Large-Scale Disasters: Prediction, Control, and Mitigation by Mohamed Gad-el-Hak

By Mohamed Gad-el-Hak

"Extreme" occasions - together with climatic occasions, comparable to hurricanes, tornadoes, and drought - could cause sizeable disruption to society, together with huge demise tolls and estate harm within the billions of bucks. occasions lately have proven the significance of being ready and that nations have to interact to assist alleviate the ensuing ache and agony. This quantity offers a overview of the wide study box of large-scale mess ups. It establishes a typical framework for predicting, controlling and handling either artifical and average failures. there's a specific concentrate on occasions attributable to climate and weather swap. different subject matters comprise pollution, tsunamis, catastrophe modeling, using distant sensing and the logistics of catastrophe administration. it's going to entice scientists, engineers, first responders and health-care pros, as well as graduate scholars and researchers who've an curiosity within the prediction, prevention or mitigation of large-scale failures.

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Ball Lightning and Bead Lightning: Extreme Forms of by James Barry

By James Barry

The objective of this monograph is to check the recognized actual points of 2 strange different types of atmospheric luminous phenomena, to infer their features and houses, and to advertise efforts to enhance their realizing. those kinds, referred to as ball lightning and bead lightning, have visible photos that vary from the linear picture linked to normallightning. The phrases "balliightning" and "bead lightning" are used to indicate atmospheric luminous types that are sometimes saw and feature the geometrie form instructed via their identify. Vet, it really is attainable that neither phenomenon may possibly in truth be a sort of lightning within the feel of a continuing electric discharge. Bead lightning has been defined because the residue of a cloud-to­ cloud or cloud-to-ground lightning stroke and has the looks of aseries of luminous balls separated by means of darkish areas, hence reminiscent of astring of pearls, and is still noticeable for roughly one moment. Ball lightning has been defined as a unmarried luminous globe showing ne ar the floor after a lightning stroke and likewise last noticeable for approximately one moment. either phenomena stay obvious a long way longer than common lightning flashes.

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