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The International Conference Environment at a CrossrOads: SMART approaches for a sustainable future welcomes papers in the following topics:

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Topic 1. Applied geomorphology and pedology. The integrated analysis of land and soil processes in the context of extreme geomorphologic phenomena through geomatics and spatial modeling contributes to environmental protection and sustainable development. Applied geomorphology plays a critical role in solving territorial planning issues, contributes to the conservation of geomorphosites, through novel GIS and remote sensing approaches. Assessing and modeling natural hazards have a direct implementation in land use planning decision making at local and regional scales.

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Topic 2. GIS and remote sensing applications. Geomatics is an active research field with high innovation potential in digital data gathering and processing. Novel modeling algorithms of natural and social phenomena, as well as high-resolution remote sensing data are increasingly being used in the environmental and social sciences, with the goal of informing environmental management and conservation.

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Topic 3. Climate change adaptation. Climate change adaptation is an emerging focus of environmental science and geography research. In particular, such research targets social and ecological systems that are highly vulnerable to climate change, seeking to understand and reduce the uncertainties associated with the short and long term responses to climate variability and extreme weather events. In addition, climate adaptation research needs to focus on improving the weather forecast and alert systems, increasing citizen awareness on the effects of extreme weather events, identifying rapid response procedures following extreme weather events, and understanding the past climate variability.

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Topic 4. Challenges in water management. The continuous growth of human population and economies has led to widespread environmental impact. One of the most sensitive topics is water management; water resources are under intense pressure, leading to social conflicts. At the same time, extreme weather events are causing an increase in the frequency and magnitude of extreme hydrologic events, causing significant losses of human lives and having considerable economic impacts. Water management continues to pose challenges in many places around the Globe, and we see an increasing role of the scientific community in developing research in aquatic ecosystems to support decisions in water resources management.

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Topic 5. Environmental sciences. A holistic understanding of the environmental challenges faced by humans requires an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to science. We are extending an invitation to researchers in environmental science, conservation biology, landscape ecology, and social sciences to step outside their comfort zones and collaborate towards charting a sustainable future for both society and the environment.

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Topic 6. Geodemographic research. The current trends in urbanization and urban sprawl have been driven, among other factors, by globalization, market liberalization, rural to urban migrations, unemployment, and changes in the standard of living of the population. Thus, research on the dynamics of the living environment requires an integrative approach, in which social, demographic, and economic phenomena are approached simultaneously through an interdisciplinary lens.

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Topic 7. Sustainable territorial planning. Understanding the profound social and economic changes of the last decade requires local thinking aligned with global priorities. Faced with globalization, local landscapes must retain their traditions and originality. For example, rural areas are being deeply impacted by the polarizing effects of growing urban centers through migrations and aging of the resident population. Thus, regional and local development can be sustainable only if we understand the dynamics of various land uses in an effort to reach complementarity among uses.

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Topic 8. Urbanization and territorial cohesion. Current approaches to territorial planning, largely driven by economic development, do not limit development to the actual urban fabric, but promote it on the outskirts of large urban centers. Recent research shows that urban areas are important drivers for development, but the speed at which urban development progresses varies widely among the world’s cities. Thus, understanding the role of cities in structuring functional landscapes surrounding them represents an important research avenue to be pursued by local institutions and academics alike.

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Topic 9. Tourism as a driver for sustainable development

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Topic 10. Novel teaching strategies for Geography and Environmental Sciences (Section in both English and Romanian language)

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PhD session. Using cutting-edge methods in Geosciences and Human geography to gain a deeper understanding of Planet Earth. The session is dedicated to PhD students which can use it as a platform of debating the methods, techniques and approaches they are using or experiment in their thesis. Critical thinking and communication of partial results, errors, barriers and drivers in the research for the PhD thesis are encouraged.

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In addition to the above topics, the International Conference Environment at a CrossrOads: SMART approaches for a sustainable future will have the pleasure of hosting the following workshops:

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Workshop 1. The challenging urban nature and nature’S role in URban challEnges

Organizers Prof. Jurgen Breuste, President of SURE and Prof. Cristian Ioja, President of SURE Chapter South Eastern Europe

The workshop has five main sections, aiming to cover a wide variety of topics related to nature’s contribution in coping with urban challenges and it is organized in the project PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2016-0635 – Nature-based solutions for increasing cities resilience and sustainability. Section 1 – A decade of results in the Society for Urban Ecology. Section 2 – Challenges for nature-based solutions application in our cities. Section 3 – Planning for eco, smart, resilient and sustainable cities. Section 4 – The great green divide – conflicts involving green and protected areas. Section 5 – Indicators and techniques for “evaluating nature”

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Workshop 2. Health

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