Special Issue "Urban Green and Blue Infrastructure in the View of Global Warming"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Land–Climate Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Manfred Koehler
Guest Editor
Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Applied Sciences, Brodaer Str. 2, 17033 Neubrandenburg, Germany
Interests: green infrastructure; green roofs; living walls; biodiversity; urban ecology
Mr. Daniel Kaiser
Guest Editor
Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt für Gartenbau und Arboristik e.V., 14979 Großbeeren, Germany
Interests: green roofs; green walls; urban greenery; rainwater management; climate adaptation; irrigated green roofs

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global warming and urban heat islands are key challenges today. The typical urban heat island is characterized by paved areas and a lack of vegetation. In recent decades, a number of research studies have guided the way to bring evaporative urban surfaces back into cities. Solutions can be found in “blue–green infrastructure”, which refers to infrastructure that incorporates vegetation on the surfaces of buildings and within the surrounding cityscape. For example, green roofs, vertical green systems, and rain gardens are related instruments that retain rainwater, clean grey water, and re-use this water before it finally infiltrates into the ground or is sent into the sewer system.

Evapotranspiration has massive cooling capacity without producing waste heat. This ecological benefit can also be an economic success in cities by reducing the need for investment in typical centralized grey infrastructure. In addition, blue–green infrastructure can transform the cityscape to create green and livable cities with higher biodiversity.

This cross-disciplinary initiative requires the cooperation of urban planners in combination with civil engineers, plant science specialists, and others. From research to administrative action, this is the path to achieve cooler and more sustainable cities. You are invited to contribute to this thematic publication to present current knowledge from your research. Evaluations of city case studies or administrative programs are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Manfred Koehler
Mr. Daniel Kaiser
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • blue–green infrastructure
  • rain garden
  • green roofs
  • rain water management
  • water cycle
  • evapotranspiration
  • biodiversity
  • sustainable urban water concepts
  • zero run-off properties
  • ecosystem services

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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