Yaseen T. Mustafa

Yaseen T. Mustafa
University of Zakho | UoZ · Department of Environmental Science

Professor of Applied Remote Sensing & GIS

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Introduction
Professor of Applied in Remote Sensing & GIS at the University of Zakho, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Member of the IEEE-GRSS, ASPRS, and ISEIS.
Additional affiliations
February 2017 - May 2017
Faculty of Science, Soran University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Teaching PhD Course if Spatial Statistics.
November 2016 - present
University of Zakho
Position
  • CEO
September 2016 - present
University of Zakho
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Act a lecturer and researcher at the Dept..
Education
April 2008 - April 2012
University of Twente (ITC)
Field of study
  • Remote Sensing Application
February 2003 - January 2005
University of Duhok
Field of study
  • Differential Equations, Mathematics
September 1996 - July 2000
University of Mosul
Field of study
  • Mathematics

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Publications (51)
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This unique book focuses on environmental degradation in Asian countries including land degradation and soil erosion. The land degradation covers assessing environmental degradation using geospatial technology, land use land cover mapping, environmental and anthropogenic degradation, assessment of land degradation vulnerability, evaluation of the i...
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Scientific and academic researches and studies trying to present a multi-range of techniques and methods focusing on groundwater pollution, potentials, assessment, and prediction, Groundwater is the most important resource of fresh water now and many researchers trying to cover all about this resource to get sustainable development. This review aim...
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Land degradation is a complex process and significant environmental problem affected by both natural and anthropogenic driving factors. Globally, the prevention of land degradation has become one of the most significant challenges of the twenty-first century. Over the last decade, a marked change was observed in land degradation in the Duhok distri...
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This process of industrial zones site selection requires to fulfill requirements and standards, simultaneously reducing environmental and public health costs and maximizing technical and economic benefits. A geographic information system was used in this study to evaluate land suitability to propose suitable sites for industrial zones in Duhok dist...
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The concept of ecosystem service (ES) was originally developed to illustrate the benefits that natural ecosystems generate for society and to raise awareness for biodiversity and ecosystem conservation. In recent years, geographical information system (GIS) has become a powerful tool for mapping (ES) within a landscape, which visualizes spatial and...
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The integration of remote sensing techniques and Geographic Information System has a wide use to quantify the spatial and temporal distribution of vegetation cover. Over the last decade, a remarkable change was noticed in both climate and vegetation cover in Duhok. The Modified Soil Adjusted Vegetation Index (MSAVI2) was extracted from Landsat sate...
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The rapidly and wide use of remote sensing and accurately obtain information on the spatiotemporal distribution of large-scale vegetation is of great significance for improving and managing the Environment. To assess and analyze the spatiotemporal variation of vegetation status in Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRGI), we used time series NDVI-based vege...
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In recent years, advance oxidation processes (AOPs) have been widely interested for treatment of industrial wastewater and organic matter. At among, Electrofenton has been proposed as a strong oxidative method. So, the aim of this work was purification of colored aqueous containing crystal violet by electrofenton process and steel mesh electrodes....
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The aim of this systematic review study was to provide a precise estimation and awareness of the remaining organophosphorus pesticides in global soil and sediments. To do so, both international and national databases of PubMed, Scopus and the Institute for Scientific Information, Scientific Information Database, Iranmedex and Magiran scientific wer...
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Modern societies are exposed to a myriad of risks ranging from disease to natural hazards and technological disruptions. Exploring how the awareness of risk spreads and how it triggers a diffusion of coping strategies is prominent in the research agenda of various domains. It requires a deep understanding of how individuals perceive risks and commu...
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Historical and current status of the land is essential for efficient environmental management. This can especially be noticed in regions that are vitally affected by climate variability and human activities such as Zakho district, Kurdistan Region-Iraq. The information and status of land use/cover (LULC) help to design an efficient and sustainable...
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This book includes the papers presented in International Conference on Advanced Science and Engineering 2019 (ICOASE2019), which held in Duhok, Kurdistan Region-Iraq, on April 2-4, 2019. The conference is organized by both the University of Zakho and Duhok Polytechnic University. The conference, and consequently these proceedings, aimed to give mor...
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Machine learning (ML) algorithms steer agent decisions in agent-based models (ABMs), serving as a vehicle for implementing behaviour changes during simulation runs. However, when training an ML algorithm, obtaining large sets of micro-level human behaviour data is often problematic. Information on human behaviour is often collected via surveys of r...
Research Proposal
The scope of the book: This book focusses on the impacts of the natural and man-induced factors on the land degradation process in Iraq. The proposed book intends to bring together the academics and researchers to report their latest researches results in monitoring and assessing the land degradation types in Iraq. Since there is a deficiency of bo...
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Biomass estimation is a tool for assessing the amount of carbon stores in trees. An approach is presented to estimate aboveground biomass (AGB) of the scattered individual Quercus aegilops using very high resolution satellite imagery, WorldView-3 (WV3). First, an in-situ allometric model at tree level was developed, and AGB was estimated using the...
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Surface Water area (SWA) extraction is an important part of water resource management and has been the hottest topic in the remote sensing of water resource sector for over two decades. An approach is presented to estimate the change of area of surface water over 15 year period (2003 - 2018) using a time series of Landsat images. Twelve Landsat sce...
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Epidemics have always been a source of concern to people, both at the individual and government level. To fight outbreaks effectively, we need advanced tools that enable us to understand the factors that influence the spread of life-threatening diseases.
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Background Millions of people worldwide are exposed to deadly infectious diseases on a regular basis. Breaking news of the Zika outbreak for instance, made it to the main media titles internationally. Perceiving disease risks motivate people to adapt their behavior toward a safer and more protective lifestyle. Computational science is instrumental...
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An increasing number of spatial agent based models (ABMs) use artificial intelligence to enhance agents' decisions. There is a difference between ABMs with pure social intelligence based on information exchange among agents and ABMs with integrated spatial intelligence. Spatial intelligence refers to the fact that agents sense their environment, pe...
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Agent-­Based Models (ABMs) are indispensable to studying the aggregated impacts of individual actions of heterogeneous interacting adaptive agents. Concurrently, artificial intelligence has been employed for decades to simulate autonomous actions of individual entities that react, learn and exchange information with an environment and one another....
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Pinus brutia Ten. is the most important coniferous tree species grow naturally in some mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan Region. It is well adapted to both climatically and soil conditions. The diameter at breast height (DBH) is the significant character which has a major effect on both volume, and height of the tree, and indirectly with the site index....
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Estimating fire damage in the forest areas is an important task and a main target for the forestry directorate. This paper presents an approach for estimating burned forest areas in Duhok Governorate that caused by Turkish jet attacks on July 2015. The presented approach is based on using Landsat Data Continuity Mission LDCM (Landsat-8) satellite i...
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Pinus brutiaTen. is the most important coniferous tree species grow naturally in some mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan Region. It is well adapted to both climatically and soil conditions. The diameter at breast height (DBH) is the significant character which has a major effect on both volume, and height of the tree, and indirectly with the site index....
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Monitoring and mapping of urban trees are essential to provide urban forestry authorities with timely and consistent information. Modern techniques increasingly facilitate these tasks, but require the development of semi-automatic tree detection and classification methods. In this article, we propose an approach to delineate and map the crown of 15...
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Over the years a range of spatial agent-based models (ABMs) have been developed to simulate a wide variety of disease diffusion processes. However, most models: • Are based on simple (rule-based) agent behaviour un- able to capture the change of behaviour during a developing epidemic due to e.g. increasing risk awareness; • Do not model explicitly...
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Over the years a range of spatial agent-based models (ABMs) have been developed to simulate a wide variety of disease diffusion processes. However, most models: • Are based on simple (rule-based) agent behaviour unable to capture the change of behaviour during a developing epidemic due to e.g. increasing risk awareness; • Do not model explicitly be...
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Monitoring and analyzing forests and trees are required task to manage and establish a good plan for the forest sustainability. To achieve such a task, information and data collection of the trees are requested. The fastest way and relatively low cost technique is by using satellite remote sensing. In this study, we proposed an approach to identify...
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Monitoring and analyzing forests and trees are required task to manage and establish a good plan for the forest sustainability. To achieve such a task, information and data collection of the trees are requested. The fastest way and relatively low cost technique is by using satellite remote sensing. In this study, we proposed an approach to identify...
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Forest sustainability requires an effective programme such as monitoring, managing, analyzing and classifying tree species through collecting required information. For such a purpose, field-based assessment provides the needed information. However, this method is costly, time consuming, and therefore assessment frequency is low. This often allows u...
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Rainfall is a significant portion of hydrologic data. Rainfall records, however, are often incomplete due to several factors. In this study, the inverse distance weighting (IDW) method integrated with GIS is used to estimate the rainfall distribution in Duhok Governorate. A total of 25 rain fall stations and rainfall data between 2000 and 2010 were...
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Countries in Middle East and North Africa (MENA region) are considered as arid and semi-arid areas that are suffering from water scarcity. They are expected to have more water shortages problem due to climatic change. Iraq is located in the Middle East covering an area of 433,970 square kilometers populated by 31 million inhabitants. One of the sol...
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Kurdistan Region (KR) of Iraq has suffered from the drought period during the seasons 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 that affected the human and economic activities of the region. Macro rainwater harvesting (Macro RWH) is one of the techniques that can ensure water availability for a region having limited water resources. This technique is based on Soil C...
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Iraq is facing water shortage problem which is becoming more severe with time. Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) can help to minimize the water shortage problem. Seven years of rainfall records was used to find out the quantity of water that can be harvested using Watershed modeling system (WMS). Koya city is located in the northern part of Iraq. The pop...
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Macro rainwater harvesting techniques (Macro RWH) are getting more popular to overcome the problem of water scarcity in arid and semi-arid areas. Iraq is experiencing serious water shortage problem now despite of the presence of Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. RWH can help to overcome this problem. In this research, RWH was applied in Koya City in its...
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The use of satellite remote sensing (RS) has salient progress in water budget calculation and it performs in watershed management. An RS technique can properly enhance hydrogeologic surveys. Moreover, to have an intimate understanding of the changes in water level fluctuations, it is also important to relate them to the surrounding eomorphic, struc...
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Biophysical parameter values such as LAI have proved useful in a number of environmental applications. An approach is presented for producing the spatio-temporal estimation of leaf area index (LAI) of a heterogeneous forest using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite images. This is performed by decomposing MODIS LAI for a...
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Macro Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) has been tested at Koysinjaq (Koya) District, Kurdistan region of Iraq, due to its limited source of water.The studied area consists of four basins with total area of 228.96 km2. The estimating volumes of harvested runoff for the four selected basins together for the study period (2002-2011) were calculated using th...
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Canopy leaf area index (LAI) is a quantitative measure of canopy foliar area. LAI values can be derived from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) images. In this study, MODIS pixels from a heterogeneous forest located in The Netherlands were decomposed using the Linear Mixture Model (LMM) using class fractions derived from a high r...
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Macro Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) has been tested at Koysinjaq (Koya) District, Kurdistan region of Iraq, due to its limited source of water.The studied area consists of four basins with total area of 228.96 km2. The estimating volumes of harvested runoff for the four selected basins together for the study period (2002-2011) were calculated using th...
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The rapid urban development in the Duhok city since the 1990s has dramatically enhanced the potential impact of human activities. To identify and monitor this urban development effectively, remote sensing provides a viable source of data from which updated land cover information can be extracted efficiently and cheaply. In this study, three satelli...
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Leaf Area index (LAI) is widely used in global environmental and climatic change research. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite imagery provide LAI product with high temporal resolution. However, the coarse spatial support of this data limited the application, e.g. the spatial heterogeneity of land cover. In this stud...
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An approach is presented for improving the spatial estimation of leaf area index (LAI) of a heterogeneous forest by integrating the Physiological Principles Predicting Growth (3-PG) model output with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite imagery. LAI was chosen as the variable of interest because leaf area is the excha...
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Estimating the contribution of forests to carbon sequestration is commonly done by applying forest growth models. Such models inherently use field observations, such as leaf area index (LAI), whereas relevant information is also available from remotely sensed images. The purpose of this study is to improve the LAI estimated from the Physiological P...
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Leaf area index (LAI) is a biophysical variable that is related to atmosphere-biosphere exchange of CO2. One way to obtain LAI value is by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) biophysical products (LAI MODIS). The LAI MODIS has been used to improve the physiological principles predicting growth (3-PG) model within a Bayesian Ne...
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Estimating the contribution of forests to carbon sequestration is commonly done by applying forest growth models. Such models inherently use field observations, such as leaf area index (LAI), whereas relevant information is also available from remotely sensed images. The purpose of this study is to improve the LAI estimated from the physiological p...
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Estimating the contribution of the forests to carbon sequestration is commonly done by applying forest growth models. Such models inherently use field observations such as leaf area index (LAI), whereas a relevant information is also available from remotely sensed images. This paper aims to improve the LAI estimated from the forest growth model [ph...
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In this paper, we provide a solution to the system of non-integer differential equation of order 0 < q < 1, by the technique of Laplace transformation and with interest to property of Mittag-Leffler function, with the help of the programming technique of Maple.

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I am using Pleiades imagery, and I tried to calculate NDVI from it. However, after calculation I got a very bad image I do not know the reason yet. I used ENVI 4.8 to calculate NDVI utilizing band 4 as NIR and band 3 as Red. Any suggestion would be appreciated.
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Any idea of how to utilize Landsat 8 for revealing and determine the burned areas, would be very appreciated? I already have read some articles, however, most of them compared or used another satellite beside Landsat like MODIS products. I am more interested in the used techniques as step-by-step.
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This Springer book explores the causes of climate change and pollution, as well as their consequences on humankind and how they will affect the planet's future. Climate change is having an increasing influence on land, water, and air. It eventually results in drought, desertification, water scarcity, soil deterioration, and environmental concerns. The book is organized into 19 chapters that tackle the threat of climate change and environmental contamination. A multi-disciplinary team of authors provides a comprehensive overview of current technologies, future trends and analysis of several case studies in MENA Region. The researchers in this book address the following topics: (1) desertification of different case studies in MENA Region; (2) Industrial infringements and their effects on the environment and natural; (3) wastewater and its impact on agriculture; (4) Natural resource mismanagement and its influence on the environment; (5) soil degradation and erosion due to climate change and anthropogenic factors; and (6) non-conventional methods in dealing with natural resources. As a result, researchers continue to conduct studies and provide findings that compel stakeholders and authorities to take immediate action to safeguard natural resources and the environment.
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The Journal of Geoinformatics and Environmental Research (JGIER) with ISSN: 2709-9806 is a peer-reviewed and open-access journal published by Interdisciplinary Publishing Academia (IP Academia). It aims to provide a scientific platform on all aspects of Geoinformation sciences; those are Remote Sensing, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Environmental Sciences, and applications. JGIER is for academicians, scientists, researchers worldwide to present their original research articles, reviews, communications from the Geoinformatics, and Environmental sciences.
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This unique book focuses on environmental degradation in Asian countries, including land degradation and soil erosion. The land degradation covers assessing environmental degradation using geospatial technology, land use/land cover mapping, environmental and anthropogenic degradation, assessment of land degradation vulnerability, evaluation of the impact of earthquake, and the environmental control of the sand dunes. It also addresses soil degradation and environmental pollution. It presents several case studies such as Tectonic activity and erosion, assessment of Aircraft Sound, soil degradation assessment for the arid territories, soil pollution, waste engine oil contamination, soil degradation, soil erosion modeling, land use/land cover change and its effect on soil erosion changes. Additionally, the book discusses the impact of climate change and human activities, including urban environmental quality, air pollution, the impact of armed conflict on the environment. Moreover, topics such as vegetation degradation, including forest changes, hydrological, and agricultural drought, are presented. The book includes authors and scientists from Egypt, Iraq, Iran, India, Mongolia, United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, USA, Turkey, South Africa, and Italy. Graduate students, researchers, engineers, policy planners, policy-makers, and stockholders could benefit from the information and the knowledge in this book. Therefore, we are inviting the distinguished authors, researchers, and scientists to write book chapters in the Springer book titled: "Environmental Degradation in Asia: Land Degradation, Environmental Contamination, and Human Activities. The book will be published by Springer in 2021. Please send your proposed title ASAP within this August. We still need chapters from China, Russia, Southeast Asian countries. Deadlines: Chapter title & Outlines: 20 Oct. 2020 Decisions from editors: 25 Oct. 2020 Full submission of chapters: 15 Dec. 2020 Comments of reviewers: 31 Jan. 2021 Revised chapter submission: 02 Feb. 2021 Final acceptance notifications: 15 Mar. 2021 Submission of chapters to Springer: 30 Mar. 2021 Editors: Prof. Dr. Ayad M. Fadhil Al-Quraishi (ayad.alquraishi@gmail.com). Prof. Dr. Yaseen T. Mustafa (yaseen.mustafa@uoz.edu.krd). Prof. Dr. Abdelazim M. Negm (amnegm85@yahoo.com). The Confirmed Table of Contents:: Part I: Introduction to the Book 1-Introduction Part II: Land Degradation 2. Assessing Environmental Degradation using Geo-spatial Technology: A Case Study. 3. Land Use Land Cover mapping using optimized Multi-layer Perceptron algorithm. 4. Environmental Degradation of Mongolia from 1990 to 2019 using Landsat, MODIS, AVHRR Data, and Machine Learning Technique. 5. Assessment of Land Degradation Vulnerability Using GIS-Based Multi-criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA). 6. Evaluation of Zarand Earthquake in Central Iran using Satellite images and GIS. 7. Environmental Control of the Sand Dunes in Iraq. Part III: Soil Degradation & Environmental Contamination 8. Assessment of Aircraft Sound on Students’ Performance. 9. Soil Degradation Assessment for the Arid Territories of Kazakhstan. 10. Cadmium Fractionation Technique as a Chemical Degradation Indicator for some Soils around Dyiala River in Iraqi Center. 11. Effect of Waste Engine Oil Contamination on the Geotechnical Properties of Cohesive Soils in Sulaimani City, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. 12. Soil Degradation Problems and their Solutions in Uzbekistan. 13. Assessment of Soil Erosion Risk using RUSLE Model and GIS. 14. RUSLE model in the northwest part of the Zagros Fold-and-Thrust Belt. 15. Assessment of land use and land cover change and its effect on soil erosion changes in Javanrud district (west of Iran). 16. A Feed-forward Hopfield Neural Network Algorithm (FHNNA) Using a Mosaic ALOS Image for Water Quality Mapping in Langkawi Island, Malaysia. 17. Changes in the Water Quality of Large Rivers in the Asian part of Russia from the Standpoint Achieving Sustainable Development Goals. 18. Sustainable Way: Replacement of Chemical or Drugs by Earthworm or Fish Health Management. Part IV: Climate Degradation & Human Activities 19. Integration of Field Investigation, Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics for Appraisal of Urban Environmental Quality of Bankura City, West Bengal, India. 20. The Role of Industrial, Agricultural and Biological Pollution on Soil Deterioration in Al-Najaf Province, Iraq. 21. Research on urban heat island under the background of urbanization: a case study in Nan Jing, China. 22. The Influence of Land Use Change on Landslide Susceptibility in Southwest China. 23. The influence of the three Gorges reservoir on surrounding climate, precipitation and vegetation patterns. 24. Monitoring Real-Time Air Pollution Exposure using Smart Sensors and GPS Trajectories in Kolkata, India. 25. Impact of Armed Conflict on Iraq Environment – Ninewa Governorate, as a Case Study. 26. Impacts of Land Use and Climate Change on Water Resources in Malaysia. 27. Impact of LULC and Socio-economic Changes on Groundwater Availability: A Case study of Barrackpore-II Block, West Bengal, India. 28. Cultivable Soil Degradation due to Human Activity: Unplanned Urbanization. 29. Variability of local climate and its association with urbanization in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, China. 30. Spatial-Environmental Assessment of the Transportation Infrastructure in the United Arab Emirates: Toward Policies and Practices. Part V: Drought & Vegetation Degradation 31. Influence of cryogenic processes and phenomena on the minimum runoff in Russia. 32. Utilization of Remote Sensing for the Hydrological Drought Monitoring Over Iraq. 33. Drought Monitoring using Landsat Time-Series dataset method based on LST and VHI, in Erbil, Iraq for 1998-2017. 34. Forest Successional Change and its Effect on Plant Biodiversity. 35. Vegetative Structure and Regeneration Pattern of Mangroves Along the Coast of Pakistan. 36. Influences of Agricultural Machines and Equipment on Soil Degradation. 37. Desertification in China: Climate Change Leading to “Natural Selection” of Restoration Concepts. Part VI: Conclusions and Recommendations 38. Conclusions and Recommendations.