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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: Geological Disasters in South China Sea

“Geological Disasters in South China Sea” is a special issue dealing with the recent enhancements and trends for the research and investigation of geological disasters in South China Sea. The principal topics of this special issue will be related but not limited to: submarine landslide, gas hydrate, shallow gas, turbidity current, earthquake, tsunami, sand wave, liquefaction, pockmark and submarine soft soil.

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

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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 2021

The Best Paper Award for 2021 was bestowed to:

Landslide susceptibility mapping using statistical methods in Uatzau catchment area, northwestern Ethiopia  by Wubalem, A.

(No.1, Vol.8)

(This well cited and read paper summarizes the results of landslide susceptibility mapping at Uatzau basin in northwestern Ethiopia, which is one among the most landslide-prone regions in the country where frequent landslides have caused damages in farmlands, non-cultivated lands, properties, and loss of life. Using the two-third of the mapped 514 landslides in the study area for developing landslide susceptibility models and remaining one-third of data for model validation, authors have evaluated the influence of lithology, land use/cover, distance to stream, slope gradient, slope aspect, and slope curvature on landslide hazard susceptibility. Results from this study are beneficial for regional land use planning and landslide hazard mitigation in the region. Moreover, it adds into the worldwide database of landslide inventory.)  

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

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    4.8 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.098 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    1.221 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2022 Speed
    5 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    146 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage 
    73 Altmetric mentions