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Special Issue "Urban Climate Modeling and Assessment in Support of Sustainable Development"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Jianming Liang

School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe 85282, USA
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Interests: urban environment; anthropogenic carbon emissions; urban climate; sustainable energy; GIScience
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Constantinos Cartalis

Department of Environmental Physics, University Athens, Athens 15125, Greece
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Phone: +30-2107-276-774
Interests: urban environment; environmental design of cities; low carbon cities; resilient cities; sustainable urban development
Guest Editor
Dr. Lei Jiang

Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044, China
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Interests: regional climate modeling; urban climate
Guest Editor
Dr. Sorin Cheval

Research Institute of University of Bucharest, Bucharest 050107, Romania; Henri Coandă Air Force Academy, Brașov 500183, Romania; National Meteorological Administration, Bucharest 013686, Romania
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Interests: urban climate; urban heat island; climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The intensification of human activities has significantly increased greenhouse gas emissions and anthropogenic heat discharge in urban areas. Urbanization, not only changes the spatiotemporal patterns of the urban thermal environment, but also has implications for regional and global climate. Renewable energy development, emissions reduction and heat island mitigation are key targets of urban sustainability policies. To accomplish these targets, further efforts should be made toward a better understanding of the urban climate and energy system at different scales. For example, at the local scale, more accurate estimation of the various components of the urban energy system, such as solar radiation, energy supply and energy consumption, can better support city-level energy planning and, at the regional scale, better quantification of the effects of land use/land cover (LUCC) change on the urban thermal environment, can facilitate high-level policy making.

Dr. Jianming Liang
Prof. Dr. Constantinos Cartalis
Prof. Dr. Lei Jiang
Dr. Sorin Cheval
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short 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 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.


  • Urban climate
  • Urban energy
  • Urban metabolism
  • Urban fluxes
  • Urban heat island
  • Renewable energy
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • LUCC change

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This special issue is now open for submission.

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