Biological and Environmental Hazards, Risks, and Disasters

Biological and Environmental Hazards, Risks, and Disasters

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Biological and Environmental Hazards, Risks, and Disasters provides an integrated look at major impacts to the Earth's biosphere. Many of these are caused by diseases, algal blooms, insects, animals, species extinction, deforestation, land degradation, and comet and asteroid strikes that have important implications for humans.

This volume, from Elsevier's Hazards and Disasters Series, provides an in-depth view of threats, ranging from microscopic organisms to celestial objects. Perspectives from both natural and social sciences provide an in-depth understanding of potential impacts.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 492 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 27.94mm | 930g
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Approx. 200 illustrations (200 in full color); Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0123948479
  • 9780123948472

Table of contents

1 Introduction

2 Algal blooms Suzanne Mcgowan

3 Grasshopper Infestations Scott Schell

4 Locust swarms Jeffrey Lockwood

4.1 The Australian plague locust Chris Adriaansen

4.2 Desert locust Keith Cressman

4.3 Other locusts Ramesh Sivanpillai

5 Decline of bees and other pollinators Norman Carreck

6 Bark beetle infestation Kevin Hyde

7 Release of natural enemies James Cuda

8 Animals as hazards Rachel M. Cavin

9 Biodiversity Robert M. May

10 Environmental disease Kirsten M.M. Beyer

11 Land degradation Paolo D'Odorico

11.1 Desertification Sarah Harris

11.2 Grassland Degradation Abbey F. Wick

11.3 Rangeland Ecosystems Jay P. Angerer

12 Deforestation Richard Houghton

12.1 Deforestation SE Asia Edgar C. Turner

12.2 Nepal Ram P. Chaudhary

12.3 Deforestation in Latin America Timothy Boekhout van Solinge

13 Ecological impacts of climate change George Malanson

14 Comet and asteroid strikes Rene A. De Hon
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About Ramesh Sivanpillai

Ramesh Sivanpillai is a Remote Sensing Scientist at the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) at the University of Wyoming. Research Interests Remote Sensing: Digital processing of satellite and aerial images, data fusion, image enhancement and classification. Mapping and monitoring land cover, forest, agriculture, rangeland, water bodies and natural resources. Change detection using satellite data. Time series analyses using AVHRR and MODIS data. Geographic Information Systems: Integration of GIS and remotely sensed data, analyzing spatial variability in natural resources. Landscape Ecology: Analyzing spatial patterns of land cover features and quantify their changes through time using landscape ecological models. Statistical Applications: Multivariate analyses, time-series analyses, design and analyses of experiments and geostatistics.
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