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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.

Call for papers: Sustainable Water Systems

Around 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. Access to clean drinking water is considered a basic human right, but it is also deeply ingrained in many other aspects of our lives, including food, sanitation, energy, business and industry, transport, tourism, culture and social wellbeing.

The Sustainable Development Goals, set out by the UN Member States, aim to incite a global shift to a significantly more sustainable way of living by 2030, which will inevitably require these sectors to transform at a rate and scale greater than any in recent history. The connectivity of water within and between these sectors will be crucial to this global transformation. As such, this cross-journal collection prudently investigates water systems, the sustainability crises that affect them and the opportunities they offer to resolve issues of sustainability.

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.”


Most cited and most downloaded articles 2019

Most cited & most downloaded:
Landslide susceptibility mapping using knowledge driven statistical models in Darjeeling District, West Bengal, India
Jagabandhu Roy & Sunil Saha
Published: 1 August 2019

View the most cited and most downloaded articles for all publication years here

Special Issue Collection

For previously published Special Issues, please click here.

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 2019

The Best Paper Awards for 2019 were bestowed to:

1) “Spatial and temporal appraisal of drought jeopardy over the Gangetic West Bengal, eastern India” by Krishna Gopal Ghosh

 (No.1, Vol.6)

(This paper makes an outstanding contribution to the regional spatial and temporal incidence and effect of drought in an area in which water supply is already critical. The author presents the historical patterns and integrates these into climate change models thus presenting a framework for evidence-led policy decisions.)

2) “Three-dimensional seismic slope stability assessment with the application of Scoops3D and GIS: a case study in Atsuma, Hokkaido” by Shuai Zhang and Fawu Wang

(No.9, Vol.6)

(Comments: This excellent contribution takes the 2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake as its baseline and seeks to model the incidence and distribution of coseismic landslides. The fact that the larger landslides that occurred were amongst those predicted opens up important opportunities not only for post-disaster mitigation and management but, more importantly, for pre-disaster planning.)

The Special Judges Award for Best Practical Paper in 2019 was bestowed to:

“Review on seismic isolation and response control methods of buildings in Japan” by Yutaka Nakamura and Keiichi Okada

(No.7, Vol.6)

(Comments: It is a rather rare beast in an academic journal –a very practical paper that will have significant impact in professional practice in arenas ranging from engineering design to disaster planning. This applied paper makes a very significant and important contribution to our knowledge of the application of seismic isolation and response control methods as they are applied in Japan and, in the process, makes that information more widely available to the English-speaking world.)

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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