Special Issue "Nature Based Solutions as Urban Blue-Green-Brown Infrastructures"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Urban Water Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Fabio Masi
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Guest Editor
IRIDRA Srl, Florence, Italy
Interests: constructed wetlands; treatment wetlands; nature based solutions; sustainable water management; water sensitive urban design; resource recovery oriented sanitation; circular economy; water pollution control
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Dr. Anacleto Rizzo
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Guest Editor
IRIDRA Srl, Florence, Italy
Interests: sustainable water management; nature-based solutions; green-blue infrastructure; constructed wetland for wastewater treatment; river restoration; sustainable drainage dystems (SuDS); climate change adaptation planning in water sector; ecosystem Services estimation, evaluation, and monetisation
Eng. Martin Regelsberger
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Guest Editor
Bureau Regelsberger
Interests: constructed wetlands; treatment wetlands; circular cities; edible cities; edible city solutions; circular economy; integrated urban water management; transformation management
Prof. Fulvio Boano
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Guest Editor
Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering (DIATI), Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, Turin, Italy
Interests: constructed wetlands; green walls; greywater; water supply; surface water-groundwater interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Awareness on the effects of the climate change and other key challenges has been constantly rising and greater parts of our global society are finally feeling these topics as a main issue for our future and formulated them into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In the last years research has taken its steps to provide green solutions in order to reduce the ecological footprint of our cities. Nature based solutions (NBS) are approaches able to provide answers to meet the SDG by adopting Urban Blue-Green-Brown Infrastructures. Urban NBS are many (green walls, green roofs, open water bodies, infiltration and evapotranspiration features, etc…). Green walls (or living walls) are vertical gardens attached to a structure along a building’s exterior making room for vegetation growth. Taking green walls as an example, this technology can provide cities with greener areas while reusing the urban grey water and improving urban air quality. Green walls and roofs can even produce food with the water and nutrients available right on site. Urban NBS represent a useful tool for meeting aims of urban sustainability, decreasing water use, protecting cities from the effects of more frequent and stronger floods caused by the increase of extreme climate events, recovering valuable resources. Designing greener cities by boosting the interaction between the technical urban water system plus natural urban water elements (blue assets) and vegetated areas (green and brown assets, where brown is the topsoil layer where water plant roots, soil organisms and organic matter are strictly interacting) is part of a new green revolution that has to include all the sectors of our society.

For this reason we decided to launch a call for papers to disseminate and share findings on similar practices of sustainable water management in addressing problems and opportunities scientifically. Papers are selected by a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, development and application in the wider area of sustainable water management and blue-green-brown aproaches, strongly linked with a new circular economy concept and resources recovery practicies.

Original research papers or critical reviews are invited.

Dr. Fabio Masi
Dr. Anacleto Rizzo
Eng. Martin Regelsberger
Prof. Fulvio Boano
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Nature Based Solutions
  • Living walls
  • Green roofs
  • Nutrients recovery
  • Edible City Solutions
  • Sustainable urban drainage systems
  • Flood mitigation
  • Greywater treatment
  • Storm water harvesting
  • Water recycling
  • Water reuse
  • Sustainable water management
  • Blue-Green-Brown Infrastructure
  • Urban water cycle

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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