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Advances in Evaluation and Mitigation of Geohazards related to Unstable Slopes

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A special Issue of “The Journal of EarthScience”

Guest Editors, Robert E. Criss1and Changdong Li2

1Washington University in St. Louis, USA

2China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China

In order to meet booming energy demands during rapid socio-economic development, dams and reservoirs have been recently built through out the world. For example, more than 14,000 dams were constructed in China between 1973 and 2008. Reservoir impoundment and subsequent operations have created new geohazards or destabilized ancient ones, particularly in hydro-fluctuation zones, and have triggered notable catastrophes such as the Vajont landslide and Qianjiangping landslide.
Three Gorges Reservoir is one of the most significant hydraulic engineering projects in the world because of its huge physical size and installed hydropower capacity. More than 4,000 geohazards have been identified in the TGR area including landslides, debris flows, collapsed reservoir banks,etc., causing serious threats to people and property. Decades of research have been dedicated to the study of geohazards in reservoir regions. The combined effects of rainfall and variations of reservoir water levels on geohazards can be a multiscale process, and many new theoretical, numerical, experimental, and stabilization methods have been developed to study, forecast, and mitigate the associated geohazards.
This Special Issue provides a forum for researchers to present and discuss state of art theories and methods for the evaluation and mitigation of geohazards related to unstable slopes, including landslides, landslide dams, tunnels, dams and reservoirs from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Papers on topics related to the theme, “Advances in Evaluation and Mitigation of Geohazards related to Unstable Slopes”, such as those in the non-inclusive list below, are welcome.
• Hydrological and hydrogeological processes in reservoir regions
• Water-induced deterioration of rock and soil masses
• Evolution mechanism of geohazards
• Advanced monitoring and early warning methods of geohazards
• Unstable slopes due to construction and mining
• Mitigation and control of geohazards
• Big data and artificial intelligence techniques in geohazards.

Deadline for manuscript submission: January 1, 2020
Completion of first round review: February 15,2020
Deadline for revised manuscripts: April 15, 2020
Completion of the review and revision process: June 1, 2020
Possible date for publication: December 2020
Manuscripts should be submitted on-line at:

Journal of Earth Science (ISSN 1674-487X, Online ISSN 1867-111X) is issued bimonthly through China University of Geosciences, and published by Springer. The bimonthly English journal strives to cover all branches of geology and related technology in the exploration and utilization of earth resources, namely, geology, petrology, mineralogy, ore deposit geology, tectonics, paleontology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, geochemistry, geophysics, environmental sciences, etc. Submissions of original articles in English from scientists both in China and around the World on relevant subjects are welcome. All articles are reviewed by two or more referees for scholarly presentation, technical merit, quality of scientific content, and utility of the results for practicing geologists. The Editorial Committee reserves the final decision concerning the acceptance of a paper.
Articles should discuss new theories, methods and discoveries, recent achievements in the geosciences, as well as timely reviews on selected subjects. Articles should contain original data and facts which support the conclusions. Manuscripts should conform to the guidelines in the instructions for authors.

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