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It is possible to prevent natural disasters studying climate throughout history

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Alicante, 12th March 2012

Presentation at the UA of the monograph from the Afers Journal devoted to natural disasters.

When nature unleashes, societies become aware of how vulnerable they are, regardless of the scientific and technical advances that we enjoy today. Earthquakes in Haiti, L'Aquila and Chile the immediate tsunami that followed the so high magnitude earthquake that shook Japan in the second week of March 2011, the tremendous eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull that since the end of March 2010, severely disrupted air traffic due to the thick cloud of gas and dust released into the atmosphere, or the recent and extraordinary rainfall, with subsequent flooding that has devastated large areas of Eastern Australia, Central Europe, Southeast Asia, South America or Southern Spain in late 2010 and February 2011 are some examples that give us evidence of this fact.

"Les catàstrofes naturals en la història" is the name of the monograph of Afers Journal that has been coordinated by the director of University of Alicante's Research Group in History and Climate, Armando Alberola. It offers results of research carried out by different groups of Spanish universities to convey the importance that the knowledge of these phenomena can have when designing strategies to address the current phenomena. This is one of the ideas advocated by the history and climate researchers, who say that those are, in most cases, "old" and known problems.

Jordi Paya, geographer and metereological reporter for Canal 9, Armando Alberola, coordinator of the monograph and Jorge Olcina, dean of the Faculty of Arts at the UA, present, tomorrow, Tuesday 13th March 2012, at 12 noon, at the Faculty of Arts' Assembly Hall, Building C, the monograph involving researchers from the UA and Cayetano Mas y Jorge Olcina, apart from specialists from other universities. The contribution of Olcina is a broad discussion about the changing nature of the climate throughout history and how it has shaped the development of societies.

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