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Extreme Natural Hazards, Disaster Risks and Societal Implications (Special Publications of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics)

Extreme Natural Hazards, Disaster Risks and Societal Implications (Special Publications of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics)

by Professor Alik Ismail-Zadeh (Editor), Professor Jaime Urrutia Fucugauchi (Editor), Professor Andrzej Kijko (Editor), Professor Kuniyoshi Takeuchi (Editor), Professor Ilya Zaliapin (Editor)
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This book presents a unique, interdisciplinary approach to disaster risk research, combining cutting-edge natural science and social science methodologies. Bringing together leading scientists, policy makers and practitioners from around the world, it presents the risks of global hazards such as volcanoes, seismic events, landslides, hurricanes, precipitation floods and space weather, and provides real-world hazard case studies from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific region. Avoiding complex mathematics, the authors provide insight into topics such as the vulnerability of society, disaster risk reduction policy, relations between disaster policy and climate change, adaptation to hazards, and (re)insurance approaches to extreme events. This is a key resource for academic researchers and graduate students in a wide range of disciplines linked to hazard and risk studies, including geophysics, volcanology, hydrology, atmospheric science, geomorphology, oceanography and remote sensing, and for professionals and policy makers working in disaster prevention and mitigation.



The Chesapeake Bay Crater: Geology and Geophysics of a Late Eocene Submarine Impact Structure (Impact Studies)

The Chesapeake Bay Crater: Geology and Geophysics of a Late Eocene Submarine Impact Structure (Impact Studies)

by Wylie Poag (Author), Christian Koeberl (Author), Wolf Uwe Reimold (Author)
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The authors have synthesized 16 years of geological and geophysical studies which document an 85-km-wide impact crater buried 500 m beneath Chesapeake Bay in south eastern Virginia, USA. In doing so, they have integrated extensive seismic reflection profiling and deep core drilling to analyze the structure, morphology, gravimetrics, sedimentology, petrology, geochemistry, and paleontology of this submarine structure. Of special interest are a detailed comparison with other terrestrial and extraterrestrial craters, as well as a conceptual model and computer simulation of the impact. The extensive illustrations encompass more than 150 line drawings and core photographs.



Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere

Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere

by Steven A. Ackerman (Author), John A. Knox (Author)
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Written for the undergraduate, introductory course, the updated Fourth Edition engages students with real-world examples and a captivating narrative. It highlights how we observe the atmosphere and then uses those discoveries to explain atmospheric phenomena. The text begins with discussions on primary atmospheric variables involved in the formation of weather: pressure, temperature, moisture, clouds, and precipitation, and include practical information on weather maps and weather observation. It then progresses to discuss weather and climate topics such as the interaction between atmosphere amd ocean, severe/extreme weather, weather forecasting, and climate change. The updated Fourth Edition includes new content on recent meteorological topics, including geomagnetic storms, normal temperatures, extreme rainfall, flooding, global-scale winds, tornado outbreaks and debris, the air pollution in China, the hole in the ozone layer, ocean acidification, and many more engaging topics. New sections on Superstorm Sandy and Cyclone Forecasting, the tornados of 2011, and conceptual models of frontal systems have been added making the Fourth Edition of Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere the most up-to-date and invaluable resource available. An Instructor’s Media CD containing PowerPoint Lecture Outlines and a PowerPoint Image Bank is available to adopting institutions. An Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank are also available for download.



Physics of the Earth

Physics of the Earth

by Frank D. Stacey (Author), Paul M. Davis (Author)
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The fourth edition of Physics of the Earth maintains the original philosophy of this classic graduate textbook on fundamental solid earth geophysics, while being completely revised, updated, and restructured into a more modular format to make individual topics even more accessible. Building on the success of previous editions, which have served generations of students and researchers for nearly forty years, this new edition will be an invaluable resource for graduate students looking for the necessary physical and mathematical foundations to embark on their own research careers in geophysics. Several completely new chapters have been added and a series of appendices, presenting fundamental data and advanced mathematical concepts, and an extensive reference list, are provided as tools to aid readers wishing to pursue topics beyond the level of the book. Over 140 student exercises of varying levels of difficulty are also included, and full solutions are available online at www.cambridge.org/9780521873628.



Source Mechanisms of Earthquakes: Theory and Practice

Source Mechanisms of Earthquakes: Theory and Practice

by Agustín Udías (Author), Raúl Madariaga (Author), Elisa Buforn (Author)
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This book presents an innovative new approach to studying source mechanisms of earthquakes, combining theory and observation in a unified methodology, with a key focus on the mechanics governing fault failures. It explains source mechanisms by building from fundamental concepts such as the equations of elasticity theory to more advanced problems including dislocation theory, kinematic models and fracture dynamics. The theory is presented first in student-friendly form using consistent notation throughout, and with full, detailed mathematical derivations that enable students to follow each step. Later chapters explain the widely-used practical modelling methods for source mechanism determination, linking clearly to the theoretical foundations, and highlighting the processing of digital seismological data. Providing a unique balance between application techniques and theory, this is an ideal guide for graduate students and researchers in seismology, tectonophysics, geodynamics and geomechanics, and a valuable practical resource for professionals working in seismic hazard assessment and seismic engineering.



The Solid Earth: An Introduction to Global Geophysics

The Solid Earth: An Introduction to Global Geophysics

by C. M. R. Fowler (Author)
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Geophysics is a broad subject that encompasses not only the physics of the Earth, but also the physics of the atmosphere and oceans. The heart of geophysics, however, is the theory of the solid Earth. The Solid Earth is a general introduction to the study of modern physics of the solid Earth, including the workings of both the Earth's surface and its deep interior. The book begins with a brief historical introduction to developments in geophysics. The next chapter discusses the important theory of plate tectonics, and is followed logically by a chapter on geomagnetism and palaeomagnetism. Subsequent chapters deal with the subjects of seismology, gravity, radioactivity and the age of the Earth and heat flow in the Earth. The book concludes with chapters on the physics of the oceanic and continental lithospheres. The emphasis throughout the discussion is on basic physical principles rather than instrumentation or data handling. Many helpful worked examples are given in the text, and, in addition, there are problems of various degrees of difficulty at the end of each chapter. Appendices explain more advanced mathematical topics and theories of seismology for mathematically inclined students.



 

Resonances in the Earth-Ionosphere Cavity (Modern Approaches in Geophysics)

by Alexander P Nickolaenko (Author), M. Hayakawa (Author)
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This book on electromagnetic resonance phenomena describes a general approach to physical problems, ways to solve them, and properties of the solutions obtained. Attention is given to the discussion and interpretation of formal and experimental data and their links to global atmospheric conditions such as the dynamics of global thunderstorm activity, variations of the effective height of the lower ionosphere, etc.



Rheology of the Earth : Deformation and Flow Processes in Geophysics and Geodynamics

Rheology of the Earth : Deformation and Flow Processes in Geophysics and Geodynamics

by Giorgio Ranalli (Author)
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Deformation and flow processes in geophysics and geodynamics. Rheology denotes the study of deformation and flow of matter; however, in common usage it is a general term that also covers the flow properties. Thus, for instance, one talks about the rheology of metals, of ice, or - as in the present case - the rheology of the Earth. As a subdiscipline of geology and geophysics, the rheology of the Earth therefore deals both with the methods of study of the mechanical properties of our planet and also with the mechanical properties themselves and their role in geodynamic processes. Deformation and flow of Earth materials are of primary importance in many brances of Earth science, from seismology to plate tectonics and planetary fluid dynamics. The aim of this book is to enable the student of geology and geophysics to acquire a clear understanding of the fundamentals of the subject, a precondition to dealing with the research literature and to carrying out independent work. It could therefore be a suitable text for postgraduate and senior undergraduate courses in Earth rheology, geodynamics, and tectonophysics, and useful additional reading for courses in physics of the Earth and structural geology. The research worker or student who reads it independently will also benefit.



Sea Floor Spreading and Continental Drift (Geophysics and Astrophysics Monographs)

Sea Floor Spreading and Continental Drift (Geophysics and Astrophysics Monographs)

by J. Coulomb (Author), R.W. Tanner (Translator)
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The Inaccessible Earth:An Integrated Approach to Geophysics and Geochemistry

The Inaccessible Earth:An Integrated Approach to Geophysics and Geochemistry

by Geoffrey Brown (Author)
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This is the second edition of a treatment of the origin, structure and internal composition of the Earth, synthesizing the geological, chemical and physical knowledge bearing on the Earth's inaccessible interior. It seeks answers to questions about the Earth's origin, evolution and dynamics, producing an integrated account of these subjects suitable for students and teachers in the earth sciences. Why do we think that the centre of the Earth is a nickel-iron alloy; or that the crust evolves by processes at subduction zones and by vertical plumes rising through the mantle; or that the Earth's magnetic field is generated by some form of convection in the molten outer core? The evidence comes from many disciplines ranging from geology to nuclear physics, but the contributions of geophysics and geochemistry are particularly important and have been given equal weight, while mathematics has been kept to a minimum. The text traces the evolution of the earth's layered structure and explains how its density at depth is deduced from seismic and gravitational data. Density is the prime constraint on chemical composition which is deduced also by reference to new theories of stellar evolution and planetary accretion, combined with evidence from the solar system and meteorites. With this information as background, the second half of the text goes on to describe the probable composition and physical state of the present-day core, mantle and crust. In the second edition, more emphasis is placed on the effects of heat and gravity on dynamic processes at all levels in the Earth. Effects such as stresses in tectonic plates, mantle convection and the geomagnetic dynamo are re-examined in the light of improved understanding. Finally, geological evidence is used to construct a model for the evolutionary history of the Earth's continental crust.



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