Optimisation of Disaster Forecasting and Prevention Measures in the Context of Human and Social Dynamics

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IOS Press, 2009 - Political Science - 301 pages
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Optimisation of Disaster Forecasting and Prevention Measures in the Context of Human and Social Dynamics addresses a wide range of disaster-management regimes. The principal themes (for a series of typical disaster scenarios) focus on how these disasters can affect both the human and natural environments. Accordingly, the articles in this book cover the following areas of concern: natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides and floods; man-made disasters such as accidents at mining and tailings dams; nuclear/radiological facilities; transport accidents involving hazardous materials; fires; and environmental contamination. Monitoring and the assessment of health and environmental pollution risks, as well as the communication of these risks to the public, are also discussed. The scientific content thus focuses on risk assessment as part of national policies regarding protection of man and environment; the need for strong cooperation at international and national levels; using a costbenefit approach; information sharing and networking; and vulnerability as a moderating factor in risk assessment. The contributions are very useful, especially to those partner countries that are developing their legal framework in civil emergency planning as well as in environmental protection.
 

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Contents

Theme 2 WaterBased HazardsRisks
49
Theme 3 MiningIndustrial HazardsRisks
113
Theme 4 HealthRadiological HazardsRisks
205
Theme 5 HazardRisk CommunicationPublic Participation
239
Author Index
301
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