Special Issue "Entropy and Scale-Dependence in Urban Modelling"
A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019.
Cities are complex systems that require resources to function. They are maintained in more or less stable states by exchanging entropy across their boundaries: Relatively low entropy resources are imported, processed and higher entropy wastes are exported. Entropy, as originally developed by Boltzmann, measures all microscopic-scale configurations of the universe, and in combination with the second law of thermodynamics, provides a robust metric for assessing universal irreversibility, and therefore future sustainability. This thermodynamic entropy, is dominated in practice by energy use. At macroscopic scales, cities exhibit non-trivial patterns and configurations, e.g., in land use and traffic flows. Information entropy, as developed by Shannon and Von Neumann, assesses the variations within these patterns and configurations without explicitly addressing the underlying variations at microscopic scales. This macroscopic information entropy plays a prominent role in urban modelling and optimization. In his seminal 1970 book ‘Entropy in Urban and Regional Modelling’, Alan Wilson established entropy maximization as a versatile method for a range of urban studies.
This Special Issue focuses on the application of entropy in modelling and evaluating urbanisation at multiple scales. The aim is to clarify the boundaries of applicability of thermodynamic and information entropies, to demonstrate their utility and to identify promising avenues for future exploration.
Prof. Darren Robinson
Dr. Yong Mao
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. Entropy 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 1600 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.
- thermodynamic entropy
- information entropy
- spatial scales and metrics
- geographical information systems
- urban modelling