Call for Papers of Special Issue on "Liveable cities: current environmental challenges and paths for urban sustainability"
• 大类 : 环境科学与生态学 - 2区
• 小类 : 环境科学 - 2区
This special issue is based on a session organized at the EGU2018 Assembly (http://www.egu2017.eu/) with the title “Urban sustainable development: resilience to environmental problems and natural hazards through eco-engineering solutions” (https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2018/session/26995). Nevertheless, it will be open to other submissions. Thus, we can provide an open call for papers with the following description:
Urban growth and land use change are associated to land degradation and a greater susceptibility to natural hazards. Urbanization process increase soil sealing and compaction, increasing runoff, erosion and surface and groundwater contamination, reducing their ability to provide ecosystem services. Changes in hydrological processes driven by urbanization provide additional challenges on water resources, since they increase enhance flood hazard, decrease water quality, and the resilience of the communities that depend on this resources. Persistent pollutants, such as microplastics, heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and pharmaceuticals, have been found in urban environments and may have serious negative impacts on human health and ecosystems.
Climate change, land degradation, food security, and overpopulation are some of the most important threats in urban areas. In this context, a sustainable management of these areas is crucial to reduce their vulnerability and increase their adaptation. Information on the impact of distinct urban patterns on water, sediment and pollutant sources and pathways within the landscape is of upmost importance to guide urban planners. Although urban areas may face major challenges in the context of sustainability issues, they have the opportunity to develop effective solutions to address them. Over the last years, urban greening and nature-based solutions have been receiving increasing interest, due to their potential to mitigate the impact of global changes and to enhance urban resilience. However, the efficiency of these solutions are still supported by relatively limited scientific evidences. Stakeholders and urban planners are receptive to solutions able to mitigate urban hazards, and to provide environmental, social and economic benefits for urban dwellers.
To understand and sensibly influence the development towards a more sustainable future, there is an increasing need of understanding of how practices of planning and design can enhance sustainable urban development.