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Natural and Anthropogenic Disasters: Vulnerability, Preparedness and Mitigation

Madan Kumar Jha (Editor)
Synopsis The major challenges of the 21 century faced by human beings are how to achieve water security, food security, energy security and environmental security. Owing to enhanced natural/anthropogenic disasters worldwide, these challenges become much more complicated and daunting especially for developing countries. Therefore, it is important to highlight the risk of different disasters as well as the modern tools and techniques for minimizing disaster incidence and losses.

Disaster management being highly multidisciplinary in nature, a comprehensive book dealing with different aspects of disaster management, and encompassing important disasters faced by humankind is presently not available. This book is an attempt to fulfill this gap. It provides clear, comprehensive and up-to-date information about different facets of disaster management along with salient case studies. The book highlights the current status of disaster management focusing on developing nations, discusses vital issues such as climate change and sustainable development, modern approaches, and tools/techniques, and the challenges of and future R&D needs for sustainable disaster management.

This book will not only serve as a general guideline for effective disaster management but will also help educate engineers and scientists about the salient natural and anthropogenic disasters as well as the modern approaches and tools/techniques for their efficient management. It will be very useful to teachers, students and researchers of environmental, civil, agricultural, ocean, and land, and water resources engineering fields as well as to the practitioners, planners and decision makers, particularly of developing nations.   
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About the author

Madan Kumar Jha

Madan Kumar Jha obtained his M.E. form the Asia Institute o f Technology, Bangkok in 1992 availing full postgraduate scholarship.  Thereafter, he obtained his PhD availing the “Monbusho Scholarship” from United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Ehime University, Japan in 1996.  Between December 1996 and November 1997, he worked as a Water Resources Engineer at Panya Consultants Co. Ltd., Bangkok, and from December 1997 to November 1999 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Kochi University, Japan with “JSPS Research Fellowship’.  In 1999, he joined the Department of Agricultural and Food Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, West Bengal, India and presently, he is Associate Professor in the same department.  Dr. Jha has been honored with salient scholastic awards such as the ‘AMA_Shin-Norinsha-AAAE Young Researcher Award’ in 2005 by the Asian Association for Agricultural Engineering, Bangkok, ‘Shankar Memorial Award’ in 2009 and ‘Distinguished Services Award 1999-2000’ by the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers, New Delhi.  Dr. Jha is also a recipient of the ‘Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship’ (2004-2005).  Recently, he has been awarded ‘JSPS Invitation Fellowship (long-term)’ by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo and ‘Fellow’ of the Indian Water Resources Society, Roorkee, India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Natural and Anthropogenic Disasters: Vulnerability, Preparedness and Mitigation
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185589666
length xvi+615p., Figures; Tables; Index; 25cm.