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Approaches to Managing Disaster - Assessing Hazards, Emergencies and Disaster Impacts

Edited by John Tiefenbacher, ISBN 978-953-51-0294-6, 162 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published March 14, 2012 under CC BY 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/1112

Approaches to Managing Disaster - Assessing Hazards, Emergencies and Disaster Impacts demonstrates the array of information that is critical for improving disaster management. The book reflects major management components of the disaster continuum (the nature of risk, hazard, vulnerability, planning, response and adaptation) in the context of threats that derive from both nature and technology. The chapters include a selection of original research reports by an array of international scholars focused either on specific locations or on specific events. The chapters are ordered according to the phases of emergencies and disasters. The text reflects the disciplinary diversity found within disaster management and the challenges presented by the co-mingling of science and social science in their collective efforts to promote improvements in the techniques, approaches, and decision-making by emergency-response practitioners and the public. This text demonstrates the growing complexity of disasters and their management, as well as the tests societies face every day.

Prof. John Tiefenbacher

Texas State University-San Marcos, United States of America

Dr. John P. Tiefenbacher (B.S. Carroll College, Wisconsin; M.S. University of Idaho; and PhD in Geography Rutgers University) is currently Professor in the Department of Geography at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Dr. Tiefenbacher’s research focuses on environmental (nature-society) geography. He has published on a range of topics that regard spatial patterns of environmental problems, human perceptions of and responses to natural and technological hazards and attitudes about the places and natural communities people inhabit. His current research projects pertains to the challenges of urban hazards and evacuating cities, adaptation to climate change, and the responses of agricultural industries (particularly wine growers) to climate changes in several regions (principally South America, the U.S. and Europe) of the world.

Experience

Education

  • 1976 – 1980

    Menomonee Falls East High School, Menomonee Falls

  • 1984 - 1986

    College of Mines, University of Idaho, Moscow

    Geography

  • 1980 - 1984

    Liberal Arts, Carroll College, Waukesha

    Geography

  • 1987 – 1992

    College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

    Geography

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