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Special Issue "Open Innovation in the Research and Industry about Natural Environment and Public Health after Pandemic of COVID-19"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022 | Viewed by 2962

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Prof. Dr. JinHyo Joseph Yun
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1. DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology), 333, Techno jungang-daero, Hyeonpung-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, Korea
2. Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwank-gu, Seoul 08826, Korea
Interests: open innovation; business model; open innovation economy; social open innovation; Schumpeterian dynamics; complexity; game theory; political economics
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Dr. Sang-Don Lee
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Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering, College of Engineering, Ewha Womans University, 03760 Seoul, Korea
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Dr. Bistrova Julija
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Riga Technological University, Latvia
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Dr. Kwangsoo Shin
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Department of Bio-Medical Convergence, College of Medicine, ChungBook National University, Cheongju, South Korea
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic is having significant effects not only on global society and the economy but also on the natural environment and research on public health. In all countries, interest in research on public health and environmental issues is increasing. 

In particular, problems such as particulate matter, particulate plastics, and climate change are important issues related to the sustainability of the environment for our lives, and we need to respond to them. In addition, due to COVID-19, the importance of smart care for non-face-to-face health management or preventive responses from the community or region is increasing in public health. Furthermore, there are many predictions that the situation after COVID-19 will be a society that has changed from the extension of the current change. These efforts require multidisciplinary and convergent thinking and solutions.

Therefore, this Special Issue is focused on “Open Innovation in Research and Industry about the Natural Environment and Public Health after the COVID-19 Pandemic”.

<Time schedule of this Special Issue>

  • From 10th June 2022, any SOI 2022 authors, in addition to the planned papers, can submit to this Special Issue after full paper submission to SOI 2022 platform and paying the registration fee until 10 June 2022.
  • Closing date: 31 December 2022
  • All papers should be submitted to this Special Issue by 31 December 2022.

Prof. Dr. JinHyo Joseph Yun
Dr. Sang-Don Lee
Dr. Bistrova Julija
Dr. Kwangsoo Shin
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Seasonal Dynamics of Bacterial Community Structure in Diesel Oil-Contaminated Soil Cultivated with Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea)
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(8), 4629; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19084629 - 12 Apr 2022
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The objective of this study was to explore the seasonal characteristics of rhizoremediation and the bacterial community structure over the course of a year in soil contaminated with diesel oil. The soil was contaminated with diesel oil at a total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) [...] Read more.
The objective of this study was to explore the seasonal characteristics of rhizoremediation and the bacterial community structure over the course of a year in soil contaminated with diesel oil. The soil was contaminated with diesel oil at a total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) concentration of 30,000 mg-TPH·kg-soil−1. Tall fescue seedlings were planted in the contaminated soil and rhizoremediation performance was monitored for 317 days. The TPH concentration gradually declined, reaching 75.6% after day 61. However, the TPH removability decreased by up to 30% after re-contamination in the fall and winter. The bacterial community structure exhibited distinct seasonal dynamics. Genus Pseudomonas significantly increased up to 55.7% in the winter, while the genera Immundisolibacter and Lysobacter, well-known petroleum hydrocarbon (PH)-degrading bacteria, were found to be positively linked to the TPH removal rate. Consequently, knowledge of this seasonal variation in rhizoremediation performance and the bacterial community structure is useful for the improvement of rhizoremediation in PH-contaminated environments. Full article
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Designing for Green and Grey: Insights from Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(3), 1423; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19031423 - 27 Jan 2022
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Recognizing modern society’s multiple risks, this study examines single-use plastic water bottles at the intersection of environmental degradation and societal carelessness for the elderly. While prioritising economic profits and plastic waste, we have neglected bottles’ typical poor openability for older people. Thus, we [...] Read more.
Recognizing modern society’s multiple risks, this study examines single-use plastic water bottles at the intersection of environmental degradation and societal carelessness for the elderly. While prioritising economic profits and plastic waste, we have neglected bottles’ typical poor openability for older people. Thus, we evaluated the openability of bottles with environmentally friendly and socially inclusive designs in South Korea by comparing older and younger adults’ experiences. Integrating different attributes than existing studies that analyse opening torque or one-handed opening, the test results show that older adults experience the poorest two-handed openability when bottles have both a weight thickness lower than 14.42 g and an easily squeezable bottle structure. In South Korea, companies advocate eco-friendliness by valuing lighter weight with less plastic and support user-friendliness by adopting easily squeezed sidewall patterns, while the industry maintains broad opening torque regulations; however, we show this combination exceeds older users’ capabilities. That is, for openability, bottles need to keep a weight thickness greater than 12 g, abandon easily squeezed sidewall patterns or reduce the opening torque regulation range to 100 N-cm. These socially favourable but ecologically adverse measures will be sustainable when the efficient linear economy transitions to an effective circular economy. Full article
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Assessing the Visualization-Based Decision Support System for Environmental Impact Assessments
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(3), 1345; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19031345 - 25 Jan 2022
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Even though environmental impact assessments (EIAs) have been an important tool for environmental decision-making, most EIAs are published as a mix of text and tabular data that is not easily accessible to or understandable for the public. In this paper, we present a [...] Read more.
Even though environmental impact assessments (EIAs) have been an important tool for environmental decision-making, most EIAs are published as a mix of text and tabular data that is not easily accessible to or understandable for the public. In this paper, we present a decision support system (DSS) that supports the decision-making of stakeholders in the EIA stage. The system was designed to improve the public’s understanding of stakeholders before and after a construction project by providing visualization of key environmental elements. We recruited 107 participants to test the usability of the system and examined the impacts of individual differences between the participants on their perceptions of the system, including their environmental expertise and computer self-efficacy. The results showed that the proposed system had high usability, especially for users with high computational efficacy and environment expertise. The system could thus help to improve the communication between the public and experts during public hearings and enhance the environmental literacy of the public. Full article
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Analysis of Roadkill on the Korean Expressways from 2004 to 2019
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(19), 10252; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910252 - 29 Sep 2021
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Expressways in Korea are high-speed traffic roads connecting important cities. Road infrastructure continues to expand to accommodate the increase in traffic volume associated with the growth of industry and tourism. Here, data on 36,863 roadkill events that occurred on expressway routes managed by [...] Read more.
Expressways in Korea are high-speed traffic roads connecting important cities. Road infrastructure continues to expand to accommodate the increase in traffic volume associated with the growth of industry and tourism. Here, data on 36,863 roadkill events that occurred on expressway routes managed by the Korea Expressway Corporation between 2004 and 2019 were analyzed. Characterizing patterns of roadkill is important for prioritizing roadkill mitigation measures. We identified consistently increasing or decreasing trends using Mann–Kendall statistics and Sen’s slope. Roadkill was most common in Gangwon Province and was concentrated between May and June and between October and December. Water deer (Hydropotes inermis) was the most common road-killed species. The trend analysis revealed a statistically significant decline in Gangwon Province and a statistically significant increase in the Capital Area and Chungnam Province. There was a significant increase in wild boar (Sus scrofa) roadkill in the first and fourth quarters. Mitigation measures are needed for regions and species showing increasing trends, including water deer in the first to third quarters, periods for which no decline in water deer roadkill was noted. Full article
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