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Monitoring of Environmental Matrices: New Scenarios and Future Perspectives

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 2723

Special Issue Editors

Department of Civil Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, 80125 Naples, Italy
Interests: environment; environmental impact assessment; environmental analysis; water quality; environmental management; spatial analysis; sustainability; climate change; water resources management; environmental pollution
Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, 80055 Portici, Italy
Interests: mathematical modelling; system dynamics; vegetation dynamics; spatial patterns; plant-soil interactions
Department of Biology, University of Naples Federico II, Via Cintia 21, 80126 Napoli, Italy
Interests: developmental biology; cells biology; histology; environmental toxicology; citotoxicology; reproduction; endocrine disruptors; sexual hormones; testis; ovary; xenobiotic toxicity
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Department of Civil Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, 80125 Naples, Italy
Interests: climate adaptive design; green infrastructures; nature based solutions
Department of Civil Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, 80125 Naples, Italy
Interests: hydrogeology; groundwater vulnerability; environmental protection; urban hydrogeology; GIS and spatial analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are organizing a Special Issue of Sustainability entitled “Monitoring of Environmental Matrices: New Scenarios and Future Perspectives”. The venue is a peer-reviewed open-access journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of sustainability. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability.

Environmental monitoring is a valuable tool to identify the sources and the extent of adverse effects and risks to ecosystems on issues related to the degradation of soil, air, water, flora and fauna. The environment is experiencing severe and rapid changes that will have far-reaching implications for resilient and sustainable development at local and global scales.  To achieve sustainable management of the environment, including urban environments, and preserve ecosystems at the same time by contrasting the impacts with appropriate solutions. To do this, it is critical to collect a wide spectrum of data (i.e., field or remote-sensed data) to obtain information on their quality and availability states and to measure the effectiveness of the interventions as well.

Therefore, this Special Issue welcomes papers highlighting the effectiveness and the challenges of monitoring activities in different fields. We believe that the scientific contributions from cultural fields of different origins are highly effective for the development and promotion of research and innovation in the conservation, protection, and requalification of the environment. In this context, we promote multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary studies on monitoring issues aimed at the prevention of environmental damages, the protection of ecosystems, the integrated and sustainable management of resources,  even focusing on strategies and actions for reducing climate change impacts, including the development of policies for land use governance. Moreover, the integrated monitoring activity by scientists of different backgrounds allows a better understanding of the response of the environment to multiple stressors.

This Special Issue is open to any subject area related to environmental monitoring of soil, air, water, flora and fauna. If you are uncertain about whether your paper fits into the scope of this Special Issue, please contact the Guest Editors.

Prof. Dr. Daniela Ducci
Dr. Fabrizio Carteni
Dr. Luigi Rosati
Dr. Federica Dell’Acqua
Dr. Stefania Stevenazzi
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • air pollution
  • climate adaptation strategies
  • climate change
  • conservation of architectural resources
  • ecosystem vulnerability
  • environment
  • environmental design and indicators
  • environmental policies
  • environmental sustainability
  • flora and fauna degradation
  • land use and land cover
  • landscape modification
  • monitoring
  • multi-parametric and multi-matrix monitoring
  • multi-stressor
  • nature based solutions
  • remote sensing
  • responsive technologies
  • soil degradation and contamination
  • surface- and groundwater contamination

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Relationships between Thermal Environment and Air Pollution of Seoul’s 25 Districts Using Vector Autoregressive Granger Causality
Sustainability 2023, 15(23), 16140; https://doi.org/10.3390/su152316140 - 21 Nov 2023
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Rising temperatures and heightened air pollution are widespread across many parts of the world today. Despite some initial attempts for analysis, the intricate interconnection between the two still requires further investigation. This study focuses on Seoul, South Korea, by adopting vector-autoregressive-based Granger causality [...] Read more.
Rising temperatures and heightened air pollution are widespread across many parts of the world today. Despite some initial attempts for analysis, the intricate interconnection between the two still requires further investigation. This study focuses on Seoul, South Korea, by adopting vector-autoregressive-based Granger causality tests to unravel the nuances of these relationships at the district level. While bidirectional Granger causality links between temperature and urban heat island intensity, as well as between PM10 concentration and urban pollution island intensity, are found in many cases, our findings reveal diverse causal relationships that are evident in the districts. These findings underscore the necessity for evidence-based strategies to guide planners and policymakers in addressing the challenges of rising temperatures and air pollution in urban areas. Full article
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Geochemical and Isotopic Evidence for Investigating the Impacts of Landfills on Groundwater: A Case Study in the Campania Region (Southern Italy)
Sustainability 2023, 15(22), 15822; https://doi.org/10.3390/su152215822 - 10 Nov 2023
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In this study, we present the hydrogeological, hydrogeochemical and isotopic characterisation and monitoring activity of a closed landfill located in the northern sector of the Phlegrean Fields groundwater body in the Campania Region (Southern Italy). The aim of the study is to distinguish [...] Read more.
In this study, we present the hydrogeological, hydrogeochemical and isotopic characterisation and monitoring activity of a closed landfill located in the northern sector of the Phlegrean Fields groundwater body in the Campania Region (Southern Italy). The aim of the study is to distinguish between natural enrichments (e.g., geogenic sources) and anthropogenic pressures (e.g., leakages from the landfill body) causing anomalously high concentrations of some metals (As, F, Fe, Mn) in groundwater. Major anions, cations, metals, water-stable isotopes, carbon isotopes and tritium were analysed. The results show that high As, F and Fe concentrations are due to adsorption–desorption processes occurring in the aquifer hosted in the volcanic rocks/deposits or the occurrence of upwelling hydrothermal fluids related to the volcanic activity of the Phlegrean Fields, which may cause metal mobilisation. High localised Mn concentrations cannot be solely related to natural processes or to groundwater contamination due to leachate leakage from the landfill body. Instead, we hypothesise a leakage from the landfill gas system. The outcomes of this study show the advantages of the coupled use of physico-chemical and isotopic analyses in improving the comprehension of geochemical processes in areas characterised by the presence of municipal landfills. Full article
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Using PRISMA Hyperspectral Data for Land Cover Classification with Artificial Intelligence Support
Sustainability 2023, 15(18), 13786; https://doi.org/10.3390/su151813786 - 15 Sep 2023
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Hyperspectral satellite missions, such as PRISMA of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), have opened up new research opportunities. Using PRISMA data in land cover classification has yet to be fully explored, and it is the main focus of this paper. Historically, the main [...] Read more.
Hyperspectral satellite missions, such as PRISMA of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), have opened up new research opportunities. Using PRISMA data in land cover classification has yet to be fully explored, and it is the main focus of this paper. Historically, the main purposes of remote sensing have been to identify land cover types, to detect changes, and to determine the vegetation status of forest canopies or agricultural crops. The ability to achieve these goals can be improved by increasing spectral resolution. At the same time, improved AI algorithms open up new classification possibilities. This paper compares three supervised classification techniques for agricultural crop recognition using PRISMA data: random forest (RF), artificial neural network (ANN), and convolutional neural network (CNN). The study was carried out over an area of 900 km2 in the province of Caserta, Italy. The PRISMA HDF5 file, pre-processed by the ASI at the reflectance level (L2d), was converted to GeoTiff using a custom Python script to facilitate its management in Qgis. The Qgis plugin AVHYAS was used for classification tests. The results show that CNN gives better results in terms of overall accuracy (0.973), K coefficient (0.968), and F1 score (0.842). Full article
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