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Main Title Sustainable Natural Hazard Management in Alpine Environments [electronic resource] /
Author Veulliet, Eric.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Johann, Stötter.
Weck-Hannemann, Hannelore.
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg,
Year Published 2009
ISBN 9783642032295
Subjects Geography. ; Geographical information systems. ; Physical geography. ; Landscape ecology. ; Social sciences.
Internet Access
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Collation XIII, 403 p. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
Global Change and Natural Hazards: New Challenges, New Strategies -- Flood Forecasting for the River Inn -- Runoff and bedload transport modelling for flood hazard assessment in small alpine catchments - the PROMAB model -- Modelling peak runoff in small Alpine catchments based on area properties and system status -- Process-based investigations and monitoring of deep-seated landslides -- Alpine tourist destinations - a safe haven in turbulent times? - Exploring travellers' perception of risks and events of damage -- Protective measures against natural hazards - are they worth their costs? -- Analysing Decision Mechanisms for Natural Hazard Management -- Alternative Risk Transfer and Alternative Risk Financing -- Risk management -- Laser scanning - a paradigm change in topographic data acquisition for natural hazard management -- Improving Safety in Alpine Regions through a combination of GSM/GPRS with satellite communication, GIS, and robust positioning technology -- Pros and cons of four years experience of alpS. In the recent past a marked increase of the damages caused by natural hazard processes has been documented, for example by the Munich Re-Insurance. On a regional scale, a similar development can be observed in mountain regions such as the Alps, where it is particularly a rise in flood events that has caused the maximum amount of economic damage. Three major aspects may help to explain this phenomenon: The changing frequency-magnitude relationship of the natural hazard processes, the multiplication of the damage potential due to the socio-economic change, and the non-adequate way of coping with the changing risk by the official authorities. As a consequence, this book tries to address key questions related to these developments and to give answers to these problems. Question 1: How can the strategies for coping with the rise in extreme flooding be improved? Question 2: How can the damage potential and other socio-economic aspects be quantified? Question 3: How can new computer based technologies contribute to minimizing the risks related to alpine natural hazards? An initial chapter gives an overview of the global change aspects of natural hazards and their related risks. While three chapters outline answers to question 1, four chapters discuss question 2. Five chapters give examples of new technologies.