Dr. John (Jack) F. Shroder received his bachelor's degree in geology from Union College in 1961; his masters in geology from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst in 1963, and his Ph.D. in geology at the University of Utah in 1967. He has been actively pursuing research on landforms and natural resources in the high mountain environments of the Rocky Mountains, the Afghanistan Hindu Kush, and the Karakoram Himalaya of Pakistan for over a half century. His teaching specialties have been primarily geomorphology, but also physical and historical geology and several other courses at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he was the founding professor of the Geology major. While there he was instrumental in founding the Center for Afghanistan Studies in 1972, and he was the lead geologist for the Bethsaida Archaeological Project in Israel in the 1990s. He taught geology as an NSF-, USAID, and Fulbright-sponsored professor at Kabul University in 1977-78, as well as a Fulbright award to Peshawar University in 1983-84. He has some 63 written or edited books to his credit and more than 200 professional papers, with emphases on landslides, glaciers, flooding, and mineral resources in Afghanistan. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has received Distinguished Career awards from both the Mountain and the Geomorphology Specialty Groups of the Association of American Geographers. In the recent decade as an Emeritus Professor, he served as a Trustee of the Geological Society of America Foundation where he set up a research scholarship, the Shroder Mass Movement award for masters and doctoral candidates. For the past two decades, he has been the Editor-in-Chief for the Developments in Earth Surface Processes book series of Elsevier Publishing, as well as the 10-volumes of the Treatise on Geomorphology, and the Hazards, Risks, and Disasters book series, both in second editions. Recently, Dr. Shroder was ranked among the top 2 percent of researchers worldwide by the October study conducted by Stanford University.Tim Davies is a Professor in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Canterbury (NZ). His research focusses on the application of geomorphology in prediction of landform response to disturbance, in particular in the context of natural hazard assessment and disaster impact reduction.
Introduction; Mass movement classification; Mass movement in soils; Soil creep and valley bulging; Mass movement in bedrock masses; Slope stability analysis; Slope monitoring; Landslide hazard, investigation, and mapping; Cost-effective slope stabilization; Quicksands; Expansive clays; Dispersive soils; Collapsible soils; Quick clays; Problem-soils as most expensive geohazard in world; Role of water in mass movement and problem soils; Undersea landslides; Subsidence; Snow avalanches; Arid soil hazards; Peat and coalbed hazards; Climate change and increased mass movement in collapse of permafrost regions; Paleoslope failures; Dating mass movements and ground collapses; Field, aerial photograph, and remote sensing assessments; Quantitative analysis; Living near steep slopes & valley margins; Community preparedness, response & recovery; Implications of climate change.
Landslides are the most costly geo-hazard in the world, and they're often the cause or the result of other hazards and disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes, wildfires, and volcanic eruptions. Landslide Hazards, Risks, and Disasters makes a close and detailed examination of major mass movements and provides measures for more thorough and accurate monitoring, prediction, preparedness, and prevention. It takes a geoscientific approach to the topic while also discussing the impacts human-induced causes such as deforestation, blasting, and building construction-underscoring the multi-disciplinary nature of the topic.