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Earth Sciences & Geography - Natural Hazards | Effects of Volcanic Ash on Infrastructure

Effects of Volcanic Ash on Infrastructure

Wilson, Thomas, Cole, Jim, Stewart, Carol

2015, Approx. 100 p.

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  • About this book

  • This book provides a state-of-the-art review of information on impacts to critical infrastructure from volcanic ashfall, and how damage can be minimized
  • A semi-quantitative approach indicates potential costs of such events and how much can be saved by effective mitigation
Explosive eruptions have the potential to distribute ashfall across large areas, resulting in physical and chemical impacts to infrastructure essential for society's normal functioning, causing disruptions of service which may lead to economic and psycho-social impacts to communities. This book provides a state-of-the-art review of information on impacts to critical infrastructure from volcanic ashfall, and how damage can be minimized. The book is an essential text for building awareness of likely impacts and providing possible mitigation options. As such, it is likely to appeal to infrastructure companies, Government, local authorities and the wider hazard management community charged with hazard mitigation. Where feasible a semi-quantitative approach has been adopted. This will indicate potential costs of such events and how much can be saved by effective mitigation.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Disaster Planning - Infrastructure - Mitigation - Natural Hazard Disruption - Risk - Volanic Eruption Effects - Volcanic Ash - Volcanic Ash Impact

Related subjects » Environmental / Development / Agricultural Economics - Environmental Management - Geology - Natural Hazards - Production & Process Engineering

Table of contents 

Background, explosive eruptions, size, distribution, types of ash.- Hazard, risk, probability, fragility functions.- General effects of eruptions on urban & rural communities, including general roof collapse and corrosion.- Effects of ash on telecommunications/computers/air conditioning.- Effects of ash on transport networks (road, rail, air).- Effects of ash on water supplies and waste water.- Effects of ash on electricity supplies and generation.- Clean-up after ash, recovery and potential uses of ash.- Recommendations.

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