Special Issue "Grand Challenges Initiative: Sus...

Grand Challenges Initiative: Sustainability and Development


A special issue of HighTech and Innovation Journal (ISSN: 2723-9535).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 01 December 2023.

This special issue belongs to the Sustainability, Energy and Clean Technologies scope.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.hightechjournal.org by registering and logging in to this website.

Special Issue Editors


Guest Editor: Prof. M. R. Kavianpour

Affiliations: Professor, Civil Engineering Faculty, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Iran.

Interests: Climate Change; Remote Sensing; Drought; Water Treatment; Flood (Hazard, Estimation and Modeling, …); Urban Drainage System (Design and Modeling).

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Guest Editor: Dr. Grigorios L. Kyriakopoulos

Affiliations: School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece.

Interests: Renewable Energy Sources; Urban and Regional Development; Energy; Development Economics; Human Resource Management; Sustainability.

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Guest Editor: Prof. Eugen Rusu

Affiliations: Department of Applied Mechanics, Head of Laboratory of Computations and Modeling in Applied Mechanics, "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati, Galați, Romania.

Interests: Renewable Energy in Marine Environment; Energy Conversion; Offshore Technologies; Climate Change in Marine Environment; Resource Evaluation and Modeling.

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Special Issue Information

Aim and Scope

Over the next decade, the global scientific community must take on the challenge of delivering the knowledge required to support efforts to achieve sustainable development in the context of global environmental change. Solution-focused, strategic, interdisciplinary, long-term research is needed to improve our knowledge of the social-environmental risks facing humanity and to provide science-based support for actions to achieve sustainable development. We rapidly need to deepen our understanding of how the Earth system operates in response to human pressures, improve our ability to predict future risk patterns, and explore social transformations in the world that can overcome barriers to sustainability.

We hope that the Special Issue on “Grand Challenges Initiative: Sustainability and Development” will provide an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to reflect and enhance the understanding of the research field, its links with other scientific fields, as well as its correspondence with sustainability.

This Special Issue aims to collect both original research and review articles regarding applications of experimental or methodological and theoretical approaches in revealing the Sustainability and Development:

  • Climate Change
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Digital Transformation and Environmental Sustainability
  • Green Technology, Resilience, and Sustainability
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities


  • Sustainability
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Resilience
  • Pollution
  • Infrastructure


Deadline for Final Draft of Papers

01 December 2023

Reviews and Revisions Period

About 30 days after submission

Notification of Final Decision

About 7 days after revision


After acceptance

Published Papers

Understanding AI Application Dynamics in Oil and Gas Supply Chain Management and Development: A Location Perspective
Ahmed Deif, Thejas Vivek                  PDF  |   1-14
Comparative Analysis of Meteorological Drought based on the SPI and SPEI Indices
Cheikh Faye                     PDF  |   15-27

Temporal Trends of Rainfall and Temperature over Two Sub-Divisions of Western Ghats
Rohit Mann, Anju Gupta                      PDF  |   28-42

Soil Quality Evaluation in Urban Ecosystems during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Nataliia Mironova, Olha Yefremova, Halyna Biletska, Ihor Bloshchynskyi, Ihor Koshelnyk, Serhii Sych, Maksym Filippov, Serhii Sinkevych, Vasyl Kravchuk          PDF  |   43-51

The Importance of Interfirm Networks in Enhancing Innovation Capability and Exporting in High-Tech Industry
Noerlina, Tirta N. Mursitama, Boto Simatupang, Agustinus Bandur       PDF  |   52-64