Special Issue "Green Infrastructure as a Technology for Rainwater Retention"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Cristina M. Monteiro
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Guest Editor
Universidade Católica Portuguesa, CBQF - Centro de Biotecnologia e Química Fina – Laboratório Associado, Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Rua Diogo Botelho 1327, 4169-005 Porto, Portugal
Interests: green roofs; urban water management; water runoff; water quality; water efficiency; rainwater harvesting; urban ecosystems; green infrastructure
Prof. Dr. Cristina Matos Silva
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: green infrastructure; green roofs; green walls; ecosystem services; energy and water efficiency; rainwater harvesting; economic evaluation of green infrastructure; payback period
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Green infrastructure in urban areas has been substantially reduced and replaced by concrete and impermeable surfaces, bringing numerous stormwater management problems. Efficient urban stormwater management systems to reduce rainwater runoff quantity and improve water runoff quality are needed in order to face the present climate change scenario. Green infrastructure has been used as a sustainable solution to help urban water management and bring natural catchment areas to an urban context. Currently, research on green infrastructure is focused on finding efficient and sustainable systems, using native vegetation adapted to local conditions. Rainwater management and harvesting for reuse are also under consideration. Additionally, the efficiency of solutions combining both these technologies must be evaluated carefully and is a challenging area of research.

This Special Issue of Water will focus on green infrastructure to retain rainwater and its capacity to decrease water runoff to urban water management systems and improve water quality in urban environments. The Special Issue will consider the following:

  • Assessment of water runoff quality;
  • Monitoring of rainwater retention in green infrastructures;
  • Models for stormwater runoff in urban areas and runoff coefficient;
  • Pilot-scale and long-term experience with urban green roofs systems;
  • Impact of green infrastructures on urban water management;
  • Testing procedures and materials for stormwater management systems.

Dr. Cristina M. Monteiro
Prof. Dr. Cristina Matos Silva
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Green roofs
  • Urban water management
  • Water runoff
  • Water quality
  • Water reuse
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Energy and hydric efficiency
  • Ecosystems services
  • Green infrastructures

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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