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Tree Rings and Natural Hazards: An Introduction

  • Markus Stoffel
  • Michelle Bollschweiler
  • David R. Butler
  • Brian H. Luckman
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Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 41)

Abstract

Each year, natural disasters claim thousands of lives and lead to economic losses of several billion US dollars worldwide. In 2008, natural disasters caused 240,500 fatalities and losses of more than US$250 billion (SwissRe 2009), making it one of the largest annual amounts ever recorded. More than 90% of people killed by catastrophic events in 2008 were during two tropical cyclones (Myanmar and Philippines) and the 7.9 moment-magnitude earthquake hitting China’s Sichuan region in May 2008 (Rodriguez et al. 2009). In February 2009, severe bush fires destroyed several villages in Victoria (Australia), killing more than 90 people and leaving 700 houses in ashes (Shaban 2009).

Keywords

Debris Flow Tropical Cyclone Natural Hazard Tree Ring Compression Wood 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Stoffel
    • 1
  • Michelle Bollschweiler
    • 2
  • David R. Butler
    • 3
  • Brian H. Luckman
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratory of Dendrogeomorphology, Institute of Geological SciencesUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Chair for Climatic Change and Climate Impacts, Institute for Environmental SciencesUniversity of GenevaCarouge-GenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of GeographyTexas State University-San MarcosSan MarcosUSA
  4. 4.Department of GeographyUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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