Natural Hazards

Author: Gerassimos A. Papadopoulos
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401723869
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This special volume contains a selection of papers that were presented as part of the Seventh International Symposium on Natural and Man-Made Hazards (HAZARDS-98), held in Chania, Crete Island, Greece, during May 1998. The Symposium attracted broad international interest because many cases of natural disaster events, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, storm surges, forest fires, etc., that occurred in several parts of the world during the 1990s were presented not only for their physics but also from the point of view of their impact on society and their environmental consequences. Among these cases are the 1997 Red River Valley flood in Canada and the large earthquake of 18 November 1997, in Zakynthos, Greece. In addition, the volume contains contributions that apply advanced statistical methods and artificial intelligence techniques, such as GIS, and systems analysis to approach the description of physical processes, the discrimination of experimental data and the assessment and management of risk. Audience: This volume forms an excellent reference for scientists, students, engineers, the insurance industry, authorities specializing in public safety and natural hazards preparedness and mitigation plans.

Caribbean Tsunamis

Author: K.F. O'Loughlin
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781402017179
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Caribbean Tsunamis - A 500-Year History from 1498-1998 broadly characterizes the nature of tsunamis in the Caribbean Sea, while bearing in mind both scientific aspects as well as potential interest by the many governments and populations likely to be affected by the hazard. Comprehension of the nature of tsunamis and past effects is crucial for the awareness and education of populations at risk. Audience: This book provides a thorough, yet highly accessible review of tsunamis in the Caribbean. It is of interest not only to tsunami and natural hazards specialists at academia and governmental institutes, but also to policy makers and to the general public.

At Risk

Author: Piers Blaikie
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134887078
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Examines the significance of the human factor which is as much of a cause of disasters as the natural environment. Practical and policy conclusions are drawn with a view to disaster reduction and the promotion of safer environments.

T rkei

Author: Thom Delißen
Publisher: TD Textdesign
ISBN: 3961120862
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In der Türkei herrscht eine Gewaltenteilung zwischen der Legislative,Exekutive und der Judikative. Nach der Verfassung aus dem Jahr 1982 ist dieTürkei eine parlamentarische Demokratie mit einem relativ mächtigenMinisterpräsidenten und einer unabhängigen Justiz. Im September 2010 wurdein einem Referendum über die umfassendste Verfassungsänderung seit 1982entschieden.Staatsoberhaupt ist der vom Volk für fünf Jahre gewählte Staatspräsident.Eine Wiederwahl des Staatspräsidenten ist für eine weitere Amtszeit möglich(5+5). Der Staatspräsident beauftragt den Parteivorsitzenden derMehrheitspartei mit der Bildung der Regierung. Regierungschef ist derMinisterpräsident, der die Mehrheitspartei oder die Regierungskoalitionrepräsentiert. Der Staatspräsident segnet die Minister der Regierung ab.Das Verfassungsgericht ist einer der obersten Gerichtshöfe der Türkei. Esentscheidet über die Verfassungsmäßigkeit der vom Parlament verabschiedetenGesetze. Erstmals wurde 2005 mit Tülay Tuğcu eine Frau zur Vorsitzenden desVerfassungsgerichts gewählt, die das Amt bis zum 12. Juni 2007 bekleidete.Eine Kommunale Selbstverwaltung ist in der Türkei nur sehr schwachausgeprägt.48

Data Against Natural Disasters

Author: Samia Amin
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 0821374532
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This book provides guidance to policy makers seeking to design effective monitoring systems for disaster response management. This volume describes the data needs that arise after natural disasters, assesses current data management reform efforts, and discusses the institutional preconditions and tactical and strategic steps necessary for establishing systems that work. Six country case studies elaborate lessons from the success and failures of efforts to establish innovative monitoring systems in the aftermath of disasters in Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Mozambique, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Land Based and Marine Hazards

Author: Mohammed I. El-Sabh
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400902735
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Causes of major disasters are many and diverse, and the risks associated with them endanger human lives, property, the environment, the economy, and even the country's political and social well-being. It is clear that, with rapid population growth, environmental degradation, climate change, poorly regulated industries, and continued economic uncertainty, the chances are that communities may become more vulnerable to disasters. The dramatic losses in recent years from volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and landslides, wildland fires, droughts and floods, cyclones and storm surges attest to the fact that we are still a long way from applying even the knowledge we have today to make communities safe. Tackling this problem requires a sound evaluation of disaster mitigation policies and tools. As a contribution to the International Decade for Natural Disasters Reduction (IDNDR), the fifth international symposium HAZARDS-93 was held in Qingdao, P.R. China on 29 August - 3 September, 1993. China is a country frequently hit by almost all kinds of disasters. Its history is one of combating natural disasters and working towards their reduction. More than 250 scientists, engineers and government officials from 20 countries met for the purpose of engaging in a free exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas regarding the scientific and socio-economic aspects of mitigating losses from natural and man- made disasters. A total of 180 papers were presented at 28 sessions covering a very broad range of topics related to disaster management. The twenty-one articles included in this book deal with the scientific and management issues of land-based and marine hazards which cause the most severe economic losses, deaths and environmental degradation in many parts of the world. The book also includes specific recommendations addressed to the IDNDR Secretariat, national governments and scientific experts to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of disaster management. Thus, Land-Based and Marine Hazards: Scientific and Management Issues forms an excellent reference for scientists, engineers, policy-makers and the insurance industry.

The Second Coming

Author: John Dalmas
Publisher: Baen Books
ISBN: 0743488164
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With chaos engulfing the world, Nagunda Aran, a miracle worker, gives new hope to millions, but powerful men will do anything to stop him, something that Aran dismisses as irrelevant, since he is predicting a cosmic disaster.