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1. Introduction to natural hazards; Part I. Climatic Hazards: 2. Mechanisms of climate variability; 3. Large-scale storms as a hazard; 4. Localized storms; 5. Drought as a hazard; 6. Flooding as a hazard; 7. Fires in nature; 8. Oceanic hazards; Part II. Geological Hazards: 9. Causes and prediction of earthquakes and volcanoes; 10. Earthquakes and tsunami as hazards; 11. Volcano as a hazard; 12. Land instability as a hazard; 13. Personal and group response to hazards; 14. Epilogue.

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This revised edition, first published in 2005, is a comprehensive, inter-disciplinary treatment of the full range of natural hazards.

About the Author

Edward Bryant is Associate Dean of Science at Wollongong University in Australia. Among his other publications is Tsunami: The Underrated Hazard (Cambridge University Press, 2001). He has particular interest in climatic change and coastal evolution.


'Professor Bryant's heroic compilation is an excellent guide.' Scientific American 'The author writes a very readable work that is easily understood by students, professionals, and lay readers with interest in the field of natural disaster risk reduction ... Natural Hazards is a valuable contribution of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. It will appeal to students, scientists, and disaster risk managers. It will also appeal to the general public interested in natural hazards.' EOS

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