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Mountain Risks: From Prediction to Management and Governance

Van Asch, T., Corominas, J., Greiving, S., Malet, J.-P., Sterlacchini, S. (Eds.)

2014, XI, 413 p. 143 illus., 108 illus. in color.

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  • Interdisciplinary approach covering all aspects of mountain hazard and risk assessment, management and governance
  • Describes state-of-the-art methodological and computational advances, as well as new risk management strategies for quantitative hazard and risk analysis
  • Gives an advanced understanding of mountain hydro-geomorphological processes and on how to apply this understanding to living with hazards in the long-term

This book offers a cross disciplinary treatment of the rapidly growing field of integrated approaches in risk assessment in mountainous areas. All major aspects related to hazard and risk assessment, risk management, and governance are illustrated with a wide range of case studies.
The first part of the book focuses on new techniques for assessing the natural hazards of different types of mass movements. State-of-the-art techniques for morphological characterization and monitoring of displacements are described. Computational advances are covered to explain the process systems and to quantify the hazards of fast and slow-moving landslides.
In the second part of the book methodologies are included for assessing the impact of these natural hazards on the society in terms of risks. In this part, methodologies for defining the vulnerability of the elements at risk are shown and the use of run-out models for risk assessment of the dangerous rapid mass movements are evaluated.
The third part of the book focuses on the response of society towards the problems of hazard and risk. It highlights the role of spatial planning, early warning systems and evacuation plans for risk management. It establishes practical thresholds for acceptable and tolerable risks and emphasizes the importance of education and communication to society.

The book is of interest to a wide range of experts from related disciplines, practitioners and stakeholders to demonstrate the importance of an integrated approach for all aspects of risks in mountainous areas.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Landslide hazard - Landslide-monitoring and modelling - Risk assessement - Risk governance - Risk management

Related subjects » Environmental Management - Geology - Information Systems and Applications - Natural Hazards - Production & Process Engineering

Table of contents 


1. Introduction: The components of risk governance

Part I : New techniques for assessing mass movement hazards

2. Innovative techniques for the detection and characterization of the kinematics of slow-moving landslides

3. Innovative techniques for the characterization of the morphology, geometry and hydrological features of slow-moving landslides

4. Techniques for the modelling of the process systems in slow and fast-moving landslides

Part II: Methodologies to assess the impact of the natural hazards on the society in terms of risks

5. Methods for debris flow hazard and risk assessment

6. Advances in methodologies for rockfall hazard and risk assessments

7. Medium-scale multi-hazard risk assessment of gravitational processes

8. Methods for the characterization of the vulnerability of elements at risk

9. The importance of the lessons learnt from past disasters for risk assessment

Part III: The response of the Society towards the problems of hazard and risk

10. Disaster mitigation by spatial planning

11. Disaster mitigation by corrective and protection measures

12. The relevance of legal aspects, risk cultures and insurance possibilities for risk management

13. The relevance of Early-Warning Systems and evacuation plans for risk management

14. Risk assessment: Establishing practical thresholds for acceptable and tolerable risks

15.  The use of geo-information and modern visualization tools for risk communication


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