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Not Gone with the Wind - The Three Stories of Hurricane Harvey (Paperback): Suzanne Reuber Not Gone with the Wind - The Three Stories of Hurricane Harvey (Paperback)
Suzanne Reuber
R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Nature Notebook (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Nature Notebook (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Disaster and Development - Examining Global Issues and Cases (Hardcover, 2014 ed.): Naim Kapucu, Kuotsai Tom Liou Disaster and Development - Examining Global Issues and Cases (Hardcover, 2014 ed.)
Naim Kapucu, Kuotsai Tom Liou
R4,002 R3,343 Discovery Miles 33 430 Save R659 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book offers a systematic, empirical examination of the concepts of disasters and sustainable economic development applied to many cases around the world. It presents comprehensive coverage of the complex and dynamic relationship between disaster and development, making a vital contribution to the literature on disaster management, disaster resilience and sustainable development. The book collects twenty-three chapters, examining theoretical issues and investigating practical cases on policy, governance, and lessons learned in dealing with different types of disasters (e.g., earthquakes, floods and hurricanes) in twenty countries and communities around the world.

Reputation and Image Recovery for the Tourism Industry (Paperback): Gabrielle Walters, Judith Mair Reputation and Image Recovery for the Tourism Industry (Paperback)
Gabrielle Walters, Judith Mair
R797 R733 Discovery Miles 7 330 Save R64 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Crises and disasters that directly impact tourism can have extensive reputational implications for the organisations and destinations involved. It is critical that DMOs and CEOs communicate the right message in such circumstances to reassure the public that they have their best interests at heart. Often this is not done well. Every crisis and disaster is different, and knowledge is required to understand how different crises and disasters, whether they be at a destination or an organisational level, affect members of the public. Such insight will provide managers with a clearer understanding of the most effective messaging and communication strategies post event. 'Reputation and Image Recovery for the Tourism Industry' uses real life cases studies to contextualise the relevant theories on tourism, marketing and communication, and unpacks examples of best practice to illustrate how carefully managed response strategies can ensure the organisation's future survival. Packed with international case studies, and with contributions from experts, this edited book is divided into three sections that cover: * Natural Disasters: including cyclones/hurricanes; flooding; earthquakes, volcanos and tsunamis; bush/forest fires and other severe natural events. * Man Made Crises and Organisational Crises: including specific case studies that focus on how destinations restore their reputation following a random act of crime or terror; managing the threat of terrorism- a destination image perspective; managing destination image in the midst of political turmoil and reputation recovery for destinations with long term image issues. * Organisational Crises in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry: including reputation recovery for various tourism organisations including airlines, hotels and theme parks; managing the media in times of organisational crises; best practice public relations strategies for tourism organisations and the role of social media in organisational reputation recovery. Essential reading for students, researchers and industry managers, and the `go to' text for those wishing to learn about specific strategies and best practice techniques proven to assist with the reputational management of destinations and organisations affected by crises and disasters.

Risk and Management of Current and Future Storm Surges (Hardcover, 2013 ed.): Beate M W Ratter, Ralf Weisse Risk and Management of Current and Future Storm Surges (Hardcover, 2013 ed.)
Beate M W Ratter, Ralf Weisse; Edited by Hartwig H. Kremer, Robert Nicholls
R2,692 R2,264 Discovery Miles 22 640 Save R428 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Storm surges represent a major hazard for many coastal regions worldwide. The 1953 and 1962 catastrophes are well remembered in Europe, and recent incidents in Bangladesh and Myanmar caused over 100,000 casualties. Developing innovative responses and overcoming the frequently fragmented discussion about this global phenomenon and its regional implications call for improved knowledge of present risks and future conditions based on sound interdisciplinary approaches.
This selection of articles presents multiple scientific and management oriented perspectives on current and future storm surges, covering the fields of observing, modelling and forecasting, risk and vulnerability analysis, planning and innovative coastal protection concepts. It originates from the international "2010 Storm Surges Congress - Risk and Management of Current and Future Storm Surges, "initiated and organized by the Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (formerly the GKSS-Research Centre) in collaboration with the KlimaCampus (CliSAP) of the University of Hamburg, Germany. The Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) co-sponsored the event and its international project office (IPO) provided the necessary organizational support. The congress was generously supported by international and national partners. Some highlights:
Remote sensing surveillance and mapping of storm surge extent based on NASA MODIS sensors may ultimately provide new global insights into the vulnerability of deltas where human pressures outbalance natural land-ocean forcing. Up-scaling hazard lines and risk mapping from local to full continental scale is the ambition in India. From an insurance risk perspective, its societal perception and economic issues determine societal response options. In urban contexts flood risk is anticipated as a combination of climate change-induced sea level rise and socio-economic drivers. A cost-benefit analysis of flood defence in London underlines the fact that future investment will be highly beneficial; thoughtful planning rather than rushing to new engineering solutions is preferable.


Several modelling case studies and approaches are presented, covering the effects of individual storms, the development of analytical models that can help us to understand relevant processes and mechanisms, and sensitivity studies that test the impact and relevance of various physical processes for storm surge generation and evolution. Hydrodynamic models applied to different emission scenarios suggest that the threat of extreme storm surges in the North Sea may increase but strong decadal fluctuations and internal variability need to be considered. A Korean study suggests that future global warming may not always lead to an increase in the number of intense cyclones or the magnitude of associated storm surges.


Past and recent storm surges arising at the dune coast of France call for improved assessment and management of a growing flood risk in future sea-level rise projections. In the same context rather than deterministic approaches, considering the uncertainties that influence extreme water levels can significantly improve the design levels of coastal structures and flood defences. The innovative Dutch Building with Nature concept employs natural processes for coastal flood protection.
Previously published in Natural Hazards, Volume 66, No. 3, 2013

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Governing Affect - Neoliberalism and Disaster Reconstruction (Paperback): Roberto Barrios Governing Affect - Neoliberalism and Disaster Reconstruction (Paperback)
Roberto Barrios
R574 R493 Discovery Miles 4 930 Save R81 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Roberto E. Barrios presents an ethnographic study of the aftermaths of four natural disasters: southern Honduras after Hurricane Mitch; New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina; Chiapas, Mexico, after the Grijalva River landslide; and southern Illinois following the Mississippi River flood. Focusing on the role of affect, Barrios examines the ways in which people who live through disasters use emotions as a means of assessing the relevance of governmentally sanctioned recovery plans, judging the effectiveness of such programs, and reflecting on the risk of living in areas that have been deemed prone to disaster. Emotions such as terror, disgust, or sentimental attachment to place all shape the meanings we assign to disasters as well as our political responses to them. The ethnographic cases in Governing Affect highlight how reconstruction programs, government agencies, and recovery experts often view postdisaster contexts as opportune moments to transform disaster-affected communities through principles and practices of modernist and neoliberal development. Governing Affect brings policy and politics into dialogue with human emotion to provide researchers and practitioners with an analytical toolkit for apprehending and addressing issues of difference, voice, and inequity in the aftermath of catastrophes.

The Child to Come - Life after the Human Catastrophe (Paperback): Rebekah Sheldon The Child to Come - Life after the Human Catastrophe (Paperback)
Rebekah Sheldon
R499 R430 Discovery Miles 4 300 Save R69 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Generation Anthropocene. Storms of My Grandchildren. Our Children\u2019s Trust. Why do these and other attempts to imagine the planet\u2019s uncertain future return us-again and again-to the image of the child? In The Child to Come, Rebekah Sheldon demonstrates the pervasive conjunction of the imperiled child and the threatened Earth and blisteringly critiques the logic of catastrophe that serves as its motive and its method. Sheldon explores representations of this perilous future and the new figurations of the child that have arisen in response to it. Analyzing catastrophe discourse from the 1960s to the present-books by Joanna Russ, Margaret Atwood, and Cormac McCarthy; films and television series including Southland Tales, Battlestar Galactica, and Children of Men; and popular environmentalism-Sheldon finds the child standing in the place of the human species, coordinating its safe passage into the future through the promise of one more generation. Yet, she contends, the child figure emerges bound to the very forces of nonhuman vitality he was forged to contain. Bringing together queer theory, ecocriticism, and science studies, The Child to Come draws on and extends arguments in childhood studies about the interweaving of the child with the life sciences. Sheldon reveals that neither life nor the child are what they used to be. Under pressure from ecological change, artificial reproductive technology, genetic engineering, and the neoliberalization of the economy, the queerly human child signals something new: the biopolitics of reproduction. By promising the pliability of the body\u2019s vitality, the pregnant woman and the sacred child have become the paradigmatic figures for twenty-first century biopolitics.

Nature Notebook (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Nature Notebook (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
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Do Epic Shit - College-Ruled Notebook - 120-Page Lined Funny Notebook Journal (Paperback): Funny Journals, Naughty Notebooks Do Epic Shit - College-Ruled Notebook - 120-Page Lined Funny Notebook Journal (Paperback)
Funny Journals, Naughty Notebooks
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Forest Mushrooms Notebook (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Forest Mushrooms Notebook (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
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This Gulf of Fire - The Great Lisbon Earthquake, or Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reason (Paperback): Mark Molesky This Gulf of Fire - The Great Lisbon Earthquake, or Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reason (Paperback)
Mark Molesky 1
R359 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R27 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Tsunami: To Survive From Tsunami (Paperback, Second Edition): Tomotsuka Takayama, Kazumasa Katoh, Fumihiko Imamura, Yoshiaki... Tsunami: To Survive From Tsunami (Paperback, Second Edition)
Tomotsuka Takayama, Kazumasa Katoh, Fumihiko Imamura, Yoshiaki Kawata, Susumu Murata, …
R1,350 R1,263 Discovery Miles 12 630 Save R87 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The book is organized into two parts: the first part covers (i) the precious lessons obtained from recent actual tsunami disasters including the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster, (ii) fundamental knowledge of tsunami for our survival, and (iii) concludes the lessons learnt and listing measures for tsunami disaster mitigation for saving human lives. The second part presents tsunami from academic perspective in two chapters: one describes tsunami occurrence mechanism and near-shore behavior; the other mentions numerical simulation and forecasting of tsunami.

Nature Notebook (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Nature Notebook (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
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Disaster Risk Reduction and the Global System - Ruminations on a Way Forward (Paperback, 1st ed. 2016): Michael Gordy Disaster Risk Reduction and the Global System - Ruminations on a Way Forward (Paperback, 1st ed. 2016)
Michael Gordy
R1,173 R1,068 Discovery Miles 10 680 Save R105 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This short manuscript is both a distillation of some of the latest work on disaster risk reduction and an interpretation of this distillation from the author's political economic perspective. It is based on information found in the flagship reports on disaster risk reduction of the United Nations. The book sums up and interprets issues of disaster risk reduction and makes them accessible to professional and non-professional readers alike, including governmental policy makers.

Multi-hazard Approaches to Civil Infrastructure Engineering (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Paolo Gardoni, James M Lafave Multi-hazard Approaches to Civil Infrastructure Engineering (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Paolo Gardoni, James M Lafave
R3,354 R2,989 Discovery Miles 29 890 Save R365 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This collection focuses on the development of novel approaches to address one of the most pressing challenges of civil engineering, namely the mitigation of natural hazards. Numerous engineering books to date have focused on, and illustrate considerable progress toward, mitigation of individual hazards (earthquakes, wind, and so forth.). The current volume addresses concerns related to overall safety, sustainability and resilience of the built environment when subject to multiple hazards: natural disaster events that are concurrent and either correlated (e.g., wind and surge); uncorrelated (e.g., earthquake and flood); cascading (e.g., fire following earthquake); or uncorrelated and occurring at different times (e.g., wind and earthquake). The authors examine a range of specific topics including methodologies for vulnerability assessment of structures, new techniques to reduce the system demands through control systems; instrumentation, monitoring and condition assessment of structures and foundations; new techniques for repairing structures that have suffered damage during past events, or for structures that have been found in need of strengthening; development of new design provisions that consider multiple hazards, as well as questions from law and the humanities relevant to the management of natural and human-made hazards.

Nature Notebook (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Nature Notebook (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
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Nature Notebook (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Nature Notebook (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
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Nature Notebook (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Nature Notebook (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
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Hiking Journal for Kids - 60 Hike Trail Trips Nature Journaling with Prompts to Write in and Draw Outdoor Family Activity... Hiking Journal for Kids - 60 Hike Trail Trips Nature Journaling with Prompts to Write in and Draw Outdoor Family Activity (Paperback)
Sara Lept
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Can Internet Predict Any Kinds of Pollution? (Paperback): Johnny,C.H. LOK Can Internet Predict Any Kinds of Pollution? (Paperback)
Johnny,C.H. LOK
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Nature Notebook (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Nature Notebook (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
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Urban Poverty in the Wake of Environmental Disaster - Rehabilitation, Resilience and Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) (Hardcover):... Urban Poverty in the Wake of Environmental Disaster - Rehabilitation, Resilience and Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) (Hardcover)
Pauline Eadie, May Tan-Mullins
R2,519 Discovery Miles 25 190 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book investigates the best strategies for poverty alleviation in post-disaster urban environments, and the conditions necessary for the success and scaling up of these strategies. Using the case study of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines, the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall, the book aims to draw out policy recommendations relevant for other middle- and lower-income countries facing similar urban environmental challenges. Humans are increasingly living in densely populated and highly vulnerable areas, often coastal. This increased density of human settlements leads to increased material damage and high death tolls, and this vulnerability is often exacerbated by climate change. This book focuses on urban population risk, vulnerability to disasters, resilience to environmental shocks, and adaptation in relation to paths in and out of poverty. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, including primary survey data from victims and those charged with overseeing the relief effort in the Philippines, Urban Poverty in the Wake of Environmental Disaster has significant implications for disaster risk reduction as it relates to the urban poor and is highly recommended for scholars and practitioners of development studies, environment studies, and disaster relief and risk reduction.

Controlling Hurricanes Using Oceanic Water (Paperback): Hensley Pink Controlling Hurricanes Using Oceanic Water (Paperback)
Hensley Pink
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Adventures in Earth and Environmental Science Teachers Guide (Paperback): Dr Peter T Scott Adventures in Earth and Environmental Science Teachers Guide (Paperback)
Dr Peter T Scott
R738 Discovery Miles 7 380 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Natural Hazard Uncertainty Assessment - Modeling and Decision Support (Hardcover): Abani Patra, Marcus Bursik Natural Hazard Uncertainty Assessment - Modeling and Decision Support (Hardcover)
Abani Patra, Marcus Bursik; Edited by Karin Riley, Peter Webley, Matthew Thompson
R2,836 R1,998 Discovery Miles 19 980 Save R838 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Uncertainties are pervasive in natural hazards, and it is crucial to develop robust and meaningful approaches to characterize and communicate uncertainties to inform modeling efforts. In this monograph we provide a broad, cross-disciplinary overview of issues relating to uncertainties faced in natural hazard and risk assessment. We introduce some basic tenets of uncertainty analysis, discuss issues related to communication and decision support, and offer numerous examples of analyses and modeling approaches that vary by context and scope. Contributors include scientists from across the full breath of the natural hazard scientific community, from those in real-time analysis of natural hazards to those in the research community from academia and government. Key themes and highlights include: * Substantial breadth and depth of analysis in terms of the types of natural hazards addressed, the disciplinary perspectives represented, and the number of studies included * Targeted, application-centered analyses with a focus on development and use of modeling techniques to address various sources of uncertainty * Emphasis on the impacts of climate change on natural hazard processes and outcomes * Recommendations for cross-disciplinary and science transfer across natural hazard sciences This volume will be an excellent resource for those interested in the current work on uncertainty classification/quantification and will document common and emergent research themes to allow all to learn from each other and build a more connected but still diverse and ever growing community of scientists.

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