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Arabian Journal of Geosciences

Arabian Journal of Geosciences

Editor-in-Chief: Abdullah M. Al-Amri

ISSN: 1866-7511 (print version)
ISSN: 1866-7538 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12517

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Arabian Journal of Geosciences - Special Issues

Arabian Journal of Geosciences (AJGS) hosts special issues from time to time. The review process for special issue papers is conducted by at least an Associate Editor of the AJGS together with the Guest Editors. The special issue process is as follows:

1) A special issue Coordinator (one Guest Editor) contacts the Publishing Editor and the Editor-in-Chief to describe the projected special issue and to offer to coordinate the review/publication process in close collaboration with at least one Associate Editor of the AJGS.
2) If the Publishing Editor and the Editor-in-Chief agree to proceed, the Coordinator sends a list of papers to be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief and the Production Department (emails below). The list includes the titles and authors, including all co-authors, of each paper.
3) The Coordinator is informed that submissions for the special issue can begin. The submission web site is updated to include a drop-down list of paper types, from which the author will choose the appropriate “special issue” option when submitting the paper.
4) Authors are required to suggest at least four potential reviewers (including emails) for their submission. These potential reviewers should not be authors or co-authors of any other submissions for the special issue.
5) The review process follows usual AJGS procedures. In order for the special issue to appear relatively quickly, manuscripts for which the decision is “reject” or “reject and resubmit” will not be eligible for inclusion. Deadlines for major revisions will be strictly observed: If authors cannot meet the deadlines, their manuscript will not be eligible for inclusion.
6) Papers are published online as they are accepted. The paper issue is published after the review process for all submitted papers is completed.
7) In order to tie the papers together, a footnote prepared by the Coordinator is included in the title page of the published version of each paper.
8) The Coordinator provides a short (less than one page) front piece which describe the motivation for the special issue. This front piece is published in the paper version of the special issue and is not referable.
Editor-in-Chief: Abdullah Al-Amri (alamri.geo@gmail.com)
Publishing Editor: Nabil Khélifi (Nabil.Khelifi@springer.com)
Production Coordinator: Joseph Villarosa (joseph.villarosa@springer.com)
Submission System: Angelo Romualdo (angelo.romualdo@springer.com)

Special Issues in 2019 

Geo-environmental integration for sustainable development of water, energy, environment and society

This special issue is based on the best papers presented during the International Conference on Water, Environment, Energy and Society (ICWEES2018) which was jointly organized by the “Institut des Regions Arides” in Tunisia, AISECT University in India, and Texas A & M University, USA in Djerba-Zarzis, Tunisia from 08 to 11 May 2018. Some other papers were also selected from the International Water Forum Conference (IWFC-2018) which was organized by the Tunisian Association of Water Sciences and ISSTEG, University of Gabès, Tunisia in collaboration with Selçuk University in Konya, Turkey & IAH- Regional Groundwater Flow Commission in Hammamet, Tunisia from 19 to 21 March 2018. The special issue presents new research studies on the latest developments in science and technology and their applications in the water, environment and energy areas. The primary objective is emphasize more the significance of water-environment-energy nexus for the sustainable development and well-being of society. To reach this target, the special issue covers these topics:
Water resources
- Surface and groundwater mobilization
- Non-conventional resources (desalined, treated wastewater, grey water, etc.)
- Water use efficiency/productivity and irrigation methods
- Water resources modelling
- Extremes: drought, flooding, etc.
- Climate change impacts on water resources
- Global Environmental Change and Ecosystems Management
- Environmental Restoration and Ecological Engineering
- Monitoring and Analysis of Environmental Contaminant
- Land degradation and rehabilitation
- Solid waste management
- Solar and photovoltaic Technology and applications
- Wind Energy Application
- Hybrid systems
- Water/energy nexus
Societies and Development
- Valuation of land degradation and water resources
- Land degradation impacts on livelihood
- Cost benefit analysis of remediation practices
- Mainstreaming CC in planning strategies
- Integrated participatory approaches for sustainable development
Geo-Information and Remote Sensing Technologies
- Change detection of land degradation
- Land Use/ land Cover mapping
- Databases and information sharing
- Geo-information based decision making systems

Advances of Geophysical and Geological Prospection for Natural Resources in Egypt and the Middle East

This special issue provides researchers from Egypt and the Middle East, as well as scientists from other countries, with the most recent advances of geophysical and geological investigations for natural resources in these regions. It brings together the state-of-the-art research in geology/geophysics with emphasis on contributions presented at the 10th International Symposium on Geophysics, Tanta University, Egypt, 20 to 21 November 2018.
The special issue covers areas in geology/geophysics that attract the attention of researchers to the increasing demands of exploring various Earth’s natural resources. It is also an effective way to communicate current knowledge in particular subjects to researchers working in the field and to interested readers.
- Gravity, Electric and Magnetic Methods
- Seismic Prospection and Seismic Stratigraphy
- Sequence Stratigraphy
- Environmental Geophysics
- Palynofacies and Thermal Maturation
- Petrophysics
- Seismology, Seismic Hazards
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Structural Geology and Geotectonics
- Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics
- Petroleum Geology and Petroleum System
- Well Logging and Basin Analysis
- Palaeomagnetism, Archaeomagnetism and Magnetocyclostratigraphy
- Radiometry and Spectrometry
- Hydrogeology
Special Issue Editors:
  • Prof. Abdelaziz L. Abdeldayem (The Special Issue Coordinator), Faculty of Science, Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt. Email: aabdeldayem@science.tanta.edu.eg
  • Prof. Zakaria Hamimi (AJGS Editor), Faculty of Science, Benha University, Benha 13518, Egypt, Email: zakariahamimi@gmail.com
  • Prof. Robert E. Garrison (Guest Editor), Department of Ocean Sciences, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, USA, Email: regarris@ucsc.edu
  • Prof. John M. Sharp (Guest Editor), Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas, Austin, USA, TX 78712-1692, Email: jmsharp@jsg.utexas.edu
  • Dr. Hilde L. Schwartz (Guest Editor), Earth & Planetary Sciences Department, University of California, USA, Email: hilde@ucsc.edu
  • Prof. Ahmed M. El-Shishtawy (Guest Editor), Faculty of Science, Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt. Email: ahmed.elshishtawy@science.tanta.edu.eg

Geological Modeling and Geospatial Data Analysis

Unstructured data is explored in the context of geological analysis. Various sources of unstructured data are described, including scientific publications and government reports, and discussion of the geospatial information embedded within these sources is provided. Geoscientists and GIS professionals who follow data analytics trends have surely come across the “big-data” buzz in the media over the past few years. Huge benefits in fields as diverse as astronomy, healthcare, and natural resource exploration are envisioned but big data is only as useful as the insights it provides. Challenges at the leading edge of modern analytics often arise not only from data volume but also from data format. Specifically, the structure—or lack thereof—of relevant and available data can impede or prevent the extraction of useful information. The use of digital information in geological fields is becoming very important. Thus, informatization in geological surveys should not stagnate as a result of the level of data accumulation. The integration and sharing of distributed, multi-source, heterogeneous geological information is an open problem in geological domains. Applications and services use geological spatial data with many features, including being cross-region and cross-domain and requiring real-time updating. As a result of these features, desktop and web-based geographic information systems (GISs) experience difficulties in meeting the demand for geological spatial information. To facilitate the real-time sharing of data and services in distributed environments, a GIS platform that is open, integrative, reconfigurable, reusable and elastic would represent an indispensable tool. The geological cloud-computing platform defines geological ontology semantics; designs a standard geological information framework and a standard resource integration model; builds a peer-to-peer node management mechanism; achieves the description, organization, discovery, computing and integration of the distributed resources; and provides the distributed spatial meta service, the spatial information catalog service, the multi-mode geological data service and the spatial data interoperation service.
This Special Issue of the AJGS on geological modeling and geospatial data analysis aims to publish high impact, original research at the interface between Geology, geological modeling and geospatial data analysis. Publications should apply modern geological paradigms, whether computational or informatics-based, to address problems in the geosciences.
Geoscientific topics of interest include: mineralogy; petrology; geochemistry; geomorphology; paleontology; stratigraphy; structural geology; sedimentology; hydrogeology; oceanography; atmospheric sciences; climatology; meteorology; geophysics; geomatics; remote sensing; geodesy; hydrology; and glaciology or any other related fields.
Guest Editors:
Prof. Dr. Cai: China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, P.R. China, Email: caitay@qq.com
Prof. Dr. Peng: Henan University, Zhengzhou, China, Email:wangxi_peng@qq.com

Mine Safety Science and Engineering

This special issue is based on the best papers presented during the Fourth International Symposium on Mine Safety Science and Engineering (ISMSSE2018) which was hosted by University of Science and Technology Beijing in China from 22 to 24 October 2018. The special issue will present new research studies on the latest developments in the field of mine safety science and engineering. The topics of interest mainly include:
  • Theory of mine safety science
  • Occupational health and environmental safety in mine ventilation, mine fire, dust explosion, radiation, air quality control, noise, etc.
  • Mine dynamic disaster (rock burst, coal and gas outburst, water inrush, tailings dam failure, goaf formation, roof burst, rock slope instability, etc.)
  • Coal mine gas
  • Mine emergency rescue
  • Mine safety informatization
  • Mining equipment safety
  • Mine safety management, education, training and safety behavior
  • Other related topics

Current Advances in Geological Research of Egypt

This special issue of the AJGS aims to cover several topics and bring together the state of the art of research in the Geology of Egypt based on the best contributions that have presented at the "First Scientific Congress of Junior Geoscientists in Egypt" (SCJGE-1), held at the Geology Department, Faculty of Science, Sohag University, in Collaboration with the Egyptian Society For Geosciences and Development & the Arabian Geosciences Union (ArabGU), February 3-4, 2019. It is dedicated to high impact, original research studies that fit into the scope of applied geology, sustainable development and also cover a wide range of research topics of geosciences. The special issue welcomes papers before November 30, 2019 focusing on the following main topics: Precambrian Geology, Magmatic Processes and Volcanology, Phanerozoic Geology, Quaternary Geology and Geoarcheology, Structural Geology and Tectonics, Applied Geophysics, Petroleum Geology and Petroleum Systems, Mineral Resources, Water resources, Remote Sensing, GIS and Geoinformatics, Engineering Geology, Environmental Geology, Geochronology and Isotope Geology, Paleontology and Biostratigraphy, Crustal Deformation, Seismology and Geodesy. Contributions dealing with GeoEthics, Geoheritage, Geotourism and Geoparks will also be considered. AJGS welcomes your contributions and any further inquiries can be addressed to the special issue Guest Editors listed below. Thank you for considering your submission.
Zakaria Hamimi, Hamimi (AJGS Editor), Benha University, Egypt, zakariahamimi123@gmail.com
Abdelbaset Abudeif (Guest Editor), Sohag University, Sohag, Egypt, a_abudeif@yahoo.com
Thomas James Fowler (Guest Editor), UAE University, UAE. afowler@uaeu.ac.ae
Tapas Kumar Biswal (Guest Editor), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, tkbiswal@iitb.ac.in

Special Issues in 2018 

New Advances and Research results on the Geology of Africa

This issue aims to bring together the state-of-the-art of research in the geology of Africa, with emphasis on contributions that will be presented at the “9th International Conference on the Geology of Africa”, held at Assiut University, Egypt, 7-9 November 2017. It will reflect the last two decades advances in geological research in Africa, provide a platform for the expansion of many additional studies, and will stand as a basic reference on the geology of Africa. It will foster stronger ties between academics and professional individuals and institutions in Africa. It is open to a wide range of paradigms within geology and geophysics of Africa. In particular, the guest editors will invite innovative research that enhances theorizing on resource exploration, exploitation and management through cross-fertilization of ideas across different perspectives. We would consider papers that are conceptual, qualitative, or quantitative. Topic areas could include, but not limited to: 1- Environmental Geology and Hazards, 2- Hydrogeology and Water Management, 3- Petroleum Geology and Mineral Resources, 4- Structural Geology and Tectonics, 5- Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Paleontology, 6 - Remote Sensing, Engineering Geology and GIS, 7- Igneous, Metamorphic Petrology and Geochemistry, 8- Exploration Geophysics, 9- Geoparks and Geoheritage in Africa, and 10- Geoarcheology and Geotourism. The deadline for submission is May 31, 2018. AJGS welcomes your contributions and any further inquiries can be addressed to the special issue Editors (please see below). Thank you for considering your submission.
Zakaria Hamimi (AJGS Editor), Benha University, Egypt, yahiahamimi@gmail.com
Nageh A. Obaidalla (Guest Editor), Assiut University, Egypt, obaidala@yahoo.co.uk
Lopo Vasconcelos (Guest Editor), Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique, lopovasconcelos@gmail.com
Taufeeq Dhansay (Guest Editor), Council for Geoscience, Cape Town, South Africa, tdhansay@geoscience.org.za
Ali Ahmed Mohamed Eisawi (Guest Editor), Faculty of Petroleum and Minerals, Khartoum, Sudan, eisawiali@gmail.com
Milan Tchouatcha (Guest Editor), Cameroon, inter_milanac@yahoo.fr

Implications of Biochar Application to Soil Environment under Arid Conditions

Recently, the influence of biochar incorporation into the soil environment has received much attention in relation to carbon sequestration, soil quality, and soil productivity. The effects of biochar on carbon sequestration and soil quality are dependent on biochar properties, which are mainly dependent on pyrolysis conditions and feedstock types. Some studies have shown biochar’s potential for increasing carbon sequestration, improving chemical, physical and biological soil properties, and enhancing soil productivity. Others have focused on the biochar’s potential for soil pollution prevention and remediation. However, most published articles were in humid environments. This special issue aims to covers several topics on the implications of biochar application to soil environment under arid conditions. The special issue welcomes papers before June 30, 2018 focusing on the on the following topics:
-Biochar’s potential for carbon sequestration and nutrients cycle in geo-system
-Biochar effects on biotic and abiotic soil properties
-Biochar quality and its implication in agro-ecosystem under arid condition
-Soil pollution prevention and remediation
-Biochar for Alkaline soils
-Biochar impacts on soil Pedology
AJGS welcomes your submissions under the voice “S. I. BIOCHAR” on the journal’s submission system, and any inquiries can be addressed to the volume Editors:
Mohammad Alwabel (Guest Editor), King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (malwabel@ksu.edu.sa)
Adel Usman (Guest Editor), King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Abdelazeem Sallam (Guest Editor), King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Water resources and water management for environmental integration in the Euro-Mediterranean region

This special issue of the AJGS brings together the state of the art of research in water resources and water management in the Euro-Mediterranean region based on the best contributions that were presented at the 1st Euro-Mediterranean Conference for Environmental Integration (EMCEI 2017), held in Sousse, Tunisia, 22-25 November 2017.
Currently, the Euro-Mediterranean region is facing not only significant political, economic, and social challenges, but also an ever-growing environmental degradation that have made environmental and resource protection an increasingly critical issue. These issues have re-energized the debate on the Euro-Mediterranean integration process through concrete cooperative projects in many sectors, especially those concerned with environmental awareness, assessment, and improvement.
This special issue is particularly dedicated to publish a set of valuable papers dealing with the hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry and water resources management in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Special attention will be given to papers dealing with water resources, water quality, water management and water flow-erosion. This issue will gather new ideas for water and groundwater exploration and highlight new concepts for water resources protection and management. Moreover, it will present innovative approaches to support both the economic and sustainable development for the welfare of Euro-Mediterranean societies.

Special Issues in 2017 

Geology of North Africa and Mediterranean Regions

A special issue of the AJGS entitled “Geology of North Africa and Mediterranean regions: sedimentary basins, mountain belts and petroleum prospectivity” includes the best contributions to the First Atlas Georesources International Congress (AGIC 2017) which was held in Hammamet, Tunisia on 20–22 March 2017.

Geo-Resources-Earth-Environmental Sciences

This special issue of the AJGS entitled “Geo-Resources-Earth-Environmental Sciences” selected the best papers submitted to the “4th International Conference on Computational and Experimental Science and Engineering (ICCESEN 2017)” which was held in Antalya, Turkey on 04–08 October 2017.

Global Sustainability through Geosciences and Civil Engineering

A special issue of the AJGS entitled “Global Sustainability through Geosciences and Civil Engineering” publishes the best contributions to the Global Civil Engineering Conference (GCEC-2017) which was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 25–28 July 2017.

Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development

This Special Issue of the AJGS includes selected papers from the 2nd ICIEM 2016 - the 2nd International Conference on Integrated Environmental Management for Sustainable Development (ICIEM), held in Sousse, Tunisia from October 27 to 30, 2016.

Geotechnical Engineering for Urban and Major Infrastructure Development

A special issue of the AJGS entitled “Geotechnical engineering for urban and major infrastructure development” includes the best contributions to the GeoMEast 2017 International Congress and Exhibition: Sustainable Civil Infrastructures, which was held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt on 15–19 July 2017.

Special Issues in 2016 

Water Resources in Arid Areas

This special issue of the AJGS entitled “Water Resources in Arid Areas” follows the International Water Conference on Water Resources in Arid Areas (IWC 2016) that was held in Muscat, Oman.

Georesources & Environmental Management

This special issue of the AJGS entitled 'Georesources & Environmental Management' is dedicated to research studies that fit into the scope of applied geology, and also cover a wide range of research topics of Earth Sciences.
This unique volume follows the International Conference on Applied Geology & Environment (iCAGE 2016) held within the framework of the 6th Tunisian Days of Applied Geology in Mahdia, Tunisia on 19-21 May, 2016.

Current Advances in Geology of North Africa

This special issue of the AJGS entitled “Current Advances in Geology of North Africa” brings together the state-of-the-art of research in all fields of Geosciences.

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