Special Issue "Geoheritage and Geotourism Resources: Education, Recreation, Sustainability"

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263). This special issue belongs to the section "Geoheritage, Geoparks and Geotourism".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Hara Drinia
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Department of Geology and Geoenvironment, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 15784 Athens, Greece
Interests: environmental education; museum education; paleoecology; sequence stratigraphy; geoconservation; geological heritage; benthic foraminifera; sediment analysis; geotourism; tourism spatial planning; paleogeographic reconstructions; quantitative paleoecology
Prof. Dr. Panagiotis Voudouris
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Department of Geology and Geoenvironment, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 15784 Athens, Greece
Interests: ore minerals; critical metals; magmatic-hydrothermal ore deposits; mineralogy of hydrothermal alteration in porphyry-epithermal systems; mineralogy and genesis of gemstones
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Prof. Dr. Assimina Antonarakou
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Department of Geology and Geoenvironment, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 15784 Athens, Greece
Interests: paleoclimatology; paleoceanographic proxies; micropaleontology; integrated stratigraphy; marine geology; ocean dynamics; sea-level changes; marginal seas; astronomical frequencies in paleoclimates; extreme geological events
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, the interest of society in the geoenvironment has been constantly increasing. Concepts such as "geosites", "geoparks", and “geodiversity” are linked to new local economic and cultural growth of the areas. Significant geosites are recognized worldwide through the activity of geoparks and benefit from the exchange of information, skills, experience and staff between geoparks. Geotourism is a form of tourism that allows the discovery of the geological peculiarities of the visited territories, combined with other natural and human resources. Geo-Education is at the core of the interest and operation of Geoparks, which are considered as ideal destinations for educational activities

The aim of the present Special Issue is to highlight ways in which geoheritage can be a very promising geotourism product that will lead to the sustainable development of society and will contribute to geo-information, education, knowledge and public awareness on issues concerning geoconservation and protection.

Among other topics, this Special Issue aims to highlight, review and evaluate the usefulness of geo-cultural features in didactics in terms of geoparks and other geotouristic attractions. Innovative methods of geo-education in geoparks are more than welcome, as well as development of research combining the geosciences with social science and humanities. The essential role of geoheritage in popularization of knowledge should be emphasized.

Original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but not limited to) the following:

  • Scientific studies of geoheritage presenting geosites occurring in different geological and geomorphological contexts;
  • Techniques for the enhancement of geoheritage;
  • Significance of geoheritage in human life;
  • Geosciences education for sustainability;
  • Educational programmes;
  • Sustainable geotourism, which highlight problems connected with the management of geological heritage;
  • Sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources;
  • Valorisation of geo-heritage for sustainable and innovative tourism development.


Prof. Dr. Hara Drinia
Prof. Dr. Panagiotis Voudouris
Prof. Dr. Assimina Antonarakou
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Geoheritage
  • Geoconservation
  • Geosite
  • Geotope
  • Geoeducation
  • Geotoursim
  • Sustainability
  • Geopark
  • Public awareness

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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.

1. Tentative Title: A volcanological tour of Monte Amiata Volcano, Southern Tuscany, Italy

Authors: Claudia Principe, Luigina Vezzoli

Abstract:  Among the many possible places that describe the volcanology of Monte Amiata, a dozen of particularly significant sites has been selected, both for the clarity of the geological situations exposed, and for the beauty of the outcrops and their ease of access. These sites were then organized in a historical-naturalistic-geological itinerary around the volcano, in such a way as to obtain an overview capable of giving an idea of the complexity and variety of contexts in which Monte Amiata formed and of the interactions that then took place between man and this particular territory in Tuscany.

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