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Special Issue "Sustainable Environmental Sensing Systems"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensor Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Catia Prandi
Guest Editor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Bologna, Via Zamboni, 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Interests: Geographical HCI; Sustainable HCI; Mobile HCI; Social and Pervasive sensing; Personalized and Smart Mobility; Crowdsourcing/Crowdsensing; Frugal innovation
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Prof. Dr. Pietro Manzoni
Guest Editor
Dr. Ruidong Li
Guest Editor
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Tokyo, Japan
Interests: IoT; big data networking; intelligent internet edge; mobile networks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

September 2020 will be the fifth anniversary of the launch of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, a plan for action that details the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), where the environment underlies each of those goals—from eliminating hunger to reducing inequalities to building sustainable communities around the world.
Indeed, monitoring environmental-related conditions is fundamental to achieve the SDGs and mitigate climate change. In this context, different challenges need to be addressed, from designing and developing more sustainable, ecological, and efficient smart sensing objects that need to be energy-efficient and low-power, and able to communicate via wide-area networks, to turning to the general public for deploying such systems and crowdsourcing the collection of data using IoT and mobile sensing devices.
This Special Issue aims at presenting and showcasing the latest advances in sustainable environmental sensing systems to monitor different urban and rural conditions in order to improve people’s quality of life and reduce climate change, toward sustainable development. Sensing systems can range from dynamic (mobile) to purely static deployments.

The “Sustainable Environmental Sensing Systems” SI perfectly fits with the Sensors scope, due to the wide number and varieties of sensors exploited in such systems, sensors that need to be sustainable, to communicate in an efficient, low-consuming, and long-distance fashion, opening several challenges that still need to be investigated.

Dr. Catia Prandi
Prof. Dr. Pietro Manzoni
Dr. Ruidong Li
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • environmental monitoring
  • pervasive sensing
  • crowdsensing
  • citizen science
  • rural IoT
  • SDGs

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