Modeling to Innovate Planning Solutions for Socioecological Systems: The Resilience Approach

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

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Prof. Antonio Leone
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Full Professor in Urban and Regional Planning, Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Innovazione, Università del Salento, Lecce - Monteroni - LECCE (LE), Piazza Tancredi, 7, 73100 Lecce LE, Italy
Interests: planning and environmental engineering
Urban and Regional Planning, DIST, Interuniversity Departmentof Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, 10125 Torino, Italy
Interests: urban and regional planning; landscape planning; biodiversity; resilience
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Dear Colleagues,

Planning linked to resilience is a relatively new concept, although there are certain parallels between the evolutionary concept of resilience and planning as a complex process and interconnected system of strategies and actions, which operate at multiple scales and timeframes, oriented toward multiple trajectories (Voghera, 2019). In fact, resilience refers to the capacity of the territorial systems and of their components to change, adapt, and transform over time with or without external disturbance, (Scheffer, 2009). According to the evolutionary approach (Davoudi et al., 2012), resilience is the capacity to achieve a different state of being: territorial and landscape change, through nonlinear transformation processes of their natural and anthropic characteristics, investing in socioecological performance and the quality of the system. This innovation needs the improvement of specific methodologies for evaluation and modeling environment, landscape, and territories for defining planning scenarios (Gobattoni et Al., 2011; Brunetta and Salata, 2019). Even before making predictions, the models are useful for comparing scenarios and, therefore, are a fundamental aid for the planning process, even more so if the goal is resilience and sustainability (Pelorosso et al., 2018; Leone et al., 2019).

We invite papers focusing on but not limited to the following topics:

  • Evaluation models;
  • Study cases for planning within a resilience approach;
  • Innovating approach to planning;
  • Sustainability and resilience territorial experimentation.

Prof. Antonio Leone
Prof. Dr. Angioletta Voghera
Guest Editors


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  • resilience
  • planning
  • evaluation
  • socio-ecological performance

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Assessment of River-Sea Interaction in the Danube Nearshore Area (Ukraine) by Bioindicators and Statistical Mapping
Land 2021, 10(3), 310; - 18 Mar 2021
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There is a lack of understanding of the main drivers that form the picture of biological communities of transitional waters in deltaic ecosystems under the influence of terrestrial sources. Analysis of hydrochemical parameters in relation to phytoplankton communities in the Ukrainian part of [...] Read more.
There is a lack of understanding of the main drivers that form the picture of biological communities of transitional waters in deltaic ecosystems under the influence of terrestrial sources. Analysis of hydrochemical parameters in relation to phytoplankton communities in the Ukrainian part of the Danube coastal zone (in August 2018) is the focus of current work. The goal was to identify patterns in the distribution of environmental parameters (salinity and nutrients) in the area of the shipping channel through the Bystry arm, as well as to assess the state of water quality. The ecological bioindicators approach using modern statistical methods, and ecological mapping shows sufficient achievements in interpreting the results. The indicators of salinity (mesohalobes) had better describe the character of the transportation of fresh riverine waters than salinity gradient. The composition of 35 indicator phytoplankton species corresponds to 3 and 4 water quality classes in the coastal zone. High N:P ratios showed an imbalance in the ecosystem as an indicator of production and destruction processes. Statistical maps of the indicator species distribution revealed the river current’s influence on the nearshore water mass. Ecological maps of surface and bottom variables show various environmental impacts resulting from dredging in the shipping channel and excavated soil dumping. Canonical correspondence analysis (CCA) and statistical maps revealed two pools of factors with oppositely directed effects on phytoplankton: salinity, on one hand, and nutrients, on the other. Miozoa and Chlorophyta have an opposite interaction with salinity and oxygen and can be ecosystem change indicators in further analysis Full article
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