Special Issue "Climate Change Mitigation and Urban Sustainable Development"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Deborah De Lange
Guest Editor
Ryerson University, 55 Dundas St. West, Toronto, OntarioM5G 2C5, Canada
Interests: sustainability; clean technology; climate change; entrepreneurship; strategy and organizations; high tech strategy; globalization; sustainable economic development; corporate governance; smart cities and sustainable transportation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue examines how urban sustainable development incorporates climate change mitigation strategies and innovations. Sustainable development is defined in accordance with Our Common Future (1987)1: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Therefore, this issue considers how cities are mitigating climate change as part of their sustainable development. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are helpful guidance as a holistic set of goals for cities’ sustainable development. Focusing on climate change is crucial for cities, as they are responsible for generating a large percentage of the earth’s total greenhouse gases. Our centers of rapidly growing populations need leadership to make innovative infrastructure investments and use change management techniques ultimately to reduce emissions for the sake of the planet. While this issue invites academic research from a variety of areas such as management and business, economics, political science and international relations, sociology, urban studies, public administration, natural sciences, engineering, architectural and building sciences, etc., empirical research focusing on the aforementioned topic is encouraged. Rigorous quantitative and/or qualitative studies should support well-developed theoretical propositions, incorporating evidence from previous academic research and innovative thinking. This academic research will inform policy and industry for mitigating climate change in cities.

1 Our Common Future. World Commission on Environment and Development. Oxford University Press, Oxford (1987).

Prof. Dr. Deborah De Lange
Guest Editor

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  • climate change mitigation
  • sustainable development
  • cities
  • urban development and growth
  • leadership and innovation
  • greenhouse gas emissions reductions
  • united nations intergovernmental panel on climate change
  • clean technologies
  • infrastructure
  • change management

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Trend Analysis of Urban Heat Island Intensity According to Urban Area Change in Asian Mega Cities
Sustainability 2020, 12(1), 112; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010112 - 22 Dec 2019
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Urban heat island (UHI) is a phenomenon that occurs in cities worldwide. Therefore, there is an increasing need for studies on the changes in UHI intensity and long-term trends based on macroscopic characteristics related to urbanization. In this study, changes in seasonal UHI [...] Read more.
Urban heat island (UHI) is a phenomenon that occurs in cities worldwide. Therefore, there is an increasing need for studies on the changes in UHI intensity and long-term trends based on macroscopic characteristics related to urbanization. In this study, changes in seasonal UHI intensity based on urban area were analyzed for eight Asian mega cities from 1992–2012. The results indicate that the change in pattern of UHI intensity varies for different cities and seasons. UHI intensity increased as the urban area size increased. Furthermore, the dependency of UHI intensity on the economic situation was also demonstrated. With respect to the seasons, significantly increasing trends appeared during the summer. Moreover, depending on urban characteristics such as geography and climate, increasing trends appeared during other seasons. Population was also found to affect UHI intensity by generating anthropogenic heat; however, its effect as an individual factor appeared to be insignificant. This is a macroscale study that analyzes the effect of urban area size on UHI intensity. Future studies on urbanization factors and levels influencing the UHI intensity using higher resolution materials are required Full article
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