Special Issue "Nature-Based Solutions to Foster Sustainable Urban Development"

A special issue of Urban Science (ISSN 2413-8851).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2023) | Viewed by 176

Special Issue Editors

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia, Bogota, Colombia
Interests: urban hydrology; sustainable urban drainage; asset management
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Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
Interests: environmental engineering; exploitation and groundwater protection; incompressible fluid mechanics and hydraulics; transport processes in hydraulic engineering
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, London, UK
Interests: whole-water system modelling; integration of innovative and sustainable solutions; water management under uncertainties; system analysis and sustainable development
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The increasing trend of the urbanization process and the current climate crisis had produced adverse effects on citizens’ quality of life such as mental and physical health deterioration, an increase in living costs, and the presence of informal settlements. Under this scenario, nature-based solutions (NbS) are recognized as an essential ally to improve cities’ resilience and generate environmental, social, and economic benefits without adding significant cost. Scientific literature provides evidence of direct NbS benefits quantification in the city context by means of remote sensing-based monitoring, environmental matrices sampling (e.g., leaf, soil, and water), and in-situ testing, among others. Furthermore, several studies used decision support tools (e.g., I-Tree and Best) for NbS benefits accounting.

Despite recent progress in understanding NbS benefits, there is a need to develop new urban planning approaches based on site-specific priority criteria to identify urban challenges, select the best suited NbS, and quantify the benefits derived by their implementation. This new approach implies the transformation of traditional urban planning methodologies to a people-centered perspective created by multidisciplinary stakeholders to ensure a comprehensive understanding of citizens’ needs and improve NbS benefits provision. This Special Issue aims to increase the current knowledge on NbS urban planning by providing insights on (i) NbS implementation criteria, (ii) NbS selection according to their benefit accounting, and (iii) the monitoring and quantification of environmental, social, and economic benefits derived from NbS implementation.

Dr. Juan Pablo Rodríguez
Dr. Anja Ranđelović
Dr. Ana Mijić
Guest Editors

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  • nature-based solutions
  • benefits
  • decision support tools
  • urban planning
  • monitoring
  • quantification

Published Papers

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