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Environmental Geo-Hazards: Science and Society

Kaushal Kumar Sharma (Editor) Suresh Kumar Bandooni (Editor) Virender Singh Negi (Editor)
Synopsis Environmental geo-hazards are of upmost concern today, as there is huge loss to life and property. The concern varies from individual to the state government. Government has set up many scientific department has set up many scientific departments to carry out research and development programmes on geo-hazards. Teh findings of scientific studies have been helpful in mitigating the impact of geo-hazards. The most disastrous impact has been of the earthquakes. Although, they occur rarely but their teacher and time of occurrence is not known. It is one of the most challenging job to the scientific community. Therefore, the focus is on post management strategy. Along with natural factors human beings are responsible for triggering landslides. Unscientific and haphazardous development in Himalayas have been the root cause of disastrous landslides. Flashfloods are becoming very common phenomena in Himalayas due to heavy rainfalled cloudburst. Many efforts fall short due to scientific inputs as well as money and trained manpower in this field. Government of Himachal Pradesh has been making many efforts to come up with prehazards to come up with comprehensive strategy and policy to deal with the environmental geo-hazards. Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of Indian is the pioneering body which has taken various scientific steps in research and development in the field of geo-hazards. In the same light DST sponsored the workshop on "Environmental Geo-Hazards (Earthquakes, landslide and floods) Management and Mitigation Strategy for Himachal Pradesh." The workshop has come up with many suggestions and recommendations for future mitigation of geo-hazards. Nearly forty five papers were presented at the workshop. These findings can be helpful for policy makers and planners at national and local level.
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About the authors

Kaushal Kumar Sharma

Dr. Kaushal Kumar Sharma (b. 1960) has been teaching in Department of Geography, Kirorimal College, University of Delhi Since 1984. He is widely travelled geographer. His area of research focuses on Environmental Geo-Hazards, Rural Development and Agricultural Transformation in Himalaya. He is engaged in various States and Central Government research projects (DST, UGC). His articles have been published in various national interdisciplinary journals.

Suresh Kumar Bandooni

S.K. Bandooni received his M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. Degree in Geography from Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics (University of Delhi). University of Delhi awarded him Gold Medal for securing first position in B.A. (Hons.) Geography examination. He is currently Reader in Geography in Shaheed Bhagat Singh (Eve.) College of University of Delhi. He has Specialization in Natural Resource Management, Himalayan Environment, and Economic Geography. He has received Junior and Senior Research Fellowships of UGC. He has to his credit 10 research papers and 20 articles published in different Books, Journals and Magazines. He has attended 20 seminars/workshops etc. in different parts of the country. He has widely traveled in different parts of Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh. He is an avid tekker. He has co-ordinated a Project in H.P. He is a Co-Chairperson of NAGI Commission on Mountain Ecosystem and Development. He is an expert member of Geography Committee in CSTT (Commission on Scientific and Technical Terminology), Ministery of Human Resource Development. He has edited seven books for CSTT. Currently he is also engaged with SCERT (State Council for Educational Research Training, Delhi) to write the books for secondary school.

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Virender Singh Negi

Dr. V.S. Negi (b. 1969) has been teaching in Department of Geography, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi since 1996. He is active field researcher and mainly focuses on sensitive environment of Himalaya. To pursue his academic interests he launched Indian Geo Journal in 2004 to motivate young geographers. he is also editor of Mountain View of NAGI Commission on Mountain Ecosystem and Development. He is member of various academic and social organizations in India.

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Title Environmental Geo-Hazards: Science and Society
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed
Language: English
isbn 8189131087
length xxii+456p., Figures; Tables; References; Index; 23cm.