Environmental Management

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 125–128 | Cite as

Environmental geology: A hazard in its own right?

  • David Alexander


Environmental geology and its more restricted counterpart, urban geology, are defined. Their development since the early 1970s is assessed with respect to needed research in the fields of natural hazards and disasters. Some pitfalls of the environmental geology approach to hazards are pointed out, and it is suggested that the subject would benefit from certain alterations in its aims and scope: principally towards a closer identification with the similar field of natural hazards.

Key words

Environmental geology Urban geology Natural disasters 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Alexander
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geology and GeographyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherst

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