Special Issue "Entropy for Sustainable and Resilient Urban Future"
A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2016).
Interests: ecosystem services; sustainability; land change modelling; remote sensing; multicriteria decision analysis
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Interests: advanced data processing; spatial big data analytics; spatial data mining
Cities are extremely complex systems resulting from the combination of multiple complex systems, organized to provide better conditions for human development. Information Theory offers a very suitable framework to access and monitor the sustainability and resilience of complex systems.
From the Information Theory perspective, cities may be conceptualized as a set of flows of different natures (people, capital, energy, information, and so on) arranged to serve the human development of their inhabitants.
Sustainability refers to the ability of those flows to be maintained and increased for the foreseeable future, adjusting to changes in population and/or population expectations. Sustainability, therefore, implies that an urban system is efficient, with low entropy, so redundancies and losses do not compromise the future capacity of the system to maintain its functions.
On the other hand, resilience accounts for the ability the system to resist or respond to disturbances, from the perspective of information theory, the number of possibilities the system has to rearrange itself in response to disturbances, while maintaining their flows, and, therefore, function. The possibilities of the urban system to maintain functionality in the face of a serious disturbance seems to imply the existence of some level of redundancy, or entropy, so the former, less-efficient paths may be easily taken after a structural change to maintain necessary flows.
The integration of the concepts of resilience and sustainability of urban systems, through spatial dimensions is also a promising development. Cities are also places, spatial entities with location, connectivity, and spatial variation, closely related with surrounding landscapes and ecosystems. Information Theory may, again, provide substantial tools to address the spatial resilience of urban ecosystems, as it has been doing for natural and semi-natural ecosystems.
Dr. Pedro Cabral
Dr. Alexander Zamyatin
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- Urban sprawl
- Urban metabolism
- Information theory