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Environmental Degradation in Asia

Land Degradation, Environmental Contamination, and Human Activities

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  • Presents a unique fusion of Land Degradation, Environmental Contamination, and Human Activities
  • Contains a source of resources of knowledge on Land Degradation, Environmental Contamination, and Human Activities
  • Implements new horizons on Soil Degradation, Earthquakes, Land Degradation, and Sand Dunes

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This unique book focuses on environmental degradation in Asian countries including land degradation and soil erosion. The land degradation covers assessing environmental degradation using geospatial technology, land use land cover mapping, environmental and anthropogenic degradation, assessment of land degradation vulnerability, evaluation of the impact of earthquake and the environmental control of the sand dunes.

It also addresses the soil degradation and environmental pollution and presents several case studies such as tectonic activity and erosion, assessment of aircraft sound, soil degradation assessment for the arid territories, soil pollution, waste engine oil contamination, soil degradation, soil erosion modelling, land use and land cover change and its effect on soil erosion changes.

Additionally, the book discusses the impact of climate change, and human activities including urban environmental quality, air pollution and the impact of armed conflict on theenvironment. Moreover, topics such as vegetation degradation including forest changes, hydrological and agricultural drought are presented. The book includes authors and scientists from Egypt, Iraq, Iran, India, Mongolia, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Republic of Kazakhstan, USA, Turkey, South Africa, Italy, China, Malaysia, Poland and Russia. Graduate students, researchers, engineers, policy planners, policymakers and stockholders could benefit from the information and the knowledge in this book.

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Table of contents (29 chapters)

  1. Land Degradation

  2. Soil Degradation and Environmental Contamination

  3. Climate Change and Human Activities in Nine Chapters

Editors and Affiliations

  • Petroleum and Mining Engineering Department, Tishk International University, Erbil, Iraq

    Ayad M. Fadhil Al-Quraishi

  • University of Zakho, Zakho, Duhok, Iraq

    Yaseen T. Mustafa

  • Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt

    Abdelazim M. Negm

About the editors

Prof. Dr. Ayad M. Fadhil Al-Quraishi is a professor of Applied Remote Sensing and GIS at Tishk International University in Erbil, Iraq. He has 42 years of experience in university teaching. In 2004 he received a Ph.D. in Engineering degree (Geodetection & IT) from China University of Geosciences, China. He supervised and examined over 60 postgraduate students, published 72 papers in prestigious journals and conferences, and contributed fourteen book chapters. In 2011 and 2022, he was a visiting professor at Michigan State University and University of Alabama, United States. He was a participant, keynote speaker, and committee member in 36 international conferences and worldwide scientific endeavors. He served as a Guest Editor for MDPI's Remote Sensing and SPIE's Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. Furthermore, he acts as a reviewer for over 40 international journals. He has been the IEEE Geosciences and Remote Sensing Society (IEEE-GRSS) Ambassador in Iraq since 2016.

Prof. Dr. Yaseen Taha Mustafa received the Ph.D. degree in applied statistics of remote sensing from the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente (ITC), Enschede, The Netherlands, in 2012. He is currently a professor of applied remote sensing and GIS with the Faculty of Science at the University of Zakho, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Prof. Mustafa supervised several projects related to remote sensing and GIS. At present, he supervises five PhD students as well as numerous MSc students. His research interests include spatial statistical and spatiotemporal data in remote sensing and GIS, such as monitoring data; image analysis; issues of data quality; and Bayesian networks. He serves as a reviewer for a number of national and international journals. Prof. Mustafa has been involved in the editorial boards of several journals. He is currently occupying the position of vice president for scientific affairs at the University of Zakho.

Prof. Dr. Abdelazim M. Negm is a Professor of Hydraulics (and Water Resources) at the Faculty of Engineering, Zagazig University (ZU). He was the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, ZU (from 12/2008 to 12/2011). Also, he was the head of the Environmental Engineering Department at Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST), Egypt (October 2013 to March 2016). Also, he is the head of the permanent scientific committee on Water Resources, the supreme council of Egyptian Universities (cycle no. 13). He published more than 150 Scopus indexed scientific documents. He published more than 35 edited books in Springer Publishing house. He is the editor of several international journals. He is listed by International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England, from 2011 until the present as one of the 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century. He was nominated for various awards by both ABI and IBC during the period 2011–2012.

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