(Copyright Ilan Kelman 2004.)
Other Disaster, Risk, and Vulnerability Material
Build on Floodplains (Properly)
(231 kb in Word.)
When flood disasters occur, a traditional reaction is to suggest not building on floodplains. This document discusses why building on floodplains can be appropriate. See also other discussion on this topic.
(281 kb in Word.)
Definitions of the term "disaster" are compiled.
Disaster Ecology, Risk Ecology, the Risk Resource, and the Disaster Resource
(236 kb in Word.)
Disaster's potential positive consequences are explored through four conceptual models: Disaster Ecology which brings an ecological framework to the understanding of disaster risk reduction, Risk Ecology which occurs by direct analogy with Disaster Ecology, and the Risk Resource and the Disaster Resource which explore how risk and disasters could be useful.
Disaster Lexicon (252 kb in Word) and Disaster Anti-Lexicon (239 kb in Word).
Disaster-related phrases which are particularly insightful (the lexicon) and particularly uninsightful (the anti-lexicon) along with a short definition or discussion and, where suitable, original sources.
Disaster Mitigation Saves
(220 kb in Word.)
Quantitative economic and financial studies of disaster risk reduction projects are described, indicating the savings obtained.
Like a Splinter in Your Mind: Myth, Reality and (Un)Natural Disasters
(148 kb in PDF.)
Speculation on why there seem to be more disasters, even though we are becoming more knowledgeable, by discussing some aspects of disaster myths.
(144 kb in Word.)
Examples are compiled where society's vulnerability has led to large animals and plants (macrobiology) becoming macrobiological hazards.
Natural Disasters Do Not Exist (Natural Hazards Do Not Exist Either)
(239 kb in Word.)
The argument is made that the terms "natural disasters" and "natural hazards" are misnomers. See also:
Kelman, I. 2019. "Axioms and actions for preventing disasters". Progress in Disaster Science, vol. 2, paper 100008, free to download from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pdisas.2019.100008.
Reliance on Structural Approaches Increases Disaster Risk
(217 kb in Word.)
The importance of not relying on structural approaches for disaster risk reduction is explained and justified.
Relocalisation (as a webpage).
A community-based approach to disaster risk reduction.
(217 kb in Word.)
An "insurance" model is discussed where people are paid to enact disaster mitigation rather than paying to have security in case of a disaster.
Risk RED (as a webpage).
Risk Reduction Education for Disasters.
(223 kb in Word.)
An annual safety day in schools and offices is described to improve attitudes towards safety and risk.
Unusual Floods and Drownings
(179 kb in PDF.)
Flood and drowning instances involving fluids other than water are compiled.
Vulnerability and Resilience
Good references on vulnerability/resilience http://www.islandvulnerability.org/docs/vulnres.pdf (105 kb in PDF) and vulnerability/resilience references being critiqued http://www.islandvulnerability.org/docs/vulnrecritiques.pdf (85 kb in PDF).
Scalloway Gala, Shetland.
(Copyright Ilan Kelman 1996.)
Other Sustainability and Environment Material
Coldest March (as a webpage).
A critique of the Antarctic exploration book The Coldest March.
Tapping Into Tap Water: The Responsibility of Smallness
(219 kb in Word.)
Water supply systems with increased decentralisation and smaller scales are suggested as reducing vulnerability, promoting sustainability, and saving money.
A restaurant in Bielefeld, Germany.
(Copyright Ilan Kelman 2011.)
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