Natural Disaster Reduction: South East Asian Realities, Risk Perception and Global Strategies

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Anthem Press, 2007 - Nature - 141 pages
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In the aftermath of considerable seismic unrest caused by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, this volume focuses on exposing the coastal vulnerability of the region. Despite a plethora of enquiries into natural disasters in different parts of the globe, there is now a more conspicuous concern than ever for the South East Asian region. This global concern has become all the more prevalent since the Hyogo Declaration in January 2005 and the recent Asian Summit in Indonesia.

The purpose of this treatise is to bring the characteristics of the disastrous events of the region to the fore, seeking to present not only the continuing fatalities and fragilities of the area, but also the possibilities for coping with natural disasters. The book’s layout is specifically shaped by the nature of the damage and threat caused by these disasters, particularly concerning the communities at risk and their responses. This book will appeal to those involved in both global and local organizations as administrators, facilitators, stakeholders and activists, as well as Governmental / Non Governmental agencies, societies including organizations such as ESCAP, UNDP, WMO, UNESCO, UNCRD. 
 

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Contents

Overview of Disaster Scenarios in South East Asia
1
The Context of the December 2004 Tsunami
54
A Résumé of Global Perspectives
71
Coastal Vulnerability
86
Climatic Changes
89
Early Warning Systems
95
Impact of Hazards Vulnerability and
105
The South East Asian Context
114
Global Support Local Settings
126
EPILOGUE
129
APPENDIX A Note on Damage Assessment
136
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
140
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Dilip Kumar Sinha, formerly Sir Rashbehary Ghose Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Calcutta, Professor of Mathematics, Jadavpur University, Fellow, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (UK), Fellow, International Academy of Mathematical Chemistry (USA Crotia), Fellow, National Academy of Sciences of India. He is considered among the world’s top mathematicians having held the coveted position of the General President, Indian Science Congress Association. Professor Sinha has also been Vice-Chancellor, Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan and Pro- Vice-Chancellor, University of Calcutta, India.

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