JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

Asimakopoulou, Eleana and Nik Bessis (eds.,),Advanced ICTs for Disaster Management and Threat Detection: Collaborative and Distributive Frameworks

Babjee Pothuraju is Research Assistant at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • January 2012
    Volume: 
    6
    Issue: 
    1
    Book Review

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines disaster as “any occurrence that causes damage, ecological disruption, loss of human life, deterioration of health and health services, on a scale sufficient to warrant an extraordinary response from outside the affected community or area.” The recurring occurrence of various natural and man made disasters in recent decades have drawn the states’ focus towards ensuring the safety of life, as well as preparedness and mitigation measures; hence disaster management. At the same time, disaster management is much more than mere response and relief and can be defined as a systematic process of organising and managing resources and responsibilities to deal with emergencies in order to lessen the impact of disasters. In this background, the Advanced ICTs for Disaster Management and Threat Detection: Collaborative and Distributive Frameworks is timely as it elucidates the various aspects of disaster management and threat detection in three broad sections. As stated by the publisher, “the book offers state-of-the-art information and references for work undertaken in the challenging area of collaborative and distributed ICT to advance disaster management as a discipline to cope with current as well as future unforeseen threats.”

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