The forces of nature can have deadly and damaging consequences for societies and ecosystems that stand in their path. Early warning systems offer one of the best defenses against the adverse effects of climate, water, weather and geologic hazards, although far too often this realization is made after disaster strikes.
Heads Up! provides a useful review of early warning systems in operation today, while exploring a range of hazards including hurricanes, heat waves, floods, droughts, tsunami and volcanoes. With contributions from an international team of scientists, this practical handbook serves as a valuable contribution to our awareness and understanding of the role early warning systems play in disaster avoidance and reduction.
Michael H. Glantz is director of the Consortium for Capacity Building in the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado.
Climate-, water- and weather-related hazards
Too much, too little
Jennifer Boehnert, GIS Coordinator, NCAR • Thomas Bogdan, Director, Space Weather Prediction Center, Space Environment Center (NOAA National Weather Service), Boulder, Colorado • Bureau of Meteorology, Australia Melbourne, Australia • Stanley Changnon Emeritus Climatologist, Illinois State Water Survey • S. H. M. Fakhruddin Early Warning Systems Technical Specialist, ADPC, Bangkok • Michael H. Glantz Director, Consortium for Capacity Building, University of Colorado • Eve Gruntfest Director, Social Science Woven into Meteorology, University of Oklahoma • Mary Hayden Postdoctoral Fellow, ISSE, NCAR • Stefanie Herrmann Postdoctoral Fellow, ASP, NCAR • Ilan Kelman Scientist, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO), Oslo, Norway • Joanie Kleypas Scientist, NCAR • Janet Larsen Director of Research, Earth Policy Institute, Washington, DC • Margaret LeMone Scientist, NCAR • Michael McPhaden Scientist, PMEL, NOAA, Seattle, Washington • Paulette Middleton Scientist, Panorama Pathways, Boulder, Colorado • Rebecca Morss Scientist, NCAR • Susanne Moser Director, Susanne Moser Research and Consulting, Santa Cruz, California • Lino Naranjo Diaz MeteoGalicia, A Coruña, Spain • Natural Resources Canada Ottawa and Ontario, Canada • Douglas Pattie Scientist, International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, Bonn, Germany