A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition
Twenty-six people dead, $26.5 billion worth of damage, and eight insurance companies left bankrupt—such was the impact of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the most costly storm in U.S. history. How can coastal residents best prepare for the threat posed by such awesome phenomena? What is the likely impact of global climate change on the frequency and fury of hurricane activity?
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From killer storms to their implications for the insurance premiums of U.S. residents, this much-awaited update explores the ecological, social, and economic consequences of hurricanes and their effects on both coastal and inland areas.
In September 1776 the so-called "Hurricane of Independence" hit Canada and the northeastern United States, leading to 4,170 deaths. In 1900 around 8,000 perished in the Galveston Hurricane and the resulting tidal surge. Coastal defenses, early warning systems, and evacuation procedures have improved enormously. However, hurricanes still pose a potentially devastating threat to life and property, especially in coastal regions of the United States and the Caribbean. What causes these extreme storms? How can we best defend ourselves?
Hurricanes: A Reference Handbook explores the historical, ecological, economic, and social dimensions of hurricanes in North America. Synthesizing literature from a wide range of authoritative sources, this book is an invaluable guide to hurricanes and their impact and is essential reading for students, scientists, mariners, and coastal residents alike.
- A unique three-part chronology of the science of hurricanes, from the time of Sir Isaac Newton to the latest discoveries in quantitative climatology
- A thorough description of the key government agencies and other bodies concerned with the preparation for, study, and forecasting of hurricanes
- Highlights how poverty and poor civil defense can significantly increase hurricane mortalities, as in the tragedy of Hurricane Mitch of 1998, which killed 10,000 people in Honduras
- Provides fresh perspectives based on the latest developments in hurricane science, formation, forecasting, and coastal defense
- Pulls together facts and data from widely scattered literature and synthesizes essential hurricane information into one resource
- Series Description
Contemporary World Issues
This award-winning series offers comprehensive, one-volume reference handbooks on important topics related to health, education, the environment, and social and ethical issues.
24-hour cable news. Millions of Internet sites. Information overload. How can we sort through the information? Assess the analyses? Trust the sources?
A world of questions demands a library of answers. Contemporary World Issues covers the controversial topics that students, readers, and citizens want to read about, write about, and know more about.
- Subject coverage spans six main categories:
Gender and Ethnicity
Politics, Law, and Government
Science, Technology, and Medicine
Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
- A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that supports statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
Annotated lists of print, Web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
Profiles of key players and organizations
A glossary of key terms
- Author Info
"Written in a readable style, with occasional technical overtones, the book follows the series' format, with chapters on problems and solutions, a global perspective, a chronology, biographical sketches, facts and data, and lists of organizations and print and nonprint resources."