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Dorrik A. V. Stow Editor in Chief, Association of Geoscientists for International Development ( AGID) AGIO is particularly pleased to see published this latest hurricanes, floods-that are wreaking havoc, destroying report in its Geosciences in International Development livelihood and lives in some corner of the globe. Series, as a significant contribution to the onset of the UN As geoscientists there are perhaps three concerns that Decade of National Disaster Reduction, and as a mark of should be uppermost in our minds as we join an inter- AGIO's growing concern over the potential and actual national effort to combat the adverse effects of natural effects of geohazards throughout the developing world. hazards. The first must be to improve our scientific The problem of geohazards is increasing, not because understanding of the nature and causes of such hazards and to work towards more reliable prediction of their the rate of earth processes is accelerating, nor because the voice of the media appears to be paying more and more occurrence and magnitude.
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1. Natural and man-made hazards: their increasing importance in the end-20th century world.- One Volcanic Hazards.- 2. Volcano risk mitigation through training.- 3. Volunteer Observers Program: a tool for monitoring volcanic and seismic events in the Philippines.- 4. Monitoring and warning of volcanic eruptions by remote sensing.- 5. Volcanic hazards in Colombia and Indonesia: lahars and related phenomena.- 6. The 1985 Nevado del Ruiz eruption: scientific, social and governmental response and interaction before the event.- 7. Lahars of Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador: hazard and risk evaluation.- 8. Seismic monitoring of Lake Nyos, Cameroon, following the gas release disaster of August, 1986.- Two Earthquake Hazards.- 9. Long-term seismic hazard in the Eastern Mediterranean region.- 10. The ROA Earthquake Hazard Atlas project: recent work from the Middle East.- 11. Some implications of the 1985 Mexican earthquake for hazard assessment.- Three Landslide Hazards.- 12. Lanslide hazard assessment in the context of development.- 13. The identification and mitigation of glacier-related hazards: examples from the Cordillera Blanca, Peru.- Four The `Quiet' Hazards.- 14. Sea-level changes in China - past and future: their impact and countermeasures.- 15. Rising groundwater: a problem of development in some urban areas of the Middle East.- 16. Factors affecting losses of soil and agricultural land in tropical countries.- 17. Reduction of biodiversity - the ultimate disaster?.- Five What Can Be Done?.- 18. Policy in response to geohazards: lessons from the developed world?.- 19. Some perspectives on geological hazards.- 20. The International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction and the Geohazards Unit at Polytechnic South West, Plymouth, UK.- Place name index.

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