Wildfire Hazards, Risks, and Disasters

Douglas Paton (Editor), Petra T. Buergelt (Editor), Sarah McCaffrey (Editor), Fantina Tedim (Editor)

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Abstract

More than 90% of wildfires are caused by human activity, but other causes include lighting, drought, wind and changing weather conditions, underground coal fires, and even volcanic activity. Wildfire Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, one of nine volumes in the Elsevier Hazards and Disasters series, provides a close and detailed examination of wildfires and measures for more thorough and accurate monitoring, prediction, preparedness, and prevention. It takes a geo-scientific and environmental approach to the topic while also discussing the impacts of human-induced causes such as deforestation, debris burning and arson—underscoring the multi-disciplinary nature of the topic. It presents several international case studies that discuss the historical, social, cultural and ecological aspects of wildfire risk management in countries with a long history of dealing with this hazard (e.g., USA, Australia) and in countries (e.g., Taiwan) where wildfire hazards represent a new and growing threat to the social and ecological landscape.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Netherlands
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages284
ISBN (Electronic)9780124096011
ISBN (Print)9780124104341
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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