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5th International Debris Flow Workshop

& Symposium on Silk Roads Disaster Mitigation

November 5-6, 2018

Beijing, China

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Deadline for
abstract submission

Deadline extend to July 10, 2018

Acceptance of
abstract notification

Notification extend to July 31, 2018

Deadline for
full-text paper submission

Submission extend to September 30, 2018

Opening of registration

August 1, 2018

Deadline for registration

October 14, 2018

Check-in day

November 4, 2018

Workshop period

November 5-6, 2018

Field trip

November 7, 2018

Acceptance of
full-text paper notification

December 31, 2018

Asia is one of the most prone regions to compound geo-hazards. As human development encroaches hillsides and as extreme rainfall events occur with increasing frequency due to climate change, the threat posed by compound geo-hazards will inevitably increase. The seriousness of this threat is reflected by recent disasters such as landslide in Siaolin Village, Chinese Taipei in 2009, debris flows in Zhouqu, China in 2010, landslide in Hiroshima, Japan in 2014, and landslide in Mao County, China in 2017, have caused total thousands of deaths and seriously affected the social and economic development. Consequently, these hazards drew great attention of scientists due to their unique characteristics and appeared as new geological and geomorphic phenomena. For instance, deep-seated landslides formation mechanism were studied after the Siaolin Landslides; the concept of “scale-enlargement effects” of debris flows in channels were experimentally investigated after the 2010 Zhouqu debris flow, and the research of channel erosion of debris flow was carried out after several catastrophic debris flows in the Wenchuan Earthquake area, e.g., Wenjia Gully in 2010. Both experimental and numerical approach capabilities in each country/region were significantly improved through the continuous study of the basic mechanism behind these hazard events. The information and academic exchange of these new theoretical products and techniques benefit both the scientific research and the practical hazards mitigation level.

The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (simply called “the Belt and Road” or “Silk roads”) covers more than 70 countries and 4.4 billion people (63% of the world). Due to the active underlying geological structure, rapid tectonic uplift, and the obvious climate differences, natural hazards (e.g., landslides, and debris flows etc.) occur frequently along the Silk Road Economic Belt. These frequently occurring natural hazards along "the Belt and Road" seriously affect the safety and social development of multiple nations. It is thus necessary to conduct fundamental research on hazard mechanisms to provide scientific guidance for natural hazards prevention, construction of major infrastructure, and disaster relief with high efficiency and precision.

Asian Network on Debris Flow (ANDF) is a non-governmental international academic organization, aiming to provide a platform to organize academic conferences and training, to promote the project collaboration, and to improve the mountainous hazards study and mitigation technology in all Asian countries and regions. The international workshop of ANDF has been held every two years since 2010. The past events were highly successfully held in Chengdu (2010, 2012), Tainan (2014) and Kyoto (2016), respectively. The 5th workshop will be organized by the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, held on November 5-6, 2018 in Beijing, China.

The other special issue named “Disaster mitigation on Silk Roads” will be organized in this joint workshop. This forum will focus on the influence and mitigation strategy of cross-border mountainous hazards, and also comprise the discussion of international cooperation mechanism of hazards research and mitigation.


The Joint workshop will provide a platform for mountainous hazards researchers to exchange ideas and share experiences on how to cope with hazards using the most advanced, state-of-art methodologies in mechanics as well as in hazards prediction, composed disasters prevention, and risk assessment. How to strengthen the international cooperation of hazards research and related disasters mitigation is the other focus of this joint workshop.


The subjects of this workshop are mountainous hazards and environment issues, including landslides, debris flows, dammed lakes, sediment yielding, river environment evolution, and so on. The topics of the workshop will focus on, but not limited to:

● Formation process and mechanism of mountainous hazards

● Numerical modeling of mountainous hazards

● Risk assessment of mountainous hazards

● Observations and measurements of mountainous hazards

● Countermeasures (Hardware & Software) of mountainous hazards

● Hazards process interaction with human activity and eco-environment

Additionally, the special issue of “Disaster mitigation on Silk Roads” will comprise the topics as:

● Spatial distribution of mountainous hazards and relevant damages towards major project

● Risk assessments and predictions of mountainous hazards on the Silk Roads

● Mitigation strategies and prevention measures of large-scale hazards on the Silk Roads

● International cooperation mechanism in disaster mitigation

Language: English

  • First Announcement_5th International Debris-Flow Workshop[Download]
  • Second Announcement of 5th International Debris Flow Workshop[Download]