Special Issue "Physical Geography and Environmental Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2017)
The role of physical geographers in ensuring the attainment of sustainability in a variety of Earth environments and systems at a multitude of scales is critical. This special issue calls on the expertise of physical geographers, including geomorphologists, climatologists, and so on, to consider the future of geosystems in a variety of settings and locations throughout the world. Accordingly, a diversity of landscapes are approached from an integrated systems point of view. A breadth of submissions is acceptable, including original research articles and reviews. The key aim is to contemplate sustainability from the perspective of physical geographers who focus on environmental problems and their solutions. Please contact the guest editor (Mary Thornbush: email@example.com) for early feedback on your submission. The deadline for paper submissions is end March 2017, with abstracts (300 words maximum) and keywords (up to 10 words) provided for consideration. Please note that some papers may qualify for a waived Open Access publication fee, which is currently 1,400 CHF (Swiss Francs) for Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Dr. Mary J. Thornbush
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Physical Environments
- Climate Change/Global Warming
- Landscape Change/Environmental Change
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Environmental Resources
- Human-Environment Interactions
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Authors: Liette Vasseur 1, Mary Thornbush 2,* and Steve Plante 3
1 Brock University, Department of Biological Sciences, 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2S 3A1, Canada; firstname.lastname@example.org
2 2Brock University, Department of Geography, Avenue1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2S 3A1, Canada; email@example.com
3 Département de développement régional et territorial, Université du Québec à Rimouski, 300, Allée des Ursulines, Rimouski, Québec, Canada, G5L 3A1, Canada; Steve_Plante@uqar.ca; Correspondence: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel.: +1-905-688-5550
Abstract: Small rural coastal communities located in Atlantic Canada are vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate and stemming environmental changes. Major storms have impounded the coastline, causing much physical damage and affecting the socioeconomics of these aging communities. The current study relays findings based on interviews completed in 2011–2012 following the 2010 winter storms in Atlantic Canada. It portrays the physical and social-ecological impacts affecting 10 coastal communities located in the provinces of Québec, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Semi-structured interviews (75) held in these provinces are the basis for the contributions of this research. The findings reveal physical changes related to coastal erosion from e.g., higher wave impact and storm surge as well as flooding at the coast. Also considered are strategies preferred and actually implemented by residents. Due to funding constraints, large-scale flood protection projects are not possible without government support. Instead, it is suggested that development be controlled and some respondents upheld that relocation be used to alleviate the situation. Finally, more work is required to improve emergency planning. Better concerted short- and long-term responses need to be coordinated by local authorities and higher up in the government.
Keywords: climate change; physical landscapes; impacts; responses; adaptation; sustainability