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Extreme Events in Nature and Society

  • Sergio Albeverio
  • Volker Jentsch
  • Holger Kantz
  • A fascinating overview of the diverse types of extreme event

  • Reveals the common roots of these phenomena


Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Extreme Events: Magic, Mysteries, and Challenges

    1. Volker Jentsch, Holger Kantz, Sergio Albeverio
      Pages 1-18
  3. General Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Mihai Nadin
      Pages 21-45
    3. Sergio Albeverio, Vladimir Piterbarg
      Pages 47-68
    4. Holger Kantz, Eduardo G. Altmann, Sarah Hallerberg, Detlef Holstein, Anja Riegert
      Pages 69-93
    5. Didier Sornette
      Pages 95-119
  4. Scenarios

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Klaus Lehnertz
      Pages 123-143
    3. Jürgen Herget
      Pages 145-168
    4. Andreas Hense, Petra Friederichs
      Pages 169-187
    5. Matz Haaks, Karl Maier
      Pages 211-232
    6. Santo Fortunato, Dietrich Stauffer
      Pages 233-257
    7. Philippe Blanchard, Tyll Krüger
      Pages 259-274
  5. Prevention, Precaution, and Avoidance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Michael Lehning, Christian Wilhelm
      Pages 277-293
    3. Zuzana Chladná, Elena Moltchanova, Michael Obersteiner
      Pages 295-317
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 349-352

About this book


Significant, and usually unwelcome, surprises, such as floods, financial crisis, epileptic seizures, or material rupture, are the topics of Extreme Events in Nature and Society. The book, authored by foremost experts in these fields, reveals unifying and distinguishing features of extreme events, including problems of understanding and modelling their origin, spatial and temporal extension, and potential impact. The chapters converge towards the difficult problem of anticipation: forecasting the event and proposing measures to moderate or prevent it. Extreme Events in Nature and Society will  interest not only specialists, but also the general reader eager to learn how the multifaceted field of extreme events can be viewed as a coherent whole.


Dynamics Extreme events Financial Crisis Forecasting Management of extreme events Precipitation Prediction Simulation modeling simulations statistics wind meteorology

Editors and affiliations

  • Sergio Albeverio
    • 1
  • Volker Jentsch
    • 1
  • Holger Kantz
    • 2
  1. 1.Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Komplexe Systeme und Institut für Angewandte MathematikUniversität BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer SystemeDresdenGermany

About the editors

Sergio Albeverio: Studied mathematics and physics; professorships and research positions at several universities (in Europe, USA, Russia, Japan, China); now professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Director of Interdisciplinary Center for Complex Systems at the University of Bonn.

Volker Jentsch: Studied physics and geophysics; worked in Max Planck Institutes, universities and scientific administration; now co-director at the Interdisciplinary Center for Complex Systems at the University of Bonn.

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