Abstracts & Sessions

Abstract submission

Participants can present their research work either as oral or poster at ISLL-4 in both languages English or Arabic. The deadline for submitting abstracts is September 10th, 2020. The Organizing Committee accepts submission of abstracts with original contributions on any topic related to any technical session. Abstracts will be published in the form submitted by the author after revision (if suggested by the concerned Chairpersons). Acceptance letters will be sent to the Presenting Author by e-mail only.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Languages:
    Abstract must be written in English or Arabic.
  • plain text:
    Abstract should be in plain text without any special symbol, formula, diagram or data table
  • Abstract submission:
    Abstract must be submitted online, abstracts sent through email or any other mode will not be considered.
  • Title:
    A brief title within 25 words is suggested, it must have capitalization of the 1st letter of all words of four letters or more.
  • Abstract Text:
    The abstract must clearly indicate the research problem / question, the methodology and the results of the work within 300 words. No references should be included.
  • Keywords:
    Maximum of 5 keywords separated by semicolons (;) which best describe the study should be added at the end of the abstract text.
  • Acceptance letters:
    Once notification of “acceptance of abstract” for Oral/Poster is sent, Presenting Authors must pay the requisite Conference Registration Fee by September 10th,2020 to ensure scheduling of their abstract in the respective sessions.
  • Presentation time:
    Invited papers are given 25 minutes with 5 minutes for discussion. Contributed papers are 10 minutes in duration with 5 minutes for discussion. Discussion is often vital to work presented, and these times will be strictly adhered to.
  • Multiple papers:
    Any presenter may give a maximum of one invited talk and one oral contributed talk at ISLL-4, all other papers need to be presented in a poster format.
  • Program Committee of ISLL-4 may revise the presentation type based on their evaluation and their decision will be binding on the Presenting Author.
  • Any scientific session will be excluded from ISLL-4 program that did not meet the minimum number of accepted abstracts of five Oral presentation entries, and may be distributed to other sessions if they fit the topics of these sessions.


Session No.1

Flash Flood Risk Management (Vulnerability, Mitigation and Adaptation)​

The organizer:

Dr. Samir Zaky KAMH

Assistant Professor of Environmental Geology Geology Department, Tanta University, Egypt.

  • skamh@science.tanta.edu.eg
  • skamh2002@yahoo.com

Flash floods are among the worst of natural disasters. This is primarily due to the rapidity of their occurrence, or the lack of warning time they usually allow before striking, as well as the high volume and speed of their flow currents. Their consequential impacts are, however, quite devastating. People are killed, power lines are knocked off and roads are destroyed. Flash floods risk assessment is, therefore, the core of the disaster risk management process. It leads to the identification of potential risk-reduction measures, which can help in defining the needs and requirements of safety. The topics included in this session are; flash flood vulnerability, risk assessment, risk management policy, Rainfall-runoff data analysis, RS and GIS flood zonation, environmental and economic impacts and flash flood benefits.

Session No.2

Karst Geomorphology (Processes, Environmental impacts, Economic Potentialities)​

The organizer:

Prof. Dr. Mortada El AREF

Geology Department, Cairo University, Egypt.

  • elarefmortada@yahoo.com​

Karst is the result of natural processes in and on the earth’s crust caused by solution and leaching of limestones, dolomites, gypsum, halite and other soluble rocks. These are very important natural processes and features. Karst phenomenon represents a significant economic, environmental and scientific value that has a direct impact on the surrounding environment and sustainable development programs. Therefore, this session strongly encourages researchers from all fields of research and pertinent authorities to study these phenomena and investigate solutions to their environmental problems. The term Karstology, which is usually used to refer to the investigation different aspects of karstification, also includes reference to results of studies in the fields listed below; that is: the relevant multi-discipline approaches, such as geomorphology, geography, topography, geology, sequence stratigraphy, hydrology, climatology, environments, engineering geology, land use planning, landscape scenery, heritages (geosites & geomorphsites, geoparks, protected areas).

Session No.3

Geotourism and geoparks

The organizer:

Dr. Abu El hagag Nasr El-DEIN

Ministry of Environment 

Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, Red Sea Branch

  • Hagagnasr717 @yahoo.com

Though intrinsically sustainable, Geological tourism is a newly emerging branch of natural tourism, prominent only in the last ten years or so. It is a type of tourism that builds its service standards primarily around the principal preservation of natural resources for future generations. It, therefore, works by supporting the socio-economic development of local communities, as it is based on the promotion of geological causes, teaching the value of geological preservation and sustainability. Obviously geomorphological sites constitute the basic resources for geological tourism. UNESCO has supported geo- diversity conservation programs to assist development and raise awareness of the importance of geological tourism at the regional and international levels.

UNESCO has, thus, made significant contributions towards the enrichment of conservational culture, covering geological heritage and geological tourism. One of such significant contributions has been the introduction of the concept of geological-parks.

UNESCO has defined the criteria for joining The Global National Geological-Parks Network in terms of size, management, local participation, economic development, education, protection, conservation and the global network.

Session No.4

Remote Sensing in environmental monitoring and climatic changes

The organizer:

Dr. Arafa El-NAGGAR

Egyptian Environmental Affair Agency, Egypt.

  • arafaonline@yahoo.com
  • Demonstrating the potential of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems in environmental monitoring, pollution surveying and measurement of the effects of climatic change.
  • Introducing new solutions for environmental problems to decision-makers.
  • Remote Sensing role in climatic changes.
  • Integration of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  • Prediction of climatic changes and their effects.
  • The use of Remotely Sensed data in natural resources mapping.
  • Applications of Remote Sensing in air, water and soil pollution.
  • Remote Sensing, environmental monitoring for decision making.

Session No. 5

Mobile Mapping and Real-time Map-Updating of Desert Settlements

The organizer:

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Aziz

Geography Department, Fayoum University, Egypt.

  • maz55@fayoum.edu.eg

“Mobile Mapping” is one of the most important field tools for capturing the geographical phenomena of desert settlements. Those settlements are usually randomly scattered, looking almost indistinguishable from their immediate landscape. This is largely due to their dependence for construction on materials drawn from their surrounding landscape. This makes them somewhat difficult to pinpoint by use of traditional satellite imaging. In this sense, field survey methods need to be applied in this case, using mobile mapping that contains cadaster and topographic maps which enables real-time map-updating processes. This session offers an opportunity for a serious debate regarding the accuracy of, and need for, mobile-field mapping, as an effective alternative locational tool.

Session No.6

Geoarchaeology in multi landscapes

The organizer:

Prof. Dr. Magdy TORAB

Geography Department, Damanhour University, Egypt

  • Torab.magdy@gmail.com
  • magdytorab@art.dmu.edu.eg

Geoarchaeology is an approach that uses the techniques and scientific contents of geography, geology and other Earth sciences in order to examine issues educated by archaeological knowledge and thought. This session deals with the physical processes that affect archaeological sites in different landscapes; including mountain landscapes, coastal landscapes, desert landscapes, glacial or semi glacial landscapes and riverine landscapes. It also deals with questions regarding the effects of human activities on archeological sites.

Session No. 7

Black Sand Deposits in the Northern Coast of Egypt

The organizer:

Dr. Hossam A. KHAMIS

  • hakhamis3@yahoo.com

Black sand deposits are an outstanding feature that has attracted the attention of most of the Geologists and Geographers long time ago. As a fluviatile and deltaic deposits, these are of valuable scientific aspects as it gives a clue to an important part of the history of Nile river and its delta that supposed to be more laterally extended than that of the present day. In addition to that, these sediments indicate the varieties of the source rocks from which they are derived and their enrichment in the economic minerals.

The 400 Km long of coastal sand deposits that occupy the line between Rossitta and Rafah is consider a treasure from the economic point of view. The air-born survey, that had been done by Nuclear materials Authority, demonstrates that not only the black sands on the coastal line are the only source for these deposits but also the coastal dunes that located behind the shore line parallel to the coastal way is also a good source with the same quality. About 11 locations had been discovered by this survey which increase the economic potentialities of these important mineral deposits. Magnetite, ilminite, leucogsine, rutile and garnet are very important industrial minerals in these sediments while zircon, monazite, thorite and uranothorite are very important radioactive minerals enriched in these sediments and source for uranium, thorium and rare earth elements (REE).

Session No.8

Environmental geology session

The organizer:

Dr. Osman M. Badran

Department of Geology, Damanhour University, Damanhour, Egypt.

  • Osmanbadran313@yahoo.com.

Environmental geology: is applied sciences concerned with the practical application of geology principles in studying, understanding the natural environmental geological hazard and coexistence with it, besides, how change it to natural resources. Such as Landslides, water (surface and ground water) pollution, Land subsidence, sand dunes, Desertification, earthquakes, and volcanoes…. etc.

i.e. Environmental geology is:

Natural geological hazard

Natural geological phenomenon

Natural geological resources

Session No.9

Coral reef in The Red Sea and its natural hazards

The organizer:

Prof. Dr.Tarek Kamel FARAG

Geography Department, Helwan University, Egypt.

  • tarekkamel722@yahoo.com

This session is concerned with the following research topics:

  1. Damage caused by human activities on coral reefs in the Red Sea.
  2. Geomorphological Characteristics of the Coral Reef Environment in the Red Sea.
  3. Coral reef farming.
  4. Coral reefs for coastal protection.
  5. Coral reef protection against natural and human processes. 
  6. Coral reefs and sustainable tourism development in the Red Sea.
  7. Geomorphology of coral reefs in the Red Sea.
  8. Coral reef diseases.
  9. Coral reef biological mapping.

Session No.10

Urban Landscape of Desert Societies

The organizer:

Dr. Fayrouz M. HASSAN

Women Faculty, Ain Shams University

  • Dr.fayrouz.15@women.asu.edu.eg

Desert communities follow distinct patterns of construction in their habitat settlements. Those patterns seem consistent with the components and conditions of their surrounding environments, combining desert and urban features derived from their immediate landscape resources.

This academic session offers an opportunity for experts in the field of desert construction to investigate settlement-patterns that combine architectural models and desert conditions, achieving optimum homogeneity with the surrounding landscape, and efficiency for the inhabitants’ needs.

Session No.11

Settlement in Desert Landscape

The organizer:

Prof. Dr. Lotfy Kamal AZAZ

Geography department Qassim University and Menofya University.

  • Lotfy_Azaz@Yahoo.co.uk
  • LotfyAzaz@hotmail.com
  • Coastal Settlement.
  • Desert Settlement.                                    
  • Adaptation Methods in Housing.
  • Local methods and techniques in building.

Desert settlement differs from the rest of the traditional settlement patterns known in the rural and urban because of the difference in the landscape and the different economic base on which it depends, Therefore, this session aims to discuss papers that study the different types of settlements in the desert environment with emphasis on desert and coastal patterns, as well as the ingenious ways of human stability (housing techniques) created by man there to coexist and adapt to difficult desert environment conditions, as well as local methods and techniques of construction including building materials.

Session No.12

Eco-Architecture within Desert Landscape

The organizer:

Ass. Prof. Nader Gharib

Head of Architectural and Environmental Design Department, AASTMT-Port Said Branch

  • arch_nader@hotmail.com
  • Eco-House in Desert
  • Eco-Landscape Architecture

As many Architects focused inside their discipline box and boundaries. Thinking outside this box becomes an essential issue today to have integrative man-made Architecture with its surrounding natural environment and Cultural elements. This integration forms the inspired concept of Eco-Architecture. This way of thinking isn’t something new, but it has its own ancient roots. Historically, “Ecology is an idea of the house, of the home – oikos. Through this historical definition, natural desert is considered the ‘house’ of its micro-systems such as landscape elements. So the central theme of research should to find out answers of these questions: what are the relationships between man-made architecture and nature? What concepts can best guide people to live within desert ecological means? And for Eco-landscape designers, how can different stakeholders and participators can have responsible choices in the process of constructing landscapes in desert?