Description

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, clarifying terms and investigating the nature of vulnerability to hazards in general and in various specific European contexts. In addition, this book helps improve understanding of vulnerability and gives thorough methodologies for investigating 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.

Key Features

  • Provides a framework of theory and methodology designed to help researchers and practitioners understand the phenomenon of vulnerability to natural hazards and disasters and to climate change
  • Contains case studies that illustrate how to apply the methodology in different ways to diverse hazards in varied settings (rural, urban, coastal, mountain, and more)
  • Describes how to validate the results of methodology application in different situations and how to respond to the needs of diverse groups of stakeholders represented by the public and private sectors, civil society, researchers, and academics

Readership

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

Table of Contents

  • Vulnerability: a key determinant of risk and its importance for risk management and sustainability
  • Chapter 1. Theoretical and Conceptual Framework for the Assessment of Vulnerability to Natural Hazards and Climate Change in Europe
    • 1.1. Introduction
    • 1.2. Risk, Vulnerability, and Adaptation to Natural Hazards
    • 1.3. Multidimensional and Holistic Perspective: The MOVE Framework
    • 1.4. The Application: Criteria and Indicators
    • 1.5. Challenges and Outlook
  • Chapter 2. Holistic Evaluation of Seismic Risk in Barcelona
    • 2.1. Introduction
    • 2.2. Description of the City
    • 2.3. Local Seismic Hazard
    • 2.4. Methodology of Seismic Risk Assessment
    • 2.5. Holistic Risk Evaluation
    • 2.6. Evaluation of the Risk Management Performance
    • 2.7. Conclusions
  • Chapter 3. Spatial and Holistic Assessment of Social, Economic, and Environmental Vulnerability to Floods—Lessons from the Salzach River Basin, Austria
    • 3.1. Introduction and Background
    • 3.2. Assessing Vulnerability—from Concepts to Measurable and Meaningful Spatial Units
    • 3.3. Indicators for Multiple Vulnerability Dimensions
    • 3.4. Results
    • 3.5. Discussion
    • 3.6. Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Chapter 4. Vulnerability to Earthquakes and Floods of the Healthcare System in Florence, Italy
    • 4.1. Introduction and Background
    • 4.2. Material and Methods
    • 4.3. Results
    • 4.4. Conclusion
  • Chapter 5. Vulnerability Assessment to Heat Waves, Floods, and Earthquakes Using the MOVE Framework: Test Case Cologne, Germany
    • 5.1. Introduction
    • 5.2. Natural Hazards within the Study Area
    • 5.3. Vulnerability Assessment within Cologne: Methods
    • 5.4. Results
    • 5.5. Discussion and Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. Vulnerability to Drought and He

Details

No. of pages:
240
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2014
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier
Print ISBN:
9780124105287
Electronic ISBN:
9780124105485