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Special Issue "Nature-Based Solutions to Reduce the Flood Risk in Cities and Peri-Urban Areas"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Kuno Kasak
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Guest Editor
Department of Geography, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
Interests: wetland restoration; constructed wetlands; natural climate mitigation measures; carbon sequestration; urban water management; and nature-based solutions
Prof. Ülo Mander
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Guest Editor
Department of Geography, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
Interests: carbon and nutrient cycling in wetlands and landscapes; greenhouse gas fluxes; constructed wetlands; riparian buffer zones
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue aims to publish high-quality research papers on the interdisciplinary field of nature-based solutions to mitigate flood risk and provide sustainable water treatment solutions in cities and peri-urban areas. Climate change is causing an increased number of climate extreme consequences such as sudden floods and increased droughts. Both of these can result in significant problems in water security, as sudden floods can create significant pollution while droughts will reduce the availability of fresh water.

Hundreds of millions of people living in densely populated areas are impacted by flooding. Therefore, there is a need to disseminate novel findings about nature-based solutions to reduce flood risks and provide solutions for water security.

This special issue seeks contributions spanning a broad range of nature-based solutions for water retention and flood control solutions related to, but not limited to:

  • Wetland systems
  • Integrated constructed wetlands
  • Biofilters for storm water management
  • Water absorbing geocomposites
  • Green roofs and green walls
  • Hybrid solutions and bioreactors
  • Microbial electrosynthesis cells and microbial fuel cells
  • Bioswales
  • Buffer strips and filter strips
  • Permeable layers including pavements
  • Sustainable flood retention basins
  • Bioretention systems
  • Rainwater harvesting and raingardens

Thank you for your contribution.

Assoc. Prof.  Kuno Kasak
Prof. Ülo Mander
Prof. Miklas Scholz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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 2000 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

  • climate change mitigation
  • flood mitigation
  • nature-based solution
  • sustainable cities
  • water retention
  • water security

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Article
Evaluating Nature-Based Solution for Flood Reduction in Spercheios River Basin under Current and Future Climate Conditions
Sustainability 2021, 13(7), 3885; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13073885 - 01 Apr 2021
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Abstract
Nature-based solutions (NBS) are being deployed around the world in order to address hydrometeorological hazards, including flooding, droughts, landslides and many others. The term refers to techniques inspired, supported and copied from nature, avoiding large constructions and other harmful interventions. In this work [...] Read more.
Nature-based solutions (NBS) are being deployed around the world in order to address hydrometeorological hazards, including flooding, droughts, landslides and many others. The term refers to techniques inspired, supported and copied from nature, avoiding large constructions and other harmful interventions. In this work the development and evaluation of an NBS applied to the Spercheios river basin in Central Greece is presented. The river is susceptible to heavy rainfall and bank overflow, therefore the intervention selected is a natural water retention measure that aims to moderate the impact of flooding and drought in the area. After the deployment of the NBS, we examine the benefits under current and future climate conditions, using various climate change scenarios. Even though the NBS deployed is small compared to the rest of the river, its presence leads to a decrease in the maximum depth of flooding, maximum velocity and smaller flooded areas. Regarding the subsurface/groundwater storage under current and future climate change and weather conditions, the NBS construction seems to favor long-term groundwater recharge. Full article
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