Special Issue "Spatial Planning and Irregularities in Coastal Areas"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Assist. Prof. Georgios Tsilimigkas
Guest Editor
Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Aegean, Greece
Interests: urban planning and settlement development; regional planning and spatial development; maritime spatial planning; cultural heritage management; tourist development
Dr. Sotirios Koukoulas
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Guest Editor
Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Lesbos, Greece
Interests: geographic information science; remote sensing; spatial statistics; land change science; environmental monitoring and modeling; environmental inequalities; spatial planning; climate change impacts
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue focuses on spatial planning and all forms of related irregularities in coastal areas. Of particular interest are the detection, mapping, monitoring, and/or modeling of urban sprawl and expansion in coastal areas, driven either by spontaneous self-promoted housing strategies or by market dynamics.

Moreover, we are interested in studies related to urban sprawl pressures in coastal areas, which are encouraged by loose spatial planning framework, and all the subsequent environmental and social impacts (unnecessary consumption of valuable land resources, transformation of peri-urban landscape (natural and managed land), stretches of existing urban infrastructures, etc.).

This Special Issue will not attempt to answer all questions, but it aims to present examples related to:

  • Analysis of spatial patterns of urban sprawl by using remote sensing and GIS (geographical information systems) techniques;
  • Interesting case studies of urban sprawl in coastal and insular cities analyzed under the spatial planning framework and the local sociospatial particularities;
  • Studies of urban sprawl in coastal and insular cities in connection with tourist development and the demand for a second house;
  • Studies of cultural and natural heritage degradation due to urban sprawl pressures.

Papers incorporating novel and interesting geospatial science techniques to study Urban Sprawl in Coastal and Insular Cities are particularly encouraged. Well-prepared review papers are also welcomed. A thematic balance will also play a role in the selection of papers.

Assist. Prof. Georgios Tsilimigkas
Assoc. Prof. Sotirios Koukoulas
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 1800 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.


  • Spatial planning in coastal areas
  • Coastal and insular cities
  • Remote sensing, GIS, and urban change
  • Urban sprawl (mapping, monitoring, modeling)

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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