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Journal of the International Consortium on Landslides

Editor-in-Chief: Kyoji Sassa

ISSN: 1612-510X (print version)
ISSN: 1612-5118 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10346

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Interview with the Editor-in-Chief

Interview with Editor-in-Chief, Kyoji Sassa: 

Why is the journal important to the field? 

The journal was founded as the official journal of the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) in 2002 to contribute to the global promotion of understanding and reducing landslide disaster risk reduction. It has taken a key role to establish the new integrated scientific field “Landslide Science” and a global cooperation platform for all types of landslide-related organizations and individuals.

What is the key distinguishing aspect of the journal?  

Both our author base and readership are very wide, with targeted readers going far beyond academia, to include specifically policy makers and aid workers. In order to make papers accessible for readers from other fields, longer papers than what is usual are allowed which offer more space for explanatory text. Also, our papers make extensive use of graphical elements to enable readers to visualize content better.

How has the journal shaped/contributed to the field since its launch? 

Landslides have always been studied by various scientific fields, which lead to a diverse set of terminologies and study approaches. To understand research results textually only therefore was problematic: the journal strove to create a commonly understandable tool through its use of full-color photography.
Landslide disaster risk reduction had been tackled by many United Nations operatives and international stakeholders. The journal has greatly benefited from their support since it was launched and continue to rely on them as advisors. This has allowed the journal to be read and used by many scientific fields, including UN organizations, international stakeholders and their subsidiary organizations, and governmental organizations and others.

Which emerging research trend is reflected in the journal? Which current trends shape the field? 

The key emerging trends currently are “Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk contributing to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2016-2030” and the “Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals”.

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    Landslides are gravitational mass movements of rock, debris or earth. They may occur in conjunction with other major natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Expanding urbanization and changing land-use practices have increased the incidence of landslide disasters. Landslides as catastrophic events include human injury, loss of life and economic devastation and are studied as part of the fields of earth, water and engineering sciences. The aim of the journal Landslides is to be the common platform for the publication of integrated research on landslide processes, hazards, risk analysis, mitigation, and the protection of our cultural heritage and the environment. The journal publishes research papers, news of recent landslide events and information on the activities of the International Consortium on Landslides.

    - Landslide dynamics, mechanisms and processes

    - Landslide risk evaluation: hazard assessment, hazard mapping, and vulnerability assessment

    - Geological, Geotechnical, Hydrological and Geophysical modeling

    - Effects of meteorological, hydrological and global climatic change factors

    - Monitoring including remote sensing and other non-invasive systems

    - New technology, expert and intelligent systems

    - Application of GIS techniques

    - Rock slides, rock falls, debris flows, earth flows, and lateral spreads

    - Large-scale landslides, lahars and pyroclastic flows in volcanic zones

    - Marine and reservoir related landslides

    - Landslide related tsunamis and seiches

    - Landslide disasters in urban areas and along critical infrastructure

    - Landslides and natural resources

    - Land development and land-use practices

    - Landslide remedial measures / prevention works

    - Temporal and spatial prediction of landslides

    - Early warning and evacuation

    - Global landslide database




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