Special Issue "Green-Blue Space and Health: Advances in Methods, Technologies and Applications"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2015).
Interests: environmental psychology; nature and health; restorative environments
The world’s population is exploding. One in every two people nowadays lives in a city (United Nations, 2008). Urbanization and population densification are major contributors to stress-related illness and mental health problems. There is a growing realization, at national and international levels, that the provision of accessible and high quality “green and blue” city spaces (i.e., vegetated settings and water surfaces) is a vital element in combating the adverse health effects of urbanization. In the past decade or so, a solid evidence base linking green and blue space to health has accumulated, including epidemiological studies as well as basic experimental research. However, before green-blue space can be fully integrated into health promotion policies, a comprehensive and socially relevant research approach needs to be established that is better aligned with the needs of urban residents, policy makers, and health professionals. This new green health approach is characterized by advanced research methods, such as prospective longitudinal designs, random controlled trials, meta-analyses, innovative technologies (such as virtual reality, fMRI, eye-tracking, and cortisol measurements), and the application of these methods and technologies in “special needs” groups, including clinical populations, deprived communities, children, and older people. Papers addressing these topics are invited for this Special Issue, especially those combining a high academic standard coupled with a practical focus on providing optimal green-blue space solutions.
Prof. Dr. A.E. (Agnes) van den Berg
Dr. J. (Jenny) Roe
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- green space
- blue space
- health and well-being
- health inequalities
- stress regulation
- restorative environment
- sustainable urban design
- deprived communities
- urban green space quality
- health behavior change programs