Special Issue "Environmental Research, Public Health, and Dynamic Open Innovation: From Smart Cities to the Sharing Economy"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Industrial Ecology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sang-Don Lee

Guest Editor
Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering, College of Engineering, Ewha Womans University, 03760 Seoul, Korea
Dr. Eung-Do Kim

Guest Editor
ChungBook National University, Cheongju, South Korea
Dr. Lei Shi

Guest Editor
School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
Interests: industrial ecology; circular economy; industrial ecosystem complexity; Eco-innovation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Among the recent changes in the environment, climate change, water quality and air pollution pose a major threat to our health, and the need for international and national environmental research is growing. In addition, the efficiency of the environmental impact assessment system should be supplemented by preparation for large environmental pollution phenomena. Therefore, this Special Issue is prepared to introduce new ideas on environmental issues by introducing research trends and current techniques.

<Time schedule of This special issue>

Open: 1 June 2019
Any SOItmC 2019 authors in additon to the planned papers can apply at this special issue  after full paper submission at SOItmC 2019 platfrom until  May 31t and paying registration fee.
Close: 31 December 2019
All papers at this special issue should be submitted until 31st of December, 2019.


Prof. Dr. JinHyo Joseph Yun
Managing Guest Editor

Dr. Sang-Don Lee
Dr. Eung-Do Kim
Dr. Lei Shi
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Air pollution
  • Industry
  • Policy
  • Open innovation
  • Business model
  • Complexity
  • Public Health
  • Schumpeterian economy or innovation

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Open AccessArticle
Economic Value Estimation of the Natural Heritage of the Tatra National Park
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(9), 3032; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093032 - 27 Apr 2020
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The aim of the study is to determine the economic value of the Tatra National Park. The willingness to pay approximation was used. Additionally, a questionnaire survey was applied in order to collect data. It contained a hypothetical event, and respondents expressed their [...] Read more.
The aim of the study is to determine the economic value of the Tatra National Park. The willingness to pay approximation was used. Additionally, a questionnaire survey was applied in order to collect data. It contained a hypothetical event, and respondents expressed their willingness to pay an annual entry fee to the Tatra National Park in exchange for a guarantee of stopping the interference to its integrity. The total number of respondents was 921. The results show that the income level has a positive impact on respondents’ willingness to pay for entry to the Tatra National Park. With the increase of fee, the willingness to pay for entry to the Tatra National Park decreased by 2.2% for every additional price increase. The resulting value of the Tatra National Park, with the limits of the presented research mentioned in the paper, is approximately 17.5 million €. Full article
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The Equity of Health Care Spending in South Korea: Testing the Impact of Publicness
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(5), 1775; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17051775 - 09 Mar 2020
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This paper examined the important organizational and managerial factors of publicness for the equity of health care. The extent of organizational publicness was measured with key independent variables such as ownership, evaluation, and accreditation. The dependent variable was measured by three equity indicators [...] Read more.
This paper examined the important organizational and managerial factors of publicness for the equity of health care. The extent of organizational publicness was measured with key independent variables such as ownership, evaluation, and accreditation. The dependent variable was measured by three equity indicators for patients under medical care and veterans care: financial inequity, social equity, and overall equity. We analyzed unbalanced panel data with 328 general hospitals between 2008 and 2012. We performed panel analysis with fixed and random effects. Our findings illustrate that government ownership is significantly associated with differences in equity indicators. Government owned hospitals show the better performance for equity than nonprofit and individually owned hospitals do. Compared to nonprofit and individually owned hospitals, government owned hospitals have a higher share of medical payment bills and health care spending for the disadvantaged but a lower proportion of out-of-pocket payment. Government evaluation is also significantly related to better equity performance. There are, however, significantly negative interactions between hospital government ownership and the size of medical payment bills. We found a significant tendency that the more medical payments, the less responsiveness to the equity of health care in government owned hospitals. Future research in hospital performance is required to consider not only sectoral differences but also the negative proclivity of public hospitals that shrink health care services for the poor. Further research is also expected to explore what sectoral identities and behaviors across public, nonprofit, and private hospitals influence the level of equity or inequity in health care. Full article
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Sustainable Agriculture by Increasing Nitrogen Fertilizer Efficiency Using Low-Resolution Camera Mounted on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(20), 3893; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16203893 - 14 Oct 2019
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Nitrogen use efficiency in modern agriculture is very low. It means that a lot of synthetic chemicals are wasted rather than utilized by crops. This can cause more problems where the soil surface is thin and rocky like Jeju Island in the Republic [...] Read more.
Nitrogen use efficiency in modern agriculture is very low. It means that a lot of synthetic chemicals are wasted rather than utilized by crops. This can cause more problems where the soil surface is thin and rocky like Jeju Island in the Republic of Korea. This is because overly used nitrogen fertilizer can be washed into the underground water and pollute it. Thus, it would be important to monitor the nitrogen deficiency of crops in the field to provide the right amount of nitrogen in a timely manner so that nitrogen waste can be limited. To achieve this, the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) was used to monitor chlorophyll content, which is tightly associated with nitrogen content in the buckwheat field. The NDVI was calculated with the data obtained by a low-resolution camera mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle. The results showed that the NDVI can estimate the chlorophyll content of buckwheat. These simple but clear results imply that precision agriculture could be achieved even with a low-resolution camera in a cost-effective manner to reduce the pollution of underground water. Full article
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Application of Habitat Evaluation Procedure with Quantifying the Eco-Corridor in the Process of Environmental Impact Assessment
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(8), 1437; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16081437 - 23 Apr 2019
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In contrast to other fields, environmental protection (e.g., habitat protection) often fails to include quantitative evaluation as part of the existing environmental impact assessment (EIA) process, and therefore the EIA is often a poor forecasting tool, which makes selecting a reasonable plan of [...] Read more.
In contrast to other fields, environmental protection (e.g., habitat protection) often fails to include quantitative evaluation as part of the existing environmental impact assessment (EIA) process, and therefore the EIA is often a poor forecasting tool, which makes selecting a reasonable plan of action difficult. In this study, we used the Habitat Evaluation Procedure (HEP) to quantify the long-term effects of a road construction project on an ecosystem. The water deer (Hydropotes inermis) was selected as the species of study since it uses an optimum habitat; water deer habitat data were collected on vegetation cover, stream water density, geographic contour, land use class, and road networks. The Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) and Cumulative Habitat Unit (CHU) values for the water deer were estimated to investigate the major land cover classes, the national river systems, and vegetation cover. Results showed that the environmental impact in the road construction project area would result in a net ecological loss value of 1211 without installation of an eco-corridor, which reduced to 662 with an eco-corridor, providing a 55% increase in the net value after 50 years of the mitigation plan. Comparing the 13 proposed ecological mitigation corridors, the corridor that would result in the highest net increase (with an increase of 69.5), was corridor #4, which was regarded as the most appropriate corridor to properly connect water deer habitat. In sum, the study derived the net increase in quantitative values corresponding with different mitigation methods over time for a road construction project; this procedure can be effectively utilized in the future to select the location of ecological corridors while considering the costs of constructing them. Full article
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Urbanization and Waterborne Pathogen Emergence in Low-Income Countries: Where and How to Conduct Surveys?
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(2), 480; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17020480 - 11 Jan 2020
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A major forthcoming sanitary issue concerns the apparition and spreading of drug-resistant microorganisms, potentially threatening millions of humans. In low-income countries, polluted urban runoff and open sewage channels are major sources of microbes. These microbes join natural microbial communities in aquatic ecosystems already [...] Read more.
A major forthcoming sanitary issue concerns the apparition and spreading of drug-resistant microorganisms, potentially threatening millions of humans. In low-income countries, polluted urban runoff and open sewage channels are major sources of microbes. These microbes join natural microbial communities in aquatic ecosystems already impacted by various chemicals, including antibiotics. These composite microbial communities must adapt to survive in such hostile conditions, sometimes promoting the selection of antibiotic-resistant microbial strains by gene transfer. The low probability of exchanges between planktonic microorganisms within the water column may be significantly improved if their contact was facilitated by particular meeting places. This could be specifically the case within biofilms that develop on the surface of the myriads of floating macroplastics increasingly polluting urban tropical surface waters. Moreover, as uncultivable bacterial strains could be involved, analyses of the microbial communities in their whole have to be performed. This means that new-omic technologies must be routinely implemented in low- and middle-income countries to detect the appearance of resistance genes in microbial ecosystems, especially when considering the new ‘plastic context.’ We summarize the related current knowledge in this short review paper to anticipate new strategies for monitoring and surveying microbial communities. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

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1

Factors Affecting the Performance of Government Supported R&D Project in Korean Bio-Pharmaceutical Industry

Sunmi Jung;

Kwangsoo Shin*;

Eungdo Kim*

Kwangsoo Shin*;

Eungdo Kim*

2

How pipeline management affects on innovation performance in pharmaceutical industry

Nahmryune Cho;

Eungdo Kim*;

Kwangsoo Shin*

Kwangsoo Shin*;

Eungdo Kim*

3

Factors Affecting

M&A Performance Of Biopharmaceutical Firms

Jimin Choi;

Kwangsoo Shin*, Eungdo Kim*;

Kwangsoo Shin*;

Eungdo Kim*

4

How to overcome uncertainty? : Impact of firm-level uncertainty on firm’s alliance portfolio management in the pharmaceutical industry

Eungdo Kim*

Eungdo Kim*

5

A Prediction Model of Asthmatic Occurrence with Climate and Atmospheric Changes Using Deep Learning Algorithm

Min-Seung Kim; Yong-Ju Jang, Hyeon-Jo Lim, Ji-Hye Lee, Tae-Eung Sung*

Tae-Eung Sung*

6

Construction and application of enterprise technology innovation risk early-warning system based on patent mining

Chengxu Ming, Ben Zhang*

Ben Zhang*

7

Environmental Corporate Social Responsibility and Financing Constraints

Zhenjie Liu, Weian Li & Chen Hao

Zhenjie Liu

8

The importance of Greenbelt region in the suburb of Seoul for carbon sequestration

Sangdon Lee* & Jiyoung Choi

 

Sangdon Lee*

9

The Status of wild boar in the Korean Wetlands

Sangdon Lee and Hyomin Park

Sangdon Lee

10

Assessment of roadkill hotspot with Nearest Neighbor Method

Sangdon Lee* and Hyomin Park

Sangdon Lee*

11

Considering emission reduction coordination in a two-echelon supply chain

Sungyong Choi, Brian Maeng

Sungyong Choi

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