Special Issue "Land Use Planning for Natural Hazards"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2019).
Interests: natural hazards; urban planning; geomorphology; modeling
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Interests: natural hazards; urban planning; geomorphology; modeling; GIS
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The landscape of the Earth is the product of a complex evolution; it is the result of interactions involving surface progress, climate, tectonic and human activity. In this context, the morphological changes in landforms due to active tectonics or climate changes have the potential to affect and, in some cases, even to control human activities [1,2]. On the other hand, human activity and man-made constructions have the ability to change the landscape and as such have an impact on natural hazards.
Natural hazards are physical phenomena that occur worldwide and contribute to the evolution of the Earth’s landscape. Their associated consequences can lead to damage to both the natural and man-made environment . When these consequences have a major impact on human life, natural hazards are called natural disasters.
On a global scale, overpopulation and urban development in areas prone to natural hazards increase the impact of natural disasters both in the developed and developing world. Generally, natural disasters occur more frequently in relation to our capability to restore the effects of past events .
Therefore, in order to minimize the loss of human life and reduce the economic consequences, proper planning, and management of natural disasters are essential. However, consideration of the natural hazards and their influence on landscape evolution during the land use planning stage is essential in natural hazard mitigation and urban disaster management.
For engineers, policy-makers and planners, it is important to employ land use planning based on natural hazard maps in the evaluation and selection of suitable areas for sustainable urban development with fundamental concern for the protection of the environment and of human life.
This Special Issue invites papers dealing with the interactions of natural hazards, human activities and land uses. Papers that address Natural Hazard Assessment Mapping and Land Uses are welcome.
- Bathrellos, G.D.; Gaki-Papanastassiou, K.; Skilodimou, H.D.; Papanastassiou, D.; Chousianitis, K.G. Potential suitability for urban planning and industry development by using natural hazard maps and geological-geomorphological parameters. Environmental Earth Sciences 2012, 66 (2), 537–548.
- Bathrellos, G.D.; Gaki-Papanastassiou, K.; Skilodimou, H.D.; Skianis, G.A.; Chousianitis, K.G. (). Assessment of rural community and agricultural development using geomorphological–geological factors and GIS in the Trikala prefecture (Central Greece). Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 2013, 27 (2), 573–588.
- Bathrellos, G.D.; Skilodimou, H.D.; Chousianitis, K.; Youssef, A.M.; Pradhan, B. Suitability estimation for urban development using multi-hazard assessment map. Science of the Total Environment 2017, 575, 119–134.
- Guzzetti, F.; Carrara, A.; Cardinali, M.; Reichenbach, P. Landslide hazard evaluation: a review of current techniques and their application in a multi-scale study, Central Italy. Geomorphology 1999, 31, 181–216.
Dr. Hariklia D. Skilodimou
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- Land uses
- Climate changes and natural hazards
- Anthropogenic activities and natural hazards
- Natural hazard assessment models and maps
- Landscape evolution
- Urban and rural planning
- GIS and earth observation in natural hazards and land uses
- Hazard mitigation