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Chapter 17: Geomorphic Hazards
Hazards have attracted increasing interest over recent decades and the concept of geomorphic hazards embraces all those natural and technological hazards that impact on the Earth's surface, often inducing changes of morphology. Investigations have focused on individual hazards but it is also possible to envisage the way in which a combination of hazards can contribute to the hazardousness of a place. Geomorphic contributions have mapped and modelled hazards, analysed vulnerability hazard and risk, and suggested management options including those for the prevention of natural disasters. Particular studies have been made in drylands including desertification, as well as in urban areas. Future potential includes improvement in our understanding of geomorphic hazards by research into the characteristics of hazard events and ...