Special Issue "Green Roofing with Native Species: Enhance Water Use and Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2020).
Interests: plant water requirements; irrigation; evapotranspiration modelling; water use of woody crops and green roofs
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Most parts of Southern Europe have rainy winters and hot dry summers, implying that vegetation in such regions must survive, to a certain extent, during periods without rainfall. For green roofs, this suggests that suitable plant species must endure dry periods or, alternatively, irrigation must be adopted. Native plants are naturally indicated as candidates for green roofs in such regions, since they are adapted to drought during summer. They further have other advantages: they have evolved with surrounding fauna species, suggesting that they are able to create more suitable habitats for these species on a roof than exotic plant species; they are more resilient to pests and diseases; and they are more likely to form self-sustaining plant communities. However, the microclimate on a roof can differ from the ground, as there is a higher exposure to radiation and wind, and also because plants must survive in a shallow substrate. Thus, the native species must further overcome these obstacles while providing a cost-effective solution for green roofs.
The aims of this Special Issue devoted to green roofs in Southern Europe include but are not limited to:
- the study of native plant species adaptation in these structures;
- the water use and irrigation requirements of native species;
- green roofs and climate change adaptation;
- installation and management techniques that enhance water conservation;
Prof. Dr. Teresa A. Paço
Manuscript Submission Information
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- green roof, climate change, water conservation, resilience, irrigation, biodiversity, cost-effective solutions