Geophysical Hazards

Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Awareness

  • Tom Beer

Part of the International Year of Planet Earth book series (IYPE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. The IYPE Hazards Theme: Minimising Risk, Maximising Awareness

  3. The Response of the International Scientific Community

  4. Geophysical Risk and Sustainability: Climate and Climate Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. S.A.G. Leroy, S. Warny, H. Lahijani, E.L. Piovano, D. Fanetti, A.R. Berger
      Pages 115-147
  5. Geophysical Risk and Sustainability: Theory and Practice

  6. GeoHazards and Risks – Observation and Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Viacheslav Gusiakov, Dallas H. Abbott, Edward A. Bryant, W. Bruce Masse, Dee Breger
      Pages 197-227
    3. G. Ventura, S. Vinciguerra, S. Moretti, P.H. Meredith, M.J. Heap, P. Baud et al.
      Pages 229-247
    4. Raisa Gracheva, Alexandra Golyeva
      Pages 249-260
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 261-262

About this book


This volume, written by the Hazards Science Team of the International Year of Planet Earth, brings together some of the most influential international scientists dealing with Natural Hazards and society’s response to natural hazards. It recognises that hazards, like poverty, will always be with us but that concerted and organised societal response can prevent a hazard becoming a disaster. By bringing together geoscientists, social scientists and those concerned with the administration of international science and international disaster reduction, this book details the state-of-the-science as well as the state-of-the-response in natural hazards.

The contents of this volume fall into four parts:

Part 1 deals with the IYPE Hazards Theme and its relation to society, emphasising that implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action requires a strong emphasis on human societies, human security, and that this can be achieved only through appropriate communication. Part 2 focuses on the response of the international scientific community. Part 3 concentrates on geophysical risk and sustainability by considering climate and climate change as well as the theory and the praxis involved in hazards, their prevention and mitigation. Part 4 relates to the observation and assessment of geo-hazards and risk.


Disaster reduction Emergency planning Geophysical risks Hyogo Framework of Action IYPE Natural disaster Natural hazards Tsunami

Editors and affiliations

  • Tom Beer
    • 1
  1. 1.CSIRO Atmospheric ResearchAspendaleAustralia

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