Assessment of Vulnerability to Natural Hazards
A European Perspective
- David Alexander
- Joern Birkmann
- Stefan Kienberger
Assessment of Vulnerability to Natural Hazards covers the vulnerability of human and environmental systems to climate change and eight natural hazards: earthquakes, floods, landslides, avalanches, forest fires, drought, coastal erosion and heat waves. This book is an important contribution to the field because of its ability to clarify the meanings of terms and investigate the nature of vulnerability to hazards in general and in various specific European contexts. In addition, this book provides a framework to improve understanding of vulnerability and a comprehensive set of methodologies for the investigation of situations in which people and their environments are vulnerable to hazards. With case studies taken from across Europe, the underlying theoretical frame is transferrable to other geographical contexts, making the content relevant worldwide.
Geoscientists, environmental scientists, natural hazard specialists, and social scientists. A secondary audience will include economists, public administrators, and representatives of private companies affected by hazards or with a stake in disaster risk reduction