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Special Issue "Green Stormwater Infrastructure for Sustainable Urban and Rural Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Luis A. Sañudo-Fontaneda

Assistant Professor, Department of Construction and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Oviedo, Polytechnic School of Mieres, Calle Gonzalo Gutierrez Quiros s/n, 33600 Mieres (Principality of Asturias), Spain
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Interests: Agroecology; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Green Infrastructure; Highway Engineering; History; Hydrology and Hydraulics; Permeable Pavement Systems; Project Management; Renewable Energy; Stormwater Management; Sustainable Construction; Sustainable Drainage Systems; Urban and Land-Use Planning; Water quality and runoff pollutant
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. William F. Hunt

WNR Distinguished Professor, Biological & Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7625, USA
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Interests: Stormwater Management; Small Catchment Hydrology; Sustainable Drainage Systems; Green Infrastructure; Low Impact Development; Ecosystem Service Provision; Historical Context of Engineering; Water Quality, Ecology; Ecological Engineering; Natural Baselines; Basketball

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Human settlements, both in urban and rural environments, are fragile and susceptible to the impact of climate change which threatens the stability of communities across the globe. Rapid and, very often, non-controlled urbanization has increased the risk for flooding by impeding an ordinary natural water cycle. Moreover, urban streams carry more pollution to receiving waters and are at greater risk of degradation. Sustainable stormwater management is part of a strategic plan to achieve resilience against unpredictable changes such as flood and drought conditions. Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) has become one of the main means for adapting urban, suburban, peri-urban and transportation corridors to climate change and minimize the effects of unchecked urbanization; additionally, GSI delivers ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, heat island mitigation, air quality protection, and increased biodiversity. A good example of the implementation of GSI are the Green Street programmes and Green Highways initiatives, both of which have been developed in many countries worldwide. This Special Issue aims to increase the knowledge in how GSI can (1) impact design and retrofitting activities in urban(izing) regions, (2) meet regulatory requirements, while considering climate change, and (3) provide wider benefits such as biodiversity enhancement, amenity and improvement of flood resilience and pollutant removal efficiency.

Dr. Luis A. Sañudo-Fontaneda
Prof. Dr. William F. Hunt
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Bioretention
  • Climate resiliency
  • Flood Risk
  • Ecosystem Service provision
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Green Streets
  • Maintenance of stormwater infrastructure
  • Low Impact Development (LID)
  • Participatory methods research
  • Planning and Policies
  • Policies to confer resilience
  • Processes of Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Rainwater Harvesting Techniques
  • Renewable Energy
  • Resilient Food and Water Systems
  • Sponge Cities
  • Stormwater Management Techniques
  • Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)
  • Urban Drainage Retrofits
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Open AccessArticle Rainfall Runoff Mitigation by Retrofitted Permeable Pavement in an Urban Area
Sustainability 2018, 10(4), 1231; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10041231
Received: 21 March 2018 / Revised: 2 April 2018 / Accepted: 12 April 2018 / Published: 18 April 2018
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Permeable pavement is an effective low impact development (LID) practice that can play an important role in reducing rainfall runoff amount in urban areas. Permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) was retrofitted in a tremendously developed area of Seoul, Korea and the data was
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Permeable pavement is an effective low impact development (LID) practice that can play an important role in reducing rainfall runoff amount in urban areas. Permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) was retrofitted in a tremendously developed area of Seoul, Korea and the data was monitored to evaluate its effect on the hydrology and stormwater quality performance for four months. Rainfall runoff was first absorbed by different layers of the PICP system and then contributed to the sewage system. This not only helps to reduce the runoff volume, but also increase the time of concentration. In this experiment, different real rain events were observed and the field results were investigated to check the effectiveness of the PICP system for controlling the rainfall runoff in Songpa, Korea. From the analysis of data, results showed that the PCIP system was very effective in controlling rainfall runoff. Overall runoff reduction performance from the PCIP was found to be around 30–65% during various storm events. In addition, PICP significantly reduced peak flows in different storm events which is very helpful in reducing the chances of water-logging in an urbanized area. Research results also allow us to sum up that retrofitted PICP is a very effective approach for rainfall runoff management in urban areas. Full article

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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Human Aspects of Green Stormwater Infrastructure: An integrated approach to value community perceptions for practice

Authors: Luis A. Sañudo-Fontaneda 1,2*, Rafael Robina Ramírez 3

Affiliations: 1 Department of Construction and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Oviedo, Polytechnic School of Mieres, Calle Gonzalo Gutiérrez Quirós s/n, 33600 Mieres (Asturias), Spain; 2   Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University, Ryton Gardens, Wolston Lane, CV8 3LG, Coventry, UK; 3 University of Extremadura, Avenida de la Universidad s/n, 10071 Cáceres (Extremadura), Spain

Abstract: Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) has arisen as an alternative to “grey” conventional drainage systems to manage stormwater both in urbanized and rural areas. While technical aspects regarding the design and construction of GSI have received most of the attention by academics and practitioners across the world, social aspects such as amenity, health, governance or equity, amongst others, still are not fully considered for design and planning. The present research considers human aspects of water management beyond traditional schemes to assess community perceptions of GSI. With this aim, the Smart PLS method has been adopted based on measuring social unobserved variables through indicators, using the principles of the UNESCO (2011).

Title: Hydrological performance of green roofs at building and urban scales under Mediterranean conditions

Authors: Ignacio Andrés-Doménech1*, Sara Perales-Momparler2, Adrián Morales-Torres3 and Ignacio Escuder-Bueno1

Affiliations: 1   Universitat Politècnica de València. Instituto Universitario de Investigación de Ingeniería del Agua y Medio Ambiente. Camí de Vera s/n 46022 Valencia. Spain; 2   Green Blue Management. Avda. del Puerto 180 1B 46023 Valencia. Spain; 3   iPresas. Avda. del Puerto 180 1B 46023 Valencia. Spain.

Abstract: The objective of this research is to compare the hydrological performance of a green roof and a conventional roof under Mediterranean climatic conditions at two different scales: the plot or building scale and the urban scale. A hydrological model at these two scales is set up using SWMM. Calibration and validation of the model is carried out at the building scale using recorded data from both monitored roofs at the study site in Benaguasil (Valencia, Spain). Long-term hydrological performance of the green roof and the conventional roof is estimated by simulating long historical rainfall series. Upscaling at the urban scale is analysed through a hypothetical urban area representative of compact and dense cities in the region to assess the hydrological impact of this type of SUDS at the urban scale.


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