In recent years there has been growing recognition that disaster
risk cannot be reduced by focusing solely on physical hazards
without considering factors that influence socio-economic impact.
Vulnerability: the susceptibility to the damaging impacts of
hazards, and resilience: the ability to recover, have become
popular concepts in natural hazard and risk management. This book
provides a comprehensive overview of the concepts of vulnerability
and resilience and their application to natural hazards research.
With contributions from both physical and social scientists it
provides an interdisciplinary discussion of the different types of
vulnerability and resilience, the links between them, and concludes
with the remaining challenges and future directions of the field.
Examining global case studies from the US coast to Austria, this is
a valuable reference for researchers and graduate students working
in natural hazard and risk reduction from both the natural and
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