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Measuring Vulnerability to Natural Hazards: Towards Disaster Resilient Societies

  • Author(s): Jorn Birkmann
  • Size: 160 mm × 240 mm
  • Pages: 524
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Weight: 870 gms
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9788179931226
  • Cover Price:

    Rs.725.00 / US $45.00

  • Special Price: Rs. 653.00 / US $41.00

Book Details

Measuring Vulnerability to Natural Hazards presents a broad range of current approaches to measuring vulnerability. It provides a comprehensive overview of different concepts at the global, regional, national, and local levels, and explores various schools of thought. More than 40 distinguished academics and practitioners analyse quantitative and qualitative approaches, and examine their strengths and limitations. This book contains concrete experiences and examples from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe to illustrate the theoretical analyses.

The authors provide answers to some of the key questions on how to measure vulnerability and they draw attention to issues with insufficient coverage, such as the environmental and institutional dimensions of vulnerability and methods to combine different methodologies.

This book is a unique compilation of state-of-the-art vulnerability assessment and is essential reading for academics, students, policy makers, practitioners, and anybody else interested in understanding the fundamentals of measuring vulnerability. It is a critical review that provides important conclusions which can serve as an orientation for future research towards more disaster resilient communities.

Table of Contents

    Part I: Basic principles and theoretical basis

    PartII: Vulnerability and environment

    Part III:Global, national and sub-national index approaches

    Part IV: Local vulnerability assessment

    Part V: Institutional vulnerability, coping and lessons learned

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  • Published by United Nations University Press in 2006

    Only for sale in India and South Asia

    Jorn Birkmann is an Academic Officer at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security and Chair of the International Expert Working Group on Measuring Vulnerability.