Balancing Ecosystems and Renewable Energy in Landscapes

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Water, Energy, Land and Food (WELF) Nexus".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2024) | Viewed by 1193

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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the upcoming Special Issue dedicated to exploring the multifaceted topics of "Balancing Ecosystems and Renewable Energy in Landscapes". These territories are characterized by a sustainable and integrated approach that balances energy production, environmental protection, food production and urban infrastructures. These solutions aim to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, limit greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to climate change mitigation. The landscapes imply the planning, design and implementation of renewable energy systems, such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass energy, within natural and built environments. Simultaneously, their design seeks to minimize the environmental impact and consider the well-being of local communities, sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation. These areas include wind farms, solar fields, hydroelectric power plants, agrivoltaics, acquavoltaics, biogas facilities and other infrastructure that generates energy from renewable technologies. They also consider the integration of renewable energies in buildings located in protected landscapes.

The goal of this Special Issue is to collect papers (original research articles and review papers) to provide insights into critical challenges, developments and opportunities within the integration of green and renewable energy sources within natural landscapes.

This Special Issue will welcome manuscripts that link the following themes (including, but not limited to):

  • Integration of renewable energy technologies in protected landscapes;
  • Energy transition policies and governance;
  • Mitigation and adaptation strategies, and design approaches;
  • Technological innovation of renewable energy technologies, considering solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass and other emerging technologies;
  • Technological innovation on building integrated agriculture;
  • Legislative and regulatory framework for protected areas;
  • Landscape planning and impact assessment strategies;
  • Ecological, social and economic implications for their integration;
  • Community engagement and social acceptance strategies;
  • Economic evaluation and incentives that foster the transition to green and renewable energy sources;
  • Ecosystem services and biodiversity;
  • Climate change, green and energy landscapes;
  • Balance between green and blue energy;
  • Case studies and applications;
  • New product developments;
  • Food production and self-sufficiency;
  • Energy-efficient development in protected landscapes.

We look forward to receiving your original research articles and reviews.

Prof. Dr. Elena Lucchi
Dr. Ján Legény
Guest Editors

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  • renewable energy/renewable energy infrastructure/landscape
  • building integrated agriculture
  • photovoltaics
  • wind technology
  • biomass
  • geothermal energy
  • landscape/landscape design/planning/landscape technology fit
  • green and blue energy
  • sustainability/security/resilience
  • landscape development /landscape heritage
  • policies/management/justice/communities/potential/capacity/assessment

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16 pages, 2835 KiB  
Analysis of the Coupling Coordinated Development of the Water-Soil-Energy-Carbon System in Northwest China
by Min Wang, Yiming An, Rupu Yang, Xiaoyu Shan, Liping Li and Xiangzhao Feng
Land 2024, 13(5), 715; - 20 May 2024
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The intricate interplay between water resources, land resources, energy systems, and carbon emissions has emerged as a prominent discourse in academic research. Nonetheless, there remains a dearth of comprehensive research dedicated to fostering environmentally friendly and low-carbon development through systematic integration and coordination [...] Read more.
The intricate interplay between water resources, land resources, energy systems, and carbon emissions has emerged as a prominent discourse in academic research. Nonetheless, there remains a dearth of comprehensive research dedicated to fostering environmentally friendly and low-carbon development through systematic integration and coordination efforts. This study aimed to fill this gap by integrating the coupling mechanism of the Water-Land-Energy-Carbon (WLEC) system, thereby constructing an evaluation index framework that assesses coordinated developments in Northwest China’s WLEC system. It scrutinizes the security levels within the Water-Land-Energy (WLE) subsystem while conducting quantitative analyses on the degrees of coupling coordination within the WLEC systems, alongside their associated hindering factors. The preliminary findings were as follows: Firstly, the safety development within the WLE system demonstrates a positive trend across Northwest China, with notable advancements primarily observed in the Qinghai and Gansu provinces. In 2021, all five Northwestern provinces exhibited moderate levels of safe development, except for the Qinghai province, which transitioned from moderate to robust. Secondly, the coupling coordination degree of the WLEC system across the five provinces has consistently illustrated an upward trajectory over the years. However, as of 2021, the system remains in a state characterized by marginal disorder. Notably, the Qinghai and Gansu provinces have shown particularly encouraging upward trends, with the Shaanxi province also making notable progress. Conversely, Xinjiang has declined since 2017 due to negative interactions between the subsystems of water, soil, energy, and carbon emissions. Thirdly, spatial variations exist in the distribution patterns between the provinces regarding the influence of obstructing factors on indicators related to coupled coordinated development, such as per capita arable land area, per capita energy consumption, per capita carbon emissions, per capita construction land area, and the proportion of groundwater water in the total amount of water supply, which demonstrated an increasing trend. These findings carry significant practical implications for actively and steadily promoting carbon peaking and carbon neutrality in Northwest China. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Balancing Ecosystems and Renewable Energy in Landscapes)
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