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Call for papers: Mechanisms, Intelligent Recognition, Monitoring and Prevention of Loess Disasters

Due to the special properties of loess, such as structure, water sensitivity and collapsibility, loess is easy to induce geological disasters. Therefore, there is an urgent need for interpreting the triggering mechanisms of loess disasters. The effective monitoring and prevention of loess disasters can significantly reduce the economic and social damage. Herin, aiming at revealing the mechanisms and prevention of loess disasters, this theme focusing on the directions of “Mechanisms, Intelligent Recognition, Monitoring and Prevention of Loess Disasters”.

Call for papers: UNESCO Chair on Geoenvironmental Disaster Reduction

UNESCO Chair on Geoenvironmental Disaster Reduction conducts field school in Shimane University every year from 2019. The highest level researches around the world will give lectures in this field school. The special issue will include all of the teaching material in the field school, which can represent the up-to-date research results worldwide related to geoenvironmental disaster reduction.

Geoenvironmental Disasters is covered by Scopus and Emerging Sources Citation Index

We are delighted to announce that Geoenvironmental Disasters has been accepted for coverage in the Emerging Sources Citation Index and is covered by Scopus. This marks an important milestone in the history of the journal and we look forward to the journal’s continued success in the future. The content of the journal will be searchable in the Web of Science soon and is searchable in Scopus.”


  1. Authors: Ginaldi Ari Nugroho, Halimurrahman, Asif Awaludin, Ibnu Fathrio, Nurjanna Joko Trilaksono, Edy Maryadi, Tiin Sinatra, Findy Renggono, Didi Satiadi, Erwin Makmur, Agie Wandala Putra, Nani Cholianawati, Asri Indrawati, Tesalonika Angela Putri Madethen and Ratih Indri Hapsari

Most cited and most downloaded articles 2021

Most downloaded:
The impact of COVID-19 outbreak and perceptions of people towards household waste management chain in Nepal
Ashis Acharya, Govinda Bastola, Bindu Modi, Asmi Marhatta, Suraj Belbase, Ganesh Lamichhane, Narayan Gyawali and Ranjan Kumar Dahal
Published: 23 June 2021

Most cited:
Landslide susceptibility mapping using statistical methods in Uatzau catchment area, northwestern Ethiopia
Azemeraw Wubalem
Published: 5 January 2021

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Society affiliation

Geoenvironmental Disasters is affiliated with the International Consortium on Geo-disaster Reduction (ICGdR)

The journal is financially supported by the International Consortium on Geo-disaster Reduction, which provides funds to cover the cost of publication for authors who cannot bear the Article Processing Charges (APCs).

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Aims and scope

Geoenvironmental Disasters is an international journal with a focus on multi-disciplinary applied and fundamental research and the effects and impacts on infrastructure, society and the environment of geoenvironmental disasters triggered by various types of geo-hazards (e.g. earthquakes, volcanic activity, landslides, tsunamis, intensive erosion and hydro-meteorological events).

The integrated study of Geoenvironmental Disasters is an emerging and composite field of research interfacing with areas traditionally within civil engineering, earth sciences, atmospheric sciences and the life sciences. It centers on the interactions within and between the Earth's ground, air and water environments, all of which are affected by climate, geological, morphological and anthropological processes; and biological and ecological cycles. Disasters are dynamic forces which can change the Earth pervasively, rapidly, or abruptly, and which can generate lasting effects on the natural and built environments.

The journal publishes research papers, case studies and quick reports of recent geoenvironmental disasters, review papers and technical reports of various geoenvironmental disaster-related case studies. The focus on case studies and quick reports of recent geoenvironmental disasters helps to advance the practical understanding of geoenvironmental disasters and to inform future research priorities; they are a major component of the journal. The journal aims for the rapid publication of research papers at a high scientific level. The journal welcomes proposals for special issues reflecting the trends in geoenvironmental disaster reduction and monothematic issues. Researchers and practitioners are encouraged to submit original, unpublished contributions.

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Thank you to our peer reviewers

The editors and staff of Geoenvironmental Disasters would like to warmly thank our peer reviewers whose comments have helped to shape the journal.

Best Paper Award 2022

The 2022 Best Paper Award was bestowed to two papers:

1A review of landslide acceptable risk and tolerable risk by Sim, K.B., Lee, M.L. & Wong, S.Y.

(No.3, Vol.9)

This well read and cited review paper provides insights on the societal risks posed by landslides in various countries and the risk criteria used by various parts of the world in assessing landslide risks. The authors stressed that the landslide risk tolerance criteria are strongly governed by the financial capabilities and the developmental need of the individual countries. The paper compared the landslide disaster risk tolerances in a wide range of countries – developing to developed. The authors emphasized that the risk criteria should be developed locally with historical landslide inventory, public perception, and engineering aspects being considered.

2. Liquefaction hazard assessment and ground failure probability analysis in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal by Subedi, M., Acharya, I.P.

(No.1, Vol.9)

In this highly cited and read research paper, the authors presented the liquefaction potential in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. In this paper, the authors used the standard penetration test results from 410 locations in the valley to assess the susceptibility, hazard, and risk of liquefaction of the valley soil considering three likely-to-recur scenario earthquakes. The results are presented in the form of liquefaction hazard maps indicating factor of safety, liquefaction potential index, and probability of ground failure (PG). The assessment outcomes were validated with the field manifestations during the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake.

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About the Editor-in-Chief

Neuer InhaltDr. Fawu Wang is chairholder of UNESCO Chair on Geoenvironmental Disaster Reduction, professor on geo-disaster reduction in School of Civil Engineering, Tongji University, China and Emeritus Professor of Shimane University, Japan. Prior to joining Tongji University in 2020, he has studied and worked in Disaster Prevention Research Institute of Kyoto University in Japan for more than 10 years, and worked in Shimane University for 10 years. He has been working on challenging problems in landslides, such as the mechanism of rapid and long runout landslides, the transformation mechanism from landsliding to flow-sliding, motion prediction of landslides, motion behavior of submarine landslides, and landslides triggered by earthquakes, heavy rainfall, and water impoundment. His primary research interests are to clarify the common mechanisms of landslides initiated by different triggers, and to find a way to predict the occurrence and motion of landslides, for the purpose of landslide disaster mitigation. Besides the teaching and research activities, he is also working as the President of the International Consortium on Geo-disaster Reduction.

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 3.8
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: N/A
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 2.003
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.969

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 7
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 135

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 399,854
    Altmetric mentions: 35