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Lowlands are regions of low elevation, which are particularly vulnerable to climatic and environmental changes. Lowlands are also particularly susceptible to natural disasters. Global warming, which appears to be causing a rise in sea level, must ultimately affect the safety of coastal dikes and other coastal infrastructures, as well as threaten the water and ecological systems in lowland areas. Actions are now required for the development of new technologies to protect and develop lowland areas and to solve the environmental problems currently being faced in these regions. To achieve this aim, it is necessary to draw on and to merge several disciplines, such as geotechnical engineering, water resources, urban & city planning and coastal & riverine engineering for sustainable development of lowlands.

The first International Symposium on Lowland Technology (ISLT) was held in 1998 and since then these international symposia have been held every two years. Earlier ten ISLTs were conducted in Japan [1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014], Bangkok (Thailand) [2004], Busan (Korea) [2008], Bali (Indonesia) [2012], Mangalore (India) 2016. The 11th series ISLT 2018 will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The objective of ISLT 2018 is, therefore, to bring together researchers and engineers working in lowland regions, from a broad range of disciplines, in order to present their research results, exchange information, facilitate networking, and to promote and advance technologies related to lowland development.