Floods, landslides, rockfall, cloud burst, avalanches and other types of geo-environmental hazards are posing serious problems particularly in the marginal regions of mountain areas, where the means of mitigation and corrective measures are scarce. Frequency and severity of local and regional hazards have already reached to a crisis due to intensive land uses and land use changes. In the reverse process of land use changes in geographic and economic trends disturb the delicate balance of the ecosystem of the mountain environment leading to increase in the gravity of risks and frequency of Hazards. The book is endowed with academic orientation, scientific approach and planning expertise. It is helpful to Research Scholars, Geographers, Scientists, Environmentalists, Land Use Planners, Engineers in addition to the layman having interest in Environmental Studies and Mountain Development.
B.W. Pandey (b. 1967) received his M.Phil and Ph.D. degree in Geography from Delhi School of Economics, Department of Geography, University of Delhi. He is currently lecturer of Geography, Shaheed Bhagat Singh (E) College, University of Delhi. He has to his credit 22 research papers/ articles published in different Books and Journals of repute. He has received Young Geographers Award 2000 of NAGI. He has also received host and travel grant in 1996 and 2000 from United Nations University (UNU), Tokyo and International Geographical Union (IGU). He has also received UNESCO Paris Young Scientist Financial Grant. He has widely travelled and attended International conferences in Hong Kong, Canada, Nepal, Great Britain, Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, France and Sweden. Dr. Pandey has specialisation in Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management and Disaster Management. He is at present engaged in completion of another book on Natural Disaster Management to be published soon.
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