About this Special Issue
The intersection between geomorphology and society has become increasingly critical as human activities continue to alter landscapes at an unprecedented pace. Unregulated land use changes often lead to environmental degradation, increased vulnerability to natural hazards, and a loss of ecosystem services. In response, there is a growing recognition of the importance of nature-based solutions, which involve harnessing natural processes and ecosystem functions to address societal challenges.
Given the importance and relevance of this Special Issue, we invite researchers to contribute original articles with a particular focus on urban contexts. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
1. The impact of land-use changes on urban geomorphology: Studies of urban sprawl and its consequences on landforms, soil erosion, and sedimentation patterns in urban areas.
2. Assessing the effectiveness of nature-based solutions for urban flood control: Studies of stormwater management in highly urbanized areas.
3. The role of geomorphology in shaping urban landscapes: The relationships between urban form, land-use patterns, and geomorphic processes in rapidly growing cities.
4. Understanding the implications of urbanization on river geomorphology: Investigations of the effects of urbanization on the hydrology, sedimentation, and morphology of rivers in urban areas.
5. Exploring the potential of green infrastructure in managing urban geomorphological processes: Studies of the impact of green roofs, permeable pavements, and other nature-based solutions on soil erosion, runoff, and sedimentation in urban settings.
6. Investigating the socio-economic factors influencing land-use changes in urban areas: Investigations of the role of demographic, economic, and political factors in driving urbanization and its impact on geomorphology.
7. Assessing the vulnerability of urban areas to geomorphic hazards: Studies of the impact of floods, landslides, and other hazards on urban infrastructure and society, and the effectiveness of mitigation measures.
8. Examining the impact of urbanization on soil erosion and sediment transport in watersheds: Studies of the impact of land-use change and development on the sediment budget of a river basin in urban areas.
9. Developing sustainable land-use strategies for urban areas: Investigations of the potential of integrating nature-based solutions, land-use planning, and geomorphological processes in urban development.
10. Investigating the impact of urbanization on coastal geomorphology: Studies of the impact of sea-level rise, land-use change, and urbanization on coastal morphology and sediment transport, and the potential of nature-based solutions for mitigating coastal erosion and flooding.
We look forward to receiving your submissions. All articles that are accepted for publication will be charged with an article processing fee. Before you submit, please visit the Publishing Fees and Funding Support pages for more information and guidance.
Keywords: geomorphology, society, land use, nature-based solutions