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Special Issue "Spatial Optimization for Sustainable Resource Management"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Hazards and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2021) | Viewed by 305

Special Issue Editors

Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: water resources; optimization; evolutionary methods; machine learning
Forest Research Institute, Hellenic Agricultural Organization-Demeter
Interests: eco-informatics; spatial planning; decision optimization tools; heuristic algorithms; water resources management; forest ecosystems as complex adaptive systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the context of today’s constantly increasing ecological, social, and economic demands, spatial planning and management have become central activities to embrace multiple objectives and constraints of varying nature and importance. Spatial optimization is the most prominent resource planning and management tool. It provides effective methods to support intensive and economical use of resources for sustainable development. One of the more well-known tasks of spatial optimization is determining optimal land use patterns and allocating different uses and resources to specific areas on the basis of physical properties and regional socio-economic conditions and needs. This challenging management activity leads to highly complex mathematical optimization problems that become even less tractable as the problem size increases. Spatial optimization problems have special characteristics, such as the interplay between local and global attributes, which require specialized solution approaches. 

This has led to the use of advanced global optimization methods, including evolutionary algorithms and various heuristics, for effective treatment of these problems. A wide range of methods have been applied, such as genetic algorithms, simulated annealing, stochastic and simulated evolution, self-organization, extremal optimization, harmony search, and ant colony optimization. Further develpments in these methods are still expected. 

Resource management is tightly connected to space, and sustainability adds many objectives and constraints to these problems. The role of data handling in spatial resource management adds another challenge, especially in the context of data science. 

The present Special Issue invites articles both in regard to methodology and applications of spatial optimization, in an effort to discuss the creative interaction between these two aspects.

Prof. Epaminondas Sidiropoulos
Dr. Dimitris Fotakis
Guest Editors

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  • spatial optimization
  • heuristics
  • genetic algorithms
  • resource management
  • sustainability

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