Special Issue "Understanding and Optimising the Use of Urban Plants in Managing Urban Air Pollution"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (6 July 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Matthew Tallis
Guest Editor
University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK
Interests: the benefits of vegetation in the urban environment; sustainable approaches in horticulture; the effects of climate change on plant growth and function
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Dr. Chiara Baldacchini
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
1. Dipartimento di Scienze Ecologiche e Biologiche (DEB), Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy
2. Istituto di Ricerca sugli Ecosistemi Terrestri (IRET), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Porano (TR), Italy
Interests: the impact of nature-based solutions on environment and society; development of new techniques to assess the air quality mitigation by plants; the use of the urban forest to spatially resolve source apportionment
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Clean air is considered to be a basic requirement of human health and well-being, but where data are collected, 80% of the urban population live with air quality levels that exceed WHO safe limits. Air pollution ranks as the biggest environmental risk to human health, and fine particulate matter (PM2·5) is the fifth leading risk factor for death worldwide. Urban air pollution is a complex mixture of gases and particulate matter originating from a variety of sources, which then concentrates, disperses, or deposits from the atmosphere, according to the local climate, topography, urban structures, and vegetation.

This Special Issue is seeking original, unpublished papers that advance our understanding towards the effective use of plants in reducing the concentration of pollution in urban atmospheres. We particularly welcome papers from empirical research, modelling, remote-sensing, urban planning, design and decision support tools, citizen science approaches, fundamental plant science, social sciences, and specific case-studies, which span a range of spatial scales. The aims of these collected works are to offer new insights towards the optimisation of species, planting designs, and effective spatial planning techniques for the effective deployment of vegetation to reduce air pollution in the urban environment.

Dr. Matthew Tallis
Dr. Chiara Baldacchini
Guest Editor

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 1000 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.


  • air quality
  • nature-based solutions
  • urban forest
  • particulate matter
  • carbon storage

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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