Special Issue "Nature-Based Solutions to Improve the Permeability of the Urban Landscape and Water Quality in Cities"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Giorgio Baiamonte
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Department of Agricultural, Food And Forest Sciences (SAAF), University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, 13, Building 4, Entrance E, 90128 - Palermo – Italy
Interests: water resources management; hydrological modeling; hydrology; soil science; rainfall; irrigation
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Dr. Simone Di Prima
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Universite´ Claude Bernard Lyon 1, CNRS, ENTPE, UMR5023, Ecologie des Hydrosyste`mes Naturels et Anthropise´s ,University of Lyon, Vaulx-en-Velin, France
Interests: soil physics; vadose zone hydrology; water infiltration; hydraulic conductivity; hydrological modeling.
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Dr. Laurent Lassabatere
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Universite´ Claude Bernard Lyon 1, CNRS, ENTPE, UMR5023, Ecologie des Hydrosyste`mes Naturels et Anthropise´s ,University of Lyon, Vaulx-en-Velin, France
Interests: soil physics; vadose zone hydrology; water infiltration; hydraulic conductivity; water resources management; hydrological modeling; solute transport
Prof. Dr. Massimo Iovino
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Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Forestali (SAAF), Università degli Studi di Palermo, 90128 - Palermo, Italy
Interests: infiltration; soil water retention and hydraulic conductivity; measurement of soil hydraulic properties; green infrastructures hydrology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will comprise a selection of papers focused on nature-based solutions to improve the permeability of the urban landscape and water quality in cities. Urban sprawl leads to the sealing of urban soils, leading to both less groundwater recharge and more discharge of contaminated runoff and stormwaters to the environment. Infiltration basins and green roofs and trenches are increasingly being used in urban areas as nature-based solutions for mitigating such impacts and for water cycle regulation, flood risk protection, and climate change adaptation. This Special Issue is open to advanced research on nature-based solutions, such as water retention ponds and green and permeable surfaces in cities, with the purpose of assessing the infiltration and filtration functions of urban soils in stormwater management. Practical, as well as process-based, research is welcome in this Special Issue, including short technical notes and review papers.

The specific topics we would like to address in this Special Issue include:

  • improving groundwater recharge and water quality in urban areas;
  • developing solutions aimed at reducing the sealing of urban soils;
  • improving water infiltration measurements and related modeling approaches in urban soils;
  • developing and testing innovative methods and tools for characterizing complex heterogeneous soils in urban areas; and
  • developing innovative strategies for investigating pollutant filtration.

Prof. Dr. Giorgio Baiamonte
Dr. Simone Di Prima
Dr. Laurent Lassabatere
Prof. Dr. Massimo Iovino
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • sustainable development
  • stormwater management
  • urban soils
  • water infiltration
  • pollutant transfer
  • soil sealing

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Hydrologic Performance of an Extensive Green Roof in Syracuse, NY
Water 2020, 12(6), 1535; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12061535 - 28 May 2020
Abstract
Green roof performance reported in literature varies widely—the result of differences in green roof design and climate, as well as limitations in study design and duration. The need exists for full-scale studies under real climate conditions to inform the design, modeling, and planning [...] Read more.
Green roof performance reported in literature varies widely—the result of differences in green roof design and climate, as well as limitations in study design and duration. The need exists for full-scale studies under real climate conditions to inform the design, modeling, and planning of new green roof installations. The purpose of this study is to quantify hydrologic performance of a large green roof and characterize its dominant physical processes. To achieve this, a 5550 m2 extensive green roof in Syracuse, New York, designed to hold a 25.4 mm rain event, is monitored for 21 months. Over the monitoring period, the roof retains 56% of the 1062 mm of rainfall recorded. Peak runoff is reduced by an average of 65%. Eleven events exceed 20 mm and are responsible for 38% of the rainfall and 24% of the annual retention. Retention in the summer is lower than that in the fall or spring, as a result of greater rainfall intensity during the period sampled. Soil moisture during winter months remains high, reducing the ability of the roof to retain rainfall volume from new events. Comparison of seasonal data demonstrates the strong influence of rainfall intensity on runoff and the effect of initial soil moisture on event retention. Full article
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