This Handbook provides a state-of-the-science review of research and practice in the human dimensions of hazards field.

The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Hazards and Society reviews and assesses existing knowledge and explores future research priorities in this growing field. It showcases the work of international experts, including established researchers, future stars in the field, and practitioners. Organised into four parts, all chapters have an international focus, and many include case studies from around the world. Part I explains geophysical and hydro-meteorological/climatological hazards, their impacts, and mitigation. Part II explores vulnerability, resilience, and equity. Part III explores preparedness, responses during environmental hazard events, impacts, and the recovery process. Part IV explores policy and practice, including governments, support provided during and after environmental hazard events, and provision of information.

This Handbook will serve as an important resource for students, academics, practitioners, and policymakers working in the fields of environmental hazards and disaster risk reduction.

chapter 1|9 pages


Environmental hazards today and tomorrow

part I|157 pages

Environmental hazards

section |96 pages

Hydro-meteorological/Climatological hazards

chapter 5|15 pages

Tropical cyclones

Experiences from Bangladesh and the United States

chapter 7|19 pages


The case of South Africa

chapter 10|18 pages

Climate change

Mitigation and adaptation

part II|118 pages

Vulnerability, resilience, and equity

section |72 pages

Vulnerability and resilience

chapter 12|16 pages


Its discursive and material nature

chapter 15|12 pages

Critical infrastructure and hazards

A risk modelling approach

section |45 pages


part III|171 pages

Preparedness, responses, impacts, and recovery

section |46 pages

Adaptation and preparedness

section |43 pages


section |45 pages


part IV|116 pages

Policy and practice

section |25 pages


part V|8 pages


chapter 38|6 pages