Call for Papers – “Physics and Chemistry of the Earth” Special issue “Disaster Risk Reduction”

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Fires burned along the Volga River, not far from Nizhniy Novgorod, in early July 2010. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA‰Ûªs Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on July 2, 2010. Red outlines indicate unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fires, and a thick plume of smoke blows from a cluster of fires toward the northwest. Farther away from the flames, the smoke thins and moves in different directions, apparently driven by changing winds. The fires burn in a marshy area along the Volga. Vegetation, appearing in varied shades of green, carpets the area.

Fires burned along the Volga River, not far from Nizhniy Novgorod, in early July 2010. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA‰Ûªs Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on July 2, 2010. Red outlines indicate unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fires, and a thick plume of smoke blows from a cluster of fires toward the northwest. Farther away from the flames, the smoke thins and moves in different directions, apparently driven by changing winds. The fires burn in a marshy area along the Volga. Vegetation, appearing in varied shades of green, carpets the area. (NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC)

Guest Editors

G. Iovine, M.F. Sheridan, H. Huebl, M. Pastor, C. Aubrecht, S. Scheer

Submission Deadline: 30 November 2010

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Several types of dangerous phenomena (either natural or man-made) pose a serious risk in many parts of the world. A fundamental task in hazard evaluation includes the prediction of the area influenced by the hazardous phenomenon, of its evolution in space and time, and the understanding of triggering mechanisms. Vulnerability to a specific risk is a further issue that must be analyzed.

Innovative approaches to decreasing risks may range from modeling to monitoring, to land use planning and knowledge dissemination, to realizing remedial works. Studies describing innovative methods of monitoring, modeling and simulation (and related methods of calibration and validation, as well as of sensitivity analyses) are solicited. Comparative discussions on potential and limits of different approaches are also within the scope of this special issue.

If interested in submitting the results of your studies, please note that the deadline for manuscripts is 30 November 2010. Only high-quality papers, strictly related to the topic of the special issue and containing unpublished case studies and/or methods will be considered for publication. Manuscripts must be directly submitted via the Journal website at http://ees.elsevier.com/jpce/.

The corresponding author must first register at the same website. By using the personal codes (username and password) it will be possible to submit the manuscript. Authors must follow the formatting instructions available at the journal website, http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/413/authorinstructions. Upon submission, please remember to specify that your manuscript is intended for the special issue on ‰ÛÏDisaster Risk Reduction‰Û.

We look forward to receiving your manuscript.

Best regards,

Christoph Aubrecht and Giulio Iovine

on behalf of the entire guest editor team