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Nature-Based Solutions for Storm Water Management—Creation of a Green Infrastructure Suitability Map as a Tool for Land-Use Planning at the Municipal Level in the Province of Monza-Brianza (Italy)

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Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Milano, 20133 Milan, Italy
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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Milano Bicocca, 20126 Milan, Italy
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Studio Geologia Sacchi, 24121 Bergamo, Italy
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BrianzAcque s.r.l, 20900 Monza, Italy
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Academic Editors: Israa H. Mahmoud, Eugenio Morello, Giuseppe Salvia and Emma Puerari
Sustainability 2021, 13(11), 6124; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116124
Received: 15 February 2021 / Revised: 29 April 2021 / Accepted: 24 May 2021 / Published: 28 May 2021
Growing and uncontrolled urbanization and climate change (with an associated increase in the frequency of intense meteoric events) have led to a rising number of flooding events in urban areas due to the insufficient capacity of conventional drainage systems. Nature-Based Solutions represent a contribution to addressing these problems through the creation of a multifunctional green infrastructure, both in urban areas and in the countryside. The aim of this work was to develop a methodology to define Green Infrastructure for stormwater management at the municipal level. The methodology is defined on the basis of three phases: the definition of the territorial information needed, the production of base maps, and the production of a Suitability Map. In the first phase, we define the information needed for the identification of non-urbanized areas where rainwater can potentially infiltrate, as well as areas with soil characteristics that can exclude or limit rainwater infiltration. In the second phase, we constructed the following base maps: a “map of green areas”, a “map of natural surface infiltration potential” and a “map of exclusion areas”. In phase 3, starting from the base maps created in phase 2 and using Geographical Information Systems’ (GIS) geoprocessing procedures, the “Green area compatibility map to realize Green Infrastructure”, the “map of areas not suitable for infiltration” and the final “Green Infrastructure Suitability Map” are created. This methodology should help municipal authorities to set up Green Infrastructure Suitability Maps as a tool for land-use planning. View Full-Text
Keywords: spatial planning; nature-based solutions; green infrastructure; rainwater management spatial planning; nature-based solutions; green infrastructure; rainwater management
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Senes, G.; Ferrario, P.S.; Cirone, G.; Fumagalli, N.; Frattini, P.; Sacchi, G.; Valè, G. Nature-Based Solutions for Storm Water Management—Creation of a Green Infrastructure Suitability Map as a Tool for Land-Use Planning at the Municipal Level in the Province of Monza-Brianza (Italy). Sustainability 2021, 13, 6124. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116124

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Senes G, Ferrario PS, Cirone G, Fumagalli N, Frattini P, Sacchi G, Valè G. Nature-Based Solutions for Storm Water Management—Creation of a Green Infrastructure Suitability Map as a Tool for Land-Use Planning at the Municipal Level in the Province of Monza-Brianza (Italy). Sustainability. 2021; 13(11):6124. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116124

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Senes, Giulio, Paolo S. Ferrario, Gianpaolo Cirone, Natalia Fumagalli, Paolo Frattini, Giovanna Sacchi, and Giorgio Valè. 2021. "Nature-Based Solutions for Storm Water Management—Creation of a Green Infrastructure Suitability Map as a Tool for Land-Use Planning at the Municipal Level in the Province of Monza-Brianza (Italy)" Sustainability 13, no. 11: 6124. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116124

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