Water and Disasters

Edited by Chennat Gopalakrishnan, Norio Okada

© 2008 – Routledge

135 pages

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About the Book

This book is the first major attempt to address, comprehensively and in-depth, the many issues associated with water and disasters. It is particularly relevant and topical in view of the increasing frequency and intensity of water-triggered disasters that have afflicted the world in recent years, among them the Indian Ocean Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.

Water and Disasters is a global survey - and assessment of the causes, consequences and post-recovery policies - concerning water disasters. The chapters include empirical studies, case histories, conceptual-theoretical investigations, policy perspectives, institutional analysis, and risk analysis, among others. The book features a comprehensive discussion of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, as well as major floods and droughts in England, Wales, China and the western United States. It also includes chapters on advances in decision support systems for flood disaster management and rainfall insurance.

This volume should be of special interest to disaster management planners and practitioners globally, primarily in the domain of water, in crafting creative solutions for tackling the disasters effectively, efficiently and rapidly. This book was previously published as a special issue of International Journal of Water Resources Development.

Table of Contents

1. Water and Disasters: Crafting Creative Solutions 2. Promoting Disaster Resilient Communities: The Great Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake of 26 December 2004 and the Resulting Indian Ocean Tsunami 3. Floods as Catalysts for Policy Change: Historical Lessons from England and Wales 4. Quantified Analysis of the Probability of Flooding in the Thames Estuary Under Imaginable Worst-Case Sea Level Rise Scenarios 5. Advances in Decision Support Systems for Flood Disaster Management: Challenges and Opportunities 6. Integrated Risk Management of Flood Disasters in Metropolitan Areas of China 7. Rapid Economic Assessment of Flood-Control Failure Among the Rio Grande: A Case Study 8. Adoption of More Technically Efficient Irrigation Systems as a Drought Response 9. Rainfall Insurance: A Promising Tool for Drought Management

About the Editors

Chennat Gopalakrishnan is Professor of Natural Resource Economics at the University of Hawaii. He has published five books and approximately ninety journal articles and technical papers on current and emerging issues in natural resources economics and policy. Gopalakrishnan has directed a number of research projects dealing with water institutions, water markets and pricing, and water conservation and management. Gopalakrishnan is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including Fellow of the American Water Resources Association.

Norio Okada is Professor of Social Systems Engineering at Kyoto University, Japan. He has directed a number of research projects in the area of integrated disaster risk management, with special reference to Japan. Dr. Okada has chaired or served on numerous scientific advisory committees for international conferences on integrated disaster risk management.

About the Series

Routledge Special Issues on Water Policy and Governance

Most of the world’s water problems, and their solutions, are directly related to policies and governance, both specific to water and in general. Two of the world’s leading journals in this area, the International Journal of Water Resources Development (sponsored by the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico) and Water International (the official journal of the International Water Resources Association), contribute to this special issues series, aimed at disseminating new knowledge on the policy and governance of water resources to a very broad and diverse readership all over the world. The series should be of direct interest to all policy makers, professionals and lay readers concerned with obtaining the latest perspectives on addressing the world’s many water issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries