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Natural Disasters: Books

Provides methods of finding information on such natural disasters as volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, severe weather, and shows how to tap into the worldwide movement to mitigate the severity of disasters and build disaster-resilient communities.

Using Books to Study Natural Disasters


Books are the best library resources for comprehensive information.  On the Library’s home page, the Library Catalog has records for all books, videos, hard copy magazines and journals, other media, and some (but not all) online books in the library.   Most books are allowed to leave the library, with the student ID as library card.

Except for e-books, catalog records indicate that the library owns the item and where it is shelved, but do not include the full text.   Click on the Library Catalog.  The window opens to a place to type your search term ‘within Keyword’ [menu on the end of the search bar]. 

Disaster Topics

Some disaster terms for locating books:

  • Disasters
  • Disaster resilience 
  • Mitigation
  • Avalanche
  • Climate Change
  • Earthquakes
  • Extinction
  • Fires
  • Floods
  • Hurricanes
  • Impacts
  • Landslides
  • Mass Extinction
  • Oceans
  • Prediction
  • Rogue Waves
  • Severe weather
  • Storm surge
  • Subsidence
  • Tornadoes
  • Tsunami
  • Volcano
  • Weather

Library Locations for Books on Disasters

Call numbers on disasters

GB -- Disasters in General

GC -- Oceans

KF -- Legal Issues

HV -- Resilience

QB -- Asteroid and Comet Impacts

QC -- Weather and Climate

QE -- Geology (may encompass all of these)

TH -- Building Sites and Hazards


Sample Excellent Books on Natural Disasters