Advances in computational modeling of natural and geohazards


Submission start date: June 25th, 2018
Submission extended end date: February 28th June 30th, 2019.

Scope & aim SI

A few words on the scope of the SI. Natural hazards impact thousands of people every year. Floods, droughts, extreme storms, landslides, wildfires, and permafrost erosion all change the Earth's surface and can inflict tremendous damage to human infrastructure. Numerical models of earth surface processes are one tool to simulate natural-hazard processes and provide quantitative pre-event risk assessment. Yet such assessments are only appropriate when the models capture all important physical processes, when the models are tested and well-vetted, when they are useable and proven accurate. With this SI we aim to identify:

  • current state of the art in our current natural hazard process understanding, both fundamentally in the earth surface processes as well as in the modeling approaches and technology,
  • important gaps and shortcomings in natural hazard modeling,
  • improvements in natural hazard modeling for risk assessment, with a special focus on building a next-generation cyberinfrastructure and a community of modern modeling and data analysis practices,
  • modeling and conveying uncertainty in numerical risk assessments, and
  • case studies in which numerical models have increased resilience by reducing vulnerability to disasters.

Important notes for authors

  1. Make sure your manuscript fits the scope & aim of this special issue and/or at least the scope of NHESS (https://www.natural-hazards-and-earth-system-sciences.net/about/aims_and_scope.html). We cannot accept your manuscript if it doesn't fit one of these. If you are unsure, contact me!
  2. Please don't wait to long before submitting your manuscript. I know the end date is still far away but it is firm, and after February 28th 2019 we cannot accept manuscripts anymore.
  3. you'll get a followup email with more information on how you can submit your paper.
  4. NHESS will publish your paper as soon as the review process is finished. So, even though not all contributions are fully processed for this special issue, the once that are will be available online.
  5. NHESS has a 'public discussion phase' build in during the review process. If you are not familiar with this, see also: https://www.natural-hazards-and-earth-system-sciences.net/about/publication_policy.html
  6. We are not in the capacity to cover any publication fees. So plan ahead to cover this. You might be eligible to seek support offered by the journal. To find out, see: https://www.natural-hazards-and-earth-system-sciences.net/for_authors/financial_support.html

What is needed from you

If you haven't send this already, before you'll submit your manuscript, please email me (kettner@colorado.edu):

  1. working title,
  2. few sentences describing what the paper will present,
  3. name of corresponding author (need not be first author) and email address, and
  4. co-authors and their institutes.

This so we have a better indication of the various manuscripts we can expect in the coming months. This will be shared with the managing editor of NHESS.

Guest editors SI

Dr. Albert J. Kettner
Research Associate & Associate Director of Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
Director Dartmouth Flood Observatory (DFO)
University of Colorado, Boulder
Campus Box 545
Tel: +1 303-735-5486
Email: kettner@colorado.edu

Dr. Greg E. Tucker
Professor of Geological Sciences and Fellow of CIRES
Director, Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS)
University of Colorado, Boulder
Campus Box 399
Boulder, CO 80309
Tel: +1 303-492-6985
Email: gtucker@colorado.edu

Dr. Randall LeVeque
Boeing Professor of Applied Mathematics
Adjunct Professor of Mathematics; Adjunct Professor of Earth & Space Sciences
University of Washington
Box 352420
Seattle, WA 98195-2420
Phone: +1 206-685-3037
Email: rjl@uw.edu