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The Resource Megadisasters : the science of predicting the next catastrophe, Florin Diacu

Megadisasters : the science of predicting the next catastrophe, Florin Diacu

Label
Megadisasters : the science of predicting the next catastrophe
Title
Megadisasters
Title remainder
the science of predicting the next catastrophe
Statement of responsibility
Florin Diacu
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Can we predict cataclysmic disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or stock market crashes? The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 claimed more than 200,000 lives. Hurricane Katrina killed over 1,800 people and devastated the city of New Orleans. The recent global financial crisis has cost corporations and ordinary people around the world billions of dollars. This is a book that asks why catastrophes such as these catch us by surprise, and reveals the history and groundbreaking science behind efforts to forecast major disasters and minimize their destruction. Each chapter of this book explores a particular type of cataclysmic event and the research surrounding it, including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, rapid climate change, collisions with asteroids or comets, pandemics, and financial crashes. The author tells the harrowing true stories of people impacted by these terrible events, and of the scientists racing against time to predict when the next big disaster will strike. He describes the mathematical models that are so critical to understanding the laws of nature and foretelling potentially lethal phenomena, the history of modeling and its prospects for success in the future, and the enormous challenges to scientific prediction posed by the chaos phenomenon, which is the high instability that underlies many processes around us. Yielding new insights into the perils that can touch every one of us, this book shows how the science of predicting disasters holds the promise of a safer and brighter tomorrow
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Diacu, Florin
Dewey number
904/.5
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GB5014
LC item number
.D53 2010
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
GB5014
NAL item number
.D53 2010
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Natural disasters
  • Human beings
  • Climatic changes
Label
Megadisasters : the science of predicting the next catastrophe, Florin Diacu
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-192) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Glimpsing the future -- Walls of water: tsunamis -- Land in upheaval: earthquakes -- Chimneys of hell: volcanic eruptions -- Giant whirlwinds: hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons -- Mutant seasons: rapid climate change -- Earth in collision: cosmic impacts -- Economic breakdown: financial crashes -- Tiny killers: pandemics -- Models and prediction: how far can we go?
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 195 p.
Isbn
9780691133508
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009029193
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • ocn320801662
  • (OCoLC)320801662
Label
Megadisasters : the science of predicting the next catastrophe, Florin Diacu
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-192) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Glimpsing the future -- Walls of water: tsunamis -- Land in upheaval: earthquakes -- Chimneys of hell: volcanic eruptions -- Giant whirlwinds: hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons -- Mutant seasons: rapid climate change -- Earth in collision: cosmic impacts -- Economic breakdown: financial crashes -- Tiny killers: pandemics -- Models and prediction: how far can we go?
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 195 p.
Isbn
9780691133508
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009029193
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • ocn320801662
  • (OCoLC)320801662

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