NOAA Center for Tsunami Research graphic displays forecast results, showing qualitative and quantitative information about the Japanese tsunami, including tsunami wave interaction with ocean floor bathymetric features, and neighboring coastlines. Tsunami model amplitude information is shown color-coded according to the scale bar.

Guest Editor
Sérgio Freire
New University of Lisbon, e‐GEO, Geography & Regional Planning Research Center, PORTUGAL

Associate Editor for Disasters
Biswajeet Pradhan
University Putra Malaysia, Institute of Advanced Technology, MALAYSIA

Deputy Editor‐in‐Chief
Christoph Aubrecht

Articles published for Earthzine’s Disaster Management theme (Dec. 21, 2010-March 20, 2011) address efforts to improve the understanding and management of natural and human‐induced disasters, from the factors at inception to the process of recovery and rehabilitation.

The number and impact of disasters has been rising in recent decades; it is anticipated that such events will continue to increase in the future. At the same time, there has been greater attention and investment to expand human, institutional, and Earth Observation capabilities to better manage and minimize effects of disasters on life and living conditions.

These articles incorporate in situ, airborne, and space-based observations that contribute to our understanding of disasters across all scales, from their causes to their consequences. The information is of value for use in the planning, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery stages of disaster management.

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