Irasema Alcantara-Ayala and Andrew S. Goudie (Eds.) – Geomorphological Hazards and Disaster Prevention. Cambridge University Press, 2010

Human activities, especially in the last two centuries, have had a huge impact on the environment and landscape through industrialisation and land-use change, leading to climate change, deforestation, desertification, land degradation, and air and water pollution. These impacts are strongly linked to the occurrence of geomorphological hazards, such as floods, landslides, snow avalanches, soil erosion, and others. This book, with chapters written by an international team of geomorphologists provides state-of-the-art knowledge about the contribution of geomorphology to the comprehension of hazards, links the work undertaken by geomorphologists to the framework of the likely impacts of climatic change and global environmental change, shows the significance of technology (remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems) for hazard and risk assessment and management, and demonstrates the role of geomorphology in vulnerability and risk analysis, disaster prevention and sustainability.

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