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Natural Disasters and Climate Change - An Economic Perspective (Hardcover, 2014 ed.): Stephane Hallegatte Natural Disasters and Climate Change - An Economic Perspective (Hardcover, 2014 ed.)
Stephane Hallegatte
R3,001 Discovery Miles 30 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book explores economic concepts related to disaster losses, describes mechanisms that determine the economic consequences of a disaster, and reviews methodologies for making decisions regarding risk management and adaptation. The author addresses the need for better understanding of the consequences of disasters and reviews and analyzes three scientific debates on linkage between disaster risk management and adaptation to climate change. The first involves the existence and magnitude of long-term economic impact of natural disasters on development. The second is the disagreement over whether any development is the proper solution to high vulnerability to disaster risk. The third debate involves the difficulty of drawing connections between natural disasters and climate change and the challenge in managing them through an integrated strategy. The introduction describes economic views of disaster, including direct and indirect costs, output and welfare losses, and use of econometric tools to measure losses. The next section defines disaster risk, delineates between "good" and "bad" risk-taking, and discusses a pathway to balanced growth. A section entitled "Trends in Hazards and the Role of Climate Change" sets scenarios for climate change analysis, discusses statistical and physical models for downscaling global climate scenarios to extreme event scenarios, and considers how to consider extremes of hot and cold, storms, wind, drought and flood. Another section analyzes case studies on hurricanes and the US coastline; sea-level rises and storm surge in Copenhagen; and heavy precipitation in Mumbai. A section on Methodologies for disaster risk management includes a study on cost-benefit analysis of coastal protections in New Orleans, and one on early-warning systems in developing countries. The next section outlines decision-making in disaster risk management, including robust decision-making, No-regret and No-risk strategies; and strategies that reduce time horizons for decision-making. Among the conclusions is the assertion that risk management policies must recognize the benefits of risk-taking and avoid suppressing it entirely. The main message is that a combination of disaster-risk-reduction, resilience-building and adaptation policies can yield large potential gains and synergies.

Hyogo Framework for Action and Urban Disaster Resilience (Hardcover): Yuki Matsuoka, Rajib Shaw Hyogo Framework for Action and Urban Disaster Resilience (Hardcover)
Yuki Matsuoka, Rajib Shaw
R3,832 Discovery Miles 38 320 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

We live in a world which continues to experience dramatic suffering and loss of life due to natural hazard. The disaster paradigm has accelerated efforts towards resilience building, particularly since the adoption of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), a ten year plan to build the resilience of nations and communities to disasters Urban areas present complexity and interconnectivity of various elements, and this needs to be considered when building the resilience of such areas to disasters. To address urban risks, local level disaster risk reduction (DRR) is of fundamental importance, not only because it is closer to the citizens, but because it is the repository of regulatory governance functions and local knowledge The need to scale up the capacity of DRR at the local government level to build urban resilience is a key incentive for this study. With particular reference to the example of Makati City in the Philippines, this book analyses a local DRR approach with reference to the HFA, applies a micro-level resilience assessment and discusses an effective model for enhancing local DRR capacity in the future.

Power Grid Down - Prepare, Survive, and Thrive After The Lights Go Out (Paperback): Tara Dodrill Power Grid Down - Prepare, Survive, and Thrive After The Lights Go Out (Paperback)
Tara Dodrill
R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Space Systems for Disaster Warning, Response, and Recovery (Paperback, 2015 ed.): Scott Madry Space Systems for Disaster Warning, Response, and Recovery (Paperback, 2015 ed.)
Scott Madry
R1,951 Discovery Miles 19 510 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This SpringerBrief provides a general overview of the role of satellite applications for disaster mitigation, warning, planning, recovery and response. It covers both the overall role and perspective of the emergency management community as well as the various space applications that support their work. Key insights are provided as to how satellite telecommunications, remote sensing, navigation systems, GIS, and the emerging domain of social media are utilized in the context of emergency management needs and requirements. These systems are now critical in addressing major man-made and natural disasters. International policy and treaties are covered along with various case studies from around the world. These case studies indicate vital lessons that have been learned about how to use space systems more effectively in addressing the so-called "Disaster Cycle." This book is appropriate for practicing emergency managers, Emergency Management (EM) courses, as well as for those involved in various space applications and developing new satellite technologies.

Improving Disaster Resilience and Mitigation - IT Means and Tools (Hardcover, 2014 ed.): Horia-Nicolai Teodorescu, Alan... Improving Disaster Resilience and Mitigation - IT Means and Tools (Hardcover, 2014 ed.)
Horia-Nicolai Teodorescu, Alan Kirschenbaum, Svetlana Cojocaru, Claude Bruderlein
R5,859 Discovery Miles 58 590 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The focus of this volume is comprised of the fundamentals, models, and information technologies (IT) methods and tools for disaster prediction and mitigation. A more detailed list of topics includes mathematical and computational modeling of processes leading to or producing disasters, modeling of disaster effects, IT means for disaster mitigation, including data mining tools, knowledge-based and expert systems for use in disaster circumstances, GIS-based systems for disaster prevention and mitigation and equipment for disaster-prone areas. A specific type or class of disasters (natural or human-made), however will not be part of the main focus of this work. Instead, this book was conceived to offer a comprehensive, integrative view on disasters, seeking to determine what various disasters have in common. Because disaster resilience and mitigation involve humans, societies and cultures, not only technologies and economic models, special attention was paid in this volume to gain a comprehensive view on these issues, as a foundation of the IT tool design.

Improving Disaster Resilience and Mitigation - IT Means and Tools (Paperback, 2014 ed.): Horia-Nicolai Teodorescu, Alan... Improving Disaster Resilience and Mitigation - IT Means and Tools (Paperback, 2014 ed.)
Horia-Nicolai Teodorescu, Alan Kirschenbaum, Svetlana Cojocaru, Claude Bruderlein
R3,404 Discovery Miles 34 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The focus of this volume is comprised of the fundamentals, models, and information technologies (IT) methods and tools for disaster prediction and mitigation. A more detailed list of topics includes mathematical and computational modeling of processes leading to or producing disasters, modeling of disaster effects, IT means for disaster mitigation, including data mining tools, knowledge-based and expert systems for use in disaster circumstances, GIS-based systems for disaster prevention and mitigation and equipment for disaster-prone areas. A specific type or class of disasters (natural or human-made), however will not be part of the main focus of this work. Instead, this book was conceived to offer a comprehensive, integrative view on disasters, seeking to determine what various disasters have in common. Because disaster resilience and mitigation involve humans, societies and cultures, not only technologies and economic models, special attention was paid in this volume to gain a comprehensive view on these issues, as a foundation of the IT tool design.

Carbonate Depositional Systems: Assessing Dimensions and Controlling Parameters - The Bahamas, Belize and the Persian/Arabian... Carbonate Depositional Systems: Assessing Dimensions and Controlling Parameters - The Bahamas, Belize and the Persian/Arabian Gulf (Hardcover, Edition.)
Hildegard Westphal, Bernhard Riegl, Gregor P Eberli
R3,786 R3,285 Discovery Miles 32 850 Save R501 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Carbonate sediments are of increasing relevance for archives of past environmental conditions and for economical reasons in areas of geothermal energy and hydrocarbon reservoirs. Complex interaction of physical and chemical parameters with biological parameters determines the architecture and composition of carbonate sedimentary bodies. This book closes some of the still existing gaps in our understanding of the influence and interplay of physical, chemical, and biological parameters with carbonate sedimentation. An understanding of this interaction is not only required for reliable prediction of reservoir quality but also for a robust interpretation of environmental conditions in the past and the present. It is written by geologists for geologists in order to provide an easily accessible overview of the large amount of relevant information provided by the neighbouring sciences. The approach of the book is to document the modern depositional environments of three classical areas of carbonate deposition, each characteristic for a specific sedimentological setting (isolated platform, attached shelf, ramp) in order to assess both the range of physical, biological and chemical parameters and their sedimentary response. This book presents a comprehensive compilation based on data from published work and unpublished theses, and the integration of these data in order to extract previously undiscovered relationships between the discussed parameters and carbonate deposition.

Natural Disasters (Hardcover, Revised edition): Lee Davis Natural Disasters (Hardcover, Revised edition)
Lee Davis
R2,231 R1,999 Discovery Miles 19 990 Save R232 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is an updated guide to natural disasters around the world. ""Natural Disasters, New Edition"" provides a comprehensive survey of the natural calamities that have ravaged mankind and altered the course of human history.This fascinating reference features approximately 600 entries - with more than 60 new and updated - that are organized by disaster type, then alphabetized by the name of the country in which the event occurred. Each section begins with the worst recorded events within the disaster type; a helpful, updated chronology of the events; and an introduction. In addition to providing the basic facts of each disaster, the readable text offers important insight into the background of each event, the ultimate impact on mankind and the environment, and compelling eyewitness accounts.New features include an 8-page insert of 20 compelling full-color photographs, an expanded bibliography, and a helpful listing of Web resources. Its coverage includes: Avalanches and landslides; Cyclones; Droughts and Famines; Earthquakes; Floods; Hurricanes; Ice, snow, and other types of storms; Natural explosions; Plagues and epidemics; Tornadoes; Typhoons; and, Volcanic eruptions.

Hydrologic Drought of Water Year 2011 Compared to Four Major Drought Periods of the 20th Century in Oklahoma (Paperback):... Hydrologic Drought of Water Year 2011 Compared to Four Major Drought Periods of the 20th Century in Oklahoma (Paperback)
William J Andrews, Molly J Shivers
R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Dating Torrential Processes on Fans and Cones - Methods and Their Application for Hazard and Risk Assessment (Paperback, 2013... Dating Torrential Processes on Fans and Cones - Methods and Their Application for Hazard and Risk Assessment (Paperback, 2013 ed.)
Michelle Schneuwly-Bollschweiler, Markus Stoffel, Florian Rudolf-Miklau
R4,688 Discovery Miles 46 880 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book provides a detailed overview on methods used for the dating of past torrential activity on fans and cones and fosters the discussion on the impact of past and potential future climate change on torrential processes. The book has a clear focus on the practical applications of these methods, complemented by case studies. The limits of each dating method in case of excessive natural and human interventions on fans and cones are shown.

FEMAs Disaster Relief Fund - Elements and Considerations (Paperback): Angelica Conner FEMAs Disaster Relief Fund - Elements and Considerations (Paperback)
Angelica Conner
R1,767 Discovery Miles 17 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Robert T. Stafford Emergency Relief and Disaster Assistance Act authorizes the President to issue declarations for incidents ranging from destructive, large-scale disasters to more routine, less damaging events. Declarations trigger federal assistance in the forms of various response and recovery programs under the Stafford Act to state, local, and tribal governments. The Federal Emergency Management Agencys (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) is the primary funding source for disaster response and recovery. This book discusses the declaration process and the types of declarations that can be issued. It also describes the various components of the DRF, including what authorities have shaped it over the years; how FEMA determines the amount of the appropriation requested to Congress (pertaining to the DRF); and how emergency supplemental appropriations are requested. Information is also provided on funds appropriated in supplemental appropriations legislation to agencies other than the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Shaken in the night - A Survivor's Story from the Yellowstone Earthquake of 1959. (Paperback): Logan Mickel Shaken in the night - A Survivor's Story from the Yellowstone Earthquake of 1959. (Paperback)
Logan Mickel; Anita Painter Thon
R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Performance-Based Seismic Engineering: Vision for an Earthquake Resilient Society (Hardcover, 2014 ed.): Matej Fischinger Performance-Based Seismic Engineering: Vision for an Earthquake Resilient Society (Hardcover, 2014 ed.)
Matej Fischinger
R4,308 Discovery Miles 43 080 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Bled workshops have traditionally produced reference documents providing visions for the future development of earthquake engineering as foreseen by leading researchers in the field. The participants of the 2011 workshop built on the tradition of these events initiated by Professors Fajfar and Krawinkler to honor their important research contributions and have now produced a book providing answers to crucial questions in today s earthquake engineering: What visible changes in the design practice have been brought about by performance-based seismic engineering? What are the critical needs for future advances? What actions should be taken to respond to those needs? The key answer is that research interests should go beyond the narrow technical aspects and that the seismic resilience of society as a whole should become an essential part of the planning and design process.

The book aims to provide essential guidelines for researchers, professionals and students in the field of earthquake engineering. It will also be of particular interest for all those working at insurance companies, governmental, civil protection and emergency management agencies that are responsible for assessing and planning community resilience.

The introductory chapter of the book is based on the keynote presentation given at theworkshop by the late Professor Helmut Krawinkler. As such, the book includes Helmut s last and priceless address to the engineering community, together with his vision and advice for the future development of performance-based design, earthquake engineering and seismic risk management."

Hurricane Katrina - You Can Survive a Natural Disaster (Paperback): Aaron Joseph Moore Stovall Hurricane Katrina - You Can Survive a Natural Disaster (Paperback)
Aaron Joseph Moore Stovall
R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Historic Tornadoes of April 2011 (Paperback): U. S. Department of Commerce The Historic Tornadoes of April 2011 (Paperback)
U. S. Department of Commerce
R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The 1924 Tornado in Lorain & Sandusky - Deadliest in Ohio History (Hardcover): Betsy D'Annibale The 1924 Tornado in Lorain & Sandusky - Deadliest in Ohio History (Hardcover)
Betsy D'Annibale
R666 R531 Discovery Miles 5 310 Save R135 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
SYNER-G: Systemic Seismic Vulnerability and Risk Assessment of Complex Urban, Utility, Lifeline Systems and Critical Facilities... SYNER-G: Systemic Seismic Vulnerability and Risk Assessment of Complex Urban, Utility, Lifeline Systems and Critical Facilities - Methodology and Applications (Hardcover, 2014)
K. Pitilakis, P. Franchin, B. Khazai, H. Wenzel
R4,909 Discovery Miles 49 090 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

SYNER-G, a multidisciplinary effort funded by the European Union, allowed the development of an innovative methodological framework for the assessment of physical as well as socio-economic seismic vulnerability and risk at urban and regional level. The results of SYNER-G are presented in two books both published by Springer, the present and a second one, entitled SYNER-G: Typology Definition and Fragility Functions for Physical Elements at Seismic Risk: Buildings, Lifelines, Transportation Networks and Critical Facilities (*), which provides a comprehensive state-of-the-art of the fragility curves, an alternative way to express physical vulnerability of elements at risk.

In this second volume of SYNER-G, the focus has been on presenting a unified holistic methodology for assessing vulnerability at systems level considering interactions between elements at risk (physical and non-physical) and between different systems. The proposed methodology and tool encompasses in an integrated fashion all aspects in the chain, from hazard to the vulnerability assessment of components and systems and to the socio-economic impacts of an earthquake, accounting for most relevant uncertainties within an efficient quantitative simulation scheme. It systematically integrates the most advanced fragility functions to assess the vulnerability of physical assets for buildings, utility systems, transportation networks and complex infrastructures such as harbours and hospitals. The increasing impact due to interactionsbetween different components and systems is treated in a comprehensive way, providing specifications for each network and infrastructure. The proposed socio-economic model integrates social vulnerability into the physical systems modelling approaches providing to decision makers with a dynamic platform to capture post disaster emergency issues like shelter demand and health impact decisions.Application examples at city and regional scale have provided the necessary validation of the methodology and are also included in the book.

The present volume, with its companion volume on fragility functions, represent a significant step forward in the seismic vulnerability and risk assessment of complex interacting urban and regional systems and infrastructures. These volumes are not only of interest to scientists and engineers but also to the insurance industry, decision makers and practitioners in the sector of civil protection and seismic risk management.

(*) Pitilakis K, Crowley E, Kaynia A (eds) (2014) SYNER-G: Typology definition and fragility functions for physical elements at seismic risk, Series: Geotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering 27, ISBN 978-94-007-7872-6, Springer Science+Business Media, Dordrecht.

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Landslide Analysis and Early Warning Systems - Local and Regional Case Study in the Swabian Alb, Germany (Paperback, 2012 ed.):... Landslide Analysis and Early Warning Systems - Local and Regional Case Study in the Swabian Alb, Germany (Paperback, 2012 ed.)
Benni Thiebes
R2,570 Discovery Miles 25 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Recent landslide events demonstrate the need to improve landslide forecasting and early warning capabilities in order to reduce related risks and protect human lives. In this thesis, local and regional investigations were carried out to analyse landslide characteristics in the Swabian Alb region, and to develop prototypic landslide early warning systems.
In the local study area, an extensive hydrological and slope movement monitoring system was installed on a seasonally reactivated landslide body located in Lichtenstein-
Unterhausen. Monitoring data was analysed to assess the influence of rainfall and snow-melt on groundwater conditions, and the initiation of slope movements.
The coupled hydrology-slope stability model CHASM was applied to detect areas most prone to slope failures, and to simulate slope stability using a variety of input data. Subsequently, CHASM was refined and two web-based applications were developed: a technical early warning system to constantly simulate slope stability integrating rainfall measurements, hydrological monitoring data and weather forecasts; and a decision-support system allowing for quick calculation of stability for freely selectable slope profiles. On the regional scale, available landslide inventory data were analysed for their use in evaluation of rainfall thresholds proposed in other studies. Adequate landslide events were selected and their triggering rainfall and snow-melting conditions were compared to intensity-duration and cumulative thresholds. Based on the results, a regional landslide early warning system was developed and implemented as a webbased application.
Both, the local and the regional landslide early warning systems are part of a holistic and integrative early warning chain developed by the ILEWS project, and could easily be transferred to other landslide prone areas.

Lake Kivu - Limnology and biogeochemistry of a tropical great lake (Paperback, 2012 ed.): Jean-Pierre Descy, Francois... Lake Kivu - Limnology and biogeochemistry of a tropical great lake (Paperback, 2012 ed.)
Jean-Pierre Descy, Francois Darchambeau, Martin Schmid
R2,959 Discovery Miles 29 590 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the heart of Africa, a unique lake attracts the attention of scientists since the beginning of the 20th century. At the foot of the Virunga volcano chain, Lake Kivu harbors a vast amount of dissolved carbon dioxide and methane, making this lake the most dangerous lake on Earth. But the lake furnishes also many goods and services for surrounding populations and may soon become the most important energy supplier in the area. At the beginning of gas exploitation, the time has come for gathering the large amount of scientific information acquired during past and present research on Lake Kivu. The eleven chapters cover many aspects of the physics, geochemistry and biology of the lake, with a particular focus on the unique physical and geochemical features of the water column and on the ecological functioning of the surface waters. The impacts of the introduced fish species and the potential impacts of methane exploitation are also summarized. This multi-disciplinary book may also be used as an introduction to the limnology and biogeochemistry of large tropical lakes, as it covers various aspects of the physics, geochemistry, biology and ecology of the African Great Rift lakes.

Performance of Physical Structures in Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita - A Reconnaissance Report (Paperback): U. S.... Performance of Physical Structures in Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita - A Reconnaissance Report (Paperback)
U. S. Department of Commerce
R536 Discovery Miles 5 360 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is the final report on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) led-reconnaissance to assess the performance of physical structures during Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. The report describes the environmental conditions (wind speed, storm surge, and flooding) that were present during the hurricanes in regions that were affected by the hurricanes. The report further documents the NIST-led team's observations of damage to major buildings, infrastructure, and residential structures resulting from wind and wind-borne debris, storm surge, surge-borne debris, and surge-induced flooding.

The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario (Paperback): U.S. Department of the Interior The SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) Tsunami Scenario (Paperback)
U.S. Department of the Interior
R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This chapter attempts to depict a single realistic outcome of the SAFRR (Science Application for Risk Reduction) tsunami scenario in terms of physical damage to and recovery of various aspects of the built environment in California. As described elsewhere in this report, the tsunami is generated by a hypothetical magnitude 9.1 earthquake seaward of the Alaska Peninsula on the Semidi Sector of the Alaska-Aleutian Subduction Zone, 495 miles southwest of Anchorage, at 11:50 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on Thursday March 27, 2014, and arriving at the California coast between 4:00 and 5:40 p.m. (depending on location) the same day. Although other tsunamis could have locally greater impact, this source represents a substantial threat to the state as a whole.

Hurricane Gustav - Observations and Analysis of Coastal Change (Paperback): Iiu S. Department of the Interior Hurricane Gustav - Observations and Analysis of Coastal Change (Paperback)
Iiu S. Department of the Interior
R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Understanding storm-induced coastal change and forecasting these changes require knowledge of the physical processes associated with a storm and the geomorphology of the impacted coastline. The primary physical processes of interest are the wind field, storm surge, currents, and wave field. Not only does wind cause direct damage to structures along the coast, but it is ultimately responsible for much of the energy that is transferred to the ocean and expressed as storm surge, mean currents, and surface waves. Waves and currents are the processes most responsible for moving sediments in the coastal zone during extreme storm events. Storm surge, which is the rise in water level due to the wind, barometric pressure, and other factors, allows both waves and currents to attack parts of the coast not normally exposed to these processes.

Towards a Territorial Multi-Disaster Buildings' Resistance Certification (Paperback, 2014 ed.): Daniele Fabrizio Bignami Towards a Territorial Multi-Disaster Buildings' Resistance Certification (Paperback, 2014 ed.)
Daniele Fabrizio Bignami
R1,861 Discovery Miles 18 610 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Disaster risk is increasing, not only in number of events, but also in incurred losses. Such increases are being driven also by the growing exposure of assets, due to the rapid urban growth, because vulnerability decreases as countries develop, but not enough to compensate. The situation will be more and more critical, due to the growth of the amount of the building stock. Thus we need new initiatives to foster upgrading of existing building and enhancement of land planning strategies. "Safe Home" scheme is aimed at increasing urban safety requirements against hazards under an advanced labeling approach. It provides a quantitative evaluation of building performance through an objective, reproducible approach, assessing risks at a land, urban and building scale. Aim of this rating system is to result in useful information to different users, like land planning decision makers, owners, purchasers, tenants or property and real estate managers.

Engineering for Earthquake Disaster Mitigation (Hardcover, 2014 ed.): Masanori Hamada Engineering for Earthquake Disaster Mitigation (Hardcover, 2014 ed.)
Masanori Hamada
R3,896 R3,181 Discovery Miles 31 810 Save R715 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Earthquake and tsunami disasters have been increasing rapidly and globally in the last quarter-century. The purpose of this book is to provide essential knowledge and information on the mitigation of earthquakes and tsunamis for graduate students, young researchers, and geotechnical engineers. It begins by presenting recent cases of earthquakes that have occurred in the world, referring to tsunamis and soil liquefaction and how to cope with such disasters. The final chapter proposes strategies for disaster mitigation against in Japan earthquakes and tsunamis in the future.

The New Orleans Hurricane Protection System - What Went Wrong and Why (Paperback, illustrated Edition): ASCE Hurricane Katrina... The New Orleans Hurricane Protection System - What Went Wrong and Why (Paperback, illustrated Edition)
ASCE Hurricane Katrina External Review Panel
R853 R791 Discovery Miles 7 910 Save R62 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck southeast Louisiana and triggered what would become one of the worst disasters ever to befall an American city. The devastation was so extensive, and the residual risk looms so ominous, that, more than a year later, the future of New Orleans remains clouded. The members of the ASCE Hurricane Katrina External Review Panel have conducted an in-depth review of the comprehensive work of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Interagency Performance Evaluation Taskforce (IPET) to better understand this tragedy and prevent similar disasters from happening again. The report, ""The New Orleans Hurricane Protection Systems: What Went Wrong and Why"", focuses on the direct physical causes and contributing factors to the hurricane protection system failures. It was developed not to repeat the IPET information, but to interpret the broader significance of the findings. Written for both technical and general audiences, the report gleans valuable information related to the science and technology of hurricane flood protection as well as an overview of what caused the disaster. The ""New Orleans Hurricane Protection Systems: What Went Wrong and Why"" is a fascinating read, offering hope for not just the future of New Orleans, but for all other hurricane and flood-prone areas of the country.

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