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Journal of Maps Special Issue

Geomorphological mapping tools for natural hazards


The main purpose of this special issue is to collect contributions about the methodologies and tools for representing and mapping geomorphological hazards, with a focus  on hazard and risk classification and tools for land planning, risk reduction and mitigation.


Geomorphological cartography is the result of the synthesis between the different ways and methods used to represent landforms, both in natural and urban landscapes. The challenges that arise from socio-economic modifications of the landscape (e.g. abandonment of rural areas, inadequate exploitation of potentially hazardous zones) and climate change (e.g. increasing extreme weather events) demands that this cartography more quantitatively presents the landforms, and their associated processes, in order to elevate geomorphological maps into effective tools for land management and risk reduction.

Recent cartographic approaches, which are now used for the assessment of geomorphological hazards, involve methodologies of input creation (e.g. maps of predisposing/triggering factors and inventories of past geomorphological processes or instabilities) and the structure of the cartographic and/or WebGIS outputs (e.g. resolution, mapping units, classification criteria, methods of validation). In addition, methodological standards and guidelines must also be defined through geomorphological cartography for complete coverage, automatic and semi-automatic classification of terrain using remotely-sensed data and physically-based or statistical modelling in order to assess hazard and risk.

In this context, this special issue aims to collect contributions about geomorphological hazards and their representation, by means of both  classical and innovative methods which can be applied for mapping these aspects.


Without constraining the range of topics that are potentially suitable for inclusion in the special issue, we provide the following as examples:

  • Quantitative methods for geomorphological classification and for the identification of instability processes;
  • Definition and application of methods for geomorphological mapping in natural and/or urban areas of natural hazards and of their predisposing and triggering factors;
  • Methodologies for the assessment and the mapping of geomorphological hazard and risk, to support land management and planning and tools for risk mitigation and reduction;
  • Impact of socio-economic factors on the distribution of geomorphological hazards and risks;
  • Impact of climate change on the distribution of geomorphological hazards and risks.

Whatever the topic of the manuscript, the submission must include a map as the primary focus – please see existing publications at the Journal of Maps.


All papers are expected to consist of a map or series of maps (loosely and broadly defined to include various forms of spatial representation) accompanied by a brief explanatory text. Papers should be bespoke, and the mapping of good quality. All papers in this special issue will be peer reviewed. To submit a paper, authors should do the following:

  1. Email a short draft (500-word limit) to the editors outlining the key themes and scopes of the paper, where possible including example mapping, by 31st January 2020.
  2. Submit a completed paper (4000-word limit) by 30th May 2020.
  3. The special issue will be published in 2021.

The special issue editorial team are happy to discuss ideas for papers and their suitability with potential contributors prior to the short draft submission stage. Please e-mail Alessandro Chelli (alessandro.chelli@unipr.it), Edoardo Rotigliano (edoardo.rotigliano@unipa.it) or Massimiliano Bordoni (massimiliano.bordoni@unipv.it) in the first instance.

All submissions should be made via the Journal of Maps website (http://www.tandfonline.com/tjom) where further guidance on all aspects of submission can be found. Please note the journal is open access, with an article processing charge.

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Who are we?

Find out more about the Guest Editors for this special issue of Journal of Maps.

Alessandro Chelli

Research interests include hillslope evolution and landslides, coastal geomorphology and geomorphological mapping.

Chiara Cappadonia

Research interests include applied geology, applied geomorphology, GIS analysis, assessment of geomorphological hazard and risk at different scales.

Massimiliano Bordoni

Research interests include landslides monitoring and modelling, data-driven models for the assessment of natural hazards and soil parameter, SAR interferometry, geological modelling of underground.

Giacomo Pepe

Research topics include engineering geology, landslide hazard and risk analysis, and engineering geological mapping.

Edoardo Rotigliano

Research interests include hillslope (landslides, water erosion) and fluvial processes and geomorphological hazard GIS analysis and mapping.

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