Disaster and Risk Research: GADRI Book Series is published under the auspices of the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI). The global status of disaster research reflects the major strides made in the disaster sciences. These volumes present the forefront of disaster research, including key scientific findings, methodologies, policy recommendations and case studies. Whilst disaster risk needs to be managed in an integrated manner, persistently isolated applications of knowledge, practice and policy are falling short of ensuring disaster-resilient societies. Responding to this deficit calls for measurement, tools, techniques and institutional structures that can realistically support comprehensive risk assessment and management across multiple hazard landscape. As such, disaster research is now faced with a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder challenge. Contributions to this series therefore address many varied and critical opportunities to advance the subject area. A cross-cutting vision shared across the Disaster and Risk Research volumes is to improve the future of scientific and technological guidance with clearly identifiable roadmaps to ensure human safety and security. The Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes was established in March 2015, directly after the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR 2015) in Sendai, Japan, based on the belief that a multi-institutional alliance can strengthen disaster research and its influences around the world. GADRI has a mandate to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and is a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). In addition, GADRI provides a platform for scientific communities from different disciplines, backgrounds and countries, helping them share their knowledge, findings and views. This approach yields more holistic and farther-reaching insights, which can contribute to further steps in effective disaster risk management.