Special Issue "Citizen Science for Sustainable Cities: Investigating Nature Based Solutions"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Steven Loiselle
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Guest Editor
Earthwatch Institute (Europe), Mayfield House, 256 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, UK; Dipartimento di Biotecnologie, Chimica e Farmacia, University of Siena, CSGI, Via Aldo Moro 2, 53100 Siena, Italy
Interests: environmental spectroscopy; optical analysis and modelling of aquatic ecosystems; study of impacts of solar radiation; controlling factors of productivity in aquatic ecosystems; global change impacts on wetland and lake functioning; analysis of organic matter in aquatic ecosystems
Dr. Macarena L. Cárdenas
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Guest Editor
Earthwatch Institute (Europe), Mayfield House, 256 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, UK
Interests: citizen science; nature-based solutions; urban sustainability; climate change; forest biodiversity; long-term human vegetation relationships
Dr. Claire Narraway
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Guest Editor
Earthwatch Institute (Europe), Mayfield House, 256 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, UK
Interests: citizen science; biodiversity; evolution of sociality; dynamics of conflict and cooperation; group decision making and multilevel selection; urban planning; built environment
Prof. Dr. Shyam R. Asolekar
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Environmental Science & Engineering Department (ESED), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Powai, Mumbai India
Interests: air pollution control technologies; hazardous waste treatment and disposal; hazardous, municipal, and biomedical waste management; reactor modelling and technology development for biological and physicochemical treatment of hazardous waste leachates and special industrial wastewaters; environmental policy and preventive environmental management; application of remotely sensed data for monitoring of environmental systems; environmental policy and preventive environmental management; eco-industrial networking; eco-centric and low-cost wastewater treatment treatment of leachates and special industrial wastewaters; recycle and reuse of effluents
Dr. Jonathan D. Paul
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Department of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London, London, UK
Interests: sustainable groundwater resources; landscape development; natural hazard risk reduction; surface–groundwater interactions; low-cost hydrological sensor network development
Dr. Jérôme Ngao
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Guest Editor
French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE),Paris, France
Interests: Tree Ecophysiology; Agroforestry; Urban Trees; Carbon Cycling; Functional Ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cities are major contributors to global change and are highly susceptible to their consequences. As urbanization continues, there have been significant increases in water, soil, and air pollution, exacerbated urban heat island effect and more frequent flooding, with impacts on society, economic prosperity, infrastructure, and the environment.

Nature-based solutions (NBS), such as green and blue infrastructure, provide sustainable options that can increase the resiliency of cities and mitigate global change. While the potential benefits of NBSs have been described, efforts to estimate these benefits remain inconsistent and rarely conducted across large spatial and temporal extensions.

Citizen science (CS) has proven to be a cost-effective method to characterize changes of local environments. Based on the collaborative effort between scientists, agencies, and the general public, CS can fill the information gap, restricting sustainable solutions to environmental problems. CS provides a further benefit of improving participation and understanding local populations in managing their local environment.

This Special Issue brings together studies where CS provide an important contribution to the study of NBS. The editors encourage submissions that explore the range of NBS on urban and peri-urban environments, with the participation of CS. Examples of applications of CS in urban planning, NBS design and monitoring are welcomed.

Prof. Dr. Steven Loiselle
Dr. Macarena L. Cárdenas
Dr. Claire Narraway
Prof. Dr. Shyam R. Asolekar
Dr. Jonathan D. Paul
Dr. Jérôme Ngao
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • citizen science
  • nature-based solutions (NBS)
  • urbanization
  • green infrastructure
  • blue infrastructure
  • climate change
  • urbanization
  • sustainable development goals

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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