Special Issue "Geospatial Technology for Land Restoration and Planning"

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Teiji Watanabe
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Group of Environmental Geography, Section of Integrated Environmental Science, Faculty of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University W-5, N-10, Sapporo, 060-0810, Japan
Interests: mountain geoecology; landscape changes in high mountain areas; geodiversity; sustainable use and management in mountain protected areas/national parks; trail erosion in mountain areas
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
Prof. Dr. Yu-Pin Lin
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei 10617, Taiwan
Interests: ecological hydrology monitoring and modeling in drainage basin; global change- land use modeling; landscape ecology; system dynamic modeling of wetlands; spatial analysis and modeling; blockchain; spatial dynamic modeling
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Li-Pei Peng
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Department of Bio-industry Communication and Development, National Taiwan University, Taiwan; Taipei Nodal Office
Interests: regional governance; agricultural development and planning; environmental and resources management; community propagation
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In spite of the fact that urban areas are where most of the population around the world resides today, there are still millions of people depending on agriculture for life. However, due to excessive and inappropriate land use, land degradation has become worse, influencing people from all walks of life in an increasingly connected world. As a consequence, engaging stakeholders from a variety of disciplines to create socially, economically, and environmentally beneficial land use patterns is necessary and particularly urgent. Nevertheless, little research in the past has addressed the topic of land restoration, while it is important to understand the relationship between and the balance of both land degradation and restoration for land degradation neutrality; furthermore, there is still an existing knowledge gap in applying remote sensing techniques to land ecosystem management. On account of the situations mentioned above, it is needed for land managers, practitioners, and decision-makers to be capable of evaluating the losses, gains, and changes in land use systems across various spatial and temporal scales.

Attempting to solve stakeholders’ knowledge gap in land use management, the goal of this Special Issue is to invite papers which are able to (1) explore land restoration and planning with the use of innovative scientific technologies; (2) apply existing and/or innovative remote sensors to quantify and analyze land use change in novel ways; and (3) integrate geographical data from different spatial, spectral, and thematic scales, along with their spatial patterns. Well-prepared review papers are also welcome.

This Special Issue aims at realizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 11, to “make cities and human settlements,” and 15, to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably”. The Special Issue is co-organized by the Japan and Tapei Nodal Offices.

Prof. Dr. Teiji Watanabe
Dr. Ram Avtar
Prof. Dr. Yu-Pin Lin
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Li-Pei Peng
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. Environments 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.


  • Land restoration
  • Technology
  • Stakeholders
  • Land use management

Published Papers (1 paper)

Order results
Result details
Select all
Export citation of selected articles as:


Mapping of GIS-Land Use Suitability in the Rural–Urban Continuum between Ar Riyadh and Al Kharj Cities, KSA Based on the Integrating GIS Multi Criteria Decision Analysis and Analytic Hierarchy Process
Environments 2020, 7(10), 75; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments7100075 - 26 Sep 2020
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 1291
The management of land use in big cities and capitals and the surrounding adjacent urban aggregates is still of major importance in the field of urban development, especially in cities with populations of millions and various types of land uses and economic activities. [...] Read more.
The management of land use in big cities and capitals and the surrounding adjacent urban aggregates is still of major importance in the field of urban development, especially in cities with populations of millions and various types of land uses and economic activities. The rural–urban continuum between the cities of Ar Riyadh and Al Kharj suffers from an unclear general land use trend, due to urban expansion at the expense of the agriculture lands, the imbalance of the population compound, the deterioration of the urban fabric, lack and poor distribution of services, and the dominance of industrial land use at the expense of other uses. These factors have led to an increase in environmental changes and loss of the environmental and ecological characteristics of this area between Ar Riyadh and Al Kharj. The present study aims at evaluating the land use suitability for urban development in the rural–urban continuum between Ar Riyadh and Al Kharj cities. This is achieved by using the GIS-based Multi Criteria decision Analysis (GIS-MCDA) on twelve various economic, environmental, urban, and law criteria. The weights of criteria were determined using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) method. The results of the spatial suitability map of the land use for sustainable urban development revealed that there are five categories of spatial suitability ranging in suitability from 32% to 86%. The recommended areas for sustainable urban development are those with a spatial suitability upwards of 70% in the rural–urban continuum corridor between Ar Riyadh and Al Kharj cities. The sustainable development in this corridor can be achieved by executing high priority projects that ensure and support the urban sustainable development plan through establishing four local urban development centers and upgrading four current villages to rural communities, aiming at strengthening the functional bonds between the rural communities and the local urban development centers. These projects will limit the sustainable urban development to specific areas without allowing random expansion, avoiding the urban conjugation of the two Ar Riyadh and Al Kharj cities through the connecting area between them. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geospatial Technology for Land Restoration and Planning)
Show Figures

Figure 1

Back to TopTop