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Journal of Geography & Natural Disasters
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Craig ZumBrunnen Editor-in-chief Craig ZumBrunnen
Department of Geography
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195, USA

Dr. Craig′s professional training is a conflation of diverse natural and social sciences. He received a B.A. cum laude in geology with minors in mathematics, chemistry, zoology and history from the University of Minnesota in June 1966. Although accepted into the University of Minnesota′s Medical School, he chose instead to accept a five-year NDEA Fellowship in Geological Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. While at Caltech he also began studying Russian language and became very interested in interdisciplinary environmental and social sciences and their roles in alterative approaches to economic-ecologic development. After receiving his M.S. degree in geological sciences in June 1968, he resigned his fellowship at Caltech and was accepted into the doctoral program in geography at U.C. Berkeley where focused his studies on environmental problems in the former Soviet Union, especially water pollution problems. In 1972 Craig accepted a position in the Department of Geography at the Ohio State University, returning to U.C. Berkeley in the summer 1973 to complete his PhD dissertation. In September 1977, he accepted an offer to join the faculty of the Department of Geography at the University of Washington. Ever since 1968 he has primarily focused on interdisciplinary research and field experience in the former Soviet Union dealing with urban, population, natural resource management, energy, and environmental pollution problems. While serving as Co-Director and then Director of the Program on the Environment at the University of Washington (2000-2004) he was also a Co-Pi on the U.W. five-year NSF IGERT grant in Urban Ecology. He has been involved in interdisciplinary environmental teaching and research for over 40 years and since 1989 has made ever-increasing use of experiential learning and small group processes in his classes, including his classes on mathematical modeling of human-economic-ecological interactions.

Research Interest

Natural resource management and conservation
Environmental quality problems
Methods of resource analysis
Physical geography
Former Soviet Union
Modeling of human impact in natural systems
Issues of energy use and climate change

Giulio Iovine Editor-in-chief
Giulio Iovine
Scientist at CNR-IRPI
National Research Council – Institute of Research for the Geo-hydrologic Protection of Cosenza

• Graduated in Geological Sciences on 29 March 1988, with a thesis on “The activity of Vesuvius from 1631 to 1944: analysing the volcanic hazard in the Vesuvian area” - Supervisor: Prof. L. Lirer, Vote: 110/110 cum laude.
• Lecturer of “Applied Geology” at the University of Calabria from the academic year 2013-14, and from 2002-2003 to 2006-2007. Lecturer of Geotechnics in the academic year 2000-2001.
• Since 2003, Convener and Chairman of Scientific Sessions on the theme “modelling and simulation of dangerous phenomena”, and on “innovative techniques of hazard evaluation and mapping, and of risk mitigation”, at international Conferences/Congresses and national Conferences/Congresses.
• President of the “Area della Ricerca di Cosenza” of CNR, in 2012 and 2014. • Head of the Organizational Support Unit (U.O.S.) of Cosenza of CNR-IRPI, from 17.01.2011 to 16.06.2015.

Research Interest

Within the more general topic of “Landslide risk evaluation and mitigation”, the performed research activities concerned:
• Slope dynamics and morpho-evolution. Surveying, mapping and analysis (with GIS) of slope instability, at local and areal scale.
• Landslide activations and sinkholes triggered by either meteoric or seismic events. Effects of landslides in urbanized areas. Evaluation of hazard, susceptibility, vulnerability, and specific risk induced by slope-instability phenomena. Evaluation of conditions of imminent risk.
• Geomorphologic, morpho-neotectonic analyses seismic-induced landslides. Large-scale landslides, Deep-seated gravitational slope deformations, and tectono-gravitational phenomena, either at macro- or meso-scale. Effects on the environment induced by earthquakes.
• Modelling and simulation (mainly through cellular automata) of the spatial-temporal development of flow-type landslides (debris flows, earth flows, debris avalanches). Calibration and validation against real cases, also with parallel computational environment, through genetic algorithms. Sensitivity analyses through genetic algorithms. Susceptibility/hazard mapping. Essentially, studies of Applied Geology and Geomorphology in the field of gravitational slope evolution were performed, by dealing with issues of geo-hydrological defence and, more in general, of civil protection. The scientific interest migrated from issues of landslide recognition and mapping toward spatial quantitative analyses of morphologic-evolutive characteristics, of possible interferences with the urban environment, and triggering mechanisms (mainly meteoric and seismic). More recently, the relations among tectonic structures and gravitational deformations were investigated, as well as issues of modelling and simulation of landslide phenomena for susceptibility mapping, through innovative and automated techniques of analysis, useful also for managing phases of environmental crisis.

Adem Ocal Editor-in-chief
Adem Ocal
Associate Professor
School of Gazi Education,
Gazi University

Doctor of Philosophy, Social Studies Education, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey.
Dissertation: Inquiring 6. Grades student’s spatial cognition skills in elementary school social studies course (Enver Ayd?n Koluk?sa, advisor). May, 2007.
Master of Science, Social Studies Education, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey.
Thesis: The Evaluation of Earthquake Education in the Elementary School Social Studies Courses. June, 2003.
Bachelor of Art, Geography Education, Ni?de University, Ni?de, Turkey. June 1999

Research Interest

Nuclear Concepts through Metaphors, Earthquake studies

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