Environmental Sustainability


Title: Torrential and Flash Flood Warning: General Overview and Uses of Localized Hydropower

Authors: Schismenos, S., Emmanouloudis, D.. Stevens, G., and Eslamian, S.

Imprint: CRC Press

Publisher: Taylor and Francis

ISBN: 9780429463327

Pages: 16


Over recent years the use of hydrological models for forecasting water-based disasters (WD) has improved flood management capabilities worldwide. However, many of these applications present homogenous and generalized solutions based, in part, on limited data inputs related to incomplete or inaccurate calculation of variables. Furthermore, the focus of such systems is on large-scale areas and as a result, torrential and flash floods that occur mainly at the local level cannot be easily predicted. Consequently, wrong or missed alarms lead to property damage and human losses, especially in remote, riparian areas. This study presents a general overview of hydrological and flood forecasting models that are used in water resources and WD management around the world. It explains why early warning strategies based on these systems often fail at the local level and considers whether localized hydropower applications can be used during WD to power flood early warning systems at this scale. Specifically, it describes the concept of a combined off-grid hydropower generator with localized early warning systems in areas with high flood risk probability and hydropower potential. This system could improve limited flood response mechanisms at the local level and increase the survival rates during extreme WD.

Title: Soil governance in Greece: A snapshot

Authors: Schismenos, S., Emmanouloudis, D, Stevens, G., Katopodes, N. and Melessee, A.M.

Journal: Soil Security

Publisher: Elsevier

DOI: 10.1016/j.soisec.2022.100035

Pages: 100035


For thousands of years, soil resources in Greece have been a critical underpinning of local socio-economies. However, soil threats are increasing rapidly, primarily due to human activity and the impacts of climate change. Greek and other European state governments have established legal frameworks to protect soil, but there is a great need for centralization and harmonization with European Law. This chapter highlights the importance of integrated soil governance frameworks that could be applied at the regional or international level while also supporting public engagement and local focus. It also considers the urgent need to address erosion – a major threat to soil resources in Greece that affects local well-being, environmental sustainability and heritage sites.


Title: Environmental sustainability and ecotourism of riparian and deltaic ecosystems: opportunities for rural Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Greece

Authors: Schismenos, S., Zaimes, G.N., Iakovoglou, V., and Emmanouloudis, D.

Journal: International Journal of Environmental Studies

Publisher: Taylor and Francis

DOI: 10.1080/00207233.2018.1510579

Pages: 675-688


Human and wildlife well-being are linked to riparian and deltaic ecosystems. Human impacts and climate changes affect their environmental sustainability. To secure their protection, various national laws and international agreements have been established. Ecotourism can assist in promoting conservation for sustainability and economic improvement. This study reviews work bearing on these matters, especially with regard to the unique region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace in Greece.