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March 17, 2021

Bimal Paul publishes book on natural disasters and mortality

Submitted by College of Arts and Sciences

A new book published by Bimal Paul, professor of geography and geospatial sciences, examines trends, causes and determinants of deaths caused by natural disasters. 

The book, "Disaster Deaths: Trends, Causes and Determinants" uses key disaster concepts and classification of disasters to understand the high mortality rates and the various factors associated with these deaths. Using primary research and secondary data, the book provides analysis of various facets of disaster deaths such as trends, circumstances and causes, and determinants at global, regional, national and subnational scales. 

The book follows a two-volume encyclopedia edited by Paul, "Natural Hazards and Disasters." The encyclopedia, written by more than 60 experts in the field, provides the science behind geophysical hazards such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, cyclones and floods, as well as authoritative entries on notable natural disasters around the world and the agencies that help those they impact. 

Both the book and encyclopedia were published in December 2020.  

Paul’s research areas include human-environment interactions, population and health geographies, and geospatial analysis and applications.

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