Special Issue "Science-Policy Gaps and Their Impact on Landscape-Scale Management of Natural Disasters"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Landscape Ecology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Audrey L. Mayer
Guest Editor
College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931, USA
Interests: landscape ecology; biodiversity conservation; sustainability science; environmental policy
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Special Issue Information

Natural disasters such as fires and floods are incurring an increasing toll on human societies, as climate change, habitat conversion, and the spread of invasive species drive increasing frequencies and severities of such events. The landscape context can exacerbate/mitigate disasters, but only with sufficient knowledge on how these processes operate and at what scale(s). However, the scale(s) of policies and guidelines for natural disaster management that govern land use, natural resource management, and disaster recovery may be misaligned with the scale(s) at which the landscape context affects the frequency/severity of a natural disaster. Additionally, policies which end at political borders are rarely effective for cross-boundary disturbances and processes, exacerbating risk.

This Special Issue will focus on the science of natural disaster risks and existing policies addressing them, highlighting science-policy gaps where more research or policy work is needed.

For this Special Issue, we invite papers focusing on, but not limited to, the following topics within the science-policy interface:

  • Natural disaster risk management
  • Invasive pest management and mitigation
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Scale-dependent law, regulations, and policy mismatches with natural disaster scale
  • Increased vulnerability of communities due to policy scale mismatch or knowledge gaps
  • Structured Decision Making, Adaptive Management, and other frameworks for risk management
  • Novel program and policy approaches to risk and vulnerability management
Prof. Dr. Audrey L. Mayer
Guest Editor

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. Land 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.


  • Science-policy gap
  • Risk management
  • Natural disasters
  • Climate change
  • Invasive species
  • Law, regulation, and policy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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