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Climate Forcing of Geological Hazards



Climate Forcing of Geological Hazards

Bill McGuire (Editor), Mark A. Maslin (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-48266-7 December 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 328 Pages

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Climate Forcing of Geological Hazards provides a valuable new insight into how climate change is able to influence, modulate and trigger geological and geomorphological phenomena, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and landslides; ultimately increasing the risk of natural hazards in a warmer world. Taken together, the chapters build a panorama of a field of research that is only now becoming recognized as important in the context of the likely impacts and implications of anthropogenic climate change. The observations, analyses and interpretations presented in the volume reinforce the idea that a changing climate does not simply involve the atmosphere and hydrosphere, but also elicits potentially hazardous responses from the solid Earth, or geosphere.

Climate Forcing of Geological Hazards is targeted particularly at academics, graduate students and professionals with an interest in environmental change and natural hazards. As such, we are hopeful that it will encourage further investigation of those mechanisms by which contemporary climate change may drive potentially hazardous geological and geomorphological activity, and of the future ramifications for society and economy.

List of Contributors

Bill McGuire and Mark Maslin

Chapter 1: Hazardous responses of the solid Earth to a changing climate
Bill McGuire

Chapter 2: Future climate changes in the context of geological and geomorphological hazards
Felicity Liggins, Richard Betts and Bill McGuire

Chapter 3: Climate change and collapsing volcanoes: evidence from Mount Etna, Sicily
Kim Deeming, Bill McGuire and Paul Harrop

Chapter 4: Melting ice and volcanic hazards in the twenty-first century
Hugh Tuffen

Chapter 5: Multiple effects of ice load changes and associated stress change on magmatic systems
Freysteinn Sigmundsson and others

Chapter 6: Response of faults to climate-driven changes in ice and water volumes at the surface of the Earth
Andrea Hampel, Ralf Hetzel and Georgios Maniatis

Chapter 7: Does the El-Niño – Southern Oscillation and influence earthquake activity in the eastern tropical Pacific?
Serge Guillas, Simon Day and Bill McGuire

Chapter 8: Submarine landslides and tsunamis in a changing climate
Dave Tappin

Chapter 9: Heat waves and slope stability in high mountain terrain
Christian Huggel and others

Chapter 10: Impacts of recent and future climate change on natural hazards in the European Alps
Jasper Knight, Margreth Keiler and Stephan Harrison

Chapter 11: Assessing the past and future stability of global gas hydrate reservoirs
Mark Maslin, Matthew Owen, Richard Betts, Simon Day, Tom Dunkley Jones and Andrew Ridgwell

Chapter 12: Methane hydrate instability: a view from the Palaeogene
Tom Dunkley Jones, Andrew Ridgwell, D. J. Lunt, Mark Maslin, D. N. Schmidt and Paul Valdez


"Overall, this publication should be on the bookshelf of geologists, physical geographers, hydrologists, ecologists, environmental scientists, politicians, and anyone interested or involved in climate change. The wealth of concise information makes it an excellent reference for teaching the interdisciplinary aspects of environmental science and climate change."  (Int. J. Environment and Pollution, 1 October 2013)

“Further, this book convincingly demonstrates the need for greater inclusion of the geoscience research community in discussions on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction planning.”  (Geological Journal, 25 February 2014)

“I heartily recommend this book. We all have a stake in surviving climate change.”  (International Journal of Environmental Studies, 20July 2013)

"There is useful and interesting material in the book, very much worthy of attention…”  (Geology Today, 1 May 2013)