Disasters: Anthropogenic and Natural
Ya. Kondratyev, Alexei A. Grigoryev and Costas A. Varotsos
Springer; Chichester, UK: Praxis Publ., 2002
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such as earthquakes, drought or floods, have always affected their
surroundings, usually on a local scale. As human populations increase
and technology develops, the risk of man-made disaster affecting
the world and its inhabitants increases. Managing this risk is becoming
of vital importance to governments, environmental agencies and researchers
throughout the world but, until now, there have been insufficient
reliable studies into the subject.
is an important new study into catastrophic events, natural and
man-induced or a combination of both. It reviews the most significant
disasters that have taken place in the past and analyses the results
of research following more recent events. Risk mapping, using data
from satellite monitoring, is highlighted as a method by which preventative
or mitigating measures can be put in place.
Nowadays, risk must be seen as an integral part of existence, and
the importance of risk perception should be clearly understood by
all economic, social and political institutions. When disaster strikes,
we should be prepared.