Special Issue "Geomorphological Research for Management and Mitigation of Geo-hydrological Risk and Environmental Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Francesco Faccini
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Department of Earth, Environment and Life Sciences, University of Genoa, Italy
Interests: Applied Geomorphology; Geo-hydrological Hazards; Geomorphological Mapping; Environmental Geology
Dr. Fabio Luino
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Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection, Italian National Research Council, Strada delle Cacce 73, 10135 Torino, Italy
Interests: land-use planning, urbanization and geo-hydrological processes, historical research
Prof. Dr. Jerome V. De Graff
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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, California State University, Fresno, 2576 E. San Ramon Ave., Mail-Stop ST-24, Fresno, CA 93740, USA
Interests: engineering geology; environmental geology; environmental impact assessment; sustainable development
Prof. Dr. Carmen de Jong
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Faculté de géographie et d’aménagement, University of Strasbourg, Laboratoire image ville environnement, 3 rue de l'Argonne - 67000 STRASBOURG, France
Interests: hydromorphology; droughts and floods; natural risks; climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we announce a Special Issue of the Sustainability journal entitled:

Geomorphological Research for Management and Mitigation of Geo-hydrological Risk and Environmental Sustainability”.

The topic that we intend to address together with your help is very timely. We expect to receive many papers from geologists, engineers, agronomists, environmental scientists who have worked in the specific field of geomorphology for the management and mitigation of Geo-hydrological risk and environmental sustainability.

We hope you can submit a contribution to the volume.


Every year around the world, a great number of natural processes like landslides, muddy-debris flows and floods occur. Their effects often involve urbanized areas causing severe damage and casualties. In many cases, this problem must be considered as a direct consequence of incomplete and/or uncorrected land planning that has permitted the urbanization of areas potentially prone to geo-hydrological hazards.

In the aftermath of such severe events, the mass media wonder how they can happen, and the scientific community gives precise answers that often seem obvious: "in that area nothing should have been built". The experts often propose the need to relocate residential or industrial areas. However, this has rarely been achieved because of the physical or economic difficulties and the reluctance of local inhabitants. Consequently, the preferred response is to use engineering measures for local remedial works.

This inadequate land-use management, in many countries, has been tackled by the introduction of mitigation procedures. This have included legislation for gradually instituted many regional and local planning instruments and special plans for areas characterized by very high geo-hydrological risk.

Although in these last years effective and valuable tools have been introduced to evaluate the risk to constructions in areas prone to geo-hydrological hazards, the disastrous natural processes continue to take a heavy toll.

The Aim

The aim of the Special Issue is to analyse the state-of-the-art in the field of land management in relation to Geo-hydrological risks. The volume will collect papers produced by different authors and groups working in the field of natural hazards, geo-hydrological risk, land-use planning and urban planning. Papers on case studies from all over the world will be very welcome. The aim of the Special Issue of Sustainability is to inform the international scientific community and especially technicians, politicians and urban planning authorities about the results of studies and research that have been carried out in this field, suggesting a sort of pathway for effective risk reduction and sustainable land management.

Prof. Dr. Francesco Faccini
Dr. Fabio Luino
Prof. Dr. Jerome V. De Graff
Prof. Dr. Carmen de Jong
Guest Editors

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  • flood, urbanization
  • land-use planning
  • risk evaluation
  • risk mitigation
  • urban flood resilience
  • environmental sustainability

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Geomorphological Landscape Research and Flood Management in a Heavily Modified Tyrrhenian Catchment
Sustainability 2019, 11(17), 4594; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11174594 - 23 Aug 2019
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Since the nineteenth century, most urban catchments in Europe have been subject to significant landscape variations. These modifications have been caused by population change and the transition through rural, industrial and post-industrial economies. Land use and rainfall regime changes, together with land use [...] Read more.
Since the nineteenth century, most urban catchments in Europe have been subject to significant landscape variations. These modifications have been caused by population change and the transition through rural, industrial and post-industrial economies. Land use and rainfall regime changes, together with land use variations, are frequently associated with flood hazard increase. This paper examines geomorphological landscape changes from the nineteenth century to the present day in the Bisagno Valley, Genoa metropolitan area. The Valley is internationally known for its recurring floods: the last events with fatalities occurred in 2011 and 2014. The extent of landscape change and the history of floods were examined by combining scientific data and information from historical maps, written accounts, topographical drawings and photographs. Historical–geographical and geomorphological analyses were used to reconstruct the runoff for three different periods since 1850. Our results demonstrate that geomorphological landscape variations, including modifications of the river bed, and the abandonment of the countryside and terraces are not sustainable and have progressively allowed an increase in flooding, making it necessary to implement sustainable management policies. In particular, specific spatial urban planning and management measures are necessary in order to mitigate flood hazard and vulnerability. Full article
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