Editorial to the special issue on natural hazards and risk
research in Russia
Received: 24 June 2017 / Accepted: 27 June 2017 / Published online: 11 August 2017
Ó The Author(s) 2017. This article is an open access publication
Abstract The contributions of this special issue are centered on Russian natural hazard
and risk research in the territory of the Russian Federation and the former Soviet Union.
The overall aim is to promote the excellent research results in this scientiﬁc ﬁeld which
were, unfortunately, for decades only available to the Russian-speaking community.
Despite the considerable research efforts undertaken by Russian scholars, methods and
results are hardly known among non-Russian researchers and consequently neglected by
the international research community simply because many sources are only available in
Russian language. A prominent example includes the textbook ‘‘The fundamentals of
avalanche science’’ by Bozhinskiy and Losev (1998), the Russian version originally
published in 1987, which was only translated due to an initiative of the Swiss Federal
Institute of Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos, Switzerland. Following a discussion
among participants of the Third International Conference on Debris Flows in Yuzhno-
Sakhalinsk in September 2014, we strongly believe that making accessible Russian
research to the international hazard community will be of vital interest and will provide
substantial added value to the progress in natural hazard and risk research.
Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article (doi:10.1007/s11069-017-2976-2)
contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
& Sven Fuchs
Institute of Mountain Risk Engineering, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences,
Faculty of Geography, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation
CNRS-UMR 8591, University Paris 1 (Panthe
on-Sorbonne), Paris, France
Far East Geological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russian
Nat Hazards (2017) 88:S1–S16