Special Issue "Floods and Landslides: A Sustainability Approach"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Daniel Jato-Espino
Guest Editor
Department of Transportation and Projects and Processes Technology, Universidad de Cantabria, 39005 Santander, Spain
Interests: Water management; Multi-criteria decision-making; Stormwater modelling; Flood risk assessment; GIS; Environmental analysis; Urban drainage; Statistical testing; Sustainability indicators; Slope stability; Air quality; UHI effect
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Dr. Ebrahim Ahmadisharaf
Guest Editor
Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, United States
Interests: flood modeling and management; hydrologic modeling; stormwater modeling and management; uncertainty analysis; watershed modeling
Prof. Dr. Irasema Alcántara-Ayala
Guest Editor
Institute of Geography, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico
Interests: forensic investigations of disasters; geomorphology; integrated disaster risk research; landslides
Prof. Dr. Mariele Evers
Guest Editor
Geography Department, Bonn University, Bonn, Germany
Interests: collaborative learning; disaster risk management; environmental planning; human–water research; integrated river basin management; inter- and transdisciplinary research; participatory modelling; risk perception; sustainable development; water resources management
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Floods and landslides are two of the most harmful natural threats that societies have to deal with, especially in a context in which the effects of nonstationary factors, such as climate and land use/land cover changes, are already triggering the occurrence of both events. To improve the community resilience, infrastructures must be designed by best available methods and models that consider the aggregated impact of such severe hazards on economy, society and environment both in short- and long- terms. Exploring the consequences of these hazards in terms of the Triple Bottom Line is a branch of investigation that needs to be studied more in depth, since the devastating impacts of floods and landslides can cause not only serious economic losses, but also exert environmental degradation and endanger the well-being of people. Assessment multi-disciplinary methods, systems and tools based upon the consideration of a series of sustainability indicators have become accessible and effective solutions to improve the management and planning of buildings, communities, infrastructures, processes and products, ensuring their alignment with the principles of sustainable development. This Special Issue aims to produce knowledge about how sustainability assessments can be applied to appraise the potential impacts of floods and landslides, thereby helping to prioritise the implementation of adaptation measures to mitigate them at strategic areas. Consequently, this Special Issue is of interest to a broad range of hydrologists, scientists, practitioners, civil and geotechnical engineers, environmental managers, geologists, policy makers and modellers.

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  2. Anderson, M. G., & Holcombe, L. (2006). Sustainable landslide risk reduction in poorer countries. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability, 159(1), 23-30. 
  3. Andersson-Sköld, Y., & Nyberg, L. (2016). Effective and sustainable flood and landslide risk reduction measures: An investigation of two assessment frameworks. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 7(4), 374-392.
  4. Ball, T., Werritty, A., Geddes, A. (2013) Insurance and sustainability in flood‐risk management: the UK in a transitional state. Area, 45(3), 266-272.
  5. Carter, J. G., White, I., Richards, J. (2009) Sustainability appraisal and flood risk management. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 29(1), 7-14.
  6. Challies, E., Newig, J., Thaler, T., Kochskämper, E., Levin-Keitel, M. (2016) Participatory and collaborative governance for sustainable flood risk management: an emerging research agenda. Environmental Science and Policy, 55, 275-280.
  7. Chan, F.K.S., Adekola, O., Mitchell, G., Ng, C.N., Mcdonald, A. (2013) Towards sustainable flood risk management in the Chinese Coastal Megacities. A case study of practice in the Pearl River Delta. Irrigation and Drainage, 62(4), 501-509.
  8. De La Ville, N., Diaz, A. C., & Ramirez, D. (2002). Remote sensing and GIS technologies as tools to support sustainable management of areas devastated by landslides. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 4(2), 221-229.
  9. Edjossan-Sossou, A.M., Deck, O., Al Heib, M., Verdel, T. (2014) A decision-support methodology for assessing the sustainability of natural risk management strategies in urban areas. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 14(12), 3207-3230.
  10. Evers, M., Jonoski, A., Almoradie, A., Lange, L. (2016) Collaborative decision making in sustainable flood risk management: a socio-technical approach and tools for participatory governance. Environmental Science & Policy, 55, 335-344.
  11. Fedeski, M., Gwilliam, J. (2007) Urban sustainability in the presence of flood and geological hazards: The development of a GIS-based vulnerability and risk assessment methodology. Landscape and Urban Planning, 83(1), 50-61.
  12. Holcombe, E. A., & Anderson, M. G. (2010). Implementation of community-based landslide hazard mitigation measures: The role of stakeholder engagement in 'sustainable' project scale-up. Sustainable Development, 18(6), 331-349.
  13. Hernández-Moreno, G., & Alcántara-Ayala, I. (2017). Landslide risk perception in Mexico: A research gate into public awareness and knowledge. Landslides, 14(1), 351-371.
  14. Jato-Espino, D., Blanco-Fernandez, E., Carpio-García, J., & Castro-Fresno, D. (2016). Decision aid system founded on nonlinear valuation, dispersion-based weighting and correlative aggregation for wire rope selection in slope stability cable nets. Expert Systems with Applications, 54, 148-154.
  15. Kang, M.G., Jeong, H.S., Lee, J.H., Kang, B.S. (2013) Assessing national flood management using a sustainable flood management framework. Water policy, 15(3), 418-434.
  16. Kjekstad, O., & Highland, L. (2009). Economic and social impacts of landslides. Paper presented at the Landslides - Disaster Risk Reduction, 573-587.
  17. Kundzewicz, Z.W. (1999) Flood protection—sustainability issues. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 44(4), 559-571.
  18. Meyer, V., Scheuer, S., Haase, D. (2009) A multicriteria approach for flood risk mapping exemplified at the Mulde river, Germany. Natural Hazards, 48(1), 17-39.
  19. Ni, J., Sun, L., Li, T., Huang, Z., Borthwick, A.G. (2010) Assessment of flooding impacts in terms of sustainability in mainland China. Journal of Environmental Management, 91(10), 1930-1942.
  20. Park, Y., Pradhan, A. M. S., Kim, U., Kim, Y. -., & Kim, S. (2016). Development and application of urban landslide vulnerability assessment methodology reflecting social and economic variables. Advances in Meteorology, Article ID 4572498, 13 pages.
  21.  Sassa, K. (2017). The fifth world landslide Forum—Implementing and monitoring the ISDR-ICL sendai partnerships 2015–2025: Voluntary contribution to the Sendai framework 2015–2030 and the agenda 2030-sustainable development goals. Landslides, 14(3), 1283-1288.
  22. Shah, M. A. R., Rahman, A., Chowdhury, S. H. (2017) Sustainability assessment of flood mitigation projects: An innovative decision support framework. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 23, 53-61.
  23. Shrubsole, D. (2007) From structures to sustainability: a history of flood management strategies in Canada. International Journal of Emergency Management, 4(2), 183-196.
  24. Trezzini, F., Giannella, G., & Guida, T. (2013). Landslide and flood: Economic and social impacts in Italy. Paper presented at the Landslide Science and Practice: Social and Economic Impact and Policies, 7, 171-176.
  25.  Werritty, A. (2006) Sustainable flood management: oxymoron or new paradigm? Area, 38(1), 16-23.

Dr. Daniel Jato-Espino
Dr. Ebrahim Ahmadisharaf
Prof. Dr. Irasema Alcántara-Ayala
Prof. Dr. Mariele Evers
Guest Editors

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  • Adaptation measures
  • Climate Change
  • Decision-Making
  • Economic loss
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Floods
  • Hazard mapping
  • Multi-hazard analysis
  • Landslides
  • Land Use and Land Cover Change
  • Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis
  • Integrated Water Resources Planning and Management (IWRM)
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Natural disaster planning and management
  • Risk analysis
  • Rockfall protection
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Sustainability indicators
  • Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)
  • Sustainable infrastructure
  • Trigger factors

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Open AccessArticle
Flooding in Central Chile: Implications of Tides and Sea Level Increase in the 21st Century
Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4335; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124335 - 22 Nov 2018
Cited by 4
Coastal floods have become a serious problem on a global scale, increasing in frequency or magnitude due to natural conditions, and exacerbated by socioeconomic factors. This investigation analyzes the role of tides and average sea levels on the development and intensity of flooding [...] Read more.
Coastal floods have become a serious problem on a global scale, increasing in frequency or magnitude due to natural conditions, and exacerbated by socioeconomic factors. This investigation analyzes the role of tides and average sea levels on the development and intensity of flooding in the lower section of the Andalién River, located toward the southern extreme of the coast of central Chile and northeast of Concepción, the country’s second most populous city. Numerical simulation (1D) was used in five modeled scenarios to determine potential flooding areas, demonstrating the influence of tides in flooding processes as far away as 7.3 km from the river mouth, which is reinforced by the fact that 57% of flooding events occur during syzygies. Further, a climate change-induced sea level rise of 60 cm from current levels by the end of the 21st century would produce a 4% increase in flood-prone areas, with 17% of flooding affecting the current built-up area and 83% of floodplains and salt marshes. Efforts must be made to protect or conserve these latter areas in order to increase natural resilience, given the high costs of implementing structural measures to protect future residential areas. Full article
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Spatial Assessment of Urban Flood Susceptibility Using Data Mining and Geographic Information System (GIS) Tools
Sustainability 2018, 10(3), 648; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10030648 - 28 Feb 2018
Cited by 13
Using geographic information system (GIS) tools and data-mining models, this study analyzed the relationships between flood areas and correlated hydrological factors to map the regional flood susceptibility of the Seoul metropolitan area in South Korea. We created a spatial database of data describing [...] Read more.
Using geographic information system (GIS) tools and data-mining models, this study analyzed the relationships between flood areas and correlated hydrological factors to map the regional flood susceptibility of the Seoul metropolitan area in South Korea. We created a spatial database of data describing factors including topography, geology, soil, and land use. We used 2010 flood data for training and 2011 data for model validation. Frequency ratio (FR) and logistic regression (LR) models were applied to 2010 flood data to determine the relationships between the flooded area and its causal factors and to derive flood-susceptibility maps, which were substantiated using the area flooded in 2011 (not used for training). As a result of the accuracy validation, FR and LR model results were shown to have 79.61% and 79.05% accuracy, respectively. In terms of sustainability, floods affect water health as well as causing economic and social damage. These maps will provide useful information to decision makers for the implementation of flood-mitigation policies in priority areas in urban sustainable development and for flood prevention and management. In addition to this study, further analysis including data on economic and social activities, proximity to nature, and data on population and building density, will make it possible to improve sustainability. Full article
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