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Special Places – Important Spaces: Applied Research and Projects in Natural Landscapes

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Geographers argue that each place is unique and thus important and special in its own right.  It may also be reasoned that as industry and urbanization push further into nature that investigation, education and planning of these places has become urgent if not critical, to sustain and protect earth-systems that are essential to life, as well as mental health and social well-being (Bratman, Hamilton and Daily 2012).  Consequently, locations under immediate threat, or are recognized for specific characteristics may be seen to have greater urgency for research or protection.  Examples include the high arctic or particularly small protected parks like Isles de la Madeleine.  Conversely, there are areas that may be unrecognized by the greater populous for attributes that should garner broader attention and consideration.  Alternatively, a location may be important for recent natural events (such as flooding or fire) or particular management and planning strategies implemented that can help understand or manage alternate locations.  Examples of management and planning considerations of landscape factors include how topography affects wildfire severity in Yosemite National Park (Harris and Taylor, 2015) or the Watershed Legacy Program in Southern Alberta (Oldman Watershed Council 2019) .

The aim of this special issue is to cast a wide net onto the diverse and novel work undertaken across multiple disciples and natural landscapes to better understand local and regional characteristics, functioning, planning and management of these places.  Authors are invited from across disciplines, including planning, ecology, geology, archaeology, education and, sociology among others.  Collaborators are asked to center their work around the clarification of why a location or region is particularly special or important as a result of the physical conditions of the location or the particularly unique or innovative human endeavors occurring in the location.  

Submission guidelines

The deadline of this special issue is August 31, 2020. Any manuscripts submitted before then will be reviewed right away and published once accepted.

Papers in Applied Geography had just been added to ProQuest, a citation indexing service. The journal is expected to apply for inclusion in other indexing services with new volumes published.

To submit your manuscript for consideration for publishing in the journal, please send your manuscripts using the submission portal.

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Feel free to contact the Guest editor with any questions on this Special Issue: Dr. Dawna Cerney (dlcerney@ysu.edu), Youngstown State University.

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