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Ambiente & Sociedade

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Abstract

MATTEDI, Marcos Antônio  and  BUTZKE, Ivani Cristina. The relation between the social and the natural in the approach of hazards and disasters. Ambient. soc. [online]. 2001, n.9, pp. 93-114. ISSN 1809-4422.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-753X2001000900006.

The article deals with the theory of hazards and disasters. Over the past years, these two theoretical traditions have received new impulse through the renovation of their conceptual foundations. Constructed around a long tradition of empirical research, these theories explain the impacts brought by phenomena like floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and epidemics through the analytical integration of social and natural dimensions. In this regard, its study may provide grants in order to interpret these problems in Brazil.

Keywords : Hazards; disasters; flood; drought; burn; environmental impact; event; magnitude; frequency; intensity.

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