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The Role of Green Infrastructures in Urban Planning for Climate Change Adaptation

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Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania, 95100 Catania, Italy
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Department of Agricultural, Food and Environment, University of Catania, 95100 Catania, Italy
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Climate 2019, 7(10), 119; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli7100119
Received: 31 July 2019 / Revised: 16 September 2019 / Accepted: 28 September 2019 / Published: 4 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Climate and Adaptation Tools)
The population that lives in cities has surpassed the one that lives in the countryside. Cities are recognized as apriority source of pollution. The degradation of air quality and the phenomenon of Urban Heat Island (UHI) are some of the most well-known consequences of urban development. The adaptation of the cities is emerging as one of the greatest challenges that urban planners will face in this century. Urban Green Infrastructures (GIs) could help cities adapt to climate change, and the strategy of expansion of greening in urban planning could play an important role in enhancing the sustainability and resilience of cities and communities. Many studies have shown the benefits of GIs to climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban areas and their role as an important urban planning tool to satisfy environmental, social, and economic needs of urban areas. The objective of this article is to propose a methodological approach to evaluate the social perception of citizens regarding urban green areas. The proposed methodology, applied to the reality of the “urban green system” of Catania, is based on an integrated approach between participatory planning and the methods social multi criteria evaluation to guiding the city’s government to realize a new urban resilient development. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban green system; ecosystem services; climate change benefits; resilient city; urban resilient development; green urban planning urban green system; ecosystem services; climate change benefits; resilient city; urban resilient development; green urban planning
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Sturiale, L.; Scuderi, A. The Role of Green Infrastructures in Urban Planning for Climate Change Adaptation. Climate 2019, 7, 119.

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