Natural Disasters: Hurricanes

A Reference Handbook

by Patrick J. Fitzpatrick

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December 1999


Pages 286
Volumes 1
Size 6x9
Topics Current Events and Issues/General
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This easily accessible reference work reveals the workings of savage tropical storms, charts their actions and cycles, assesses their economic and environmental impact, and reviews the latest research on hurricanes.


  • Includes a summary of hurricanes in the past century in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and details important recent storms such as Agnes, Hugo, Camille, and Andrew
  • Advances in field studies and forecasting are examined, from observations in the Virgin Islands in the early 1900s to satellite pictures and computer projections
Series Description

Contemporary World Issues

This award-winning series offers comprehensive, one-volume reference handbooks on important topics related to health, education, the environment, and social and ethical issues.

24-hour cable news. Millions of Internet sites. Information overload. How can we sort through the information? Assess the analyses? Trust the sources?

A world of questions demands a library of answers. Contemporary World Issues covers the controversial topics that students, readers, and citizens want to read about, write about, and know more about.


  • Subject coverage spans six main categories:
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environment
  • Gender and Ethnicity
  • Politics, Law, and Government
  • Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Society
  • Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
  • A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
  • A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
  • A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
  • Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that supports statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
  • A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
  • Annotated lists of print, Web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
  • Profiles of key players and organizations
  • A glossary of key terms
Author Info

Patrick J. Fitzpatrick is assistant professor of meteorology at Jackson State University, Jackson, MS. He is involved in the Excitement of Meteorology for Young Scholars program and the JSU-NASA Partnership for Research and Education Programs.



"This volume is recommended for geology and natural hazard reference collections."American Reference Books Annual

"Remember it for your next hurricane patron. For those without standing orders, consider this as an individual purchase, it will serve you well. Recommended for all libraries."E-Streams

"This book will be useful for its encyclopedic content. General readers, graduate students, faculty, and researchers."Choice

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