Water-Related Geoenvironmental Issues, 2nd Edition

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Hydrogeology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2024 | Viewed by 446

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Faculty of Engineering, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China
Interests: geological disaster; underground water-sealed storage; rock cavern engineering
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Faculty of Engineering, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China
Interests: landslide mechanisms; transport mechanisms of rock avalanche; remediation of groundwater and soil pollution; slope stability assessment
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Faculty of Engineering, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China
Interests: slope engineering; heterogeneity characterization; data fusion and risk assessment
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue collects articles from the research on fundamental and up-to-date scientific results concerning water-related geoenvironmental issues. Articles on topics associated with numerical modeling, spatiotemporal modeling, data fusion, and field investigations using hydrogeological approaches, geophysical approaches, geochemical approaches, and remote sensing are welcome. We also welcome studies associated with groundwater contamination transport and remediation, geothermal energy exchange, and geological disaster as well as environmental disaster evaluation and prevention. We especially encourage water-related geoenvironmental studies that solve multi-scale and interdisciplinary problems.

This Special Issue focuses on, but is not limited to, the following aspects:

  • Mechanisms of rainfall-induced landslides and debris flow;
  • Numerical modeling of instability processes;
  • Field and laboratory investigations of groundwater flow and stability;
  • Groundwater and soil contamination transport and remediation;
  • Rock and soil heterogeneity and its engineering applications;
  • Geological disaster prevention;
  • Underground engineering construction;
  • Geological disaster risk assessment;
  • Stability evaluation and utilization of rock and soil;
  • Geological environmental protection;
  • The stability of the surrounding rock systems of large underground water-sealed caverns;
  • Evaluation and design of underground water-sealed and energy-storage caverns;
  • Theoretical and experimental studies on the stability evaluation of complex slope rock masses;
  • Hydrological processes in hillslopes;
  • Sampling approaches for slope stability analyses.

Prof. Dr. Echuan Yan
Prof. Dr. Ming Zhang
Dr. Jingsen Cai
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • geological disaster
  • remediation of soil contamination
  • groundwater contamination
  • slope stability
  • underground water-sealed cavern
  • hydrological processes
  • sampling approaches
  • mechanisms
  • heterogeneity

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Application of Variable Weight Theory in the Suitability Evaluation of Regional Shallow Geothermal Energy Development
by Ruifeng Wang, Mingchuan Shi, Yanliang Zhai, Ke Zhu, Lei Zhao, Chenhui Liu, Guohong Yan and Zhiqiang Yin
Water 2024, 16(13), 1769; https://doi.org/10.3390/w16131769 - 21 Jun 2024
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Blindly developing shallow geothermal energy (SGE) may lead to difficulties in reinjection, a low coefficient of performance (COP), and the waste of funds. In order to avoid these problems and improve development efficiency, it is necessary to scientifically conduct a development suitability evaluation [...] Read more.
Blindly developing shallow geothermal energy (SGE) may lead to difficulties in reinjection, a low coefficient of performance (COP), and the waste of funds. In order to avoid these problems and improve development efficiency, it is necessary to scientifically conduct a development suitability evaluation and classify the suitability levels before development. This article takes Chengde City, Hebei Province, China as an example and constructs an evaluation index system based on the analysis of regional basic conditions. The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) was used to calculate the constant weight. A Fuzzy C-means Clustering (FCM) analysis was used to determine the critical value of evaluation index classification and the interval threshold of variable weights. The parameters of the variable-weight model were calculated using the method of model backcalculation. Based on the constructed variable-weight model, the suitability of SGE development for groundwater sources in the study area was evaluated, and it was divided into five levels: most suitable area, suitable area, relatively suitable area, less suitable area, and unsuitable area. Through a verification analysis of engineering examples and a comparison with the evaluation results under traditional constant-weight models, it was found that the evaluation results based on variable weight theory have better data discreteness and a higher accuracy. Research has shown that variable-weight models can adjust the weight of each index based on its state value. Through this study, the accuracy of the suitability evaluation for regional SGE development can be improved. This can provide a certain reference for the suitability evaluation of SGE development in other regions. Full article
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