Big Data Initiative on Resources Management

A special issue of Resources (ISSN 2079-9276).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2018) | Viewed by 7332

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Interests: water footprint; operations management&supply chain; food supply chain; life cycle assessment; sustainability metrics; natural resource management (including wetlands); lean supply chain; waste management; circular economy; value of water; role of emerging technologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Early twenty-first century has witnessed depletion in many of the world’s natural resources, along with increasing waste due to the expansion of human economic activities in an unsustainable way. Sustainable management of resources involves maintaining the balance between resource’s source (i.e., the provision of materials for human use) and sink (i.e., absorption of waste products from human activity) functions in such a way that its quality and availability remain stable overtime. The study of resource management has attracted the broad attention of scholars, with the application of different types of data, such as scientific data from dedicated lab or field trials, to explore specific effects or hypotheses regarding system flows or functions, data in soil, forest, fisheries, freshwater, food, waste, etc. databases based on a mix of observation, climatic data (current/projected), Earth observation data, commercial (e.g., socio-environmental field trial data collected by companies), public statistical data, crowdsourced data, socio-cultural dynamics data, etc.

However, given that most of the natural systems are characterized by ecological complexity, achieving a desirable goal of sustainable resource management would require a good understanding about linkages and interactions of different processes and data within the system in a systematic way. Single source or small scale of data has limitations in explaining such complexities comprehensively. On the contrary, big data can provide holistic understanding of such systems and facilitate achieving sustainable natural resource management. Application of big data has facilitated making decisions with better accuracy based on solid data evidence rather than intuition. Nonetheless, facing the sheer amount of data and greater complexity creating value from big data still remains a primary challenge for businesses and scholars.

This Special Issue of Resources is exploring and examining the role of big data in resources management. In particular, we are looking for:

  • Empirical research based articles that examine the interdisciplinary contribution of big data for managing biotic and/or abiotic resources.
  • Conceptual paper that provides a comprehensive review and/or theoretical frameworks and methodology for conducting big data research in managing different kinds of resources.
  • Case studies of the application of big data or multiple types of data in studies of resources management from a single- or cross-country perspective.
Dr. Sonal Choudhary
Guest Editor

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  • big data assessment tools
  • big data infrastructure
  • big data analytics
  • Hadoop
  • sustainability
  • natural resource management
  • waste management
  • four V’s
  • open data.

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Environment and Big Data: Role in Smart Cities of India
by Rajneesh Dwevedi, Vinoy Krishna and Aniket Kumar
Resources 2018, 7(4), 64; - 9 Oct 2018
Cited by 28 | Viewed by 6571
The intention of India’s Smart City Mission program is to achieve better living conditions in a sustainable environment with smart solutions. This program identifies the key challenges of urbanization and the environment. The mitigation of these challenges depends on the monitoring and assessment [...] Read more.
The intention of India’s Smart City Mission program is to achieve better living conditions in a sustainable environment with smart solutions. This program identifies the key challenges of urbanization and the environment. The mitigation of these challenges depends on the monitoring and assessment of multiple factors, including demography, education, health, and the environment; however, the inclusion of environmental factors are limited. The monitoring and assessment of environmental factors will continuously generate big data and hence would require scientific and technological innovation for a sustainable management plan. This study identifies six environmental factors, which should be integrated in the development of smart cities. These environmental factors include indicators of landscape and geography, climate, atmospheric pollution, water resources, energy resources, and urban green space as a major component of the environment. This paper also discusses the importance of these environmental components and the maintenance of big data in the management of smart cities. Full article
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