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Geophysical Sciences

Tsunami

The Underrated Hazard

Authors: Bryant, Edward

  • Comprehensive and well illustrated textbook on all aspects of tsunami
  • Can be used by a student or layperson to gain encyclopedic knowledge about tsunami
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Tsunami: The Underrated Hazard, 2nd Edition, comprehensively describes the nature and process of tsunami formation, outlines field evidence for detecting the presence of past events, and describes notable events linked to earthquakes, volcanoes, submarine landslides, and comet impacts. The author provides a clear approach to the study of tsunami, through dynamics, impact on coastlines, and overviews of the various major mechanisms of tsunami generation. Liberal case studies and examples highlight the significance of this underrated natural hazard for coastal societies. In particular, Dr Bryant studies in detail the great tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean on 26 December 2004, making it one of the largest natural disasters to occur in recorded history.

The book is divided into four parts. Part I considers tsunami as a known hazard, starting in Chapter 1 with legends and stories and questioning whether they are scientific fact or legend. Dr Bryant looks at the causes of tsunami, their distribution and fatalities in the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand and Australia as well as in bays, fjords, inland seas and lakes. Chapter 2 studies the dynamics of tsunami, their characteristics, the wave theory and the run-up and inundation. In Part II tsunami-formed landscapes are examined, showing both the depositional and erosional signatures of tsunami in the coastal landscape, including chevrons and dune bedforms. The coastal landscape evolution is looked at in Chapter 4, comparing catastrophism against uniformitarianism and tsunami versus storms. Examples and types of coastal landscapes created by tsunami, particularly in Australia, Grand Cayman, the Bahamas and Chilean coast are also given. Part III looks at the main causes of tsunami: earthquakes, great landslides, volcanic eruptions and comets and meteorites. The modern risk of tsunami is covered in Part IV, detailing locations and avoidance, including warning systems. Dr Bryant ends this unique study of a fascinating subject with five stories of different tsunamis.

About the authors

Dr Edward Bryant is a renowned and respected tsunami researcher, writer and teacher in the areas of natural hazards and climatology. Tsunami: The Underrated Hazard was first published by Cambridge University Press in 2001. This is now out of print and CUP confirmed that all rights in the book have reverted to the author. The 2nd Edition incorporates the great Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and the author focuses on geomorphology and the processes and events linked to the main causes of tsunami, namely, earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides and, in addition, comet and meteorite impacts.

Reviews

From the reviews of the second edition:

"A much needed, up-to-date introductory work on tsunamis with worldwide coverage. … Many high-quality maps, figures, charts, and exceptional photographs augment the text; an extensive list of cited references is especially valuable. This book will have noteworthy appeal to students and professionals alike in the fields of geomorphology, coastal engineering, environmental sciences, and economics. It will also be valuable to geographers, civic and emergency planners, and the general public living along coastlines the world over … . Summing Up: Recommended. All readers/libraries." (T. L. T. Grose, CHOICE, Vol. 46 (01), September, 2008)

“The main focus of the book was and remains the formation of landscape features by large tsunami. … The greatest value of this book may well be to raise awareness in the public and among policy makers … . the book very accessible to the general public and those who have limited scientific aptitude. … The book concludes with a discussion of modern tsunami risks and warning systems, followed by an epilogue which presents several plausible scenarios of future tsunami disasters.” (Michael Antolik, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Vol. 166, 2009)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-540-74274-6
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  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $269.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-642-09361-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tsunami
Book Subtitle
The Underrated Hazard
Authors
Series Title
Geophysical Sciences
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-74274-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-74274-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-09361-6
Series ISSN
1615-9748
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXXIV, 330
Number of Illustrations and Tables
52 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK. Originally published by Cambridge University Press
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