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Crucibles of Hazard : Mega-Cities and Disasters in Transition - James K. Mitchell

Crucibles of Hazard

Mega-Cities and Disasters in Transition

By: James K. Mitchell (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st April 1999
ISBN: 9789280809879
Number Of Pages: 535

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As a result of repeated experiences with devastating earthquakes, storms, floods, and wildfires, places like Tokyo, Mexico City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are already identified with catastrophe in both scientific literature and popular culture. Similar prospects face less obvious urban candidates like Dhaka, Miami, London, Lima, Seoul, and Sydney.In this collaborative study of environmental risks in ten of the world's major cities, geographers, planners, and other experts examine the hazard experiences of case study cities and analyze their future risks. They conclude that the natural disaster potential of the biggest cities is expanding at a pace which far exceeds the rate of urbanization.In addition to tracing hazard trends and arguing in support of management reforms that can be implemented quickly, Crucibles of Hazard directs attention to long-term issues of safety and security that must be resolved to sustain urban areas. Opportunities for such innovative policymaking include: capitalizing on the role of hazards as agents of urban diversification; broadening the scope for employing hazard-based contingency planning models in other urban governance contexts; and mobilizing hazard myths and metaphors as unifying sources of inspiration for diverse and sometimes fractious metropolitan constituencies.This study was led by the International Geographical Union's Study Group on the Disaster Vulnerability of Mega-cities.

Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of Tables, Figures, and Photographsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Notesp. 13
Referencesp. 14
Natural Disasters in the Context of Mega-Citiesp. 15
Notesp. 47
Referencesp. 48
Urbanization and Disaster Mitigation in Tokyop. 56
Bibliographyp. 88
Flood Hazard in Seoul: a Preliminary Assessmentp. 92
Referencesp. 117
Environmental Hazards in Dhakap. 119
Referencesp. 134
Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards in the Sydney Sprawl: is the City Sustainable?p. 138
Referencesp. 180
Disaster Response in London: a Case of Learning Constrained by History and Experiencep. 186
Referencesp. 243
Lima, Peru: Underdevelopment and Vulnerability to Hazards in the City of the Kingsp. 248
Referencesp. 290
Social Vulnerability to Disasters in Mexico City: an Assessment Methodp. 295
Referencesp. 333
Natural Hazards of the San Francisco Bay Mega-City: Trial by Earthquake, Wind, and Firep. 335
Notesp. 370
Referencesp. 372
There Are Worse Things Than Earthquakes: Hazard Vulnerability and Mitigation Capacity in Greater Los Angelesp. 375
Notesp. 419
Referencesp. 421
Environmental Hazards and Interest Group Coalitions: Metropolitan Miami after Hurricane Andrewp. 428
Notep. 467
Referencesp. 468
Findings and Conclusionsp. 473
Notesp. 500
Referencesp. 501
the Role of Hazards in Urban Policy at the Millenniump. 503
Notesp. 506
Referencesp. 507
Appendicesp. 509
Contributorsp. 514
Indexp. 515
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ISBN: 9789280809879
ISBN-10: 9280809873
Series: Water Resources Management and Policy Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 535
Published: 1st April 1999
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.78