Frontiers in Environmental Geography

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About the Book :

The focus of this book is to emphasise that the study of environment is not always synonymous with that of hazards, disasters and crisis. There are human aspects of the study of environment as well. If a hazard is to be studied, it has to be understood in terms of human being. Geographers have been studying such human environment relationships. With the fast changing world, such relationships are being reevaluated. New issues are emerging every day. These factors are becoming interrelated and hence the frontiers are being pushed beyond the traditional frontiers of the study of environment in geography. Hence this volume. The human-environment relationships have been studied in different ways in this book. Attempts have been made to analyse the emerging issues, such as environment vs. development, ecological balance, famines and relief, shifting cultivation and deforestation, rural environment, socio-ecological adaptation, pollution, floods, water quality and the information system. This book will not only be useful to the geographers but also for environmentalists, environmental activists, ecologists, planners and persons interested in socio-ecological studies.

About Author :

Onkar Singh (b. 1941), Professor of Environment and Head, Department of Geography, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, is currently engaged with a few research projects, including one under Indo-Dutch collaboration, related to environmental degradation and management. Besides several research papers he has authored a monograph on India Urban Environment. He has been to Germany and Hungary where he delivered lectures in important institutions on environmental issues in India.

Prithvish Nag, (b. 1951), M.Sc. (Gold Medalist), Ph.D., is the Director of the National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. He has been the President of the Indian National Cartographic Association, Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centre, Institute of Indian Geographers, Indian Institute of Geomorphologists, Professor S.P. Chatterjee Memorial Foundation and Indian Geographical Foundation. At the international level, he was the Chairman of the International Cartographic Association (ICA), Commission on Population Cartography, UN/PCGIAP Committee on Institutional Strengthening for Asia and the Pacific, International Steering Committee on Global Mapping (ISCGM), Working Group on Data Standardization, and Full Member of the International Geographical Union (IGU), Commission on Population Geography, and Member, Editorial Board, International Journal on Geographical Information System. Dr. Nag was the Visiting Member of the Staff of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He is an author and editor of over 35 books and 110 research papers. His well known books are Geography of India and Digital Remote Sensing. Dr. Nag was UN Consultant in Cartography in the Sultanate of Oman and the Surveyor General of India.

V.K. Kumra (b. 1954), Reader in Geography, Banaras Hindu University, took his M. Sc. (1975) and Ph. D. (1978) from B.H.U. He has published a number of books and research papers on environmental issues. Dr. Kumra has been recipient of Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship during 1989-90 at the University of Cambridge, U.K.

Jagadish Singh (b. 1952) is a Senior Lecturer in Geography, Banaras Hindu University. Dr. Singh has to his credit about two dozen research papers and four books including a monograph on Upper Damodar Valley. His major fields of interest are Settlement Geography and Environmental Studies. Recently he has been to Japan and U.K. in connection with conferences on Environmental Aspects.