Consequently, the effective management of these functions requires the adoption of an all-hazards approach. In other words, it is necessary to identify the similarity of effects that occur across the range of potential hazards that could occur within a specific jurisdiction. By developing an all-hazards approach, it becomes possible to develop more parsimonious and, importantly, adaptable plans, and to utilise scarce resources more efficiently. The pursuance of this task requires the availability of a comprehensive compendium of hazard information from which all-hazards plans and reduction and response capability can be developed.
Bell's Geological Hazards provides such a resource.
While not specifically identifying its target audience, the emphasis placed by this volume on mitigation or reduction make the contents particularly applicable to emergency managers and planners. It is from this perspective that this review is written.
Although dealing with highly complex phenomena, the content of this volume is readily accessible by non-specialists, those in management roles, or those generally seeking a better understanding of geohazard phenomena. Extensive references are provided at the end of each chapter to direct further reading or to pursue specific issues in more detail.
Geological Hazards by Fred G. Bell (ebook)
The discussion of hazards is both comprehensive and critical and Bell does a good job of clarifying the complexity and uncertainty inherent in the study of geohazards. This critical focus further enhances the utility of this volume as an aid to comprehensive, all-hazards planning. In addition to providing an introduction to the core issues in natural hazard assessment and planning, Bell discusses hazards, their assessment and their reduction under several generic categories.
This text adopts the UNESCO definition of a natural hazard as the probability of occurrence within a specified period of time and within a given area of a potentially damaging phenomenon. The volume opens with a discussion of geohazard assessment and planning. Assessment issues are tackled from both conceptual e.
The incorporation of the outcomes of these processes within the planning process is also briefly discussed, as is a summary of structural and non-structural hazard reduction methods. Although brief, this discussion provides an introduction to the application of these processes in relation to each of the hazards reviewed in subsequent chapters.
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