Special Issue "Environmental Monitoring Networks"

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (24 September 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Delia Evelina Bruno
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CNR-Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research, Division of Rende, c/o UNICAL Polifunzionale, 87036 Rende, Italy
Interests: geomorphology; spatial analysis; geological heritage; environmental monitoring; GIS; applied geology, mercury emission from ASGM
Dr. Eloisa Di Sipio
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Department of Geosciences, University of Padova, Via Giovanni Gradenigo 6, 35131 Padova PD, Italy
Interests: shallow geothermal energy; thermal properties of rocks and sediments; heat exchangers; heat transfer; geothermal resources; subsurface urban heat island; underground temperature; affordable and clean energy; sustainable cities and communities

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Environmental monitoring networks (MNs) are tools used to efficiently and reliably estimate temporal and spatial variations of different environmental parameters. An optimal MN benefits from updated, reliable, and representative data relating to a particular issue of a study area.

Due to the variability of natural phenomena, monitoring networks need to be designed as dynamic entities whose size and shape must adapt to any environmental status change. The optimal monitoring network design (or redesign) is a fundamental issue from any environmental managerial perspective.

The correct and profitable management of an MN must allow communicating the information flow to stakeholders and decision-makers. In fact, the use of monitoring data has become essential in assessing different risks: natural and anthropic disasters; loss of biodiversity; climate changes.

For this Special Issue of Environments, published by MDPI, original papers and reviews of high quality on activities aiming to establish new knowledge of monitoring for all environmental matrices (air, soil, rock, water) will be selected. Integrated research with the aim of providing the necessary indications to characterize the natural, social, landscape, and economic environment will be appreciated. Specific contributions aimed at environmental monitoring in an urban environment and at understanding the complex interaction between anthropogenic structures and climate change are also of interest. The works can be finalized to describe the following: basic and applied research; technology development; testing on a small or great scale of systems with validation in different test sites. The results could be related to short- or long-term observation.

Dr. Delia Bruno
Dr. Eloisa Di Sipio
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • environmental network
  • natural risk
  • pollution
  • anthropic disaster
  • dynamic ecosystems
  • climatic change
  • urban environment

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Agrochemical Contamination of Honey and Bee Bread Collected in the Piedmont Region, Italy
Environments 2021, 8(7), 62; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/environments8070062 - 03 Jul 2021
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This study shows the results of a local biomonitoring plan developed by a regional beekeeping association, Aspromiele, in several areas of Piedmont (Italy), in order to understand the status of contamination from pesticides present in the environment and eventually to evaluate their impact [...] Read more.
This study shows the results of a local biomonitoring plan developed by a regional beekeeping association, Aspromiele, in several areas of Piedmont (Italy), in order to understand the status of contamination from pesticides present in the environment and eventually to evaluate their impact on apiculture. Glyphosate was the most abundant chemical found in the bee bread and honey samples. The other pesticides detected at lower concentrations and minor frequency were mandipropamid, tau-fluvalinate, metalaxil and spiroxamine. Even if in the present study the pesticides found in the bee bread and honey were limited to a few molecules, it is important to highlight that the presence of glyphosate could represent a hazard to bees. Honeybees are the main pollinators in agricultural ecosystems, and thus appropriate environmental management could lead to a reduction in the impact of these chemicals on bees and other beneficial insects. Full article
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An Integrated Multi-Approach to Environmental Monitoring of a Self-Burning Coal Waste Pile: The São Pedro da Cova Mine (Porto, Portugal) Study Case
Environments 2021, 8(6), 48; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/environments8060048 - 25 May 2021
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The São Pedro da Cova waste pile (Porto, Portugal) is composed of coal mining residues that have been self-burning since 2005 and is located close to an inhabited area and social infrastructures, further adding to effects on the environment and human health. Therefore, [...] Read more.
The São Pedro da Cova waste pile (Porto, Portugal) is composed of coal mining residues that have been self-burning since 2005 and is located close to an inhabited area and social infrastructures, further adding to effects on the environment and human health. Therefore, there is a great interest in the environmental monitoring of this waste pile. This work describes an integrative multi-approach that allows the environmental monitoring of several parameters of the waste pile, applying several technologies. The temperature measurements were obtained by a thermal infrared (TIR) sensor on board an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and supplemented with field measurements. In order to evaluate the altimetric variations, for each flight, a digital elevation model (DEM) was generated considering a multispectral sensor also on board the UAV. The hydrogeochemical characterization was performed through the analysis of groundwater and surface water samples, with and without the influence of mine drainage. The soil monitoring included the analysis of waste material as well as the surface soil in the surrounding area of the waste pile. All the data were analyzed and integrated in a geographical information system (GIS) open-source application. The adopted multi-approach methodology, given its intrinsic interdisciplinary character, has proven to be an effective way of encompassing the complexity of this type of environmental problem. Full article
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