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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 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 will be on 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 aims to bring 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. A 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. The deadline for submission will be on 30 June 2018. AJGS welcomes your submissions under the voice ““S. I. EMCEI 2017” on the journal’s submission dropdown system, and any inquiries can be addressed to the volume Editors:
Maurizio Barbieri (AJGS Editor), Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, maurizio.barbieri@uniroma1.it
Lassâad Dassi (AJGS Editor), University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia, lassaad@geologist.com
Abdelazim Negm (Guest Editor), Zagazig University, Egypt, amnegm85@yahoo.com

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” will be prepared for publication on the best contributions to the First Atlas Georesources International Congress (AGIC 2017) which will be held in Hammamet, Tunisia on 20–22 March 2017. The deadline for submission will be on June 30, 2017. This special issue is particularly dedicated to publish a set of valuable papers dealing with the structural geology and basins evolution of the northern Africa margin from Morocco to Egypt. A special attention will be given to papers dealing with the petroleum systems and prospectivity in light of most recent research results and achievements made by various teams focusing on the sedimentary basins of northern Africa. Papers from both academia and major oil companies working on these fields will allow gathering new ideas for oil/gas exploration and highlight new concepts for petroleum exploration in North African basins especially within emerging basins as the Algerian Basin, the Nile delta, the Tell domain, the foreland basins of the Atlas and the Sirt-Pelagian basins, as well as the Ionian Sea, the Levant Basin, offshore Lebanon, Aegean Arc, Sicily, and The Mediterranean ridge.
Major themes covered in the issue will include:
- Structural geology/tectonic evolution/structural styles
- Sedimentary basins
- Lithosphere dynamics evolution
- Salt tectonics
- The Atlas Fold and thrust belt of northern Africa
- The Meso-Cenozoic evolution of North Africa
- The Paleozoic evolution of North Africa
- Petroleum systems
- The Maghrebides folds and thrust belt
- Petroleum plays
AJGS welcomes your contributions and any further inquiries can be addressed to the volume Editors (please see below). Thank you for considering your submission.
Sami Khomsi (Guest Editor), King Abdulaziz University (KSA), Email: skhomsi@edu.kau.sa
Mouard Bédir (Guest Editor), Centre of Water Research and Technology, Borj Cedria Technopark (Tunisia), Email: bedmour@yahoo.fr
François Roure (Guest Editor), previously at IFPEN (France), Email: francoisroure84@gmail.com
Dominique Frizon de Lamotte (AJGS Editor), University of Cergy-Pontoise (France), Email: dominique.frizon-de-lamotte@u-cergy.fr

Geo-Resources-Earth-Environmental Sciences

A special issue of the AJGS entitled “Geo-Resources-Earth-Environmental Sciences” will be prepared for publication on the selected best papers submitted to the “4th International Conference on Computational and Experimental Science and Engineering (ICCESEN 2017)” which will be held in Antalya, Turkey on 04–08 October 2017. The deadline for submission will be on November 1, 2017. This special issue is particularly dedicated to publish a set of valuable papers dealing with the computational and experimental works in this field. Major themes covered in the issue will include Geological science and application, Geophysics, Atmospheric events and application, Water science and technology, Ecological science, Eartquakes and thsunamis, Sedimentary basins, Volcanoes, Fossils and earth history, Rocks and minerals, Salt and plates tectonics, Water quality and sustainable use, Oil and Gas, Petroleum systems and science, Dynamics of the lithosphere, Tectonics and volcanology, Sedimentology, Evolution of life, Quantity and quality of water streams, Integrated water resources management, Marine and continental ecosystems, Global dynamics of physicochemical cycles, Mineral deposits and hydrocarbons, Surface processe, Structural geology/tectonic evolution/structural styles, Environmental Sciences, Engineering and technologies, Environmental Pollution, Environmental Biotechnology, Toxicology, Protection of water resources, Indoor air pollution, Water resources and river basin management, Plant soil and environment, Hydrogeology, Earth system science, Seismology and crustal structures, Palaeontology, Metamorphic and igneous petrology, Natural hazards, Environmental sciences and sustainable development, Geoarchaeology, Geomorphology, Paleo-environment studies, Oceanography, Atmospheric sciences, GIS and remote sensing, Geodesy, Geochemistry and metallogenesis, Mineralogy.
AJGS welcomes contributions presented in ICCESEN-2017 and any further inquiries can be addressed to the volume Editors:
İskender AKKURT (Guest Editor), Suleyman Demirel University (Turkey), Email: iskenderakkurt@sdu.edu.tr / iccesen2017@gmail.com
Prof. Dr. Mohamed El Tokhi (Guest Editor), United Arab Emirates University (UAE), Email: meltokhi@uaeu.ac.ae

Global Sustainability through Geosciences and Civil Engineering

A special issue of the AJGS entitled “Global Sustainability through Geosciences and Civil Engineering” will be prepared for publication on the best contributions to the Global Civil Engineering Conference (GCEC-2017) which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 25–28 July 2017. The deadline for submission will be on August 31, 2017. This special issue is particularly dedicated to publish a set of high quality papers dealing with the up-to-date applications of state-of-the-art techniques and tools in various disciplines of geosciences and civil engineering to solve real-world problems. This special issue entails interdisciplinary research, experimental and/or theoretical studies yielding new insights that advance geosciences, civil engineering methods. The scope of the special issue spans the following areas: Water Resources, Geotechnical, Structural and Construction, Transportation Engineering and Geospatial Engineering applications.
Major themes covered in the issue will include: • Advances in Structural and Construction Engineering • Water Resources Engineering • Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering • Groundwater Contamination • Geospatial Engineering • Remote Sensing • GIS • Environmental Engineering and Modelling • Disaster Modelling • Image Processing and Computer Vision Applications • Earth Observation and Applications • Geotechnical Engineering • Numerical Modeling in Geotechnics • Highway & Transportation Engineering • Road and Highway Engineering • Accident Analysis
Only high quality papers that will be presented at GCEC-2017 will be selected for this special issue. AJGS welcomes your contributions and any further inquiries can be addressed to the volume Editor:
Biswajeet Pradhan (AJGS Editor), University Putra Malaysia
Email: biswajeet24@gmail.com

Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development

Water resource management is the cornerstone for sustainable development. The increase in water demand combined with water scarcity, especially in arid and semi-arid regions, represents a widespread threat for humanity and the ecosystem, both now and in the future. Indeed, the situation is expected to become worse in the future in view of the cumulative effects of global change drivers. Thus, potential water resources need to be monitored with a view to strategically managing them to ensure sustainable development in several socio-economic sectors. Population growth and economic development are the main causes of the significant increases in agricultural and industrial demands for water (e.g. agriculture accounts for more than two-thirds of global water use). This situation may induce severe water crises and all waters, even those of poor quality, have to be valued and stored. Therefore, integrated water management is one of the pillars of sustainable development.
In this context, the 2nd International Conference on Integrated Environmental Management for Sustainable Development (ICIEM), held in Sousse, Tunisia from October 27 to 30, 2016 (with about 300 participants from 28 countries) aimed at exchanging relevant experiences, and the latest scientific research and findings from around the globe, in order to protect and preserve the environment by rationalizing water resources. This Special Issue of the AJGS is open for selected papers from the 2nd ICIEM 2016, addressing the interrelated fields of water resources and their sustainable management. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017.
The proposed Special Issue is intended to improve our understanding of the current research and achievements in the broad field of water resource management. It includes, but is not limited to:
- Water quality and sustainable use
- Integrated water resources management
- Assessment of groundwater vulnerability
- Quantity and quality of water streams
- Water treatment and reuse, and wastewater recycling
- Irrigation water management and durability
Special Issue Editors:
Ali Sdiri (Guest Editor), University of Sfax, Tunisia, Email: ali.sdiri@enis.rnu.tn
José Luís Silva Pinho (Guest Editor), Centre for Territory, Environment and Construction, Portugal, Email: jpinho@civil.uminho.pt
Chavalit Ratanatamskul (Guest Editor), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand,
Email: dr_chawalit@yahoo.com

Geotechnical Engineering for Urban and Major Infrastructure Development

A special issue of the AJGS entitled “Geotechnical engineering for urban and major infrastructure development” will be prepared for publication on 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. The deadline for submission will be on September 15, 2017. This special issue is particularly dedicated to publish a set of high quality papers dealing with the up-to-date applications of state-of-the-art techniques and tools in various disciplines of Geosciences and civil engineering to solve real-world problems related to urban infrastructures. This special issue entails interdisciplinary research, experimental and/or theoretical studies yielding new insights that advance Geosciences and civil engineering methods. The scope of the special issue spans the following areas: Geotechnical, Structural and Construction, Transportation Engineering and Geospatial Engineering applications. Major themes covered in the issue will include: • Advances in Structural and Construction Engineering • Water Resources Engineering • Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering • Groundwater Contamination • Geospatial Engineering • Remote Sensing • GIS • Environmental Engineering and Modelling • Disaster Modelling • Image Processing and Computer Vision Applications • Earth Observation and Applications • Geotechnical Engineering • Numerical Modeling in Geotechnics • Highway & Transportation Engineering • Road and Highway Engineering • Accident Analysis. Only high quality papers that have been presented and/or submitted to the GeoMEast 2017 will be selected for this special issue. AJGS welcomes your contributions and any further inquiries can be addressed to the Editor: Hany Farouk Shehata (AJGS Guest Editor), Soil-Structure Interaction Group in Egypt (SSIGE), Email: hanyfarouk808@gmail.com.

Special Issues in 2016 

Water Resources in Arid Areas

A special issue of the AJGS entitled “Water Resources in Arid Areas” is currently being prepared. The deadline for submission will be on March 12, 2016. The submitted original research papers will be peer reviewed. The special issue call for papers on researches to alleviate the aggravated situation of water resources scarcity in arid areas, including water resources management, introduction of modern irrigation systems, enhancement of the natural recharge, managed aquifer recharge and recovery, construction of dams for artificial recharge, use of treated waste water, desalination technologies and others. Papers on emerging new technologies as additional viable options such as cloud seeding, fog collection and oil-produced water utilization are also encouraged for submission. This special issue of the AJGS is expected to provide a platform for the exchange of the recent advancements in the water resources science and research, which are essential to further advance the knowledge and improve the critical water situation. This unique volume will follow the International Water Conference on Water Resources in Arid Areas (IWC 2016) that will be held in Muscat, Oman. In the AJGS electronic submission system, you will find soon the voice 'Special Volume Water Resources in Arid Areas' active in the drop-down menu, to be selected when submitting. AJGS welcomes your contributions and any further inquiries can be addressed to the volume Editors (please see below). Thank you for considering your submission.
Special Issue Editors:
Osman Abdalla (Guest Editor), Water Research Center, Sultan Qaboos University, Al-Khod, Sultanate of Oman, Email: osman@squ.edu.om.
Mingjie Chen (AJGS Editor), Water Research Center, Sultan Qaboos University, Al-Khod, Sultanate of Oman, Email: mingjie@squ.edu.om.

Georesources & Environmental Management

A special issue of the AJGS entitled 'Georesources & Environmental Management' is currently being prepared. The deadline for submission will be on October 31, 2016. The submitted original research papers will be peer reviewed and only the best contributions will be accepted. This special issue is particularly dedicated to research studies that fit into the scope of applied geology, but will also cover a wide range of research topics of Earth Sciences including:
- Georesources: Prospection & engineering tools; conventional and non-conventional resources; valorization; etc.
- Geohazards & Risk Assessment: Seismotectonics; landslides; floods and droughts; urban risk; civil security; risk assessment/management; etc.
- Geomatics, GIS & Remote Sensing: Digital mapping; spatio-temporal modeling and analysis; GIS applications; etc.
- Environment & sustainable development: Water and soil management; waste management; coastal protection; mining/quarry sites planning; etc.
This unique volume will follow the International Conference on Applied Geology & Environment (iCAGE 2016) that will be held within the framework of the 6th Tunisian Days of Applied Geology in Mahdia, Tunisia on 19-21 May, 2016. In the AJGS electronic submission system, you will find soon the voice 'Special Volume iCAGE 2016' active in the drop-down menu, to be selected when submitting. AJGS welcomes your contributions and any further inquiries can be addressed to the volume Editors (please see below). Thank you for considering your submission.
Special Issue Editors:
Mohamed Sassi (Guest Editor), Institute Center for Energy (iEnergy), Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Email: msassi@masdar.ac.ae
Amjad Kallel (Guest Editor), Sfax National School of Engineering, University of Sfax, Tunisia, Email: amjad.kallel@enis.rnu.tn
Samir Bouaziz (Guest Editor), Sfax National School of Engineering, University of Sfax, Tunisia, Email: samir.bouaziz@enis.rnu.tn
Lhoussaine Bouchaou (Guest Editor), Faculty of Sciences, University Ibn Zohr, Agadir, Morocco, Email: l.bouchaou@uiz.ac.ma
Jean-Paul Deroin (Guest Editor), Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France, Email: jean-paul.deroin@univ-reims.fr
Marouane Temimi (AJGS Editor), Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Email: mtemimi@masdar.ac.ae

Current Advances in Geology of North Africa

A special issue of the AJGS entitled “Current Advances in Geology of North Africa” is currently being prepared. The deadline for submission will be on December 31, 2016. The submitted original research papers will be peer reviewed. This special issue is particularly dedicated to bring together the state-of-the-art of research in all fields of Geosciences. We target standard contributions to extend and bridge the existing networks of research on the Arab World region. We attempt to link contemporary geological research to fundamentals and methods that advance our understanding of exploration processes for hidden, untapped mineral resources. This special issue will foster stronger ties between academics and professional individuals and institutions in the region. It is open to a wide range of paradigms within geology and geophysics of North Africa. In particular, we 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:
- Precambrian Rocks in North Africa
- Geodynamics and crustal evolution of North Africa
- Geotectonics and structural geology
- Economic geology and mineral deposits
- Petrology and mineralogy of igneous and metamorphic rocks
- Stratigraphy, sedimentology and paleontology
- Engineering geology, geophysics and hazards
- Remote sensing, GIS and environmental geology
AJGS welcomes your contributions and any further inquiries can be addressed to the volume Editors (please see below). Thank you for considering your submission.
Special Issue Editors:
Basem Zoheir (Guest Editor), Benha University (Egypt), Email: basem.zoheir@fsc.bu.edu.eg
Abderrahmane Bendaoud (Guest Editor), UTSHB, Algeria, Email: abendaoud@gmail.com
Mohamed Hamoudi (Guest Editor), UTSHB, Algeria, Email: hamoudi@usthb.dz
Safouane Djemai (Guest Editor), UTSHB, Algeria, Email: safouane.djemai@gmail.com
Zakaria Hamimi (AJGS Editor), Benha University, Egypt, Email: yahiahamimi@gmail.com