Special Issue "Sustainability Assessment of Land Use and Land Cover"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 December 2017)
Dr. Olena Dubovyk
Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces, University of Bonn, Walter-Flex-Strasse 3, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Interests: monitoring and modelling of land degradation/land surface dynamics; drought monitoring; agricultural mapping and monitoring; time-series analysis; central asia
Prof. Sven Lautenbach
University of Bonn, Meckenheimer Allee 166, 53115 Bonn, Germany
Interests: land use and land use change (modeling) and the interlinkage between land use and ecosystem services
In recent decades, global changes to forests and farmlands, urban areas have been driven by the need to provide food, fiber, water, and shelter to more than 7.5 billion people. These changes are accompanied by large increases in energy, water, and fertilizer consumption, along with considerable loss of biodiversity. We face the challenge of managing trade-offs between immediate human needs and sustainable capacity in land use and land cover (LULC) in order to provide goods and services in the long term. Sustainability assessment of LULC changes addresses environmental, social and economic dimensions of these processes. Sustainability assessment requires an inter-disciplinary approach to assess, analyze and model LULC changes using current advances in land system science, with a special emphasis on modern methodological approaches and models based on Earth Observation (EO) datasets.
In this light, the current Special Issue is focused on a number of topics including: Multi-scale mapping of LULC using EO datasets, LULC change detection to support sustainable land management, monitoring land degradation and desertification, the role of EO to support the sustainable development goals (SDGs), history of LULC, and modelling future LULC patterns. Other covered areas are addressed in several case studies: Climate change impacts on LULC, adaptation of land use to environmental change, assessment and modelling of ecosystem services (e.g., net primary production), and biodiversity. Such case studies may also be analyses of socio-ecological linkages, economic and ecological values, sustainability indicators, human/ecological footprints, and the consequences of land use intensity on the natural condition, diversity, and patterns of landscapes.
Papers selected for this Special Issue are a subject to rigorous peer-review, with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, new developments and applications.
Dr. Olena Dubovyk
Prof. Sven Lautenbach
Dr. Frank Thonfeld
Dr. Andreas Rienow
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- Land use and land cover change detection to support sustainable land management based on Earth Observation (EO) methods
- Habitat conservation, preservation, and rehabilitation
- Sustainable natural resource management
- Environmental compliance
- Monitoring of essential biodiversity indicators
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
- Multi-temporal/ time-series analysis/ multiple datasets
- Case studies on using EO and GIS to support sustainable use of environmental resources
- Sustainable indicators
- Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Land use and land cover modeling
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.
Authors: Todd Randall, Trevor Kavalchuk and Reg Nelson
Affiliation: Department of Geography and the Environment, Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 5E1, Canada
Abstract: Thunder Bay has a twin downtown core model, arising from the merger of two former cities in 1970. Its north core has been designated as the City’s Entertainment District and has received considerable investment, notably a major waterfront renewal project undertaken in 2009 as part of an overall strategy towards downtown revitalization. Its south core has become the City’s government hub housing key municipal governance functions of the amalgamated city, including City Hall and a newly completed (2014) consolidated Provincial courthouse. Greater diversity of commercial functions and increasing residential capacity in downtowns are considered positive steps in a more sustainable urban community. It is hoped the leadership taken by the City in these two major capital investments in its two downtowns can provide the stimulus for others (corporations and individuals) to re-invest in both living and working in more central locations to the benefit of environmental sustainability indicators like journey-to-work (distance and mode selected) and residential density. This paper tracks changes in functional land-use and residential capacity via the development of an intensive database of business and institutional activities in the downtowns between 2010 and 2016. Urban sustainability metrics developed include: residential building stock, vacancy rates, and business turnover rates, and will complement an existing measure of land-use diversity developed in earlier research. While these major capital investments have fairly long-term impact horizons, data suggest there has been a diversification of both business enterprises and residential housing component in the downtowns since 2009. In particular, there have been notable investments in waterfront condos and downtown lofts and positive trends towards diversification in the food retailing and restaurant sectors. However, overall trends in downtown commerce are currently flat, indicative of a struggling local economy and continued suburbanization of key commercial sectors, like banking and insurance, away from the downtown areas. This project is part of a continuing and long-term study of Thunder Bay’s changing urban landscapes.
Keywords: land-use change detection; urban sustainability metrics; land-use diversity; downtown revitalization; Geographic Information System; Central Business District