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Geomorphological Hazards In High Mountain Areas

Author: Jan Kalvoda
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
ISBN: 9780792349617
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This volume presents a collection of papers by specialists contributing to the activities of the International Geographical Union Commission on Natural Hazard Studies'. The main topics are: morphotectonic activities, slope movements, glacial, erosion and weathering hazards and man-made rapid modellation processes. Research on basic geomorphological hazards in high mountains can be understood not only as a set of case studies, but primarily as a rare opportunity for the preparation of theoretical models and for the understanding of the general architecture of the origin of natural disasters. Audience: This specialized book will be useful for natural scientists, graduate geographers and geologists and postgraduate students in earth sciences.

Geomorphological Hazards In High Mountain Areas

Author: Jan Kalvoda
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401152284
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On the basis of a total of thirteen case examples from the Tien Shan, Karakorum, Himalaya and Tangula Shan (central Tibet), the risk potential and hazards are inferred from the development of landscape during the Quaternary. The history of glaciers can be seen as of central importance for this. The Ice Age glacial erosion created V-shaped valleys, which with their steep flanks - as a consequence of the interglacial formation of V -valleys - have prepared and brought about landslides as well as rockslides and the hazards, combined with them. The same is true for the moraines, which the gla ciers have deposited high-up in the valley flanks and related loose stone deposits. Dry and wet mass movements follow after heavy precipitation, especially in the semi-arid investigation areas, and are catastrophes for the settlements and the communication routes in the valley floors. Their key-forms are debris cones and debris slopes, as well as mudflows and alluvial fans. In addition to the Ice Age glaciation history, as a preparatory, indirect factor, the Holocene to present glaciation history is, as a result of the danlming-up of glacier- and moraine lakes and their outbursts, a direct risk factor. The examples presented of acute and already occurred cases of damage were inves tigated in the years 1989-1994. Acknowledgements The authors wish to thank the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the Max Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG), the Volkswagen-Stiftting (VW) and the Deutscher Aka demischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) for the financial support for the field-work.

Landslide Hazard And Risk

Author: Thomas Glade
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470012641
Size: 77.69 MB
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With the increasing need to take an holistic view of landslide hazard and risk, this book overviews the concept of risk research and addresses the sociological and psychological issues resulting from landslides. Its integrated approach offers understanding and ability for concerned organisations, landowners, land managers, insurance companies and researchers to develop risk management solutions. Global case studies illustrate a variety of integrated approaches, and a concluding section provides specifications and contexts for the next generation of process models.

Mountain Geoecology And Sustainable Development Of The Tibetan Plateau

Author: Du Zheng
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780792366881
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This book is a summary of the major achievements resulting from those integrated research projects on the Tibetan Plateau that have been carried out in particular over the last decade. It covers the fundamental issues regarding geoecology and sustainable mountain development on the Plateau. The first part discusses the evolution and differentiation of physical environments, uplifting, environmental changes, and natural zonation of the Plateau. The second part focuses respectively on environments, ecosystems, and sustainable development. The third part contains case studies on Namjabarwa Mountains, Hengduan Mountains, Qiangtang Plateau, and Kunlun Mountains. Audience: The book is geared to the needs of policy makers, geographers, professors, environmental managers, and researchers at a graduate level.

Geography Discipline Profession And Subject Since 1870

Author: Gary S. Dunbar
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401716838
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This book is a comprehensive treatment of the professionalization and institutionalization of the academic discipline of geography in Europe and North America, with emphasis on the 20th century and the last quarter of the 19th. No other book has ever attempted coverage of this sort. It is relevant to geographers, practitioners of the social and earth sciences, and historians of science and education.

Emerging Nodes In The Global Economy Frankfurt And Tel Aviv Compared

Author: Daniel Felsenstein
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401714088
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This volume looks at the temporal and volatile ways in which Frankfurt and Tel Aviv engage the global economy and function as nodes within global networks. Drawing on a combination of qualitative and quantitative empirical studies of leading sectors, it systematically analyzes the process of network formation and highlights the role of national and regional policy. It will be of interest to academics, researchers, practitioners and policymakers working in urban and economic geography, public policy and economic development.

International Handbook On Geographical Education

Author: Rod Gerber
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781402010194
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The International Handbook on Geographical Education is the first truly international publication in the field of geographical education for several decades. It is distinctive in the following ways: A large team of highly experienced geographers and educators from around the world have injected their perspectives on international issues in the field. While some reflection of past thinking and practice is evident, the main purpose of this publication is to offer international leadership in geographical education for the world in the twenty first century. Illuminating local and national examples are used to reinforce the international perspectives. The publication challenges geographical educators, policymakers and curriculum developers to reposition themselves for the changing approaches in societies around the world. It is a publication for the thinking geographer and educator who appreciates where international education is travelling to and how its challenges can be met.

Towards Sustainable Building

Author: Nicola Maiellaro
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401735638
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This volume contains the extended versions of selected papers presented at the first Mediterranean Conference "Sharing Knowledge on Sustainable Building" held at the Polytechnic ofBari in December 1999, supported by the National Research Council of Italy. The publication of this book was made possible through the efforts of the contributing Authors. Other people have provided invaluable support for the conference and for the preparation of this volume; in particular, I wish to thank Antonella Lerario for providing support in the final editing of the text and images. 1 As reported in Boonstra and Rovers (200 I) , people spend a great deal of time inside buildings; therefore, decisions about design, construction, use, maintenance, renovation, demolition, reuse and recycling of buildings have a huge impact on the sustainable development of our society. Technical aspects, however, should be supported by adequate policies, developed with appropriate tools and driven by meaningful challenges. For people involved in sustainable buildings, the conceptual frameworks, studies and experiences collected in this volume, organized into three parts - "Policies", "Tools" and "Challenges" - will help to advance knowledge allowing them to adopt and more efficiently implement such innovations sooner.