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Originally prepared for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, this is the first comprehensive assessment of global volcanic hazards and risk, presenting the state of the art in our understanding of global volcanic activity. It examines our assessment and management capabilities, and considers the preparedness of the global scientific community and government agencies to manage volcanic hazards and risk. Particular attention is paid to volcanic ash, the most frequent and wide-ranging volcanic hazard. Of interest to government officials, the private sector, students and researchers, this book is a key resource for the disaster risk reduction community and for those interested in volcanology and natural hazards. A non-technical summary is included for policy makers. Regional volcanic hazard profiles, with invaluable information on volcanic hazards and risk at the local, national and global scale, are provided online. This title is available as an Open Access eBook via Cambridge Books Online.


Winner, 2016 Choice Outstanding Academic Title


‘Global Volcanic Hazards and Risks is an excellent state-of-the-art summary of the knowledge and practice of volcanic risk. It is also a call to action: it clearly reminds us that there is still a huge amount of work to be done in understanding the hazards and risks of the world’s active volcanoes. … The book is very accessibly written and could easily serve as a text for undergraduate and graduate classes in volcanology and volcanic hazards; the latter particularly benefiting from the compiled databases, the range of methods in the case studies and the cited literature. This book is a key resource for those interested in volcanology and natural hazards as well as for the disaster risk reduction community, policy makers, and the generally interested reader.’

Shan de Silva Source: Elements

'This volume is the first 'comprehensive assessment' of worldwide knowledge about the hazards and risks associated with active and dormant volcanoes. It is a massive collaborative effort by the international volcanological community (over 130 scientists from 86 organizations in approximately 50 countries) for the primary purpose of preparing for environmental disasters and saving lives. Currently, essential information about more than 80 percent of the world's active volcanoes is lacking, and more than a billion lives are in direct danger … The importance of this encyclopedic book for all workers in volcanic regions cannot be overestimated.'

T. L. T. Grose Source: Choice

'With some exceptions, this largely descriptive text appears to be aimed at a non-technical audience, and thus provides a thorough grounding on the essential topics related to estimating volcanic risk. … The most salient point of the book is the numerous case studies of volcanic hazards and risk management strategies, which present an invaluable framework for policy makers and those wishing to understand the decision-making process. … In addition to providing a detailed analytical framework for volcanic hazards, this book also contains many useful tables and figures of data, which are clearly presented and well organized. … The wealth of figures and diagrams, and the general lack of confusing technical jargon make this a highly accessible text to those without a geological background, while also providing helpful and practical insights to those who already understand the basics.'

Claire L. Cooper Source: American Mineralogist

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  • Frontmatter
    pp i-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vii
  • List of Contributors
    pp viii-ix
  • Foreword
    pp x-xi
  • Preface
    pp xii-xiii
  • Acknowledgements
    pp xiv-xiv
  • 2 - Global volcanic hazard and risk
    pp 81-172
  • 3 - Volcanic ash fall hazard and risk
    pp 173-222
  • 4 - Populations around Holocene volcanoes and development of a Population Exposure Index
    pp 223-232
  • 6 - Tephra fall hazard for the Neapolitan area
    pp 239-248
    • By W. Marzocchi, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy, J. Selva, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy, A. Costa, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy, L. Sandri, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy, R. Tonini, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy, G. Macedonio, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy
  • 7 - Eruptions and lahars of Mount Pinatubo, 1991-2000
    pp 249-254
    • By C.G. Newhall, Earth Observatory of Singapore, Singapore, R.U. Solidum, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Philippines
  • 9 - Forecasting the November 2010 eruption of Merapi, Indonesia
    pp 263-266
    • By J. Pallister, Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, US Geological Survey, USA, Surono, Geological Agency of Indonesia, Indonesia
  • 12 - Volcanic ash fall impacts
    pp 281-288
  • 13 - Health impacts of volcanic eruptions
    pp 289-294
  • 14 - Volcanoes and the aviation industry
    pp 295-298
  • 15 - The role of volcano observatories in risk reduction
    pp 299-304
  • 17 - Volcano monitoring from space
    pp 311-316
    • By M. Poland, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, US Geological Survey, USA
  • 18 - Volcanic unrest and short-term forecasting capacity
    pp 317-322
  • 20 - Volcanic hazard maps
    pp 335-342
  • 21 - Risk assessment case history: the Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat
    pp 343-348
  • 23 - Global distribution of volcanic threat
    pp 359-370
  • 24 - Scientific communication of uncertainty during volcanic emergencies
    pp 371-378
    • By J. Marti, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain

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