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Large-Scale Disasters
Prediction, Control, and Mitigation

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M. Gad-el-Hak, R. M. Pidaparti, I. Kelman, N. Altay, J. Elkholy, A. M. Radwan, A. F. Ghoniem, D. M. Bushnell, H. El-Askary, M. Kafatos, H. J. S. Fernando, A. Braun, R. Galappatti, J. Ruwanpura, S. C. Wirasinghe, J. J. Riley, G. A. Grell, R. Saravanan, A. S. Zakey, F. Giorgi, J. Pal, R. Rasmussen, A. Dai, K. E. Trenberth, T. T. Warner, J. Pudykiewicz, G. Brunet, J. Dudhia, A. Mahmood, M. Shokr, W. L. Smith
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  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521872935

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  • 'Extreme' events - including climatic events, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, drought - can cause massive disruption to society, including large death tolls and property damage in the billions of dollars. Events in recent years have shown the importance of being prepared and that countries need to work together to help alleviate the resulting pain and suffering. This volume presents an integrated review of the broad research field of large-scale disasters. It establishes a common framework for predicting, controlling and managing both manmade and natural disasters. There is a particular focus on events caused by weather and climate change. Other topics include air pollution, tsunamis, disaster modeling, the use of remote sensing and the logistics of disaster management. It will appeal to scientists, engineers, first responders and health-care professionals, in addition to graduate students and researchers who have an interest in the prediction, prevention or mitigation of large-scale disasters.

    • Deals with large-scale disasters from a scientific viewpoint rather than a purely sociological or logistical one, using the tools of nonlinear dynamical systems theory to predict, control or mitigate their effects
    • Presents a universal metric through which all natural and manmade disasters can be assessed, placing them all on a common scale, instead of the disparate scales currently used for different disaster types
    • Covers both natural and manmade disasters, but focuses on those caused principally by weather and climate change, recognizing the complexity of causes and the contribution of society
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    '… useful for students and government commissions to study disasters as well as for future management and development of new areas …' Journal of Sedimentary Research

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    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521872935
    • length: 632 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 183 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.3kg
    • contains: 82 b/w illus. 200 colour illus. 22 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface M. Gad-el-Hak
    1. Introduction M. Gad-el-Hak
    2. The art and science of large-scale disasters M. Gad-el-Hak
    3. Multiscale modeling for large-scale disaster applications R. M. Pidaparti
    4. Addressing the root causes of large-scale disasters I. Kelman
    5. Issues in disaster-relief logistics N. Altay
    6. Large-scale disasters: perspectives on medical response J. Elkholy and M. Gad-el-hak
    7. Augmentation of health-care capacity in large-scale disasters A. M. Radwan
    8. Energy, climate change and how to avoid a manmade disaster A. F. Ghoniem
    9. Seawater agriculture for energy, warming, food, land and water D. M. Bushnell
    10. Natural and anthropogenic aerosol-related hazards affecting megacities H. El-Askary and M. Kafatos
    11. Tsunamis: Manifestation and aftermath H. J. S. Fernando, A. Braun, R. Galappatti, J. Ruwanpura and S. C. Wirasinghe
    12. Intermediate-scale dynamics of the upper troposphere and stratosphere J. J. Riley
    13. Coupled weather-chemistry modeling G. A. Grell
    14. Seasonal-to-decadal prediction using climate models: successes and challenges R. Saravanan
    15. Climate change and related disasters A. S. Zakey, F. Giorgi and J. Pal
    16. Impact of climate change on precipitation R. Rasmussen, A. Dai and K. E. Trenberth
    17. Weather-related disasters in arid lands T. T. Warner
    18. The first hundred years of numerical weather prediction J. Pudykiewicz and G. Brunet
    19. Fundamental issues in numerical weather prediction J. Dudhia
    20. Space measurements for disaster response: the International Charter A. Mahmood and M. Shokr
    21. Weather satellite measurements: their use for prediction W. L. Smith
    Epilogue M. Gad-el-Hak
    Index.

  • Editor

    Mohamed Gad-el-Hak, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Mohamed Gad-el-Hak is currently the Inez Caudill Eminent Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Academy of Mechanics. In 1998, Professor Gad-el-Hak was named the Fourteenth ASME Freeman Scholar. In 1999, he was awarded the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Prize, Germany's highest research award for senior U.S. scientists and scholars in all disciplines. In 2002, he was named ASME Distinguished Lecturer, as well as inducted into the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars.

    Contributors

    M. Gad-el-Hak, R. M. Pidaparti, I. Kelman, N. Altay, J. Elkholy, A. M. Radwan, A. F. Ghoniem, D. M. Bushnell, H. El-Askary, M. Kafatos, H. J. S. Fernando, A. Braun, R. Galappatti, J. Ruwanpura, S. C. Wirasinghe, J. J. Riley, G. A. Grell, R. Saravanan, A. S. Zakey, F. Giorgi, J. Pal, R. Rasmussen, A. Dai, K. E. Trenberth, T. T. Warner, J. Pudykiewicz, G. Brunet, J. Dudhia, A. Mahmood, M. Shokr, W. L. Smith

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