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Early Warning for Geological Disasters

Scientific Methods and Current Practice

  • Friedemann Wenzel
  • Jochen Zschau

Part of the Advanced Technologies in Earth Sciences book series (ATES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. M. Böse, R. Allen, H. Brown, G. Gua, M. Fischer, E. Hauksson et al.
    Pages 49-69
  3. A. Cuéllar, J. M. Espinosa-Aranda, R. Suárez, G. Ibarrola, A. Uribe, F. H. Rodríguez et al.
    Pages 71-87
  4. F. Wenzel, M. Erdik, N. Köhler, J. Zschau, C. Milkereit, M. Picozzi et al.
    Pages 103-116
  5. A. Zollo, S. Colombelli, L. Elia, A. Emolo, G. Festa, G. Iannaccone et al.
    Pages 117-137
  6. G. Bonn, A. Buchmann, D. Hilbring, E. Hohnecker, T. Titzschkau, F. Wenzel
    Pages 139-163
  7. Joern Lauterjung, Alexander Rudloff, Ute Münch, Daniel J. Acksel
    Pages 165-178
  8. H. Spahn, M. Hoppe, A. Kodijat, I. Rafliana, B. Usdianto, H. Dwi Vidiarina
    Pages 179-206
  9. N. Goseberg, G. Lämmel, H. Taubenböck, N. Setiadi, J. Birkmann, T. Schlurmann
    Pages 207-226
  10. M. Picozzi, C. Milkereit, K. Fleming, J. Fischer, K-H. Jaeckel, D. Bindi et al.
    Pages 263-288
  11. K. Thuro, Th. Wunderlich, O. Heunecke, J. Singer, P. Wasmeier, St. Schuhbäck et al.
    Pages 289-306
  12. G. Woo, W. Marzocchi
    Pages 353-367
  13. M. Wyss, F. Wenzel, J. Daniell
    Pages 369-379

About this book


The past years have seen new technologies that could be utilized for early warning and real-time loss estimation. They include self-organizing sensor networks, new satellite imagery with high resolution, multi-sensor observational capacities, and crowd sourcing. From this and improved physical models, data processing and communication methodologies a significant step towards better early warning technologies has been achieved by research.

At the same time, early warning systems became part of the disaster management practice for instance in Japan and Indonesia. This book marks the important point where:

  1. Research activities continue to improve early warning
  2. Experience with applications is expanding

At this critical point in development of early warning for geological disasters it is timely to provide a volume that documents the state-of-the-art, provides an overview on recent developments and serves as knowledge resource for researcher and practitioners.


disaster mitigation early warning earthquake engineering earthquake warning geological disaster geotechnics real-time information systems sensor networks tsunami warning

Editors and affiliations

  • Friedemann Wenzel
    • 1
  • Jochen Zschau
    • 2
  1. 1.Geophysical InstituteKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Section 2.1 Earthquake Risk and Early WaDeutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ)PotsdamGermany

About the editors

Friedemann Wenzel is a professor at Karlsruhe University, head of the Geophysical Institute and the Center for Disaster Mangement and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM) and is a founding member of EMI and served on its Board ever since. He is a member of several professional societies (EERI, AGU, SSA), of the Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities, and of the German Committee for Disaster Reduction and served as chairman of its Scientific Board between 2000 and 2004. Scientific interests include earthquake physics, engineering seismology, geological hazards, and risk mitigation in megacities.

 Jochen Zschau is a professor at the University of Potsdam and director of the Department Physics of the Earth at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ ). He is president of the European Seismological Commission, one of the leaders of the Indonesian-German Tsunami Early Warning System being set up in the Indian Ocean and coordinator of the EC SAFER project on seismic early warning. His scientific focus is on earthquake and volcanoes research.

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