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Risk and Management of Current and Future Storm Surges (Hardcover, 2013 ed.): Beate M W Ratter, Ralf Weisse Risk and Management of Current and Future Storm Surges (Hardcover, 2013 ed.)
Beate M W Ratter, Ralf Weisse; Edited by Hartwig H. Kremer, Robert Nicholls
R2,692 R2,344 Discovery Miles 23 440 Save R348 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Storm surges represent a major hazard for many coastal regions worldwide. The 1953 and 1962 catastrophes are well remembered in Europe, and recent incidents in Bangladesh and Myanmar caused over 100,000 casualties. Developing innovative responses and overcoming the frequently fragmented discussion about this global phenomenon and its regional implications call for improved knowledge of present risks and future conditions based on sound interdisciplinary approaches.
This selection of articles presents multiple scientific and management oriented perspectives on current and future storm surges, covering the fields of observing, modelling and forecasting, risk and vulnerability analysis, planning and innovative coastal protection concepts. It originates from the international "2010 Storm Surges Congress - Risk and Management of Current and Future Storm Surges, "initiated and organized by the Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (formerly the GKSS-Research Centre) in collaboration with the KlimaCampus (CliSAP) of the University of Hamburg, Germany. The Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) co-sponsored the event and its international project office (IPO) provided the necessary organizational support. The congress was generously supported by international and national partners. Some highlights:
Remote sensing surveillance and mapping of storm surge extent based on NASA MODIS sensors may ultimately provide new global insights into the vulnerability of deltas where human pressures outbalance natural land-ocean forcing. Up-scaling hazard lines and risk mapping from local to full continental scale is the ambition in India. From an insurance risk perspective, its societal perception and economic issues determine societal response options. In urban contexts flood risk is anticipated as a combination of climate change-induced sea level rise and socio-economic drivers. A cost-benefit analysis of flood defence in London underlines the fact that future investment will be highly beneficial; thoughtful planning rather than rushing to new engineering solutions is preferable.


Several modelling case studies and approaches are presented, covering the effects of individual storms, the development of analytical models that can help us to understand relevant processes and mechanisms, and sensitivity studies that test the impact and relevance of various physical processes for storm surge generation and evolution. Hydrodynamic models applied to different emission scenarios suggest that the threat of extreme storm surges in the North Sea may increase but strong decadal fluctuations and internal variability need to be considered. A Korean study suggests that future global warming may not always lead to an increase in the number of intense cyclones or the magnitude of associated storm surges.


Past and recent storm surges arising at the dune coast of France call for improved assessment and management of a growing flood risk in future sea-level rise projections. In the same context rather than deterministic approaches, considering the uncertainties that influence extreme water levels can significantly improve the design levels of coastal structures and flood defences. The innovative Dutch Building with Nature concept employs natural processes for coastal flood protection.
Previously published in Natural Hazards, Volume 66, No. 3, 2013

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Geography of Small Islands - Outposts of Globalisation (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Beate M W Ratter Geography of Small Islands - Outposts of Globalisation (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Beate M W Ratter
R2,893 R2,528 Discovery Miles 25 280 Save R365 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book is dedicated to the study of the islands and their role in a globalised world. Beside Coastal or Oceanic/Marine Geography, there is little comprehensive material about the speciality of small island geography so far. This volume aims to bridge natural, social and cultural science perspectives. In Geography of Small Islands readers learn about the physical development of islands, their cultural and political importance, as well as their economic particularities. This book appeals to researchers, students and scholars with an interest in the special characteristics in spatialities of islands.

Natur, Kultur Und Komplexit t - Adaptives Umweltmanagement Am Niagara Escarpment in Ontario, Kanada (German, Paperback,... Natur, Kultur Und Komplexit t - Adaptives Umweltmanagement Am Niagara Escarpment in Ontario, Kanada (German, Paperback, Softcover Reprint of the Origi ed.)
Beate M W Ratter
R1,389 Discovery Miles 13 890 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Planung ist ein komplexer Vorgang, in dem holistische und reduktionistische Betrach- tungsweisen, Analysen und Synthesen wechselseitig aufeinander bezogen sind. Weil der Aufwand fur die Erstellung adaquater Umweltbeschreibungen -vor aUem in der prazisesten Form von Modellsystemen -jedoch mit zunehmender Detailgenauigkeit exponentiell wachst, die Relevanz jeweils genauerer Daten aber nicht entsprechend zunimmt, richtet sich der planerische Anspruch an okologische Grundlagen immer darauf, entscheidungserhebliche Informationen mit angemessenem Aufwand zu er- halten. Anwendungsorientierte okologische Forschung hat damit zum einen die Auf- gabe, die vorhandenen Modellvorstellungen zur Umweltentwicklung zu verbessern und insbesondere die Auswahl von Indikatoren zur Erfassung des Landschaftszustandes in der Planung bezuglich ihrer Aussagekraft fur das Ganze zu hinterfragen, zum an- deren muss sie allgemein eine Methodenoptimierung fur landschaftsplanerische Ana- lyseverfahren anstreben. Dabei ist das normative Element der Planung wesentlich: Planung als Entschei- dungsvorbereitung benotigt vor allem Aussagen zur Veranderung bewertbarer Merk- male bei verschiedenen Handlungsoptionen. Der Umweltanalyse kommt in diesem Rahmen die Aufgabe zu, Wertmerkmale qualitativ und quantitativ verlasslich zu fas- sen sowie ihre zukunftige Entwicklung mit angebbarer Genauigkeit zu prognostizie- ren. Eine Problematik besonderer Art resultiert dabei aus der Tatsache, da die sol- cherart zu bestimmenden Groen haufig Elemente (partiell) probabilistischer Syste- me sind, uber deren zukunftige Entwicklung nur prinzipiell eingeschrankte Aussagen moglich sind.

Natur, Kultur Und Komplexit t - Adaptives Umweltmanagement Am Niagara Escarpment in Ontario, Kanada (German, Hardcover, 2001... Natur, Kultur Und Komplexit t - Adaptives Umweltmanagement Am Niagara Escarpment in Ontario, Kanada (German, Hardcover, 2001 ed.)
Beate M W Ratter
R1,896 Discovery Miles 18 960 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Planung ist ein komplexer Vorgang, in dem holistische und reduktionistische Betrach- tungsweisen, Analysen und Synthesen wechselseitig aufeinander bezogen sind. Weil der Aufwand f r die Erstellung ad quater Umweltbeschreibungen -vor aUem in der pr zisesten Form von Modellsystemen -jedoch mit zunehmender Detailgenauigkeit exponentiell w chst, die Relevanz jeweils genauerer Daten aber nicht entsprechend zunimmt, richtet sich der planerische Anspruch an kologische Grundlagen immer darauf, entscheidungserhebliche Informationen mit angemessenem Aufwand zu er- halten. Anwendungsorientierte kologische Forschung hat damit zum einen die Auf- gabe, die vorhandenen Modellvorstellungen zur Umweltentwicklung zu verbessern und insbesondere die Auswahl von Indikatoren zur Erfassung des Landschaftszustandes in der Planung bez glich ihrer Aussagekraft f r das Ganze zu hinterfragen, zum an- deren muss sie allgemein eine Methodenoptimierung f r landschaftsplanerische Ana- lyseverfahren anstreben. Dabei ist das normative Element der Planung wesentlich: Planung als Entschei- dungsvorbereitung ben tigt vor allem Aussagen zur Ver nderung bewertbarer Merk- male bei verschiedenen Handlungsoptionen. Der Umweltanalyse kommt in diesem Rahmen die Aufgabe zu, Wertmerkmale qualitativ und quantitativ verl sslich zu fas- sen sowie ihre zuk nftige Entwicklung mit angebbarer Genauigkeit zu prognostizie- ren. Eine Problematik besonderer Art resultiert dabei aus der Tatsache, da die sol- cherart zu bestimmenden Gr en h ufig Elemente (partiell) probabilistischer Syste- me sind, ber deren zuk nftige Entwicklung nur prinzipiell eingeschr nkte Aussagen m glich sind.

Geography of Small Islands - Outposts of Globalisation (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018): Beate M W... Geography of Small Islands - Outposts of Globalisation (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018)
Beate M W Ratter
R2,224 R2,112 Discovery Miles 21 120 Save R112 (5%) Special order

This book is dedicated to the study of the islands and their role in a globalised world. Beside Coastal or Oceanic/Marine Geography, there is little comprehensive material about the speciality of small island geography so far. This volume aims to bridge natural, social and cultural science perspectives. In Geography of Small Islands readers learn about the physical development of islands, their cultural and political importance, as well as their economic particularities. This book appeals to researchers, students and scholars with an interest in the special characteristics in spatialities of islands.

Human-Nature Interactions in the Anthropocene - Potentials of Social-Ecological Systems Analysis (Paperback): Marion Glaser,... Human-Nature Interactions in the Anthropocene - Potentials of Social-Ecological Systems Analysis (Paperback)
Marion Glaser, Gesche Krause, Beate M W Ratter, Martin Welp
R877 Discovery Miles 8 770 Special order

This book deals with the potentials of social-ecological systems analysis for resolving sustainability problems. Contributors relate inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives to systemic dynamics, human behavior and the different dimensions and scales. With a problem-focused, sustainability-oriented approach to the analysis of human-nature relations, this text will be a useful resource for scholars of human and social ecology, geography, sociology, development studies, social anthropology and natural resources management.

Human-Nature Interactions in the Anthropocene - Potentials of Social-Ecological Systems Analysis (Hardcover): Marion Glaser,... Human-Nature Interactions in the Anthropocene - Potentials of Social-Ecological Systems Analysis (Hardcover)
Marion Glaser, Gesche Krause, Beate M W Ratter, Martin Welp
R2,674 Discovery Miles 26 740 Special order

This book deals with the potentials of social-ecological systems analysis for resolving sustainability problems. Contributors relate inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives to systemic dynamics, human behavior and the different dimensions and scales. With a problem-focused, sustainability-oriented approach to the analysis of human-nature relations, this text will be a useful resource for scholars of human and social ecology, geography, sociology, development studies, social anthropology and natural resources management.

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