Special Issue "Geomatic Techniques Applied to Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems to help Urban and Land-Use Planning"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Luis A. Sañudo-Fontaneda
Guest Editor
GICONSIME Research Group, INDUROT Research Institute, Department of Construction and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Oviedo, Campus of Mieres, Gonzalo Gutierrez Quirós s/n, 33600 Mieres, Spain
Interests: sustainability; water management; stormwater engineering; teaching innovation; green infrastructure; sustainable drainage systems; civil engineering; biological and environmental engineering; sustainable construction; water analysis; environmental impact assessment; urbanism; land-use planning
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Dr. Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez

Guest Editor
Department of Mining Technology, Topography and Structures, University of León, Avda. Astorga, s/n, 24401 Ponferrada, Spain
Interests: photogrammetry; drones; laser scanning; radiometric calibration; remote sensing; RGB-D sensors; 3D modeling; mobile mapping
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Dr. Cristina Allende-Prieto
Guest Editor
Department of Mining Exploitation and Prospecting, University of Oviedo, Calle Gonzalo Gutierrez Quiros s/n, 33600 Mieres (Principality of Asturias), Spain
Interests: remote sensing; geomatic engineering; biological and environmental engineering; land-use planning; geographic information system; 3D modelling; teaching innovation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the current climate crisis, comprehending global warming and climate change triggers the need to develop new urban planning scenarios that include new paradigms in designing and building our urban environments worldwide, such as biourbanism and regenerative urbanism amongst others. Urban water management is central to adapt cities to climate change. Intense flood events and severe droughts affect human activities and endanger food and citizen security. Nature-based solutions (NBS) and green infrastructure have been highlighted by the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) as key techniques to tackle these urban challenges under a new paradigm in urban water management, based on the philosophy known as water sensitive urban design (WSUD). Sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) are the techniques utilized in this context, having been proven to be effective against the urban heat island (UHI) effect, flood mitigation, rainwater harvesting in drought areas, pollution treatment, and improving urban livability and amenity.

Parallelly, geomatic techniques are providing new solutions for the data acquisition, management, and analysis of multi-source geospatial data. At this point, geomatic techniques can play a central role in SUDS, thanks to the new developments in remote sensing data acquisition, low cost mapping platforms, GIS analysis, and other terrestrial techniques (e.g., mobile mapping systems). Therefore, the synergies between both (SUDS and geomatics) can develop more effective urban development plans related to NBS and the subsequent environmental, social, and economic improvements.

This Special Issue aims to increase the knowledge in how geomatic techniques applied to SUDS can (1) contribute towards urban/regional planning, (2) improve design by increasing the accuracy of methods and calculations, (3) integrate social aspects and ecosystem services, and (4) monitor and evaluate the different management trains. Therefore, we would like to invite you to contribute by submitting articles about your research, experimental work, reviews, and/or case studies related to this topic. Contributions may be from, but not limited to, the following keywords.

Dr. Luis A. Sañudo-Fontaneda
Dr. Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez
Dr. Cristina Allende-Prieto
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • 3D documentation techniques (remote sensing, photogrammetry, laser scanning, drones, mobile mapping, etc.)
  • 3D modeling
  • Geographic information system and terrain analysis
  • Land-use planning
  • Amenity and community perception
  • Bioretention
  • Biourbanism and regenerative urbanism
  • Data and sensor fusion
  • Design advances
  • Flood risk
  • Green infrastructure
  • Green dtreets
  • Livability
  • Low impact development
  • Maintenance issues
  • New emerging pollutants
  • Planning and policies
  • Point cloud processing: filtering, segmentation, classification, and modelling
  • Potential water reuse
  • Processes of adaptation to climate change
  • Rainwater harvesting techniques
  • Resilient food and water systems
  • Sponge cities
  • Stormwater management strategies and maintenance
  • Sustainable drainage systems
  • Urban drainage retrofits
  • Urban forest
  • Urban land-use planning
  • Water quality improvement
  • Water sensitive urban design

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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