Elsevier Publishes New Books on Natural Disasters and Hazards

Books focus on assessment and prevention of hazards and disasters for use by environmental science and earth systems researchers and professionals

Waltham, MA, October 20, 2014

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the publication of four new books on natural disasters and hazards, including three from the newly developed Hazards and Disasters series

edited by Dr. John F. Shroder.

  • Download a free chapter on probabilistic seismic-hazard assessment here

Some of the worst known natural disasters in world history happened in the last decade. In addition, the number of natural disasters increased from 30 in 1950 to 544 in 2013, according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters. The intensity and severity of the individual occurrences has also increased. Without continued focus and research on causality, prediction, preparedness and prevention, these events will continue to have devastating impacts on human life, ecosystems and global economies. Dr. Shroder, a distinguished researcher, professor and author on natural hazards and resources, has developed the Hazards and Disasters book series to provide researchers and professionals with an understanding of the latest scientific discoveries for assessment and prevention.

Earthquake Hazard, Risk, and Disasters, edited by Max Wyss of the International Centre for Earth Simulation (ICES) in Geneva, is the first of nine volumes in the Hazards and Disasters series. It covers problems caused by earthquakes and discusses current thinking about engineering and social issues, such as how earthquake disasters can affect lives and impact property. Two more books in the series also published this month, and several more will be made available in the coming months, covering landslide, volcanic, biological, snow and ice, and coastal and marine hazards.

The new books available on natural hazards and disasters are:

In the Hazards and Disasters Series:

The books are available on the Elsevier Store and on ScienceDirect, Elsevier's full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from over 2,200 peer-reviewed journals and more than 25,000 book titles.


Notes for editors
Review copies of the books are available to credentialed journalists upon request. Contact Michelle McMahon at m.mcmahon.1@elsevier.com or +1 781 663 2268.

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