Special Issue "Adaptation to Global Change: Modeling and Decision Support Tools in Urban Planning"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Riccardo Privitera
Guest Editor
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania , 95123 Catania, Italy
Interests: sustainable urban growth, non-urbanised areas planning, urban green infrastructures, urban quality, green cities, climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, ecosystem services, land-use and land cover analysis, land suitability analysis, urban and peri-urban agriculture, farmland protection, real estate development processes, transfer of development rights, economic viability of urban transformation, urban outdoor comfort, renewable energy sources and energy efficiency issues at urban scale.
Prof. Francesco Nocera
Guest Editor
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania Viale Andrea Doria 6, 95125 CATANIA(ITALY)
Interests: confined environments, recording and processing of environmental data, buildings energy analysis, environmental thermo-fluid dynamics, natural and artificial lighting, environmental and building acoustics, problems in environmental comfort and conservation of cultural assets, active and passive strategies for environmental monitoring and air-conditioning systems, indoor and outdoor comfort (UHI,UHII etc), solar energy, heat transfer, energy saving, renewable energy.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cities are rapidly growing, bringing together 50% of the world population, 80% in developed countries. Clearly, such population concentrations give rise to social, economic, and environmental concerns. Therefore, infrastructures and the environment have to be adapted to the changing demands and climate change. Moreover, urban areas are subject to specific microclimates. The most undeniable feature of the urban climate is the urban heat island (UHI) which is mainly determined by the presence of impervious surfaces that absorb and store solar energy and anthropogenic heat during daytime and then release these quantities to the ambient air mainly at nighttime. In fact, built-up surfaces cannot discharge heat by natural processes such as evapotranspiration as in the case of green and blue surfaces, and this turns out to significantly raise the air temperature.


New urban development strategies have to be elaborated to improve urban planning and landscape design by a more comprehensive design which leads to a holistic approach for the reduction of UHI effects and enhancement of the quality of life tackling the social and economic aspects. This session aims at filling this gap by welcoming submissions from various domains of knowledge (engineering, social science, economics), with an emphasis on how urban planning can benefit from (and take into account) the synergic effects of different adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Prof. Riccardo Privitera
Prof. Francesco Nocera
Guest Editors

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  • Urban heat island effect;Urban microclimate and heat wave events;Urban air quality; Population exposure and health impacts;Cool materials;Urban land use and land cover ;Urban ecosystems and green cities;Green and blue infrastructures;Urban resilience and climate change;Adaptation and mitigation strategies;Urban policy, planning, and design;Sustainable urban planning;Decision support tools;

Published Papers

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