Natural Hazards and Disasters,
6th Edition

Donald Hyndman, David Hyndman

ISBN-13: 9780357851579
Copyright 2025 | Published
576 pages | List Price: USD $156.95

Succeed in your course with Hyndman/Hyndman's NATURAL HAZARDS AND DISASTERS, 6e. The authors provide easy-to-understand coverage of the geological processes that underlie disasters, explore the impacts these processes and humans have on each other and analyze strategies to mitigate physical and financial harm. From timely information on recent natural disasters in the US and around the world, this fascinating book provides the up-to-date information needed to analyze potential hazards and take necessary steps to survive a natural disaster.


1. Natural Hazards and Disasters.
2. Plate Tectonics and Physical Hazards.
3. Earthquakes and Their Causes.
4. Earthquake Predictions, Forecasts, and Mitigation.
5. Tsunami.
6. Volcanoes: Tectonic Environments and Eruptions.
7. Volcanoes: Hazards and Mitigation.
8. Landslides and Other Downslope Movements.
9. Sinkholes, Land Subsidence, and Swelling Soils.
10. Weather, Thunderstorms, and Tornadoes.
11. Climate Change: Processes and History.
12. Climate Change: Impacts and Mitigation.
13. Streams and Flood Processes.
14. Floods and Human Interactions.
15. Waves, Beaches, and Coastal Erosion.
16. Hurricanes and Nor’easters.
17. Wildfires.
18. Asteroids and Comet Impacts.

  • Donald Hyndman

    Donald Hyndman is an emeritus professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Montana, where he has taught courses in natural hazards, regional geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, volcanology, and advanced igneous petrology. He continues to lecture on natural hazards. Donald is co-originator and coauthor of six books in the Roadside Geology series and one on the geology of the Pacific Northwest, and he has also written a textbook on Igneous Petrology. His B.S. in Geological Engineering is from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. in Geology is from the University of California Berkeley. He has received the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Distinguished Scholar Award, both given by the University of Montana.

  • David Hyndman

    David Hyndman is Donald's son, and a young star in the geological sciences. He is a full professor at Michigan State University, after earning his PhD from Stanford University in 1995. In 2002 he received the Darcy Distinguished Lecturer award, the top award that a hydrogeologist may receive in his or her field. He has won several teaching awards at MSU as well, and is actively involved in the Interactive Studies 203 course at MSU, one of the largest enrollment earth sciences courses in the country.

  • CASES IN POINT features have been updated to include more real-world examples of earthquakes, active volcanoes and eruptions, landslides, expansive soils, tornadoes, atmospheric flood disasters and flooding, coastal erosion, hurricanes, cyclones and fires all over the world.

  • UPDATED AND EXPANDED COVERAGE OF GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE addresses population, urbanization, economy, nationalism and regional conflict and Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs) and Radiative Forcings (RCPs) and their uncertainties. RCPs, SSPs and complex topics are written simply for those with little scientific background.

  • NEW EMPHASIS ON WORLD POPULATION GROWTH gives students insight into how population growth impacts atmospheric greenhouse gasses and natural disasters and the costs of those disasters to human lives, insurance and financial stability.

  • UPDATED TO INCLUDE THE NEWEST EARTHQUAKE FORECAST EFFORTS AND WARNING SYSTEMS that analyze earthquake behavior, frequency and magnitude to mitigate damage and death from poor building designs, ground characteristics and secondary events, such as tsunamis.

  • UPDATED COVERAGE OF VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS in Hawaii and the perennial landslides, heavy rains in 2017–18 and impressive "atmospheric-river" rains of early 2023 along the spectacular Big Sur Coast Highway in central California.

  • EXPANDED COVERAGE OF SINKHOLES, especially in Florida, are a continuing hazard seen on the news, swallowing buildings and sometimes people. Expansive (swelling) soils throughout much of the US can be extremely slippery when wet. Though subtle, it can be highly costly when destroying buildings or roads, and pose a serious problem in parts of Texas and central Colorado, for example.

  • UPDATED WEATHER ANALYSIS of strong winds, tornadoes, wind-driven wildfires, costly droughts, deadly heat waves, the influence of the polar vortex and El Niño on weather can be dramatic.

  • EXPANDED COVERAGE OF WILDFIRES including their source and impact.

  • LEARNING OBJECTIVES at the beginning of each chapter allow students to preview important topics to focus on as they read the chapters.

  • ANALYZE POTENTIAL HAZARDS. The Critical View feature asks students to analyze potential hazards in photographs of real situations using what they have learned in the chapters.

  • CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS at the end of each chapter help students apply concepts from each chapter to difficult real-life situations.

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