Special Issue "Protection of Cultural Heritage from Natural and Manmade Hazards"

A special issue of Heritage (ISSN 2571-9408).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2023 | Viewed by 78

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Humberto Varum
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CONSTRUCT, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Porto, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: earthquake engineering; structural analysis; seismic analysis of RC buildings; structural repair and maintenance of buildings; structural health monitoring; structural testing and modelling
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Dr. Vasilis Sarhosis
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Department of Structural Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
Interests: masonry; ageing infrastructure; computational mechanics; remote sensing; structural inspection; digital twin; cultural heritage
Dr. Fernanda Prestileo
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CNR-ISAC (National Research Council, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate), Area della Ricerca di Tor Vergata, Via Fosso del Cavaliere, 100, 00133 Rome, Italy
Interests: conservation of cultural heritage; non-destructive techniques for diagnostics on cultural heritage; microclimatic monitoring; preventive conservation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit your work to this Special Issue on the topic of the “Protection of Cultural Heritage from Natural and Manmade Hazards” at the open access, indexed within Scopus, journal Heritage (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/heritage), published quarterly by MDPI.

Natural phenomena, such as earthquakes, fires, and anthropogenic pollution, but also heavy precipitation, flooding, and drought due to frequent climate change, resulted in significant damage to and even the collapse of our structures of architectural heritage. Wars and conflicts or other extreme events resulting, for example, from industrial accidents may also affect architectural heritage. These phenomena make new challenges necessary to find and implement solutions to deal with such occurrences. Scientific actions are required to respond to these challenges by developing new methodologies and tools for adaptation capacity that truly enable cultural heritage and landscape managers, policymakers, industry representatives, and stakeholders to be able to cope with emergencies promptly and appropriately, basing decisions and actions on the principles of knowledge, assessment, and preparedness.

Sharing knowledge, experience, and recommendations on the multirisk assessment, vulnerability, resilience, and sustainable management of cultural heritage are necessary tools to effectively participate in the policies that will design and implement the new strategies needed to address future challenges.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present the latest developments in this research field. International, regional, and local projects are welcome, as are case studies, the adoption of best practices, and the setup of risk management plans.

We therefore invite contributions on the following but non-exhaustive list of topics:

  • Cultural heritage at risk due to natural and man-made hazards: examples and case studies.
  • Methodologies and tools for the risk analysis and management of cultural heritage.
  • Multihazard and vulnerability assessment of cultural heritage.
  • Preventive actions and adaptation measures for the mitigation of risk factors.
  • Best practices on the preservation and management of cultural heritage.
  • Remote sensing for cultural heritage and landscapes management.
  • Multidisciplinarily approaches for the protection of cultural heritage: exemplary projects.

The Special Issue will be open for submission after 1st September 2020.

Prof. Dr. Humberto Varum
Dr. Vasilis Sarhosis
Dr. Fernanda Prestileo
Guest Editors

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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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. Heritage is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly 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.


  • cultural heritage
  • safeguarding
  • management
  • hazards
  • risks assessment
  • climate change
  • resilience
  • preparedness

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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