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Avoiding Disasters: Strengthening Societal Resilience to Natural Hazards

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Last updated:
13 December 2017

Many natural hazards result in devastating human disasters, highlighting our vulnerability to extreme events around the world. The prospects of predicted changes in the frequency, intensity, and spatial extent of climate extremes have alerted us to a future of our well-being in a warming world. Though the literature on natural hazards is rich and thriving, we need more in-depth research and inter-disciplinary collaboration to reduce the impacts of extreme events, build more resilient communities, and prevent natural hazards from escalating into disasters.

Earth’s Future welcomes submissions to this thematic issue on conceptual, numerical, statistical and empirical approaches related to all natural and human-induced hazards such as droughts, floods, volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires and from all areas of Earth sciences.

Water and Food (2016)

Last updated:
7 December 2017
Given a growing human population, these Research Articles, Reviews and Commentaries examine today’s state of water and food availability and access, and related human and ecosystem challenges and possible solutions for a future with ~9 billion people by mid-century.

Energy (2016)

Last updated:
16 October 2017
With reliance on fossil fuels growing for the foreseeable future, particularly in non-OECD nations, the Research Articles, Reviews and Commentaries in this theme issue address availability and impacts of non-renewable energy sources, including oil, gas, coal and nuclear, as well as opportunities and challenges for energy alternatives, including solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass. Contributions examine our energy futures on regional and global scales, by bringing together the geosciences, engineering and socio-economic sciences.

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