Special Issue "Environmental Water Monitoring for Sustainable Development in Urban and Rural Areas"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ioannis Papoutsis
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Assistant Guest Editor
National Observatory of Athens (NOA), Athens, Greece
Interests: earth observation; synthetic aperture radar; machine learning and information extraction
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Dr. Demetrios Eliades
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Assistant Guest Editor
KIOS Research Centre, University of Cyprus (UCY), Nicosia, Cyprus
Interests: intelligent systems; smart water networks
Dr. Stefanos Vrochidis
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Assistant Guest Editor
Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Information Technologies Institure (ITI), Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: multimedia analysis; artificial intelligence; web and social media mining; semantics; information retrieval; multimodal analytics; decision support; security; health and environmental applications
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Dr. Ilias Gialampoukidis
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Chief Guest Editor
Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Information Technologies Institure (ITI), Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: multimodal fusion; information retrieval; data mining in social media; earth observation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals. Among these, Goal 6 refers to “Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”. This decomposes to focused targets, including the improvement of water quality by reducing pollution, increasing water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity, implementing an integrated water resources management at all levels, and protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes.

To this end, new technologies have emerged for monitoring water resources over the last years, which aim to secure the society’s long-term resilience, stability, sustainability and security. According to Water Europe the challenges of the water sector are pertinent to water quality monitoring, water quantity monitoring, and mitigation of the effects of climate change, via monitoring the more frequent extreme weather events such as floods or severe drought periods. The abundance data on the monitoring of water resources is expected to create new emerging technologies and innovative Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data analytics techniques for sustainable development in urban and rural areas.

This special issue aims to publish high-quality research papers on the inter-disciplinary field of real-time water quality and quantity monitoring, flood mapping and risk assessment, using low-cost sensors, satellite images, UAVs, CCTVs, photonic technologies and community-based in-situ observations from social media and crowdsourcing platforms. Big data analytics aim to extract meaningful insights and patterns from very large and heterogeneous data sources in water resource monitoring. Multimodal data fusion aims to effectively combine data and information from the abovementioned technologies. Semantic technologies may also offer novel mitigation strategies through the enrichment of extracted knowledge, interlinking and reasoning for decision-making. Moreover, model-based and simulation-based approaches can be considered to optimize the operation and reduce the risk of an unforeseen event. Novel methodologies, frameworks and tools should include both experimental evaluation and valuable recommendations for policymakers in the water sector.

Dr. Ilias Gialampoukidis
Dr. Stefanos Vrochidis
Dr. Ioannis Papoutsis
Dr. Demetris Eliadis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1900 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • water quality
  • water management
  • water scarcity
  • flash floods
  • climate change
  • sensor networks
  • crowdsourcing
  • earth observation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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