental Hazards

Kathleen Tierney

12 Vulnerability: Its discursive and material nature

Janki Andharia

13 Community Level Social Capital and Resilience

Daniel P. Aldrich and Michelle A. Meyer

14 Urban and rural interdependencies: infrastructure services

Alexander Fekete, Asad Asadzadeh, Diana Contreras, Johannes Hamhaber, Simone

Sandholz and Dominic Sett

15 Critical Infrastructure and Hazards: A risk modelling approach

Elco Koks 


16 Environmental Justice and Hazards: Case studies from the USA and India

Jayajit Chakraborty and Pratyusha Basu

17 Sexual and Gender Minorities in Disasters

Dale Dominey-Howes, Scott McKinnon, Andrew Gorman-Murray, Christine Eriksen

18 Indigenous Responses to Environmental Hazard Events

Suzanne Phibbs and Christine Kenney 

Part 3: Preparedness, Responses, Impacts, and Recovery

Adaptation and preparedness

19 Adaptation to flood risk by households and small businesses

Tim Harries

20 Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction: An Asian Perspective

Rajib Shaw, Bismark adu-gyamfi, Vibhas Sukhwani

21 Emergency Alerting and Warnings

Jeannette Sutton and Michael M. Wood


22 Evacuation versus shelter-in-place

Jim McLennan, Chris Bearman and Barbara Ryan

23 Volunteers and community participation

Blythe McLennan

24 Religious institutions, communities and disasters

Abdur R. Cheema


25 Physical health consequences of disasters

Penelope Burns and Gerard FitzGerard

26 Disasters and Mental Health

Michael J. Zakour

27 The economic impacts of flood risk reduction

Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell


28 Disaster Recovery

Bimal K. Paul

29 Regenerating Socio-Cultural Capacities and Capabilities in Disaster Recovery

Douglas Paton, Petra Buergelt, Rey-Sheng Her, Li-ju Jang, Rei-Ling Lai, Ya-Lan Tseng, Ruei-Siang Wu and Sault Sagala

Part 4: Policy and Practice


30 International agreements and policies

Lidia Mayner and Virginia Murray

31 Governance issues with environmental hazards

Livhuwani Nemakonde, Sizwile Khoza and Dewald Van Niekerk

32 Local Governments and Environmental Hazards

Kristin Taylor and Stephanie Zarb


33 Humanitarian Organizations and Aid

Tammam Aloudat

34 The role of Insurance in Reducing Losses from Disasters

Wouter Botzen and Howard Kunreuther

35 Settlement and Shelter Reconstruction

Erin P. O’Connell and Brent Doberstein


36 Disaster Risk Reduction Education

Glenn Fernandez

37 News Media Coverage of Environmental Hazards

Bruno Takahashi

38 Reflections

Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell and Tara K. McGee



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Tara K. McGee is an interdisciplinary social scientist in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research focuses on the human dimensions of wildfires.

Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell is a geographer who founded the Flood Hazard Research Centre at Middlesex University, London. He is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Middlesex University. He is the editor of the international journal Environmental Hazards published by Taylor & Francis.