Special Issue "Entropy and Urban Sprawl"
A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2013)
Dr. Pedro Cabral
Cities are systems that require energy and resources for their metabolism. Their sustainability may be accessed by measuring how much energy and resources are necessary to keep a low level of entropy within its boundaries, and how much of the entropy generated is exported elsewhere. A system requiring less energy and resources to deliver the services will be more stable and sustainable. Therefore, it is important to measure both energy and resources requirements of cities and also their internal entropy. Only by fully accounting the energy entropy exchanges of the urban system with its surroundings (geographical and other), one will be able to develop processes to optimize the urban functioning and to define policies to improve cities sustainability and life quality.
Land conversion of vulnerable areas for human use may compromise the ability of ecosystems to provide essential goods and services. Thus, measuring, monitoring and modeling urban sprawl and its impacts are of critical importance for land use planners and politicians to design effective planning tools. Entropy-based methods that combine remote sensing, land change models and geographical information systems may be used to study urban sprawl which is often associated to the inefficient use of land resources and energy among other environmental problems. Other applications of the entropy concept include the analysis of the relationship between urbanization and air/water environment, the assessment of the accuracy of land change models, among many others.
This special issue focuses on contributions and approaches that include the application of the entropy concept to study urbanization and its consequences. The aim is to illustrate the applications of the thermodynamic law to urbanization clarifying some of its scientific principles using a spatial perspective.
Dr. Pedro Cabral
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Entropy is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.
- urban sprawl
- land use and cover change models
- geographical information systems
- spatial metrics
- remote sensing
- urban metabolism
- entropy ecosystem services