Springer Geography

Floods in a Megacity

Geospatial Techniques in Assessing Hazards, Risk and Vulnerability

Authors: Dewan, Ashraf

  • Substantially contributes to the deeper understanding of global change and flood vulnerability in megacities of developing countries
  • Discusses existing urban vulnerability models and proposes a new model
  • First comprehensive work on flood vulnerability and risk of natural hazards at community scale of a megacity
  • An aid for informed decision making, especially for rapidly urbanizing countries
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About this book

Flooding is one of the most devastating natural hazards in the world. Available records suggest that both flood frequency and severity are on the rise and this is likely to worsen in the context of climate change. As population, infrastructure and poverty grow rapidly in developing countries, particularly in urban agglomerations of 10 million people or more, floods could cause widespread devastation, economic damage and loss of life. Assessment of vulnerability and risk from naturally occurring phenomena is therefore imperative in order to achieve urban sustainability.

 

This book uses geospatial techniques to evaluate hazards, risk and vulnerability at a metropolitan scale in a data-scarce country. An empirical study was performed using remote sensing, GIS and census data. This research offers a new approach to mapping population, infrastructures and communities at risk which can greatly contribute to the deeper understanding of flood disasters in a rapidly expanding megacity. Examples shown in this book are from Dhaka Megacity, however, the techniques and methods can easily be implemented in medium to large cities of similar characteristics.

 

The book is essential reading for hazard researchers, geospatial scientists, disaster management professionals, geographers, urban planners, and social scientists. 

 

Ashraf M. Dewan is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Spatial Sciences at Curtin University, Western Australia (on leave from his substantive position as Associate Professor in the Geography & Environment Department at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh).

 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Dewan, Ashraf M.

    Pages 1-33

  • Hazards, Risk, and Vulnerability

    Dewan, Ashraf M.

    Pages 35-74

  • Vulnerability of a Megacity to Flood: A Case Study of Dhaka

    Dewan, Ashraf M.

    Pages 75-101

  • Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Floods

    Dewan, Ashraf M.

    Pages 103-127

  • Modeling Flood Hazards

    Dewan, Ashraf M.

    Pages 129-137

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-5875-9
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-5874-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-9457-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Floods in a Megacity
Book Subtitle
Geospatial Techniques in Assessing Hazards, Risk and Vulnerability
Authors
Series Title
Springer Geography
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5875-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5875-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5874-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9457-3
Series ISSN
2194-315X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 199
Number of Illustrations and Tables
20 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour
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