Articles published for Earthzine’s Disaster Management theme (Dec. 21, 2010-March 20, 2011) address efforts to improve the understanding and management of natural and human?induced disasters, from the factors at inception to the process of recovery and rehabilitation.
The number and impact of disasters has been rising in recent decades; it is anticipated that such events will continue to increase in the future. At the same time, there has been greater attention and investment to expand human, institutional, and Earth Observation capabilities to better manage and minimize effects of disasters on life and living conditions.
These articles incorporate in situ, airborne, and space-based observations that contribute to our understanding of disasters across all scales, from their causes to their consequences. The information is of value for use in the planning, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery stages of disaster management.