Geografie 2009, 114, 332-349

Natural hazards and risks: the view from the junction of natural and social sciences

Vít Vilímek1, Jana Spilková2

1Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia
2Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

The current emphasis on the research of natural hazards and risks has been widely recognized and possible mitigation of their effects is of crucial importance for the whole society. While many international activities concerning the risk management emerged during the last two decades and the international cooperation proved necessary in this field, the realm of geography still remained split to a certain extent into the research activities in physical and in social geography. Nevertheless, there is an obvious need of the cooperation of these two domains of geography. The paper introduces the significant contributions of both natural and social sciences into the research of the natural hazards and risks and stresses that the knowledge gained in both of these disciplines constitute a solid complex that can be used and applied in a particular case of a natural disaster.


The article is based on a research undertaken within the research project “Geographical Systems and Risk Processes in Context of Global Changes and European Integration” No. MSM 0021620831 sponsored by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. The financial support of this project is greatly appreciated by the authors.


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