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Advances in Modelling and Prediction on the Impact of Human Activities and Extreme Events on Environments

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Faculty of Engineering, Environment & Computing, School of Energy, Construction and Environment, Coventry University, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK
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Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, Wolston Lane, Coventry CV8 3LG, UK
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Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering, College of Engineering, Swansea University, Swansea SA1 8EN, UK
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College of Shipbuilding Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001, China
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Faculty of Engineering and Informatics, University of Bradford, Bradford BD7 1DP, UK
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Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK
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Water 2020, 12(6), 1768; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12061768
Received: 8 June 2020 / Accepted: 14 June 2020 / Published: 22 June 2020
Fast urbanization and industrialization have progressively caused severe impacts on mountainous, river, and coastal environments, and have increased the risks for people living in these areas. Human activities have changed ecosystems hence it is important to determine ways to predict these consequences to enable the preservation and restoration of these key areas. Furthermore, extreme events attributed to climate change are becoming more frequent, aggravating the entire scenario and introducing ulterior uncertainties on the accurate and efficient management of these areas to protect the environment as well as the health and safety of people. In actual fact, climate change is altering rain patterns and causing extreme heat, as well as inducing other weather mutations. All these lead to more frequent natural disasters such as flood events, erosions, and the contamination and spreading of pollutants. Therefore, efforts need to be devoted to investigate the underlying causes, and to identify feasible mitigation and adaptation strategies to reduce negative impacts on both the environment and citizens. To contribute towards this aim, the selected papers in this Special Issue covered a wide range of issues that are mainly relevant to: (i) the numerical and experimental characterization of complex flow conditions under specific circumstances induced by the natural hazards; (ii) the effect of climate change on the hydrological processes in mountainous, river, and coastal environments, (iii) the protection of ecosystems and the restoration of areas damaged by the effects of climate change and human activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: experimental modelling; numerical modelling; scouring; sediment transport; smoothed-particle hydrodynamics; flooding; dam-break; debris flows; climate change; urban evolution; natural hazard experimental modelling; numerical modelling; scouring; sediment transport; smoothed-particle hydrodynamics; flooding; dam-break; debris flows; climate change; urban evolution; natural hazard
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Rubinato, M.; Luo, M.; Zheng, X.; Pu, J.H.; Shao, S. Advances in Modelling and Prediction on the Impact of Human Activities and Extreme Events on Environments. Water 2020, 12, 1768. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12061768

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Rubinato M, Luo M, Zheng X, Pu JH, Shao S. Advances in Modelling and Prediction on the Impact of Human Activities and Extreme Events on Environments. Water. 2020; 12(6):1768. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12061768

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Rubinato, Matteo; Luo, Min; Zheng, Xing; Pu, Jaan H.; Shao, Songdong. 2020. "Advances in Modelling and Prediction on the Impact of Human Activities and Extreme Events on Environments" Water 12, no. 6: 1768. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12061768

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