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The Demography of Disasters

Impacts for Population and Place

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  • Presents contemporary cross-national studies on population impacts for and from disasters
  • Puts significant focus on climate change
  • With contributions by around 50 international experts
  • Focuses on disasters as caused by human or society vulnerabilities

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Table of contents (13 chapters)


About this book

This open access book provides worldwide examples demonstrating the importance of the interplay between demography and disasters in regions and spatially. It marks an advance in practical and theoretical insights for understanding the role of demography in planning for and mitigating impacts from disasters in developed nations.

Both slow onset (like the of loss polar ice from climate change) and sudden disasters (such as cyclones and man-made disasters) have the capacity to fundamentally change the profiles of populations at local and regional levels. Impacts vary according to the type, rapidity and magnitude of the disaster, but also according to the pre-existing population profile and its relationships to the economy and society. In all cases, the key to understanding impacts and avoiding them in the future is to understand the relationships between disasters and population change.

In most chapters in this book we compare and contrast studies from at least twocases and summarize their practical and theoretical lessons.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Geographical Institute, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

    Dávid Karácsonyi

  • Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia

    Andrew Taylor

  • Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, Askja, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

    Deanne Bird

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Demography of Disasters

  • Book Subtitle: Impacts for Population and Place

  • Editors: Dávid Karácsonyi, Andrew Taylor, Deanne Bird

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-49919-8Published: 18 September 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-49922-8Published: 19 September 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-49920-4Published: 17 September 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 268

  • Number of Illustrations: 6 b/w illustrations, 36 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Demography, Human Geography, Climate Change, Statistics for Social Sciences, Humanities, Law, Population Economics, Natural Hazards

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