Disaster Resilience and Sustainability

Disaster Resilience and Sustainability

Adaptation for Sustainable Development

1st Edition - June 23, 2021

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  • Editors: Sangam Shrestha, Riyanti Djalante, Rajib Shaw, Indrajit Pal
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323851961
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323851954

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Disasters undermine societal well-being, causing loss of lives and damage to social and economic infrastructures. Disaster resilience is central to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, especially in regions where extreme inequality combines with the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters. Disaster risk reduction and resilience requires participation of wide array of stakeholders ranging from academicians to policy makers to disaster managers. Disaster Resilient Cities: Adaptation for Sustainable Development offers evidence-based, problem-solving techniques from social, natural, engineering and other disciplinary perspectives. It connects data, research, conceptual work with practical cases on disaster risk management, capturing the multi-sectoral aspects of disaster resilience, adaptation strategy and sustainability. The book links disaster risk management with sustainable development under a common umbrella, showing that effective disaster resilience strategies and practices lead to achieving broader sustainable development goals.

Key Features

  • Provides foundational knowledge on integrated disaster risk reduction and management to show how resilience and its associated concept such as adaptive and transformative strategies can foster sustainable development
  • Brings together disaster risk reduction and resilience scientists, policy-makers and practitioners from different disciplines
  • Case studies on disaster risk management from natural science, social science, engineering and other relevant disciplinary perspectives


Graduate students, scholars, researchers, practitioners

Table of Contents

  • 1. Disaster Resilience a key player on achieving sustainable development goals: A regional perspective

    2. Role of Public Policy in Disaster Risk Reduction: A Review

    3. Transboundary Water Risk Governance Frameworks in Deltaic Socio-Economic Regions: A Case Study of River Deltas in Bangladesh, India, and Vietnam

    4. Framing the Determinants of Drought Vulnerability in Malawian Communities: An Exposure, Susceptibility and Capacity Perspective from Karonga District

    5. Disaster-resilience and Sustainability in South and South East Asia: The Politico-Diplomatic Equations of Regional Cooperation

    6. Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment Model for GIS-based Seismic Risk Study of Thiruvananthapuram City

    7. Assessment of Groundwater Vulnerability in Highly Industrialized Noyyal Basin Using AHP-Drastic and Geographic Information System

    8. GIS-based Landslide Susceptibility Zonation Mapping using Fuzzy Gamma Operator Model in Part of Trans-Asian Highway (Mao–Kangpokpi), Manipur, India

    9. GIS perspective hazard risk assessment – A study of Fiji Island

    10. Inter-annual and intra-annual comparative study of Sea Surface Temperature distribution over the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea within the time frame of 2003-2018

    11. Flood damage assessment with multi-temporal earth observation SAR satellite images

    12. Ecosystem for Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh: A case study after the Cyclone "AILA"

    13. Climate risk information as a basis for adaptive spatial planning: A case study from Thailand

    14. Characterization of Meteorological Droughts in the Upper Bhima Catchment of Maharashtra State, India

    15. Challenges in Main Streaming Climate Resilience in Land Use Planning: A Case Study in Malaysian Local Government

    16. Identification of drought intensity and development of drought resilience in the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh, India

    17. Assessing the impact of 2018 tropical rainfall and the consecutive flood-related damage for the state of Kerala, India.

    18. Coastal Ecosystems and Changing Economic Activities: Challenges for Sustainability Transition

    19. Conceptualizing an Integrated Framework for Natural Hazards, Insurance, and Poverty Nexus

    20. Pre and Post- Disaster Human Settlements Development in Urban Areas: A Case Study in Thailand

    21. Estimation of District-wise Livelihood Vulnerability Index for the Four Coastal States in India

    22. Assessing the Role of a Rehabilitated Polder in Sustainable Agricultural Development: A Case Study from Bangladesh

    23. Risk Reduction and Resilience Build-up in Railroad transport

    24. Salinity and the Health of the Poor in Coastal Bangladesh

    25. Assessing the impact of damage and government response towards the cyclone Gaja in Tamil Nadu, India

    26. 2017 Flash Flood in Bangladesh: Lessons learnt

    27. Effects of Soil Erosion on Water Quality: A Case Study from Uma-Oya Catchment, Sri Lanka

    28. Citizen Sciences for Smart Water Solution in Southwestern part of Bangladesh

    29. Social capital and disaster risk reduction in a periurban context

    30. Disaster Risk Reduction Education (DRRE) and Resilience in Asia-Pacific

    31. In Pursuit of a Taxonomical Definition of Disaster Diplomacy – An Empirical Scientometric Analysis

    32. Formal and Non-formal Disaster Education interventions in Pakistan Chapter

    33. Last mile communication of Multi-hazard Early Warning- a Case study on Bangladesh

Product details

  • No. of pages: 834
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: June 23, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323851961
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323851954

About the Editors

Sangam Shrestha

Sangam Shrestha is Associate Professor and Program Chair of Water Engineering and Management at the Asian Institute of Technology. He researches water resources management, climate change impact assessment, and groundwater assessment and management. Shrestha has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented more than 60 conference papers. He is the co-author of “Groundwater Environment in Asian Cities: Concepts, Methods and Case Studies” (Elsevier)

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor and Program Chair of Water Engineering and Management, Asian Institute of Technology.

Riyanti Djalante

Riyanti Djalante is Academic Programme Officer at United Nations University. She coordinates the research and policy Development stream on Global Change and Resilience, focusing on sustainable development, governance, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Academic Programme Officer, United Nations University

Rajib Shaw

Dr. Rajib Shaw is a professor at Keio University's Graduate School of Media and Governance. He is also the Chairperson of SEEDS Asia and CWS Japan, two Japanese NGOs, and a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Japan. He was previously the Executive Director of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) and a Kyoto University Professor. Disaster governance, community-based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, urban risk management, and disaster and environmental education are all areas of interest for him. Professor Shaw is the Chair of the UN Science Technology Advisory Group for Disaster Risk Reduction (STAG) and the Co-Chair of the Asia Science Technology Academic Advisory Group (ASTAAG). He's also the CLA (Coordinating Lead Author) for the IPCC's 6th Assessment Report's Asia chapter. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal "Progress in Disaster Science" published by Elsevier, as well as the series editor of a Springer book series on disaster risk reduction. Prof. Shaw has over 45 books to his credit, as well as over 300 scholarly papers and book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan

Indrajit Pal

Indrajit Pal is Assistant Professor of Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management at the Asian Institute of Technology. He has more than 16 years’ experience in researching, teaching, training, and consulting on disaster risk governance, incident command system, hazard and risk assessment, CBDRM, public health risk, disaster resilience, and DRR Education. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal papers, conference papers, and books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor of Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management, Asian Institute of Technology, India

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