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Special Issue "Geography of the COVID-19 pandemic: public health, economic and environmental consequences"

Invited editors:

  1. Prof. Alexander Baklanov, Science and Innovation Department, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), abaklanov@wmo.int

  2. Prof. Natalia Chubarova, Department of Meteorology and Climatology, Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Natalia.chubarova@gmail.com

  3. Prof. Vladimir Kolosov, Deputy Director and Head of Laboratory at the Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, kolosov@igras.ru

  4. Prof. Svetlana Malkhazova, Head of Department of Biogeography, Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, sveta_geo@mail.ru

  5. Prof. Boris Porfiriev, Research Director of the Institute of Economic Forecasting of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, b_porfiriev@mail.ru

The origin and development of the COVID-19 pandemic and the severity of its consequences for various areas of activity, countries, regions and localities are the result of the emergence and functioning of a complex natural and social system. Natural and socio-economic features of the territory play a crucial role in the spread of infection. Geographical features of its phenomenon and intensity depend on weather, climatic and geo-ecological conditions, medical and biological background, the presence of natural foci of diseases, ways of movement of virus transfer, , hierarchy of localities and their involvement in international and national interactions, the number and composition of the most vulnerable social groups, and territorial mobility of the population.

The analysis of medical and geographical spread of the disease and its dynamics in different countries and landscapes, the identification of regions with different degrees of favorability for the manifestation of infection, determination of the relationship between epidemic indicators and geographical factors is necessary to perform.

The pandemic has caused profound environmental, economic, and socio-cultural changes in the world. Quarantine measures and a sharp reduction in industrial production have resulted in a reduction in anthropogenic emissions into the atmosphere, which has resulted in the decrease of air concentrations of pollutants and greenhouse gases in many regions, especially in large urban agglomerations. These phenomena varied widely depending on the characteristics of the natural variability of atmospheric trace gases and differences in the strictness of limitations.

A special issue of GES is devoted to assessing the scale of the coronavirus pandemic, analyzing the main mechanisms of its impact on the economy and socio-economic consequences in different geographical settings, medical and social problems, and the pandemic impact on the environment and air quality.

The range of topics includes:

  • natural, economic, and socio-cultural features of the spread and geographical differentiation of coronavirus incidence;
  • the analysis of the pandemic impact on the environment and air quality; the identification of the role of anthropogenic factors in air pollution in cities worldwide, especially during the lockdown periods, taking into account for natural variability;
  • fundamental principles of geoinformation support for making geographically differentiated decisions to combat viral infection (and dynamic zoning of infection risk);
  • multi-scale analysis of the environmental, socio-economic, and geopolitical consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia and around the world.

Deadline for papers’ submission: 31 July 2021

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