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Learning from the Impacts of Superstorm Sandy

Learning from the Impacts of Superstorm Sandy
  • Author : J. Bret Bennington,E. Christa Farmer
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-10-31
  • Total pages :140
  • ISBN : 0128016523
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Summary : Learning from the Impacts of Superstorm Sandy summarizes first results from studies of Superstorm Sandy, including: tide gauge measurements of storm surge, stable isotope variation in precipitation, analysis of the effect of beach nourishment among other factors on structural damage, and comparison with past storms through sediment analysis. This book gives a multi-dimensional treatment of scientific results of studies of Superstorm Sandy, and it is a valuable reference for oceanographers, coastal geologists, climatologists, dynamic meteorologists, paleotempostologists, sedimentary geologists, geomorphologists and emergency managers who need to better understand the storm and its effects in order to be prepared for similar events in the future. Summarizes first results from studies of Superstorm Sandy Gives a multi-dimensional treatment of scientific results of studies of Superstorm Sandy

Multisensor Data Fusion and Machine Learning for Environmental Remote Sensing

Multisensor Data Fusion and Machine Learning for Environmental Remote Sensing
  • Author : Ni-Bin Chang,Kaixu Bai
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-02-21
  • Total pages :508
  • ISBN : 1498774342
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Summary : In the last few years the scientific community has realized that obtaining a better understanding of interactions between natural systems and the man-made environment across different scales demands more research efforts in remote sensing. An integrated Earth system observatory that merges surface-based, air-borne, space-borne, and even underground sensors with comprehensive and predictive capabilities indicates promise for revolutionizing the study of global water, energy, and carbon cycles as well as land use and land cover changes. The aim of this book is to present a suite of relevant concepts, tools, and methods of integrated multisensor data fusion and machine learning technologies to promote environmental sustainability. The process of machine learning for intelligent feature extraction consists of regular, deep, and fast learning algorithms. The niche for integrating data fusion and machine learning for remote sensing rests upon the creation of a new scientific architecture in remote sensing science that is designed to support numerical as well as symbolic feature extraction managed by several cognitively oriented machine learning tasks at finer scales. By grouping a suite of satellites with similar nature in platform design, data merging may come to help for cloudy pixel reconstruction over the space domain or concatenation of time series images over the time domain, or even both simultaneously. Organized in 5 parts, from Fundamental Principles of Remote Sensing; Feature Extraction for Remote Sensing; Image and Data Fusion for Remote Sensing; Integrated Data Merging, Data Reconstruction, Data Fusion, and Machine Learning; to Remote Sensing for Environmental Decision Analysis, the book will be a useful reference for graduate students, academic scholars, and working professionals who are involved in the study of Earth systems and the environment for a sustainable future. The new knowledge in this book can be applied successfully in many areas of environmental science and engineering.

Enrichment Module 1: Super Storm Sandy

Enrichment Module 1: Super Storm Sandy
  • Author : Paul Bierman
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-08-28
  • Total pages :32
  • ISBN : 9781285775784
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Summary : SANDY: THE SUPERSTORM OF 2012 provides students an overview of how hurricanes and extratropical storms work before reviewing Sandy's development and cataloging the damage caused and its human impact. A concluding section places Sandy in the context of human-induced climate change and storms of the future. Possible solutions for strong storms and rising sea level are also presented. This 32-page enrichment module is ideal for any course addressing the risks of rising sea level due to human-induced climate change.

Storm Surge

Storm Surge
  • Author : Adam Sobel
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-10-14
  • Total pages :336
  • ISBN : 006230478X
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Summary : A renowned scientist takes us through the devastating and unprecedented events of Hurricane Sandy, using it to explain our planet’s changing climate, and what we need to do to protect ourselves and our cities for the future. Was Hurricane Sandy a freak event—or a harbinger of things to come? Was climate change responsible? What connects the spiraling clouds our satellites saw from space, the brackish water that rose up over the city’s seawalls, and the slow simmer of greenhouse gases? Why weren't we better prepared? In this fascinating and accessible work of popular science, atmospheric scientist and Columbia University professor Adam Sobel addresses these questions, combining scientific explanation with first-hand experience of the event itself. He explains the remarkable atmospheric conditions that gave birth to Sandy and determined its path. He gives us insight into the sophisticated science that led to the forecasts of the storm before it hit, as well as an understanding of why our meteorological vocabulary failed our leaders in warning us about this unprecedented storm—part hurricane, part winter-type nor’easter, fully deserving of the title “Superstorm.” Storm Surge brings together the melting glaciers, the shifting jet streams, and the warming oceans to make clear how our changing climate will make New York and other cities more vulnerable than ever to huge storms—and how we need to think differently about these long-term risks if we hope to mitigate the damage. Engaging, informative, and timely, Sobel’s book provokes us to rethink the future of our climate and how we can better prepare for the storms to come.

Physical Geography

Physical Geography
  • Author : James F. Petersen,Dorothy Sack,Robert E. Gabler
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-02-04
  • Total pages :672
  • ISBN : 1305652649
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Summary : PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY, Eleventh Edition, uses the combined expertise of three accomplished and respected geographers to show not only what constitutes physical geography but also the interrelationships between people and Earth’s natural environment. The well-written text and excellent illustrations emphasize three essential themes to demonstrate the major roles of the discipline -- Geography as Physical Science, Geography as Spatial Science, and Geography as Environmental Science. With a strong focus on processes and the interrelationships among Earth’s systems, this text guides students to an understanding and appreciation of how the various natural systems function and of how humans are an integral component of physical geography. Historically, this was the first Physical Geography textbook to take an environmental sustainability approach, and the authors continue to address the theme of human interactions with the environment. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Superstorm

Superstorm
  • Author : Kathryn Miles
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-10-16
  • Total pages :368
  • ISBN : 0698186222
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Summary : The first complete moment-by-moment account of the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded—a hurricane like no other The sky was lit by a full moon on October 29, 2012, but nobody on the eastern seaboard of the United States could see it. Everything had been consumed by cloud. The storm’s immensity caught the attention of scientists on the International Space Station. Even from there, it seemed almost limitless: 1.8 million square feet of tightly coiled bands so huge they filled the windows of the Station. It was the largest storm anyone had ever seen. Initially a tropical storm, Sandy had grown into a hybrid monster. It charged across open ocean, picking up strength with every step, baffling meteorologists and scientists, officials and emergency managers, even the traditional maritime wisdom of sailors and seamen: What exactly was this thing? By the time anyone decided, it was too late. And then the storm made landfall. Sandy was not just enormous, it was also unprecedented. As a result, the entire nation was left flat-footed. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration couldn’t issue reliable warnings; the Coast Guard didn’t know what to do. In Superstorm, journalist Kathryn Miles takes readers inside the maelstrom, detailing the stories of dedicated professionals at the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service. The characters include a forecaster who risked his job to sound the alarm in New Jersey, the crew of the ill-fated tall ship Bounty, Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Christie, and countless coastal residents whose homes—and lives—were torn apart and then left to wonder . . . When is the next superstorm coming?

Toward Resilient Communities

Toward Resilient Communities
  • Author : Christopher L. Atkinson
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-11-12
  • Total pages :206
  • ISBN : 1135124639
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Summary : In June 2011, the city of Minot, North Dakota sustained the greatest flood in its history. Rather than buckling under the immense weight of the flood on a personal and community level, government, civic groups, and citizens began to immediately assess and address the event’s impacts. Why did the disaster in Minot lead to government and community resilience, whereas during Hurricane Katrina, the non-resilience of the government and community of New Orleans resulted in widespread devastation? This book seeks to answer that question by examining how local government institutions affect pre- and post-disaster community and business resilience. Utilizing both survey methods and interviews, Atkinson analyzes the disasters that occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana, Palm Beach County, Florida, and Minot, North Dakota. He argues that institutional culture within local government impacts not only the immediate outcomes experienced during response, but the long-term prognosis of recovery for a community outside the walls of city hall. Understanding tendencies within a community that lead to increased vulnerability of both individuals and businesses can lead to shifts in governmental/community priorities, and potentially to improved resilience in the face of hazard events. Relevant to scholars of public administration, disaster researchers, and government officials, this book contributes to a growing literature on community and business resilience. It explores not just the devastation of natural disasters, but profiles governmental impacts that led to responsive and able processes in the face of disaster.

Atmospheric Hazards

Atmospheric Hazards
  • Author : Jill Coleman
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-08-17
  • Total pages :146
  • ISBN : 953512515X
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Summary : Natural and environmental hazards research comprises a diverse set of subjects and methodologies and this book is no exception - offering the reader only a small glimpse into the physical and social processes that threaten human interests. Atmospheric Hazards-Case Studies in Modeling, Communication, and Societal Impacts explores atmospheric-based hazards through focused investigations ranging from a local to global perspective. Within this short compendium, the major scales of atmospheric motion are well represented with topics on microscale turbulent transport of pollutants, mesoscale events stemming from thunderstorm complexes, and synoptic scale extreme precipitation episodes. Chapters include discussions on modeling aspects for investigating hazards (pollution, regional climate models) and the forecasting and structure of high wind events (derechos), whereas others delve into hazard communication, preparedness, and social vulnerability issues (tornadoes, hurricanes, and lightning). Although the chapters are quite disparate upon first inspection, the topics are united through their interweaving of both the physical and societal mechanisms that create the atmospheric hazard and eventual disaster.

The 1930s

The 1930s
  • Author : J.B. Bennington,Zenia Sacks DaSilva,Michael D’Innocenzo
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-04-26
  • Total pages :470
  • ISBN : 1443892785
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Summary : In 2010, Hofstra University celebrated its 75th anniversary, inviting scholars to the campus to discuss the world as it was in the year Hofstra was founded. The conference “1935: The Reality and the Promise” provided a wide-ranging exploration of the 1930s with presentations, discussions, and events highlighting the arts, entertainment, society, politics, literature, and science in that momentous decade. This volume encompasses a selection of the most interesting and enlightening papers from this conference, providing both depth and breadth of coverage. By any measure, the 1930s was a pivotal decade in modern history – a time when the reality of current events and the foreshadowing of events to come tempered all promise. The tension between reality and promise is a recurrent theme in the chapters brought together here, as well as in the personalities and faces that came to define this decade.

Leading the Starbucks Way: 5 Principles for Connecting with Your Customers, Your Products and Your People

Leading the Starbucks Way: 5 Principles for Connecting with Your Customers, Your Products and Your People
  • Author : Joseph Michelli
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-09-03
  • Total pages :286
  • ISBN : 0071801251
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Summary : Offers five principles that have fueled the long-term global sustainability at Starbucks and can be applied to any company.

Hydrometeorological Hazards

Hydrometeorological Hazards
  • Author : Philippe Quevauviller
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-10-24
  • Total pages :352
  • ISBN : 111862954X
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Summary : Recent hydrometeorological extreme events have highlighted the increased exposure and vulnerability of societies and the need to strengthen the knowledge-base of related policies. Current research is focused on improving forecasting, prediction and early warning capabilities in order to improve the assessment of vulnerability and risks linked to extreme climatic events. Hydrometeorological Hazards: Interfacing science and policy is the first volume of a series which will gather scientific and policy-related knowledge related to climate-related extreme events. Invited authors are internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. This volume reflects the most recent advances in science and policy within this field and takes a multidisciplinary approach. The book provides the reader with a state-of-the art account on flash floods, droughts, storms, and a comprehensive discussion focused on the cost of natural hazards, resilience and adaptation. This book will be an invaluable reference for advanced undergraduates taking courses with a focus on natural hazards including climate-related extreme events. The book will also be of interest to postgraduates, researchers and policy makers in this field looking for an overview of the subject.

The Gathering Wind

The Gathering Wind
  • Author : Gregory A. Freeman
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-10-29
  • Total pages :304
  • ISBN : 1101635185
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Summary : October 2012. A replica of the famous HMS Bounty, an eighteenth-century tall sailing ship, set a collision course with a storm that became the largest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic—a clash that proved to be one of the most unforgettable stories of Superstorm Sandy. The Bounty, crewed by an eclectic team of seafarers and led by highly respected captain Robin Walbridge, departed from Connecticut as Sandy raced north. Walbridge, whose decisions decided the fate of his ship and crew, attempted to outmaneuver the storm by heading southeast. As violent gusts tossed the wooden vessel, the crew fought to save their ship—and themselves. When the storm finally overtook the ship, the crew was tossed into the churning sea. The men and women of a Coast Guard station in North Carolina courageously flew into hundred-mile-per-hour winds to rescue the survivors of the Bounty. After hours of white-knuckle flying, they accomplished one of their most memorable rescues ever. Based on interviews with Bounty survivors and unfettered access to Coast Guard rescue team members, The Gathering Wind is the most complete account of this heartbreaking, thrilling, and inspirational story. INCLUDES PHOTOS

Lessons from Frankenstorm

Lessons from Frankenstorm
  • Author : John Licata
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-07-26
  • Total pages :78
  • ISBN : 111877440X
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Summary : The world has been brought to its knees in recent years due to anincreased amount of hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes whichcollectively have left tens of millions without power and derailedeconomic growth in the process. However, today weather is not theonly threat to massive power loss. It’s time to fight backbefore energy weaknesses and instabilities from disruptive weatherpatterns cause financial chaos around the world throughcyberwarfare. In Lessons from Frankenstorm, you'll learn howto fight back. Overview: A look back at recent events (Fukushima, Indiablackout, Sandy here in the U.S., August 2003 blackout in NortheastU.S., etc.). Set up the case that something needs to be done,especially with warming temperatures (2012 was the hottest year onrecord). What are threats? Focus here is on weather (temperatures,rising tides, global warming, dwindling water supplies which impactcertain energy sources (i.e. fracking, biofuels), terrorism(cyberterror which may create a whole new investing sector in thevery near future). What can governments and utilities do? It could be goodto focus on disaster recovery efforts, crisis management,legislation, planning and strategy AHEAD of next major storm orterrorist threats that could rattle global financial marketplaces.New legislation could lead to new asset allocation by investors,technology companies, utilities and private equity. Legislation(i.e. endorsing modern nuclear power, offshore wind, etc.) may alsocause new alliances, joint ventures as a result. Could Frankenstorm be used a global blueprint for energyinnovation? Here focus on efforts seen in New York and NewJersey emerging from the darkness and ruin left by Superstorm Sandythrough the real next generation energy technologies and themesthat investors may want to focus on for the next decade (i.e.thorium nuclear reactors which China just announced they are movingtoward—should the U.S. follow?). Complacency is not the answer. Doing nothing and simplywaiting for another major power outage that not only challenges ourcredibility as a superpower in a new world economy but could alsocripple global market centers (maybe look at how slow Japan hasreacted to Fukushima while Germany moved way too fast in my view tomove away from nuclear power—something that has causedsurging electricity prices).

Superstorm Sandy

Superstorm Sandy
  • Author : Diane C. Bates
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-01-18
  • Total pages :180
  • ISBN : 0813573416
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Summary : Sandy was the costliest hurricane in U.S. history after Katrina, but the waters had barely receded from the Jersey coast when massive efforts began to “Restore the Shore.” Why do people build in areas open to repeated natural disasters? And why do they return to these areas in the wake of major devastation? Drawing on a variety of insights from environmental sociology, Superstorm Sandy answers these questions as it looks at both the unique character of the Jersey Shore and the more universal ways that humans relate to their environment. Diane C. Bates offers a wide-ranging look at the Jersey Shore both before and after Sandy, examining the many factors—such as cultural attachment, tourism revenues, and governmental regulation—that combined to create a highly vulnerable coastal region. She explains why the Shore is so important to New Jerseyans, acting as a key cultural touchstone in a state that lacks a central city or even a sports team to build a shared identity among the state’s residents. She analyzes post-Sandy narratives about the Jersey Shore that trumpeted the dominance of human ingenuity over nature (such as the state’s “Stronger than the Storm” advertising campaign) or proclaimed a therapeutic community (“Jersey Strong”)—narratives rooted in emotion and iconography, waylaying any thought of the near-certainty of future storms. The book also examines local business owners, politicians, real estate developers, and residents who have vested interests in the region, explaining why the Shore was developed intensively prior to Sandy, and why restoration became an imperative in the post-storm period. Engagingly written and insightful, Superstorm Sandy highlights the elements that compounded the disaster on the Shore, providing a framework for understanding such catastrophes and preventing them in the future.

Interdisciplinary Place-Based Learning in Urban Education

Interdisciplinary Place-Based Learning in Urban Education
  • Author : Reneta D. Lansiquot,Sean P. MacDonald
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-09-14
  • Total pages :149
  • ISBN : 3319660144
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Summary : This book focuses on the interdisciplinary incorporation of place-based learning in faculty teaching strategies at the New York City College of Technology. Contributing authors highlight their creative use of the unique urban environment of Brooklyn, illustrating the integration of urban resources into student research projects and activities in the context of an interdisciplinary course. Beginning with a reflection on the interrelationship between learners and nature, built and virtual environments, contributors then examine the experience of students and faculty in interdisciplinary projects in architecture, the geosciences, economics, computer science, the humanities and medicine. The volume concludes with a synthesis of best practices from these projects, focused on virtual place-based learning. This scholarly book makes a valuable contribution to the literature, offering a model of creative employment of urban spaces to enhance experiential interdisciplinary learning and demonstrating the potential educator application in diverse urban institutions elsewhere.

Take Control of Life's Crises Today! A Practical Guide

Take Control of Life's Crises Today! A Practical Guide
  • Author : Robert Haynes
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-10-23
  • Total pages :171
  • ISBN : 1456623206
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Summary : Do you wonder why some people handle crises so well while others encounter the same situation and do so poorly? Take Control of Life's Crises Today! shows you how to confidently deal with nearly anything you encounter. You can assess your current skills and learn how to effectively handle crises — a fight with a partner, a job interview, dealing with a natural disaster like a hurricane, or reacting to a car accident. While this book is written for anyone looking to improve his or her ability to handle crises in life, special chapters are designed to address: **Parents helping their children learn to cope with crises **Teachers preparing themselves and their students for a crisis **First Responders learning to better cope with crises on the job Take Control of Life's Crises Today! is personal and easy to read. It is filled with case examples, practical suggestions, and simple, concrete steps for developing your skills in managing crises.

Our Footprint on Earth

Our Footprint on Earth
  • Author : Jeanne Sturm
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-03-01
  • Total pages :48
  • ISBN : 0982382332
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Summary : Learn about the impact that humans have on the Earth, its environment, and how to reduce damage.

Children of Katrina

Children of Katrina
  • Author : Alice Fothergill,Lori Peek
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-09-01
  • Total pages :343
  • ISBN : 1477305467
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Summary : When children experience upheaval and trauma, adults often view them as either vulnerable and helpless or as resilient and able to easily “bounce back.” But the reality is far more complex for the children and youth whose lives are suddenly upended by disaster. How are children actually affected by catastrophic events and how do they cope with the damage and disruption? Children of Katrina offers one of the only long-term, multiyear studies of young people following disaster. Sociologists Alice Fothergill and Lori Peek spent seven years after Hurricane Katrina interviewing and observing several hundred children and their family members, friends, neighbors, teachers, and other caregivers. In this book, they focus intimately on seven children between the ages of three and eighteen, selected because they exemplify the varied experiences of the larger group. They find that children followed three different post-disaster trajectories—declining, finding equilibrium, and fluctuating—as they tried to regain stability. The children’s moving stories illuminate how a devastating disaster affects individual health and well-being, family situations, housing and neighborhood contexts, schooling, peer relationships, and extracurricular activities. This work also demonstrates how outcomes were often worse for children who were vulnerable and living in crisis before the storm. Fothergill and Peek clarify what kinds of assistance children need during emergency response and recovery periods, as well as the individual, familial, social, and structural factors that aid or hinder children in getting that support.

Promote Yourself

Promote Yourself
  • Author : Dan Schawbel
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-09-03
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 1250025672
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Summary : How people perceive you at work has always been vital to a successful career. Now with the internet, social media, and the unrelenting hum of 24/7 business, the ability to brand and promote yourself is more crucial than ever. Schawbel shows readers how to navigate this new environment as an employee and lays out what managers are really looking for. Unveiling exclusive new research on the modern workplace, Schawbel breaks down the outdated mores of getting ahead and lays out a practical guide for building an outstanding career in an age of personal marketing, economic uncertainty and constant adaptation to new technologies. Shedding light on the disconnect between Gen Y and their managers, and revealing new findings on the most important skills required for management roles, professional development at work, networking, self-promotion, and social media's role in the workplace, Promote Yourself also gives readers the most critical skill necessary today: an awareness of their unique strengths and how to differentiate themselves.

Natural Hazards, Second Edition

Natural Hazards, Second Edition
  • Author : Burrell E. Montz,Graham A. Tobin,Ronald R. Hagelman
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-04-26
  • Total pages :445
  • ISBN : 1462529178
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Summary : Revised edition of: Natural hazards: explanation and integration / Graham A. Tobin and Burrell E. Montz. c1997.

Disaster Mental Health Case Studies

Disaster Mental Health Case Studies
  • Author : James Halpern,Amy Nitza,Karla Vermeulen
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-02-18
  • Total pages :202
  • ISBN : 1351252240
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Summary : Disaster Mental Health Case Studies is a riveting collection of case studies by master clinicians that reveal how disaster mental health interventions must be tailored to meet the needs of survivors. Each unique case study is structured to give the reader an introduction to the community affected pre-disaster; a glimpse into the thought processes of the disaster mental health responders pre- and post-disaster; and a reflective selection of lessons learned as a result of the experiences. The 17 case studies offer the reader: Guidance on how to develop an empathic approach to disaster mental health response; Exposure to a diverse sample of disaster contexts, including naturally-occurring disasters, human-caused disasters, and disasters which occurred in an international setting; An understanding of the strategic approaches needed for disaster mental health service response, as well as an appreciation of the need for self-care when responding; A grounded and accessible writing style, bookended by chapters from the editors which thematically link and analyze the case studies. Offering a rare and compelling view into the challenges, tragedies, pain, frustrations, and grief at the heart of disaster mental health work, this must-have collection is tailored to appeal to students of mental health and counseling, psychology, and social work; and working mental health professionals who would like to learn directly from experienced responders.