Earth Science in the City: A Reader

Earth Science in the City: A Reader

Editor(s): Grant Heiken, Rober Fakundiny, John Sutter

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9780875902999

Online ISBN: 9781118665633

DOI: 10.1029/SP056

About this Book

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Special Publications Series.

Today nearly half of the Earth's peoples live in cities, and projected trends indicate a rise to five billion city dwellers by the year 2025. All cities become increasingly coupled with and vulnerable to their environment as they grow. For cities to be safe and sustainable we must be ever aware of the inter-relationships between natural processes and the urban environment, effects on the population, and-in turn-the effects of population on the environment. Many of these relationships, which become issues or problems of public note usually when we are faced with immediate conditions of risk-including water use sustainability or hazard mitigation from natural disasters-must be addressed via the geosciences. And geoscience researchers should be aware that the results of their work are vital to solving urban problems both in the practical and theoretical domains, and for immediate and future needs. The present book speaks to such concerns. We hope it also serves to stimulate discussion of, and research on, urban geoscience for professionals in the field or associated with it, and for students entering the field.

Table of contents

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  1. Part 1: Background Earth Science in the Cities

  2. Part 2: Natural Hazards and the City

    1. Chapter 6

      Facing Volcanic and Related Hazards in the Neapolitan Area (pages 121–170)

      Giovanni Orsi, Sandra de Vita, Mauro A. Di Vito, Roberto Isaia, Rosella Vane and Grant Heiken

  3. Part 3: Urban Hydrology

    1. Chapter 9

      Effects of Urbanization on Groundwater Systems (pages 257–278)

      J.M. Sharp, J.N. Krothe, J.D. Mather, B. Gracia-Fresca and C.A. Stewart

    1. Chapter 10

      Integrated Environmental Modeling of the Urban Ecosystem (pages 279–302)

      Timothy N. McPherson, Steven J. Burian, Michael J. Brown, Gerald E. Streit and H.J. Turin

    1. Chapter 11

      Urban Environmental Modeling and Assessment Using Detailed Urban Databases (pages 303–333)

      Steven J. Burian, Timothy N. McPherson, Michael J. Brown, Gerald E. Streit and H.J. Turin

  4. Part IV: The Remotely Sensed City

  5. Part V: Integrated Earth Sciences and Urban Development and Sustainability

    1. Chapter 16

      Modeling Cities—The Los Alamos Urban Security Initiative (pages 427–442)

      Grant Heiken, Greg A. Valentine, Michael Brown, Steen Rasmussen, Jonathan Dowell, Sudha Maheshwari and Denise C. George

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